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My work can be described as being a ‘translator’. I am a native speaker in education, while having learnt the language of design. I work with both sides in planning, implementation and embedding school design. This involves considering the needs of the learners, the aspirations of the educators and the inspiration of the designers in order to create outstanding learning environments.
I am passionate about making a difference to the experience of school, improving opportunities for children and young people. In my work I consider how the design of learning environments, the approaches to learning and school leadership can grow future-focused schools.
For almost 40 years my career has been in education and development, starting out as a primary teacher for 17 years. In the last 15 years I have worked directly with schools, systems, principals, teachers, school boards and architects, in the areas of facilitating change, developing strategy, creating a collaborative learning environment, and shaping culture.
Since 2011 I have organised and led international study tours to Europe, Scandinavia, UK, New Zealand and in Australia. Over this time more than 80 people have participated in 11 tours.
My knowledge and expertise of current trends, both in Australia and internationally, in practice and thinking regarding pedagogy and space has led to numerous invitations to speak at conferences and events. These include Future Schools (Sydney and Melbourne), Association for School Business Managers, New Generation Learning Spaces (Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore), SCIL/McCrindle Research: Education Future Forum, and BETT Future of Schools Forum (London).
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Anne came to the American School of Paris to work with our 6th grade students as a consultant on a project named “Design Our Space”. The purpose of this project is to have students design and create their own learning space within our 6th grade area and take ownership of their environment. . .The students were engaged, interested, and inspired
Anne worked with the teachers by helping them work as a team to bring this project to fruition. The sixth grade teachers are at different stages of understanding and experience with project based learning and Anne offered concrete methods and steps to lead us all through.
Her inspiration, expertise, professionalism and class, has been exactly the kick-off that we needed in order to commence the ambitious adventure that we are embarking on. It was a connection even better than we could have imagined.
American School of Paris
6th Grade Advisor
In a very hands-on workshop guided by Anne, my colleague and I were able to design a cross curricular project for Year 8 that was more thoroughly developed than any project I have worked on before. By looking at such things as the values that underpinned the project, the types of learners who would engage with the project, staff expectations and the physical and digital environment, Design/Engage enabled us to develop a rich, engaging and multi-dimensional cross-curricular project. I am excited to share this program with my colleagues at school and plan to use it in the development of all future cross-curricular projects in the school.
I highly recommend Design/Engage to all staff who work collaboratively on program and project development. This was the best inservice I have ever been to.
Rel. Head Teacher Teaching and Learning
James Ruse Agricultural High School
I can’t speak highly enough about Anne Knock and the fabulous Vision Tour she created for our group, I can easily recommend and encourage others to experience this opportunity with Anne, she has done the hard work and has a solid track record that you can really have confidence in. Not only is it beautifully orchestrated, it is informed, intelligent and simply remarkable – I loved it!
Primary School Principal – NZ
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