Presenter Abstract & Bio
Break silos, Build culture
Simon Taylor, Academic Teaching Scholar, Victoria University and Sam Hardwicke, Education Program Manager, Questacon
Conference Focus Area: Recognising new pedagogical approaches that engage every learner to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world
Break Silos- Silos exist across schools, within schools and within teams. By breaking down silos we create an ecosystem that is ripe for systemic change and the building of a strong learning culture. During this workshop the facilitators will equip you with tools to begin to break down the silos that are present in your context.
Build Culture- The Footscray Learning Precinct is a re-imagining of education in the west of Melbourne. With a future-focussed approach to education the FLP aims to break down the silos that exist between early learning, primary schools, secondary schools and post compulsory education. STEAM is being used as a through line for developing a curriculum that supports students at all levels of the FLP to develop the skills and dispositions required for future success.
This workshop will investigate how the learnings developed from the Questacon STEM Futures professional program is supporting the FLP to promote a culture of research and inquiry across the precinct.
BIO: Simon Taylor, Academic Teaching Scholar Footscray Learning Precinct, Victoria University. Simon is a teaching scholar from Victoria University who is working on secondment with the Footscray Learning Precinct to support STEAM curriculum. His interest is in developing curriculum that best reflects the challenges young people will need to successfully shape their own futures.
Sam Hardwicke, Educator Program Manager at Questacon. In his role as Education Program Manager, Sam works with teachers, school leaders and education departments across the country to break down silos, build capacity and shift practice in our schools.