Education Leadership

We can’t stay in conference-land forever, now it’s time to get on with it after #edutech and #cefpinz13

Over the last couple of weeks I have been at two conferences, well, kind of. Last week I was in Auckland for CEFPI Australasian Conference, and via the Twitter-feed at Edutech over the last couple of days.

Lots of similar messages across both…

  • recognition of the changing times

  • calls to action

  • challenging the status quo

  • engaging and inspiring students

  • equipping the educators

  • raising up leaders

  • changing pedagogy

  • redesigning spaces

  • role of technology

  • embracing change

As well as the use of the ubiquitous ‘21st Century’ descriptor – which, by now, after 13% behind us, we need to drop.

We’ve heard from the rock stars, the practitioners and thought-leaders. So what are you going to do about it?

Will you be a change agent, a learning activist, culture architect, idea-factory or will you gaze out of the window daydreaming about good times in conference-land and stay as you are?

So while it is fresh in your mind it’s time to make a new year resolution – this new year start June 2013, who says it has to be 1 Jan?

All around us there are circumstances and situations that need to change, but there is only so much you can do. So make a few motherhood statements of your own and stick to your guns.

Here are some to start you off:

Change starts with me. It will be hard, but it will be worth it.

I will work with my colleagues or I will find at least one other person to collaborate with

Leaders are readers – what will be on my reading list?

My students will work together

The furniture in my working/learning space will be conducive to collaboration and connection

I will encourage, embrace and support young educators

I will never say ‘back-in-my-day’

I will try new ideas/ways

What else can you think of?

Be the change, make a difference, take every opportunity.

Happy new year, kind of!


What does it take to inspire, empower and equip leaders for world where change is the only constant? I am an educational consultant and PhD candidate with the ILETC Project at Melbourne University. I facilitate workshops and regularly speak in the areas of: People, Place and Pedagogy in the new paradigm Facilitating change Challenging current practice Learning space design Equipping leaders to navigate change International education context I am passionate about rethinking school and learning to inspire and equip young people for an exciting future. To contact Anne and find out more about the work of SCIL or make contact visit:

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