This year’s Principals’ and School Council Chairs’ Day, which was held on Saturday, 23rd of June, explored “Innovation and what it means for LEVNT Schools” with the assistance of our guest presenter, Mr Derek Bartels, Director of Innovation and Technology, Lutheran Education Queensland.
Derek elaborated on the contemporary narrative of the global call for schooling to transform for a contemporary world to enable the development of citizens with richly developed soft skills. He alerted us of the sense of urgency referring to research, media and current policy, including the Gonski reforms. Derek touched on best practice examples from local, national and international regions, as well as, highlighting how exposure to these examples can enable greater awareness.
He suggested that systemic buy-in is vital to enabling this contemporary change and as this culture grows the organic mainstreaming of such initiatives is easier and more effective. Derek concluded with highlighting research backed ‘small wins’ or ‘innovation bites’, which all schools can utilise to help progress an agile contemporary transformation.
Kim Powell, LEVNT Education Officer: Learning organized presentations from a number of schools in our region who are already taking the first steps to innovating on the school experience for students by implementing Project Based Learning (PBL) opportunities for students focusing on the development of soft skills.
Kim presented a snapshot of some of the projects that are underway in both Middle School and Primary school contexts within our region and the exciting learning happening through these projects. The afternoon session was designed for Principals and Chairs to consider the future educational directions for their schools.