Welcome to Schoolhouse

This is a critical moment in time when Australia needs meaningful, informed voices debating educational options. The Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education is an initiative to drive awareness, discussion and adoption of progressive approaches to education. We believe we have to change the way our schools work. They need to reflect the dynamic nature of......

Getting Creative with Northern Beaches Secondary College

Last week Northern Beaches Secondary College held their annual all-staff professional development day, bringing together staff from the different campuses that make up the college. Deftly organised and managed by Renata Grudic (Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning) the day was an amazing collection of TeachMeet-style short presentations, hands on workshops and a world cafe to......

New PD: Collaborative Creativity in the Classroom

This week our professional development course on Collaborative Creativity was endorsed by BOSTES. This half-day workshop provides teachers with the tools and pedagogy to implement collaborative creativity in the classroom. ‘Collaborative creativity’ describes activities where we groups of individuals work together to arrive at original, innovative and creative solutions. This is a skill-set that is increasingly in demand,......

Vivid Ideas: Creativity in Education

At the invitation of Bradfield Senior College, I was fortunate to be part of a fantastic panel this week, as part of Vivid Ideas. The event featured a keynote by Dr James Arvanitakis (Dean Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University) and short presentations from myself and John Goh, Nicole Velik, Joachim Cohen, Bridgette Van Leuven, Michael Stoddart and Sarah Fordham. The......

‘Design Thinking for Kids’ at Sydney Design Festival

As part of the Sydney Design Festival (September 2 to 16) we will be running a series of workshops for teachers and parents. ‘Design Thinking with Kids’ is a two hour workshop that gives teachers and parents the tools and skills to introduce children (aged 5 and up) to Design Thinking. Whether it’s designing a......

PEN Newsletter Issue #3

This week we sent out the third issue of the Progressive Educators Network newsletter. We rarely have exactly the resources we might want in the classroom. This issue we explore how to best use the things we do have. In the wake of a devastating storm, Beatrice Heine and her class give us an insight......

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......

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......

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 SlideShare....

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......