By Mrs Helen Carmody, Korowa Anglican Girls' School Principal
This week our 'STEAM team' teachers from Junior, Cripps and Senior School have engaged in workshops to develop their skills in the areas of design thinking and the use of technology. All our teachers also attended a workshop led by David Price OBE, author of 'Open: How We’ll Live, Learn and Work in the Future' and Chris Harte, Director of Unstuck Learning.
David Price, OBE, is a learning futurist and cofounder of We Do Things Differently, a culture change company. He is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, in London. For the past 10 years, David has led numerous international education projects, helping schools gear themselves up to meet the challenges of the 21st century. In 2009 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen. He writes, talks and advises on some of the biggest challenges facing business, education and society: solving the problems of employee, student and civic disengagement; maximising our potential to be creative, innovative and fulfilled citizens, and understanding the global shift towards open organisations, and systems of learning. David writes in his book about how the new dynamics of digital culture are transforming not only how we work and play but how we think, feel and learn.
Our Deputy Principal Liana Gooch is leading Korowa teachers in the programs that will develop the skills and attitudes to prepare our girls for an increasingly disruptive society and work place. Teachers are developing projects based on design thinking. We’re planning units of work that develop entrepreneurial skills. Our staff are learning about social innovation and global responsibilities and we are providing our students with opportunities to take their learning further beyond the Korowa gates. We’re excited that Korowa has been invited to attend and compete in a youth STEM challenge in Shanghai in July.
Gabriela Ramos OECD Chief of Staff to the G20, recently stated that, “the development of social and emotional skills, as well as values like respect, self-confidence and a sense of belonging, are of the utmost importance to create opportunities for all and advance a shared respect for human dignity”.
It is our aim at Korowa to foster global competence for more inclusive societies and this will be achieved through many of our 2018 initiatives.