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Month: March 2016

PEN Newsletter Issue #2

This week we sent out the second issue of the Progressive Educators Network.   This issue, Ray Trotter (principal of Wooranna Park Pubic School) challenges us to imagine what a school build by Walt Disney would be like. We venture into the arena with Bianca Hewes and her immersive creative writing project, based on The Hunger Games. And we review Real Talk for Real Teachers, the latest book by award-winning US educator Rafe Esquith.   BIANCA’S HUNGER GAMES Bianca Hewes, Manly Selective Campus It’s amazing how hard students will work to stay alive. It was third term, and Bianca...

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The Future of Montessori – MECA 2016

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of speaking at the Montessori Early Childhood Conference on trends in progressive education and the implications for Montessori. Over the course of an hour I gave a presentation ambitiously titles ‘The Next One Hundred Years’. It began with an overview of the various strands of progressive education that inspired and surrounded Montessori. We then explored the current environment and looked at the potential challenges and opportunities that it offers the movement.   It was fantastic to meet so many passionate educators sharing such a rich tradition. I, for one, will be fascinated...

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Parents as Collaborators – FutureSchools 2016

This week I attended the FutureSchools conference in Sydney, and gave a presentation on collaborating with parents. The material was drawn from our Parents as Classroom Collaborators professional development course, so it was a great opportunity to share some of our learnings around the area.   The presentation is available on...

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PEN Newsletter Issue #1

It’s taken a while to get here, but this week we’re thrilled to finally be sending the first Progressive Educators Network newsletter.   This issue we hear Bill Conway’s provocative argument for moving beyond a ‘culture or performance’ to a ‘culture of service’. Janet Whittle talks us through a whole-school journey to support children as curious and creative learners. And we review Sir Ken Robinson’s latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education.   As it’s our first issue, let us know if you have any problems or suggestions. We’d also love to hear from you if...

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