The financial cost of new learning spaces means that it is crucial for schools to get it right the first time around. A tested and optimised process for planning, implementing and measuring the outcomes of new learning spaces is crucial, not only to justify the cost, but to ensure that schools remain agile to the changing education environment.
This conference will provide practical strategies for schools to enhance their physical spaces at all stages of the learning space design journey, from planning to pedagogy.
Hear best practice, evidence based research and case studies from leading schools, government agencies and architectural firms to ensure the success of your new learning spaces.
Tangible insights you will take away:
- Assessing what has worked to inform design and planning
- Engaging with the school community to develop a ‘fit for purpose’ space
- Making the most of existing spaces through refurbishment
- Integrating pedagogical practices with modern learning
- Supporting teachers and students in adapting to 21st century learning
Who will attend?
- 60% Principals, Deputy & Assistant Principals, Heads of School
- 15% Directors & Heads of Teaching, Learning, Pedagogy & Curriculum
- 10% Catholic Education Offices
- 5% Business & Facilities Managers
- 5% Department of Education
- 5% Architectural Firms
Attend to learn:
Plan & design innovative learning environments
Implement pedagogy & tailored teaching
Measure & evaluate learning space impact & success
St Andrew's Lutheran College
Virginia Warner is the Deputy Principal – Head of Secondary School at St Andrews Lutheran College on the Gold Coast. She is a graduate of University of Western Australia (BPE/DipEd), Griffith University (MTM) and the Australian Catholic University (Dip in Ed. Leadership). At the masters and post-graduate level her studies were focused on authenticity and values in leadership, interpersonal relationships in management, educational counselling and organizational behaviours in management. Her current role combines leadership, pastoral care and administration as well as teaching. Virginia has presented conference papers in Alberta, Canada, Queensland, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand and is passionate about building the leadership potential within others. In 2016, she presented the St Andrews journey with Positive Psychology and building teacher capacity at the uLead International Conference in Banff, Canada. Over the past few years she has worked alongside a team of teachers and students to reform learning spaces at St Andrews and her presentation at this conference reflects her passion for visioning and building spaces that encourage pedagogical reform to meet the learning and wellbeing needs of students and staff.
Coatesville Primary School
With over 20 years of leadership experience, Louise has seen vast changes in education and believes that there has never been a better time to be a school leader than in the present. Her vision for educational excellence is built upon empowering learners to be creative and critical thinkers who are actively engaged in their community. She led the transformation of her school towards becoming an authorised International Baccalaureate–Primary Years World School in 2010.
Through the development of a distributive model of leadership and strong professional learning culture, an inquiry approach to teaching and learning is deeply embedded across the school. The recently completed $8mil Redevelopment Program has created engaging, dynamic learning spaces, including alfresco zones, where differentiated learning and authentic student voice have become the norm. Students are active partners in ensuring her school maintains a positive learning climate and is safe and inclusive for everyone.
A registered architect with over 20 years’ experience, Wayne is a dedicated and valued project
partner in the planning and design of educational and community facilities. Taking an innovative and humanist approach to facility design, Wayne’s design approach is focused first and foremost on the people using the spaces he creates. He enjoys working closely with schools to realise their vision and exceed their expectations, and believes in the ability of architecture in shaping the diverse experiences in our everyday lives.
Wayne has extensive experience working with schools and local communities to develop learning spaces that represent contemporary educational thinking and reflect the pedagogical vision of the school. Wayne’s work is characterised by creating a variety of learning spaces to suit the specific and diverse requirements of the users and that are appealing and adaptable for future needs.
Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Craig has been an Assistant Principal and Principal in a number of Independent and systemic Catholic schools. For the past six years, Craig has held the role of Assistant Director of Schools in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. Craig holds post graduate qualifications in Theology, Education and Religious Education. He is currently writing his Doctoral thesis on middle leadership in secondary schools.
Craig has been the Chair of the project committee responsible for the building of the first new secondary school in the diocese in more than thirty years. He has steered the creation of an educational brief for this College, ensuring that community, parishioner and educational stakeholders have been actively consulted in the process. Craig’s other educational interests include gifted education and the place of the performing arts in the curriculum. In 2017 Craig has taken up the role of Principal of St Patrick’s College, Strathfield. When Craig is not at work he enjoys running and cycling.
Major Sponsor: NorvaNivel
Supporting the success of our future learners is what drives NorvaNivel. Founded and headquartered in Sydney, we have partnered with thousands of schools across Australia and internationally to create flexible learning environments that facilitate both the pedagogies of today and of tomorrow.
We employ a design thinking approach centred around collaboration with educators, researchers and the needs of students to develop innovative educational furniture and learning spaces. Most recently we have led our industry in offering a STEM-focused range of furniture and learning activities to help students build the critical skills needed for the jobs of the future.
BFX is proud to be one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of furniture in the Corporate, Government, Education and Healthcare sectors. Our ongoing role and success in the industry is a direct consequence of the commitment we make to connecting between our physical environments and the improvement with social and learning outcomes.
As an Australian owned and operated company headquartered in Queensland, our diverse array of products and services including Consultation and Planning, Design, Project Management, Delivery and Installation, makes us one of the most complete suppliers anywhere; manufacturing locally and sourcing globally.
Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating and implementing innovative 21st century learning environments that help make teachers and students more engaged, empowered, and successful.
- 1 million classrooms with Promethean Interactive displays
- 3.5 million+ teachers, parents and students registered on ClassFlow Worldwide
- 50,000+ schools and institutions in 154 countries using Promethean solutions
With its main corporate offices located in Blackburn, UK and Atlanta, USA, Promethean is a member of the NetDragon Websoft, Inc. group of companies.
As technology impacts the teaching and learning process, it transforms how knowledge is created and shared. Influencing this transformation are:
- New technologies including laptops, tablets, Chromebooks™ and smartphones that connect students and teachers
- New resources that infuse the classroom with rich, immersive, interactive digital content
- New education experiences which include flipped classrooms and blended learning that develop learner autonomy and independence
- The elimination of learning boundaries made possible by technologies that allow learning to take place anytime, anywhere
These elements make up what Promethean refers to as the Modern Classroom. Together, they instill 21st century skills, inspire lifelong learning and prepare every student to be ready for careers, college and the real world. They also present a teaching and learning experience that is more, captivating, motivating, collaborative, personalised and engaging.
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