As part of Bastow's mission is to extend leadership capability and to promote continuous personal growth in dynamic leadership roles, a number of Thought Leaders have visited Bastow to facilitate seminars and workshops, discussing their latest research and experience with educational leaders.
Bastow's Professional Practice series
Bastow's Professional Practice Series is an opportunity for school leaders and early childhood professionals to engage with leading educational thinkers and experts. This series aims to inspire educators to extend their thinking, encourage reflection and strengthen their professional practice.
Outlined below are recent workshops facilitated by the following educational thought leaders:Professor Viviane Robinson
Professor Viviane Robinson ran a two day workshop for Principals to help participants understand how to overcome the dilemma in addressing problems in relationships, using her research to explain this dilemma and examples of how others have dealt with the same issue. Viviane Robinson is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland and Academic Director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. She specialises in school improvement, leadership and the relationship between research and the improvement of practice. Charles Leadbeater
Charles Leadbeater led a one day workshop, providing insights to how schools and early childhood leaders can establish and sustain organisational environments in which innovation can flourish. Charles Leadbeater is a UK author, a leading authority on innovation, strategy and education, and one of the most influential creative people in the world. He has advised companies, cities and governments and is widely recognised as one of the world's leading innovative thinkers on the future of learning. His renowned work, Learning from the Extremes, looked at the demand for innovative approaches to low cost, mass forms of education in the developing world. Anne Henderson
Anne Henderson led a half day seminar for school leaders discussing the importance of effective two-way communication and how to differentiate between the role of the parent advocate and parental advocacy for children. Using key chapters from her book, Beyond the Bake Sale, Anne supported participants to explore tangible, practical actions that can be drawn from the research. Anne Henderson is a Senior Consultant for the Community Organizing and Engagement Program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Anne's specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students' success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities.
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Bastow's Twilight Seminar series
Bastow's Twilight Seminar Series provide attendee's access to leading educational thinkers who share their insights on issues affecting educational leadership. The evening sessions seek to challenge the views of educational professionals and build thought leadership across the education sector. In addition to the learning experience, there is a networking opportunities after the session.
Outlined below is an overview of our first twilight seminar facilitated by Dr. Ruben Puentedura
Dr. Ruben Puentedura presented a thought-provoking session on the use and subsequent impact of technology in the classroom. Dr. Puentedura explained the application of the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) and the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) models in the classroom, and outlined a new model for how technology has and will continue to influence pedagogy and learning. This seminar was followed by a Q&A session and networking afterwards. Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, an educational consulting firm focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. The basis for Hippasus is to be found in Dr. Puentedura's eighteen years of work in educational research and reform.