Last month Bastow was fortunate to host Professor John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, who delivered an engaging and thought provoking Twilight seminar.
Despite the rainy night, every seat in the Bastow building was filled with enthusiastic participants. The event was a huge success with more than 180 attendees in the Bastow building and 55 people accessing the hour long presentation via video conference.
Principals and teachers from across Victoria (from Portland Secondary College in the west to Newborough East primary in the east) registered to hear Professor Hattie share his views on the importance of a collaborative culture among school staff, quality teaching and its direct impact on student learning and outcomes.
The audience’s response following the seminar was extremely positive. Julien from Balwyn High School said he enjoyed Professor Hattie’s discussion on the difference between growth and achievement, and commented that, as Professor Hattie points out, too often we are missing the point by focusing on student achievement when student growth is far more important. Peter, a Teach for Australia graduate, said the presentation helped him recognise how trust can play a major role in schools and you need to start developing trust between colleagues before you can use collaboration to make an impact in the classrooms.
Bastow partners with a number of leading academics and expert practitioners from around the world to deliver a range of educational leadership development experiences and networking opportunities. Next month Stephen Heppell will deliver a Horizon Forum on the evening of 26 November about the future of learning.
For more information on Twilight seminars, please visit the Bastow events