The videos from uLearn15:
Keynote 1: Grant Lichtman
Grant Lichtman was a trustee, chief of finance and operations, and teacher at Francis Parker School in San Diego, one of the largest independent schools in the United States. In 2012 Grant travelled across the US visiting 64 public and private schools, and interviewing more than 600 teachers, administrators, students and parents. He synthesised these discussions into a book, and his keynote presentation at ULearn15 unpacked some of his observations and conclusions.
Keynote 2: Dr Ann Lieberman
Dr Ann Lieberman was previously a Senior Scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Lieberman is widely known for her work in the areas of teacher leadership and development, collaborative research, networks and school-university partnerships, and the problems and prospects for understanding educational change. In her keynote presentation at ULearn15 Dr Lieberman speaks of the challenges that face teachers in an era of globalisation and pressure to change. She draws on The Writing Project as an example of an initiative that creates “magic” for the teachers who participate, and points to the Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) in Ontario as an example of a community of teachers working together on their own inquiries – a professional learning context very similar to that which is developing here in New Zealand.
Keynote 3: Pat Sneddon
Pat Snedden helped to establish the Manaiakalani Educational Trust, and is the executive Chair. The Manaiakalani Programme was set up to tackle learning challenges and offer full ‘digital citizenship’ to 2,500 primary and secondary students living in the lowest decile areas in New Zealand, 95% of whom are Maori and Pasifika. The primary investors became the parents who funded their own child’s digital device through the trust. This commitment attracted the support of corporate and private donors, with the objective of not only improving educational results but also realising the potential for enhanced employment and life outcomes. In this ULearn15 keynote presentation Pat shares his knowledge and insight into what has happened in over three years since the launch of the Trust and programme.