Culture & values must relate to everything, even school uniforms. Especially for girls

As students in Australia get ready to head back (or even start) school, many are making sure that they have the right gear, in this part of the work this usually includes the school uniform. In an era that we espouse so-called ‘21st century’ education, characterised by ‘choice, autonomy and flexibility’, the school uniform seems …

Innovating Education 101: From hierarchical to collegial leadership #innovatorsmindset

Just like the shift from the factory model of schooling, leadership in education (and in life) is transitioning from command and control, centralised power to shared and collegial model. The innovation trajectory of Atlassian, originally an Australian start-up, is remarkable and it has topped the BRW best place to work. Atlassian understands the idea of change and agility: …

5 reasons why cultivating creativity in a crazy world is a non-negotiable

  Many have watched Brene Brown’s TED talks on the Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame. Last week I was travelling down the rabbit warren of finding a new e-book on Amazon, when I came across Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You …

10 ideas to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset at school

There are immense opportunities for this generation of students. Demographer Bernard Salt found that the development of new technology also creates new opportunities for entrepreneurs: Connectivity will impact on all types of jobs, even those not strictly in the technology space - but they will make greater use of technology. According to  Salt a culture …

Innovating school: Mapping the change journey – 5 priorities identified by the OECD

According to the OECD, these are the three ingredients for innovating schools and systems: Leadership: strong leaders who establish optimal conditions in their schools Teachers: Confident and capable in their practice Culture: An openness to innovation OECD Report: Schools for 21st-Century Learners: Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approaches (2015) by Andreas Schleicher, This document draws from three sources: evidence …

From the 3Rs to fast-tracking the 3Es: Entrepreneurial Educational Experience in 4 key steps

Each year on our national day, there are several categories of award for the Australian of the Year. It is an important event, highlighting significant Australians who have made a difference to the lives of others. The Local Hero Award was presented to Juliette Wright, who founded Givit: Goods for good causes. She is described as a social …

#FutureSchools depend on getting better with #PresentSchools. Learning from boulders, pebbles and breakfast cereals

Two seemingly unrelated articles caught my attention this week. A great piece by Stephen Heppell on the "School of the future" "In preparing our children for that uncertain future, we inevitably need schools unlike the ones that prepared their parents". (Article here) And the demise of another "boulder": Kellogg posts $379m loss as consumers cut back …

What if school was like Uber? 5 critical disruptions for educating children of the #ubergeneration

Uber, on the one hand, under siege from the taxi industry, on the other hand, every second person I speak to seems to regularly utilise the service, whether it’s in Sydney, London or New York. Of course, the under 40s have definitely embraced it. This generation embraces disruption. They don’t watch scheduled TV, they don’t …