Eleven AISSA schools and eleven SASPA schools are working with Yong Zhao to explore the evolving possibilities and challenges in creating schools which will build future thinkers and innovators. The guiding principles of the work have been Professor Zhao’s principles of student autonomy, product-oriented learning and the global campus.
Professor Zhao challenged the group attending the symposium to consider that shifting paradigms is not about playing around on the edges but shifting beliefs about ‘how things are done’ in education. This means shifting from requiring children to acquire what we believe they need to have, which is a narrow view and discriminatory, to one where we enhance talents and assist children to be the best versions of themselves.
Rather than ‘fixing’ students and getting them ready for ‘the future’ we need to focus on supporting them to create a better future.
To shift paradigms we need to engage in networks which create a culture of courage and risk-taking. This is certainly the approach of LESNW through the labs which have been established with the focus on awareness-based system leadership; unleashing collective creativity for innovation and improvement in schools.
Educational Leadership Director