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Larry Rosenstock

Keynote: It's time to change the subject
(Transforming learning and assessment / Te panoni i te ako me te aromatawai)

We are starting to see more and more schools around the world that are atypical. They do not mis-predict which students can and can’t do. They do not segregate students through structures that we see in most traditional schools. The people running these schools recognise that the world is changing. These are special places that are preparing their students for the innovation economies that their countries so profoundly need.

Larry RosenstockAbout Larry:

Larry Rosenstock is the founder and CEO of High Tech High, a network of public charter schools focused on project-based learning.

Larry taught carpentry in urban high schools for eleven years before working as staff attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education. Returning to public schools, he served as Director of the Rindge School of Technical Arts and then Principal of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He also directed the New Urban High School Project of the U.S. Department of Education, and has served as a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Visiting Associate Professor at UC Berkeley School of Education.

Larry is the recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship and the McGraw Prize in Education, and serves as an advisor to numerous commissions and boards nationally and internationally. He holds a JD from Boston University Law School, an M.Ed from Cambridge College, a BA from Brandeis University and a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa from Cambridge College.

High Tech High Learning comprises of twelve schools (ECE-secondary), a teacher-credentialing programme, and a graduate school of education.

Read about Larry Rosenstock's keynote presentation in CORE's uLearn blog, Larry Rosenstock: Keynote: It's time to change the subject.

John Couch
Keynote: New dimensions in learning
John CouchAbout John:

John leads the Education business at Apple - his more than 40 years as a computer scientist and his advocacy for the use of technology in education has revolutionised learning in the classroom. At Apple, our dedication to learning has always been a part of our DNA.

Since joining Apple in 1978 as the Director of New Products, John went on to become Apple’s first Vice President of Software and Vice President and General Manager for the Lisa division, Apple’s first Graphics User Interface computer.

John has been heavily involved in the education market since 1985 and was Chairman of the Board at Santa Fe Christian School for 10 years. Under his leadership, the school’s annual losses were annulled and the student body grew from 150 to 1000.

John holds a Bachelor degree in computer science and a Masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science, both from the University of California at Berkeley where he was honoured in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and a “Leadership in Innovation Award” from Philadelphia University.

Read about John Couch's keynote presentation in CORE's uLearn blog, John Couch Keynote: New dimensions in learning.

Karen Spencer

Keynote: Beyond the echo chamber: The extraordinary possibilities of a networked profession
(Transforming professional practice / Te panoni i te mahi kia angitu)

Karen will take you on a provocative journey to explore the rapid rise in innovative professional learning. From ‘done to’ staff meetings to collaborative, agile investigations into what’s happening for our learners, the way educators improve and grow has evolved rapidly in recent years. She’ll explore new insights into professional learning, best ways to embrace change, and invite you to think about how we can transform what we do for our learner.

Karen Melhuish Spencer

About Karen:

Tēnā koutou, no Yorkshire o Ingarani ahau,  kō the Chevin te maunga, kō Wharfe te awa, kō Enid Langley tōku māmā, kō Bill Spencer tōku pāpā, Ngāti Pakeha tōku iwi, kō Karen toku ingoa.

Karen is the Director of Education for NetSafe and has worked in education for over 20 years, including with CORE Education as the Senior Advisor, Transformative Learning. With a background in secondary teaching and leadership, she is now internationally recognised for her leadership in networked professional development, and digitally-enhanced, inclusive learning design.  Karen is currently working across New Zealand, helping educators and leaders put the learner at the heart, aligning vision to action to create ambitious, transformed curricula. She has written for numerous publications and is an inspiring presenter, known for her energy, humour and research-led approach.

Karen was the lead advisor for the national Connected Learning Advisory-Te Ara Whītiki service, supporting all New Zealand schools and kura to use digital technologies. She spearheaded New Zealand’s inaugural Connected Educator Month in 2014 and has undertaken extensive work in curriculum and assessment projects for the Ministry of Education, NZQA, and for international agencies. She was central to the development of Enabling e-Learning, the VLN Groups social network and the e-Learning Planning Framework. With a Masters in Education, Karen received the inaugural ICET Asia-Pacific Senior e-Fellow award, and the John Avery Scholarship from the University of Waikato, in 2013.

Twitter: @virtuallykaren

Find out more about Karen via her blog and read about Karen Spencer's keynote presentation in CORE's uLearn blog, Karen Spencer Keynote: Beyond the echo chamber: The extraordinary possibilities of a networked profession

Michael Fullan

Keynote: Early lessons from implementing New Pedagogies for Deep Learning
(Transforming leadership / Te panoni i te tangata kia rangatira)

Our work on School Leadership, Professional Capital and Coherence is becoming deeply integrated and embedded in the clusters and networks of schools that are engaged in implementing ‘new pedagogies'. I will identify some early lessons concerning how leadership for deep learning differs when it comes to digitally accelerated innovations. There are also some surprising new findings about the role of students as change agents relative to pedagogy, school organisation, and even societal change.

Michael FullanAbout Michael:

Michael Fullan, OC, is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He served as special adviser in education to Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty from 2003 to 2013, and now serves as one of four advisers to Premier Kathleen Wynne. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, Nipissing University, Duquesne University, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He consults with governments and school systems in several countries around the world.

Michael is the Global Leadership Director of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) project, currently partnered with over 1,000 schools in ten countries, including New Zealand. The project works with clusters and networks of schools to build knowledge and practices that develop deep learning and foster whole system change.

He has won numerous awards for his more than thirty books, including the 2015 Grawemeyer prize with Andy Hargreaves for Professional Capital. Other books include the best sellers Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, Change Leader, All Systems Go, Motion Leadership, and The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact. His latest books are Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action (with Joanne Quinn), Evaluating and Assessing Tools in the Digital Swamp (with Katelyn Donnelly), Leadership: Key Competencies (with Lyle Kirtman), and Freedom to Change.

To learn more about Michael, visit his website and read about Michael Fullans keynote presentation in CORE's uLearn blog, Micheal Fullen Keynote: Early lessons from implementing new pedagogies for deep learning.

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