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.

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Friday, March 8

9:15am +07

Success and Well-Being: Opposites that Need to Attract with Andy Hargreaves [Part 1]
This is a two part workshop

What’s the relationship between success and well-being for students and teachers? Is well-being a pre-requisite for academic success, or does success lead to well-being? Drawing on Professor Hargreaves’s upcoming book on Learning, Engagement and Wellbeing, this three hour workshop will engage participants with their own understandings of the relationship between well-being and success and introduce them to examples of how other schools go about making the connection.

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Dr. Andy Hargreaves

President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness & Improvement, Boston College
Dr. Andy Hargreaves is the President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness & Improvement and is is known as one of the top global thought leaders in education. He is the former Thomas More Brennan Chair of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.Andy... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am +07

9:15am +07

Women in Leadership
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Jessica Hale

Director of Learning and Innovation, Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur
Jessica currently serves as the Director of Learning and Innovation for the establishment of Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur. For more than 15 years, Jessica has worked with international schools in Asia. Her experience spans from classroom teacher to overseeing whole school... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am +07

11:15am +07

Building Relationships: Brain-Focused Methods for Classroom Management
In this session you will learn about how current research on the brain can impact the way in which you teach and manage your classroom. After understanding some basic brain-body states, you will be able to identify some common disruptive student behaviors and learn ways to respond to their individual discipline needs. While learning about the brain, you will also see the necessity of having strong student to teacher relationships, and the importance of rapport with and among your students.

The goal of this session is not to turn you into a neuroscientist! You will leave with tangible classroom examples on how to move towards a more responsive and connected class.

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Lexi Bentley

Grade 2 Teacher, Delia School of Canada

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

11:15am +07

Looking to the past to design inspirational learning spaces
Just two decades ago, if you had predicted touch screen mobile phones without physical keypads, you would either have been laughed at or called Steve Jobs. As educationalists and leaders of learning, it is almost impossible for us to predict future technological advances and physical changes to our learning spaces. However, by looking to the past, we can see trends - the Paris exhibition of 1900 is a great starting point!

In this workshop, we will neither focus on individual pieces of hardware nor on physical classroom furniture. Instead, we will work through a simple process of identifying the teaching and learning systems we seek to enhance with integrated technology and changes to learning spaces.

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Lee Falconer

Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning); IT Director, British International School, Ho Chi Minh City
Lee has worked in schools in the UK, Canada and HK as a languages teacher and Head of Faculty. He is now based in Vietnam as Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) and IT Director. Lee is a passionate teacher and leader who enjoys the challenge of successfully integrating learning... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

11:15am +07

Monkey see, monkey do: the power of modeling desired behaviors
Session Objectives:

  1. Pause for reflection. Share.  Engage. Be inspired.
  2. Build practical and applicable next steps to take back to your own team of leaders for increased efficacy.
  3. Have fun!

Session Description

Have you ever heard the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken, let the monkey watch?” Come find out what that means so we can reflect over why we probably should not lead that way. 

As leaders of educational institutions, we have the responsibility of being at the helm of building positive school cultures.  Come find out what we are doing at KIS to be the leadership team that leads by example - the successes and the reflections over how we are there doing what we expect our teachers to do, right alongside them.  Take away ideas from our implementation of the coaching model, Flex Days, meeting times and feedback forms to modify any and all of them to fit your school’s needs.  By doing, hopefully we won’t ever have to kill the chicken…!

Target Audience

School leaders

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Liz Cho

Principal of Teaching and Learning, Korea International School
Educator since 2003, Liz is passionate about empowering teachers and students. She has taken on various leadership roles in education, and she is currently serving as the Principal of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School (KIS), not too far outside of the city limits... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

12:30pm +07

Rethinking Risk: Are children too safe for their own good
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Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia in Canada
Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

1:45pm +07

Getting Everyone Ready for 21st Century Teaching
Making changes in school is never easy. How do you make everyone in school ready for changes in 21st century classrooms? In this presentation, I'm going to share how I lead changes in my school to prepare everyone for BYOD and changing of learning spaces.

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Jenny Leung

Academic Coordinator (Learning Support) and Assistant English Panel Head, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary & Primary School
Jenny LEUNG─Ms. Leung obtained her PGDE and an MA degree in English Language Teaching from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Drama and Theatre Education at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Ms. Leung’s professional interests include... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm +07

3:15pm +07

Human Technologies: Thriving In A Complex World
Human Technologies offers schools a critical lens through which to approach twenty first century human society. Rather than focusing on individual issues or concerns, HT offers students, parents, teachers and leaders a chance to consider that most central of questions: how can I thrive in a complex world? Starting with evolution and Big History, HT invites learners to consider all human practice as the result of an accrual of technologies, deposited in layers over time. Each of these technologies, be it handwriting, eye contact, mobile phones or prayer, can be deconstructed, understood, adapted and harnessed for use. Applied within and across the curriculum, Human Technologies offers schools concrete answers to some of today and tomorrow’s most significant challenges. In this workshop learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of HT, and through a series of practical tasks, will be asked to reconsider their own understandings of what it means to be human. 

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Ross Parker

Director of Technology, ICHK
Ross Parker is the Director of Technology, Pedagogy & Assessment at International College Hong Kong. He is passionate about making learning a positive, anxiety-free process centered around personal transformation. This requires re-imagining school as a place where adult-adult relationships... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

3:15pm +07

Learning is Creation NOT Consumption
The biggest hurdle in the way of organizations creating cultures of learning and innovation is the over emphasis on superstar trainers standing in the front of the room armed with content-heavy PowerPoint slide decks telling learners the important of the information and how to apply it to their jobs and life. This approach simply hasn’t proven effective at achieving the purpose of training - creating a behavioural change in employees which will result in business results.

We believe that there needs to be a shift in the mental mode and actions of our learning professionals. Moving from trainer-centric to learner-centric; from a focus on delivering content to creating learning environments; and from just consumption of vast information to creating the relevant information. The mindset shift needs to enable our learners to learn for themselves and help others learn. These forms of the core beliefs of the Accelerated Learning philosophy.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Discover a learning environment that inspires formal and informal learning and innovation.
  • Experience several Accelerated Learning activities that perfectly demonstrate learning as creation by the learners not consumption of information shared by the trainer.
  • Create your own Accelerated Learning blueprint for any one of your sessions and get group feedback.

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Jacob Erlich

The Learning Gym, Co-Founder & Director
Jacob Erlich, MBA, is well respected as a dynamic facilitator, workshop designer and corporate trainer. He has been a trusted external partner to various organisations in creating efficiencies for global teams through designing and facilitating corporate off-sites, workshops, skill-based... Read More →
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Melanie Martinelli

Co-Founder & Director, The Learning Gym
I'm a specialist in Learning Solutions and passionate about researching and implementing latest and most relevant trends in the L&D industry. A learning professional at heart and an entrepreneur in my mindset, I just started a new venture along with two like-minded friends and colleagues... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Saturday, March 9

8:45am +07

Awareness-Based System Leadership
This leadership workshop offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional development through deep learning, shared reflection and peer dialogue.

The workshop is an immersive experience that challenges participants to explore how an integrated focus on self-development, team learning, generative dialogue and systems thinking can support school and system innovation, effectiveness and improvement. Awareness-based System Leadership is an approach that that draws upon Senge’s theories about organisational learning and Scharmer’s work on awareness-based change to address important questions about personal and collective capacity building, sustainable innovation, and effective change management.

The workshop provides a nurturing forum for educational leaders to revitalise a personal vision for their own development, while deeply examining the relational and transformational elements of their leadership role.

During the workshop, participants will:
  • Engage with conversations that promote deep learning and collaboration
  • Explore their beliefs and assumptions about effective leadership and change management, as well as school and system development
  • Extend their understanding of models and frameworks for leading change at a personal, collective and organisational level
  • Develop a vision for the development of your organisation and yourself
  • Identify systems and structures that will help support and drive the change process
  • Experiment with a variety of practical tools to support reflection and the application of core aspects of ASL to your context and practice

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Dr Richard Owens

Director of Learning, Strategy and Innovation/Director of Woodleigh Institute for Experiential Education, Woodleigh School/Woodleigh Institute
I serve as the Director of Learning, Strategy and Innovation at Woodleigh. I lead student, staff and organisational learning at the school, and provide high level strategic direction for innovation and improvement initiatives across its three campuses. I am also the Director of the... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

10:05am +07

Bridging the Communication Gap Between Schools & EdTech Companies
The education and EdTech industries maintain a tenuous, yet symbiotic relationship. Schools need EdTech products for academic and organizational purposes and companies build products for the education market. However, neither speak a common language, which results in miscommunicated needs and unfulfilled promises.

In this session, we will explore lessons in communication and best practices for school leaders and EdTech companies to bridge the gap and establish a common language. We’ll discuss work around the Blueprint for Technology in Education as a means for schools to understand their own technology needs better and for EdTech companies to better position their products to meet those needs.

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Matt Harris, Ed.D.

International Education Consultant, International EdTech
I am an international educational consultant focused primarily on EdTech. Based in Singapore, I work with schools, EdTech companies, and Ministries of Education around several areas related to the operational and academic uses of technology in schools. Please connect with me on Twitter... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

10:05am +07

Mindset: The Key of a High Performing Leader
You need a winning Mindset. You need a strong Mindset. Yet, what is Mindset? And how can you leverage it to become the greatest leader you can for your school? Learn one, why you need to consider mindset, but two, practical steps to improve it in order to empower yourself as a leader.

It is best for Leadership roles who drive change at a school - Coaches, Counselors, Assistant Principals, Principals, Superintendents.

Click HERE for the link to the slide deck.

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Jess Kuemmerlin

Mindset Mentor - Learning Innovation Coach, Shekou International School
Hi, my name is Jess and I help leaders become better leaders. I have been teaching overseas for 12 years and have had the opportunity to work at three amazing schools in two different continents in various roles as teacher, team leader, coach, and administrator. Through the challenges... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

10:05am +07

The 7 essential elements of digital transformation
As a Google, Apple and Microsoft professional development partner, we have discovered that all three companies agree that there are the 7 essential elements that need to be considered when developing a school / district technology plan.

This session will go beyond the usual devices, infrastructure, and PD discussion and unpack these 7 elements and how schools can use the transformation road map developed by Google to set and achieve goals for improvement in each of these 7 areas.

Participants will receive survey tools, decision making and goal setting frameworks that they can take back to school as part of this session. 

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Mike Reading

Founder and Lead Trainer, Using Technology Better
Hi I'm the founder and lead trainer at Using Technology Better. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, and a Microsoft Learning Consultant. UTB is a Google, Apple, and Microsoft PD partner organisation that works extensively throughout the world helping schools use technology... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

11:35am +07

Being an Impactful Teacher
Should a teacher be a friend or a coach? Should a teacher be an energizer or a disciplinarian? Over time, the consensus has been that the best teachers are a combination of all the above and many more elements. Our work in the field of creating an impact and memorable presence, has led us to conclude that it comes down to two key concepts – Prominence and Gravitas. Prominence is defined as how much or how little you’re noticed, and gravitas is about how much or how little weight, power and authority you speak or act with.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Recognize your own levels of Prominence and Gravitas
  • Discover the right combination of P&G for different situations
  • Apply the concept to your own professional and personal situations and determine the right impact for each situation

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Melanie Martinelli

Co-Founder & Director, The Learning Gym
I'm a specialist in Learning Solutions and passionate about researching and implementing latest and most relevant trends in the L&D industry. A learning professional at heart and an entrepreneur in my mindset, I just started a new venture along with two like-minded friends and colleagues... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm +07