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......

New PD: Parents as Classroom Collaborators

This week BOSTES endorsed our second professional development course, ‘Parents as Classroom Collaborators’. This one-day course explores the potential of parents in the classroom. While parent volunteers are a common sight in many schools, they are often an under-utilised resource. From K through to 6 and beyond, parents – and grandparents – can be a......

New PD: Non-Digital Games in the Primary Classroom

We’re delighted to announce that BOSTES has endorsed our first professional development course – ‘Non-Digital Games in the Primary Classroom’. This one-day course helps teachers unlock the power of non-digital games in the classroom – from board games to card games, dice games, physical games, word games and beyond. From K through to 6, games can be......

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......