The 21st Century Learning Conference is an annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, staff, and school leaders come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education with thought leaders, technology, and learning experts, and their peers. With over 650 attendees from 33 countries, it is the event of choice for a diverse international audience. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner-led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities.
Saturday, March 9 • 11:35am - 12:35pm
Where Form Meets Function: Designing Space for Transformational Learning

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As our school enrolment grows so too does our need for space. Like many, our entire community set about planning for and designing a new facility, taking into account provisions of transgressing the boundaries of ministry designated floor plans and requirements. We wanted to plan our space absent the per student allotments and build something that would reflect our determination to create more experience-based learning. Thus began a journey, in which we needed to determine what practices we had that reflected our ideals and what practices remained aspirational, about which we still needed to be mindful.

Our journey has included bottom-up intervention strategies to engage students, parents and teachers together in professional learning capacities with the intent of expanding opportunities for students and parents to become active participants in shaping their learning spaces and communities. We have expanded opportunities for students and parents to participate by offering ideas and sharing concerns.

This session will explore the ongoing tension between existing practices and expectations, aspirational practices and expectations, and designing spaces to meet both. Moreover, we will ask participants to work through some of the same exercises we asked of ourselves and our team to understand how space can shape practices and how practices can shape spaces.


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Keren Frayman

Head of Pedagogy, Meitarim - Branco Weiss
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Steve Kutno

Principal Consultant, Intentional Matters, LLC
I work with the people who serve and are served by school systems to support their efforts in defining aspirations and developing plans for achieving them.

Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm

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