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......

‘Design Thinking with Kids’ educator’s toolkit

  Want to get students exploring, empathising, innovating and prototyping? This year we’ve been exploring how the Design Thinking approach championed by Stanford and IDEO can make a great classroom tool, with a few simple changes. Finally it’s done, and we’re very excited about the way our ‘Design Thinking with Kids’ toolkit has turned out. The kit......

Hands-on ‘Design Thinking’ at the Sydney Design Festival

Last weekend we ran our ‘Design Thinking with Kids’ workshop, as part of the Sydney Design Festival. Despite being on a beautiful sunny Sunday, we filled two sessions with enthusiastic and engaged parents and teachers. The workshop gave them all a chance to experience the Design Thinking process, and a set of tools for running Design......

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......