Twilight Seminars and Horizon Forums

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Bastow Twilight seminar

Bastow’s Twilight Seminars and Horizon Forums are regular evening events offering insight and inspiration for Victorian educators on a wide range of highly relevant topics.

Presented by leading academics, innovative thinkers and industry experts from all over the world, these stimulating and collaborative events are part of Bastow’s commitment to provide ongoing leadership training and learning experiences to teachers, principals and early childhood professionals.

Polycom logoBastow is also offering regular video conferencing (PDF - 64Kb) access via Polycom to these events to government school and early childhood networks from outside of the Melbourne metropolitan area.

This is a great opportunity for senior regional officers, principals, assistant principals and directors of early childhood organisations to establish ‘hubs’ with other schools and related organisations in their area to actively participate in these exciting events.

The next Twilight Seminar on Wednesday 10 September 2014, Joe Flessa will look at evaluation of family school partnerships. Jo Flessa is a researcher at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto Centre for Urban Schooling and at the Centre for Leadership and Diversity, with an emphasis on urban education.

On the following Wednesday 17 September 2014, Dr Noella Mackenzie from Charles Sturt University will examine the links between children’s drawing and emerging writing. Dr Mackenzie's knowledge and experience of early literacy development and catering for the diverse literacy needs of young learners is founded in her experience in the application, interpretation and analysis of early literacy assessment and intervention at a district, regional and state level.

In the first half of 2014 Bastow was fortunate to host an impressive line-up of presenters for the Twilight Seminars and Horizon Forums. All experts in their field, these presenters enlightened participants with presentations on topics focusing on the latest research and thinking around learning and teaching.

Senior Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester, Professor Christopher P. Niemiec, PhD, looked at ways to enhance students’ motivation and wellness, with a focus on the application of self-determination theory to educational practice. Topics include intrinsic motivation and how teachers can create classroom climates that are supportive of their students’ basic psychological needs.

Lane Clark - an expert in powerful pedagogy and in the design and delivery of engaging, rigorous curriculum - presented a fascinating global view of critical and creative thinking and its place within curriculum. Participants explored and reflected on strategies that increase students’ capacity to think critically and creatively, which in turn, can increase motivation for, and management of, their own learning.

Learning futurist and a senior associate at the Innovation Unit in London, David Price, OBE, presented Re-imagining Learning for a Socially Connected World - a series of short provocations on the radically shifting patterns of employment, civic participation and social learning. As part of the forum, participants designed learning that engages and prepares students for these new landscapes.

Philip Holmes-Smith Director, School Research Evaluation and Measurement Services, presented an overview of how schools can effectively use assessment data to inform teaching and learning. The session also included advice on what a comprehensive assessment schedule should look like.

Professor Barry McGaw - a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chair of the Board of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority - discussed and explored education systems and schools lifting student performance, including the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment; evidence gathered from the National Assessment Program; the relationship between Australian students’ home backgrounds and educational achievement; and how to use the My School website for fair comparisons and effective benchmarking.

With an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education, Will Richardson presented Educating Modern Learners. In this session he looked at the scope and scale of the way the Web is changing education and implications this has on children. He clarified the roadblocks schools face, and offered specific starting points for parents to engage in a truly “different” conversation of how best to prepare children for a change-filled, more uncertain future world.

 

For more information Bastow’s Twilight Seminars and Horizon Forums, see www.bastow.vic.edu.au/professional-practice-and-events.

For more information on Polycom Hubs, contact Bec Gooch-Andrew on phone 03 8199 2942 or email bec.gooch-andrew@bastow.vic.edu.au.