Stephen Harris

By changing nothing, nothing changes
(Stephen's presentation will be uploaded here when I receive it. John)
As we move further into this new century, schools are still notorious as places where change can be extremely slow. Yet our students face new challenges, new learning, new understanding – but still so often our assumptions of schooling have remained as they were decades ago. This talk will focus on managing the change process, as well as highlighting what needs to change. Get ready to be unsettled!

One of the greatest challenges in promoting innovative teaching practice is to create an educational climate that is not only comfortable with change, but actively seeks to experiment with new technologies in order to improve pedagogy – and outcomes.

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Stephen Harris has been in school-based education for 34 years, with teaching experience across almost every grade from Kindergarten to Year 12. His firm belief is that every student should love learning, and that it is the responsibility of schools to relentlessly seek to engage students in their learning. No child should be excluded.

Stephen’s assertion is that schools must embrace a new paradigm and move away from what was once thought of as “school”. This new paradigm is one where learning is personalized and collaborative, technology is adaptive, spaces are radically different to the traditional mindset, and a community built on positive relationships is at the core. Teaching and learning culture must be informed by global trends towards change in routines, expectations, perceptions, technology and organization structures in the 21st century.

Stephen was also chosen as Australian Secondary Principal of the Year in the recent AITSL Awards.

Doodle notes from Stephen's Talk from @hogesonline CC License Attribute
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