THE CEL­E­BRAT­ING DO­ERS

Educhange 2018

The Australian Education Reporter - - CONTENTS - EMMA DAVIES

RUN by Ed­u­ca­tion Change­mak­ers (EC), Educhange 2018 pro­vides world class in­no­va­tion and lead­er­ship train­ing for ed­u­ca­tors, by ed­u­ca­tors.

Educhange di­rec­tor Sum­mer Howarth said ed­u­ca­tors will be sur­rounded by like-minded peers who are push­ing for­ward with teacher-led in­no­va­tion.

There will be amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to net­work and build a com­mu­nity that will stay with them long af­ter the event.

“Ed­u­ca­tors will leave the three day fes­ti­val well equipped to go for­ward and to make good, solid change – know­ing that they are backed by a net­work of like-minded ed­u­ca­tors who share that lan­guage of change and are in a com­mu­nity cu­rated by Ed­u­ca­tion Change­mak­ers,” Ms Howarth said.

“We hope that peo­ple leave the event not only in­spired by great sto­ries, but in­spired by their own abil­i­ties to make change,” she said.

Speak­ers range from Aus­tralia’s res­i­dent maths dar­ling Ed­die Woo to Daniel Flynn, co-founder of so­cial en­ter­prise Thankyou.

“We’ve also got some great prin­ci­pals from around the world who are trans­form­ing schools and their own sys­tems so there’s a lot of va­ri­ety for ed­u­ca­tors,” Ms Howarth said.

The Change Mak­ing, Change Lead­ing, and Change Learn­ing masterclasses are de­signed for dif­fer­ent ca­reer stages.

“There’s re­ally some­thing for ev­ery­one; we en­cour­age schools to send teams and have dif­fer­ent peo­ple at all three of those Masterclasses. When they come back to­gether they’ll have the same lan­guage of de­sign think­ing and change mak­ing, from every facet that a school might be in­ter­ested in,” Ms Howarth said.

The event is also ac­ces­si­ble on­line via Educhange in a box - al­low­ing any­one, any­where to ex­pe­ri­ence the main event via a live link.

“Teach­ers can even run it on their own site so ev­ery­one can es­sen­tially fa­cil­i­tate their own event within their own con­text,” Ms Howarth said.

On 3 Oc­to­ber the Spot­light event will shine a light on ed­u­ca­tion in­no­va­tions in Vic­to­ria as part of EC’S work with Fin­nish non-profit Hun­dred.

“We’ve been work­ing closely with th­ese projects, we’ve shot video case stud­ies of them be­cause we be­lieve that if peo­ple have struck gold on some­thing that im­proves the lives of kids, com­mu­ni­ties and schools they of­ten need a lit­tle bit of help to share how that in­no­va­tion will change the sys­tem,” Ms Howarth said.

“The Spot­light is about launch­ing th­ese in­no­va­tions in a re­ally nice cel­e­bra­tion event.”

TV host, Masterchef Aus­tralia alum, for­mer food edi­tor, best-sell­ing au­thor and ed­u­ca­tor Alice Zaslavsky will be speak­ing at Educhange 2018.

“When I was a De­part­ment Head of Hu­man­i­ties at Hai­ley­bury School in Mel­bourne I was al­ways try­ing to in­clude food in my class­rooms, in­te­grate it into his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy, and English,” Ms Zaslavsky said.

“I tried to pitch an elec­tive to one of the heads of the school and they said ‘we don’t think we’ll get the numbers and you don’t re­ally have the ex­per­tise’.

“So I thought I’ll show them! I went off and did an ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the Wil­liam Angliss In­sti­tute and to­wards the end of it I re­alised that Masterchef Au­di­tions were tak­ing place in the same build­ing.

“I was al­ways hear­ing my stu­dents talk about the show so I thought if I went on Masterchef and my stu­dents saw me and they’d want to do my elec­tive; so I au­di­tioned and got in and my life got com­pletely flipped up­side down!”

Ms Zaslavsky is no longer a class­room teacher, but while do­ing TV shows, writ­ing a book, work­ing as food edi­tor for Mel­bourne’s Weekly Re­view and live pre­sent­ing with top chefs like Nigella and Rick Stein, she never stopped be­ing a teacher at heart. So she de­vel­oped a Food Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram called Phe­nom­e­non.

“All that time I was still think­ing about the fact that our kids are still dis­con­nected from food as a nor­mal and im­por­tant part of their lives,” she said.

“I’ve al­ways been seek­ing out an op­por­tu­nity and Phe­nom­e­non is the mar­riage of my food me­dia, my pas­sion, and my ed­u­ca­tion back­ground.

“A lot of the stuff in the food ed­u­ca­tion space is cre­ated for teach­ers by mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives or strat­egy teams and it doesn’t work – be­cause they don’t know what it’s like to be in a class­room!”

Phe­nom­e­non is what Ms Zaslavsky would have wanted to teach and use as a tool in the class­room, she said.

“I cre­ated it through the sup­port of Hort In­no­va­tion, which is a re­search and de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion that looks af­ter grow­ers, so in this case it was a veg­etable fund – the veg­etable grow­ers have funded a pro­gram to help our kids change their at­ti­tudes to fresh food.”

At Educhange Ms Zaslavsky will be speak­ing about the power of cur­ricu­lum to change at­ti­tudes and cre­ate be­havioural change.

“Ob­vi­ously for me the fo­cus is food but I think that, as teach­ers, we have an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity every sin­gle day to change the lives of every stu­dent in our class­room,” she said.

Ms Howarth pointed out that many pro­fes­sional learn­ing events were lack­ing the ‘how’, and speak­ers like Ms Zaslavsky and Mr Woo don’t just talk about the need for change in their sub­ject ar­eas – they take ac­tion and make change.

“This event is a real cel­e­bra­tion of the do­ers and it’s all based in re­search, it’s based on data,” she said.

“We front-end the sto­ries and cel­e­brate peo­ple who are do­ing things, lead­ing change, putting it out there, and do­ing the hard work.”

Alice Zaslavsky is pas­sion­ate about food ed­u­ca­tion.

Educhange 2018 runs from Oc­to­ber 1 to 3 in Mel­bourne.

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