California Contemporary Learning Tour Including Stanford University dSchool, High Tech High, Design Thinking High, Monte Vista College, and more…
Some quotes from Lutheran Education Leaders about the recent California Contemporary Learning Tour.
A great group committed to transforming education together!
"The tour provided a different lens in which to view collaborative learning. The connections made will be invaluable."
"The California Learning Tour opened my eyes to the true possibilities of PBL and design thinking. By empower learners (staff and students), which includes helping them to not only realise but relentless pursue these possibilities, I’m confident that Lutheran schools can be at the forefront of contemporary learning in Australia."
"It’s not the next four years but the next forty!"
"I believe that the learning tours are directly responsible for the contemporary transformation seen in our schools."
"For me it was the way God called me to action, to change school for our children."
"The California Learning Tour has not only opened my eyes to a myriad of take-home possibilities, but has reinforced the need to celebrate the many things we are already doing well in our quest for a contemporary model of learning. I can see myself taking risks and seizing opportunities for creative noncompliance to improve the holistic education of our young people so they are empowered to contribute meaningfully to their world."
"Derek and Andrew have put together an inspirational set of experiences that will take you on a journey. You will start as acquaintances and finish as friends."
"I gained a deeper understanding of authentic and engaging learning."
"A wonderful experience! A great place to see passionate authentic learning where students had the Opportunity to explore interests and a variety of pathways that shaped their learning."
"Very worthwhile experiences and opportunities to connect with schools and staff who are on the journey of CL also. Experiencing the same opportunities for learning to occur with staff from Lutheran Schools. Taking the information back to staff will be both challenging and empowering for them."
"Sharing and connecting with like minded leaders has been extremely helpful, as you wrestle with changing your ideas. I was definitely inspired by students and their excitement for project learning and how projects about real world problems, or personal issues create excitement in learning."
"This Learning Tour was an enriching, enlightening and inspirational tour that reignited my drive to lead the way in contemporary education that empowers all learners (young and not so young) to smash the traditional constructs and do what works! Each day had so many key takeaways and I have learnt so much from all the schools/organisations and the wonderful group of colleagues we were blessed to tour with."
"An opportunity to step out of my community to think clearly and have my head in “mostly” one game. You get what put into it. Don’t expect to go home with all the answers, rather questions, connections and provocations. Thanks for the amazing gift of the time to learn."
"Worthwhile, great to experience and see other schools in action."
"Collegial and inspiring."
"Engaging, insightful, challenging, and encouraging, all rolled into one! The time of transformation has been here for a long time now, we have no choice but to change the way we do school to ensure we are guiding our learners to be the best empathic, compassionate, collaborative humans they can be!"
"Opens you mind to what is possible"
"Best experience ever. Opportunity to see what other pioneers are doing, ask questions and reflect on own context"
"You will leave inspired and excited to take your work to a whole new level. The places and the people are perfectly curated to question our preconceptions and give the students an authentic learning journey."
"Valuable learning experience and great to get to know the Lutheran team."
"An amazing experience! A chance of see some authentic learning."
"Helpful stimulated thinking - great connections and very well organised and felt very well looked after"
"Exciting, inspiring, and also that it challenges your previous ideas of teaching and learning"
"An enriching, enlightening and inspirational tour that ignites and empowers."
"An opportunity to step out of my community to think clearly and have my head in “mostly” one game. You will get what you put into it. Don’t expect to go home with all the answers, but the questions, connections and provocations."
Learning Leader: Innovation