The Imperative for Change in Education
International keynote speaker, Yong Zhao will explain why we need a paradigm shift in education. He brings historical and international data to show how and why the traditional employee-oriented education paradigm that attempts to homogenize individuals has become obsolete in the face of new challenges brought about by technology and globalization. He will then explain why the challenges are also opportunities. But to take advantage of the opportunities, we need a different paradigm of education.
1. What Changes Are Needed: Entrepreneur-oriented Education
As a follow up to his keynote address, Yong Zhao will focus on three key elements: student autonomy and creative opportunities; outcome-oriented learning; and resource building and globalization. He will recommend empowering our children by liberating their potential, capitalizing on their passion and supporting their pursuits. He will suggest that we must allow children the opportunity to engage in creating authentic products and learn what they are interested in, just in time, not just in case.
2. Getting Permission to Change Education
Change can be extremely difficult, especially in an institution as large as the public education system. Rod will talk about developing the social licence for change and how to build support from all education partners.
He will explain the difference between improving the current system and making fundamental change. He will talk about systemic challenges and solutions. Finally, we will hear about BC examples of the new framework in action and ideas about the use of technology in learning.
3. 21st Century Learning in Action
What defines the current paradigm in education? What key elements define the new framework? How do we use lines of inquiry to develop learning activities? How do we extract learning outcomes from learning activities? How do we make outcomes matter?
Jeff will answers these and other questions as he shares his experiences since founding the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry in Victoria. He will describe the structures we need to support the new framework and how to create them. He will share the learning power creating by treating children with respect and focusing on helping them take charge of their learning.
4. Inclusion Now and in the Future
Shelley will help us to understand how current knowledge and practice can make our classrooms a place where all children can learn. She will explain the benefits of a truly inclusive classroom and dispel various myths about inclusion.
She will discuss current methodology for changing teacher practice and provide some examples of inclusive classrooms. She will then explore how the new framework might result in finally achieving our stated desire that all students reach their individual potential.