Ngā mihi to everyone who participated in uLearn20, 7-8 October 2020!
Retrospectively explore uLearn20 keynotes as they reimagined tomorrow.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures! Now is the time to tap into your super powers, to break open the calabash and reimagine success for our tamariki. 2020 has taught us that how ākonga engage in learning and how kaiako create learning opportunities can be reimagined. Let’s have a wānanga about how we do this and how we define success. Our tamariki deserve the best education system, a homegrown one that meets their needs.
Janelle Riki-Waaka has considerable teaching and leadership experience in both English-medium and bilingual education settings, with a dedication to improving programmes to enhance success for Māori children. A Relationship Manager at CORE Education, Janelle’s broad expertise spans from cultural capability and change leadership to stakeholder engagement and IT integration.
Lucy argues that our education system is too deficit-based, failing young people and educators. Citing evidence of the high levels of distress among our tamariki and rangatahi, Lucy urges us to consider success more broadly. Allowing ākonga to identify, use and develop their strengths requires us to think and act differently. Learn about the Appreciative Inquiry approach to build lifelong confidence, engagement, resilience and wellbeing.
Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience, convenes the conference Wellbeing in Education, and is Aotearoa’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN). Lucy is an adjunct fellow at the University of Canterbury and as an expert on wellbeing and resilience she has published academic research, best-selling books, blogs and educator guides.
Preparing young people for an uncertain future starts with tapping into their higher-order thinking. No matter their capability, all students should have the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning that challenges, stimulates and ultimately, empowers them. Uncover deeper learning strategies that will motivate and engage your students.
Pedro Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, his research focuses on demographic trends as well as the social and economic conditions that influence schools. Widely published, Pedro’s recent book deals with race and equity in education. He advises state officials and has been recognised for his work in fighting poverty.
For too long New Zealand schools have been futures-focused and centred around individual achievement; the real meaning of success has been lost. If we remember that the purpose of schooling is to make us more fully human, then we can embrace the present and our failings. Moving away from schools preparing children for the future ‒ to how they might imagine it into a different and better world for them and others ‒ this is what matters now.
Professor Peter O’Connor is the University of Auckland’s Director of the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation, as part of the Faculty of Education and Social Work. He has created and researched theatre in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, disaster zones and with the homeless. Having been involved at all levels of education, Peter believes the imagination is trained by the arts and imagining a better world is the first step in transforming it.