Posts filed under: Publication

Our ThinkKit Kickstarter is live!

Today we launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of the ThinkKit – a resource we’ve been working on for the past year. Based on our Collaborative Creativity in the Classroom professional development course, the ThinkKit is a stand-alone classroom resource for teachers. It’s great for those occasions when you want students to be coming up with......

‘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......

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......

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......

Interview for Empowering Motherhood

This week Tara Darlington interviewed me for her online radio program. It’s always slightly unnerving to have such a public conversation about such a broad ranging set of topics – but it was a great opportunity to talk about some of the things that have led to the creation of Schoolhouse, some of our ambitions,......

What Would School Be Like If We Invented it Today?

This week we completed a project we’ve been working on for some time – a short video that speaks to some of the questions and ideas that are the foundation of Schoolhouse. We owe immense gratitude to the amazing Kim Gamble who lent his passion and talent to the project – bringing our story to life......

We need to teach children skills, not subjects (Australian Financial Review)

This week, the AFR published an article we have been working on in their BOSS supplement. The piece looks at some of the fundamental challenges to our current model of education given the expectations and desires we have for students coming through the system. We also look at a handful of Australian schools that are exploring......