Embedding innovation into 21st century learning
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Day 1 - Tuesday 17th March, 2020

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Aligning space with pedagogy & 21st century learning skills
8:40
KEYNOTE: Embedding flexibility to create multi-use learning spaces
  • Designing primary school learning environments that are dynamic and flexible
  • Communicating the intention and purpose of flexibility to staff
  • Developing students’ agency and group skills to work effectively in flexible spaces
Andrew Geer
Upper Primary Coordinator
Redeemer Lutheran School, SA
Andrew Kelly
Principal
Redeemer Lutheran School, SA
9:20
Presentation by NorvaNivel
Senior Representative
NovaNivel
9:50
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, and set up valuable conversations for the rest of the event

10:20
Morning tea & networking
10:50
Looking beyond the walls of the classroom in approaching pedagogy
  • Adopting a whole school philosophical approach to learning that encompasses both indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Making the most of outdoor spaces to enhance learning
  • Understanding learning in terms of the physical and virtual spaces
Adam Larby
Assistant Principal
SHORE Preparatory School, NSW
11:30
Leveraging the classroom environment to encourage collaboration
  • Rethinking traditional classroom arrangements with collaboration in mind
  • Implementing classroom strategies that foster collaboration
  • Preparing students for the collaboration inherent to further education and future work
Susan Allen
Principal
Randwick Public School, NSW
Laurie Russell
Classroom Teacher
Randwick Public School, NSW
Quetzal Bell
Stage 3 Assistant Principal
Randwick Public School, NSW
12:10
Using technology effectively to enhance pedagogy in innovative learning spaces
  • Integrating technology into the classroom environment
  • Ensuring staff confidence in using technological resources
  • Selecting resources with the greatest likelihood of enhancing learning
Marie Wood
Deputy Principal
Our Lady of Mercy College, NSW
12:50
Networking lunch
Designing, planning & creating innovative fit-for-purpose spaces
1:50
Building connections: Schools as community hubs
  • Rethinking the ways in which schools engage with local communities
  • Planning for cost-effective infrastructure development that meets educational and community needs
  • Strategies for planning, designing, governing and managing school facilities to enable schools to become ‘more than a school’
Dr Ben Cleveland
Associate Director, Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN)
University of Melbourne
2:30
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE

Join industry leaders and peers in an interactive breakout session to trial and discuss innovative solutions and products that will help you re-imagine your school’s learning spaces.

  • Innovative classroom technology
  • Student-focused eLearning resources
  • Tools and equipment to enhance teaching
3:30
Afternoon tea & networking
4:00
Tackling the logistics of planning & design for infrastructure requirements
  • The importance of a good planning and design for schools
  • Understanding when to upgrade, expand or replace existing buildings to meet current standards
  • Collaborating with relevant stakeholders throughout the master planning and design process
Wayne Hay
Capital Programs Officer
Catholic Education Melbourne
4:40
Building longevity & future flexibility into learning spaces
  • Ensuring a long-term scope is adopted in the planning and design process
  • Embedding the option for future development into current designs
  • Maintenance of spaces once they have been populated by students
David Hull
Facilities Manager
Cranbrook School, NSW
5:20
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
Workshop C: How to engage staff & students in designing learning spaces
Tuesday 17th March 2020, 5:45pm – 8:45pm

When embarking on the journey towards developing new or upgrading existing learning spaces, it is important to consult with relevant stakeholders. Collaborating with teachers in this process is of central importance, as they will need to feel comfortable and confident in occupying the completed spaces. Engaging students in the planning and development process will also increase the chances for eventual success and functionality of the spaces.

This workshop will outline strategies for engaging with staff, students and the wider school community in the planning, development and implementation of learning spaces. Effective engagement can be a major determining factor in the ultimate success of these spaces fulfilling their intended functions.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand the importance of engaging the school community in the process of developing learning spaces
  • Determine which stakeholders in the school community should be consulted
  • Develop a strategy for maintaining open communication with the school community throughout the process

What you will take away by attending

  • Learn tools that will be useful in engaging various stakeholders in the school community
  • Confidence in engaging staff at each stage of the design and implementation process
  • Knowledge of how to gather feedback from involved stakeholders

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Rachel Towill
Principal Architect
Towill Design Group
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Day 2 - Wednesday 18th March, 2020

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Evaluating the impact of space on teaching & learning
8:40
KEYNOTE: Identifying learning space needs & objectives in the planning process
  • Prioritising desired outcomes of newly designed or refurbished learning spaces
  • Communicating specific needs to architects and designers from a school perspective
  • Emphasising the flexibility of spaces in meeting varied learning objectives
Jenny Allum
Head of School
SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW
9:20
Evaluating existing spaces & innovating to refurbish within budget allowances
  • Understanding when to refurbish spaces to keep up with 21st century learning needs
  • Examining strategies to maximise the resources available to upgrade learning spaces
  • Adopting an innovative approach to make the most of a limited budget
Marco DiCesare
Principal
Caroline Chisholm College, VIC
10:00
“BRING YOUR OWN SPACE” INTERACTIVE SESSION

Bring photos of your own learning spaces and discuss how different schools have implemented innovative learning spaces

10:40
Morning tea & networking
11:10
What to do when the honeymoon period is over: Evaluating & maintaining new or refurbished learning spaces
  • Understanding the importance of evaluating design features of the classroom environment
  • Examining why some innovations are more successful than others
  • Strategies for addressing the challenges that can arise with new learning spaces
Lisa McSweeney
Assistant Principal
St Nicholas Primary School, NSW
11:50
OUT OF SECTOR CASE STUDY: What schools can learn from workplace (& vice versa)
  • Understanding the impact of space on productivity and culture
  • Identifying parallels between workplaces and schools in the process of change and transition
  • Aligning strategic and creative vision with a space’s objectives
Stephen Collis
Head of Workplace Strategy
Amicus Interiors
12:30
Networking lunch
Engaging staff throughout the design process & building teacher confidence & capability
1:30
Empowering teachers to confidently & skillfully lead classes in new or refurbished spaces
  • Building teacher confidence in transitioning to new learning models
  • Ensuring that professional development is thorough and ongoing
  • The importance of gathering and evaluating staff feedback throughout the process
Andrew Baylis
Head of Teaching and Innovation
Melbourne Grammar School, VIC
2:10
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Ensuring staff buy-in when preparing for a school wide transition
  • Engaging staff and members of the school community in working towards a common goal
  • Maintaining student needs as a central priority in the transformation process
  • Developing lines of communication that allow staff queries to be addressed
Pascale Drever
Deputy Head of School
Ascham School, NSW
Tim Osborne
Head of Learning - Design Thinking
St Paul’s School, QLD
Laurie Russell
Classroom Teacher
Randwick Public School, NSW
2:50
Afternoon tea & networking
Strategies for transitioning staff into innovative learning spaces
  • Identifying how principals and school leadership can best support their staff in embracing innovative learning environments
  • Building capacity amongst staff and providing the professional development necessary to utilise the resources built into new or refurbished learning spaces
  • Making a clear connection between pedagogy and elements of the classroom environment
Neil Bramsen
Transition and Change Coordinator - School Learning Environments and Chance
NSW Department of Education
4:00
Ensuring productive collaboration between schools & architects in the planning & design process
  • Applying lessons learned from a long-term collaborative relationship
  • Prioritising communication to ensure needs are identified, prioritised and ultimately met
  • Making the consultation and evaluation process an ongoing one
Peter Mayoh
Director
Mayoh Architects
4:40
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop D: School Learning Space Site Tour
Thursday 19th March 2020, 8.30am - 5.00pm

When embarking on the journey towards refurbishing existing learning environments, or developing entirely new spaces, it can be challenging to translate desired outcomes into a clear vision. One of the most effective strategies to assist in this process is to draw inspiration from others who have executed their vision and are inhabiting newly implemented innovative learning spaces.

The full day school site tour will showcase the learning environments of three schools in Sydney, allowing you to contextualise the key learnings of the conference by seeing how these schools have put theory into practice.

What can you expect on the site tour?

  • A walk-through tour highlighting how space is utilised
  • One-on-one discussions with school leadership involved in the transformation
  • Ideas and recommendations to apply to your school’s journey

Schools we will be visiting

  • Ascham School, Edgecliff
  • Cammeraygal High School, Cammeray
  • Bourke St Public School, Surry Hills

* Travel, refreshments & lunch provided
* The Site Tour will commence from the Sydney Boulevard Hotel at 8:00am for an 8:30am departure
* Transport from & back to the Sydney Boulevard Hotel will be provided

School Learning Space Site Tour
Post Conference Site Tour D
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Workshop A: How to develop learning spaces to support pedagogy
Monday 16th March 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

In the most successful learning spaces, form and function blend in order to support both teaching and learning. In this way, the spaces themselves support the pedagogical strategy of the school. Before students ever set foot in these spaces, it is important that the school community has made a collective commitment to a chosen pedagogical strategy. From project-based learning to inquiry-based learning, different pedagogical models have different space needs.

This workshop will equip attendees with skills and tools that will assist in the process of developing, communicating and implementing their school’s strategic approach to pedagogy. Explore strategies to communicate with relevant stakeholders in the school community, including staff and students, to maximise the likelihood of a successful learning environment design process.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Learn to identify the space needs of different pedagogical styles
  • Understand various pedagogical styles and their relevance in 21st century schooling
  • Identify the skills and dispositions relevant to students as future workers

What you will take away by attending

  • Confidence in approaching the learning environment design process with pedagogy in mind
  • Ideas for adapting or refurbishing existing spaces to accommodate changes in pedagogy
  • Strategies for transitioning the school community to new spaces and learning models

* Refreshments provided

Tim Osborne
Head of Learning - Design Thinking
St Paul’s School, QLD
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Workshop C: How to engage staff & students in designing learning spaces
Tuesday 17th March 2020, 5:45pm – 8:45pm

When embarking on the journey towards developing new or upgrading existing learning spaces, it is important to consult with relevant stakeholders. Collaborating with teachers in this process is of central importance, as they will need to feel comfortable and confident in occupying the completed spaces. Engaging students in the planning and development process will also increase the chances for eventual success and functionality of the spaces.

This workshop will outline strategies for engaging with staff, students and the wider school community in the planning, development and implementation of learning spaces. Effective engagement can be a major determining factor in the ultimate success of these spaces fulfilling their intended functions.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand the importance of engaging the school community in the process of developing learning spaces
  • Determine which stakeholders in the school community should be consulted
  • Develop a strategy for maintaining open communication with the school community throughout the process

What you will take away by attending

  • Learn tools that will be useful in engaging various stakeholders in the school community
  • Confidence in engaging staff at each stage of the design and implementation process
  • Knowledge of how to gather feedback from involved stakeholders

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Rachel Towill
Principal Architect
Towill Design Group
Register Now
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Key Speakers

Jenny Allum
Head of School
SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW
Marco DiCesare
Principal
Caroline Chisholm College, VIC
Dr Ben Cleveland
Associate Director, Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN)
University of Melbourne
Rachel Towill
Principal Architect
Towill Design Group