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?
Benefits of Attending:
- 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
Implementing eLearning materials, wi-fi & administrative software to assist with pedagogy & developing a collaborative learning environment
- KEYNOTE: Identifying learning space needs & objectives in the planning process
- INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Tech Talk: Creating collaborative classroom & school environments with assistive technologies
- What to do when the honeymoon period is over: Evaluating & maintaining new or refurbished learning spaces
- Empowering teachers to confidently & skillfully lead classes in new or refurbished spaces
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 Towill established Towill Design eleven years ago, with the aim of working collaboratively with educators, students and community members to develop masterplans and learning environments which enhance the lives of the people who occupy them.
The Towill Team’s approach to stakeholder collaboration ensures that the learning environments they create support not only the unique pedagogy of each school, but also reflects the wellbeing and cultural values they instil within their students. Undertaking bespoke workshopping sessions with staff, students and community members ensures that end users have the greatest say in the design of their campus or building.
The Towill philosophy is that a student’s health and wellbeing is a core component to their sense of being within a school, and the protective nature of learning environments plays a significant role within this.
NorvaNivel design, manufacture and supply innovative educational furniture and learning spaces to schools across Australia. Founded to transform education through environment, we have worked with thousands of educators to successfully transform classrooms, libraries and entire schools to facilitate contemporary pedagogy. Each of our unique products and complete spaces are designed with specific features to increase learning engagement. For Further information visit us on www.norvanivel.com.au
Architectural Window Systems (AWS) Australia, represents Australia’s largest group of aluminium window and door system designers. It is our continuing aim to innovate, design and supply aluminium window and door systems that exceed industry aspirations in the areas of thermal efficiency, sustainability and operational performance through our Vantage®, Elevate™ and ThermalHEART™ product ranges.
Visit our Elevate™ Commercial website for more information on the application of AWS products in learning environments throughout Australia: www.elevatealuminium.com.au
The wonder of learning. We’ve been celebrating it for over 60 years.
Furnware was there back in the ‘50’s when education was a little buttoned up. Straight rows, straight backs and eyes front. But things changed and we relished the chance to spend more time in schools, talking to everyone we could about what they needed for better learning. We discovered a lot and learned furniture didn’t always measure up.
Nobody had ever done meaningful research into the changing shape and make up of children in New Zealand. So we did it. In 2003 we measured over 20,000 long, short, bulky, bony kids around the country. It completely changed the way we designed and built furniture – because we believed in better learning and proved there was a better way.
And that’s what drives us – working hand in hand with schools the world over, finding the best way for children to thrive in the most inspiring learning spaces imaginable.
Spaces that fuel curiosity.
We work hard to truly connect with the individual aspirations of our schools and then we deliver with quality, timeliness, innovation, reliability and genuine care. Everything we create is designed to stand the test of time, with an eagle eye on the future.
Because we take this as personally as you do. Every single person at Furnware aims to help every single child in your classrooms to grow, expand and be their best. To be at the heart of the wonder of learning.
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 …