ELF21 Series 1 Programme 4 x weekly 90 minute Zoom Meetings from 9 to 30 June

SHAPING TOMORROW TODAY
-Big ideas and growing trends

Series 1: Covid Era Knowledge Ecology
-Ideas, technology and trends that are defining future learning and work practices

An interactive Zoom series for education leaders at all levels who are open to fresh approaches to leading learning.  There will be a balance of stimulating input and small group breakout conversations, supported by reinforcing digital resources after each session.

Session 1

9 June 2021
4.00-5.30pm

Knowledge Ecology: Back to the Past?
-Have powerful Covid lockdown lessons in leading and learning been forgotten?
Derek Wenmoth, FutureMakers
The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence  – it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Peter Drucker

Derek argues that the COVID pandemic has thrown back the curtain on a great deal of what needs to be improved or addressed in our current education system, including a high degree of inequity across all areas, especially access to online learning.

He says the responses we saw during the 2020 lockdowns promised some transformative action and outcomes. But slowly we’ve seen a ‘return to the old normal’ mindset. The ‘big ideas’ that were evident have faded into obscurity as the old patterns of thinking and acting take over. It’s now time to challenge complacency and not go back to the past. What are the forward facing big trends and ideas?

 

Forward to the Future!
Tomorrow’s Energy
Climate change imperatives and energy-related  innovation: implications for educators and learners.

 Dr Amelia Sharman, Head of Policy, Ara Ake

From early humans rubbing sticks together to make fire, to the fossil fuels that drove the industrial revolution, energy has played a central role in our development as a species. But the way we power our societies has also created humanity’s biggest challenge. It’s one that will take all our ingenuity to solve.

Virtual Café Conversations
Each TED-type presentation or panel discussion is followed immediately by small group  Zoom conversations and within three days by presentation videos and other digital resources for reinforcement and sharing with colleagues.
Session 2

16 June 2021
4.00-5.30pm

Why is innovation so hard? How to make it easier.
-Getting buy-in and accelerating creativity and innovation through lateral and critical thinking
Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, School of Thinking, Sydney
“Thinking outside the square- total rethink-not just tweak…involves two basic processes: escaping from your current view of the situation and searching for a much better view of the situation.”  Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Zoom and other video telephony platforms have been around for over a decade yet it took a global pandemic to catch us all up to using it. There’s often a big gap between innovation and our buy-in. Why? Because the most difficult feat in human thinking is to escape from your point of view. In the human brain lateral thinking is not natural but it can be done. How? When? Why? In this session you’ll get new software for your brain to accelerate your and your colleagues’ innovation capacity and speed of thought.

Virtual Café Conversations Each TED-type presentation or panel discussion is followed immediately by small group  Zoom conversations and within three days by presentation videos and other digital resources for reinforcement and sharing with colleagues.
Session 3

23 June 2021
4.00-5.30pm

Panel: Sharpening Skills and Trading Up
-Re-positioning Vocational Education and Skills Training

The Covid Economy has underscored shifting priorities for education and training-and amplified the need for a re-balancing in tertiary education between  universities  and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) now under the umbrella of  Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology -and other providers.

Some Key themes: Soft skills, Adaptability, Flexibility.   Micro-Learning and Micro-Credentials in an age of qualifications inflation.

The voices of industry, employers and skills training partners
“For many people it means that this will be a really great time to stay at school or to get more tertiary education, including not just university but trades training and other vocational training.”  Bill Rosenberg CTU Future of Work Director

Panelists:
Helen Down, CEO, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Virtual Café Conversations Each TED-type presentation or panel discussion is followed immediately by small group  Zoom conversations and within three days by presentation videos and other digital resources for reinforcement and sharing with colleagues.
Session 4

30 June 2021
4.00-5.30pm

Covid Era Changes and Challenges for Education Leaders
Overcoming resistance to change and building a mentally healthy leadership team

Covid has shown we need to prepare students for a very different world from what we grew up in, with the pace of change increasing exponentially. So, how can what we’ve learnt recently change the way we, as leaders in education, lead better when it comes to communication, adaptability, resilience and culture change, meaning our students will be better equipped to respond to the needs of humanity going forward.

Speakers:

Cathy Sheppard, Founder & CEO, BSI People Skills

Anne Riches, The Mindfield Navigator

Virtual Café Conversations Each TED-type presentation or panel discussion is followed immediately by small group  Zoom conversations and within three days by presentation videos and other digital resources for reinforcement and sharing with colleagues.

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