It is important that these learning spaces are planned, designed, and implemented with pedagogy and the need to develop 21st century learning skills as a central concern. Further key components in the learning space design process include the meeting of form and function in creating innovative student-centric spaces, empowering teachers to engage with and make the most of their classroom environment, and the effective evaluation of learning space interventions.
The Connecting Pedagogy & School Learning Space Design conference is an essential opportunity for schools to hear from leading case studies and examples of standout learning space success stories. Speakers will share insights from their school’s process in designing, implementing and evaluating their learning spaces, including learnings on what does and doesn’t work. Relevant for schools at various stages of the learning space design journey, attendees will take away key learnings and strategies that can be applied to a broad range of projects.
Attend & learn how to
- Develop a strategic vision for your school’s learning spaces
- Gain clarity around a school-wide approach to pedagogy
- Understand the space needs of various teaching and learning styles
- Engage with staff and students in developing and inhabiting new learning spaces
- Evaluate learning spaces against specific needs and objectives
- Know what to replicate and what to avoid based on case studies from leading schools
- Principals, Deputy & Assistant Principals, Heads of School
- Directors & Heads of Teaching, Learning, Pedagogy & Curriculum
- Heads of Strategy & Planning
- Business & Facilities Managers
- Architects & Designers
Who will attend?
Attend to learn:
- Align space with pedagogy & 21st century learning skills
- Design, plan & create innovative fit-for-purpose spaces
- Evaluate the impact of space on teaching & learning
- Engage staff throughout the design process to build teacher confidence & capability
SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW
Jenny Allum is the Head of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, a position she has held since 1996. From 1991–1995 she was Manager of the Curriculum Branch of the NSW Board of Studies, responsible for the development of all school curriculum in the State from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Jenny was Chair of the NSW/ACT Branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools from 2004 – 2005, and is currently the co-chair of the Academic Committee of that Association. She is also the Chair of the AIS Education Research Council and the Chair of the AIS Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW.
Jenny has published widely in educational journals and in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Caroline Chisholm College, VIC
Marco Di Cesare is Principal at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne’s inner west. Marco took on the role in 2013 and leads a community of 1500 students across three campuses, supported by 180 teaching and support staff that bring students an engaged and supportive learning environment. Prior to taking on the role of Principal, Marco spent 19 years teaching in the Latrobe Valley and held many positions of leadership across many areas of College life. Marco considers himself a coach, mentor, guide, role model and school leader all rolled into one. A life-long-learner, Marco has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Graduate Diploma in Education (Sec.), Masters in Educational Policy (International), Executive MBA and is currently completing his Masters in Theology.
University of Melbourne
Dr Benjamin Cleveland is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where he is Associate Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). He is Lead Chief Investigator for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs’ and acted as Research Manager for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’. His other recent research has included leading a review of the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s school area guidelines and running a three-year program of learning environment evaluation for Catholic Education in Melbourne and Parramatta. Ben is the immediate past-Chair of the Victorian Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia and consulted as lead Educational Planner for the 15 new Victorian schools procured via Public Private Partnership.
Towill Design Group
Rachel established Towill Design Group in 2008, quickly becoming recognised for her expertise in education design and masterplanning. Rachel inspires her dedicated team to apply their passion and creativity to all projects including residential, commercial, health, aged care and senior living.
Rachel is highly practiced at managing the inter-relationships between her client, stakeholders, facility management and procurement personnel. She is attuned to the detail of every project and takes a hands-on approach to managing the design experience for her clients from consultation to construction. Rachel is committed to transforming the experience of living and learning. Her integration of sustainable, healing design principles, with the selection of non-toxic building materials and processes, sets Towill Design apart from other architecture firms.
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What People Are Saying
“A forward thinking and engaging conference where elements of educational best and next practice were unpacked from across Australia. An ideal environment for organic networking.”Sydney Catholic Schools Speaker, Connecting Innovative School Learning Spaces & Pedagogy 2019
Date: 24 Jun 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
Education professionals like yourself with an interest in pedagogy and the way students learn best are well aware of the impact the classroom environment has on student outcomes. Research from the University of Salford has found classroom design can have a 25 percent impact on student achievement- positive or negative. The one-size-fits-all approach or ‘traditional’ …
Date: 22 Jan 2019 By: Ashleigh Morgan
With dramatic changes over the last two decades to modern schooling, 21st century learning environments must now reflect the needs of modern students. The Connecting Innovative Learning Spaces & Pedagogy conference showcased some of the most forward schools in the country with 21st century learning spaces to foster better learning outcomes. We thought we’d share …
Date: 6 Dec 2018 By: Ashleigh Morgan
Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview has finished putting the final touches on their brand new Therry Building. The Therry Building includes flexible learning spaces to encourage more collaborative teaching and learning across four facilities, with space for staff and six House areas (The Ignis Project). Its landscape design also provides opportunities for outside learning and socialisation. …
Date: 20 Nov 2018 By: Ash Natesh
Systematic investment in new learning environments is a matter of policy in many countries. In Australia alone, more than $16 billion funded the Rudd government’s Building the Education Revolution program. Current state government initiatives will soon increase this public investment (Building Future Schools Fund). The need for innovative classroom spaces stems from questions on the …