Podcast – Kerry Hall

NPDLConnect Podcast series

How do learning environments support new pedagogies?

How do they enable deeper learning?

Given a blank canvas, what could our learning spaces look like?

In this podcast, we hear about Cashmere Primary’s challenge to rebuild their school after the devastating Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. From the ashes rose an opportunity to imagine new beginnings, where teachers and architects collaborated, driven by pedagogy, to create living learning spaces.

This conversation with Kerry Hall is an invitation to challenge our assumptions on how a classroom could look, and consider what the space is really for. It also addresses the tension that arises when changing the environment inevitably requires a transformation of ´how we do things´, and how that shift, represents, in the end, a real payoff.

More on this story:
Cashmere Primary is part of the Kahakura New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Cluster.
We invite you take a closer look on how other Christchurch schools have addressed the opportunity and challenge to re-conceive their learning environments and purpose-build furniture. Link (YouTube)

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Podcast – Scott Millman and Helen Leyden

NPDLConnect Podcast series

Between the macro and the micro level visions for educational change, and as we work on making change happen, there are gaps that sometimes end in superficial or false signals of change.
´Leadership from the middle´ has a pivotal role shaping implementation to achieve coherence, turning what education should be into what education really is in each country and community.
In this podcast, we will hear Helen and Scott’s thoughts about practicalities of change, re-professionalising teaching, grunt monkeys, designing beyond mediocrity and student agency, amongst others!

Helen Leyden is Deputy Principal of Teaching at Learning Sunshine Beach High School and Scott Millman is Head of Teaching and Learning at Nambour State College.  Helen and Scott have not only major roles in shaping NPDL implementation in their schools, but are also a force for local change in a 29 School NPDL Cluster in Queensland, Australia.

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Helen and Scott right here and now or

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Podcast – Bruce Jepsen

NPDLConnect Podcast series

When thinking about the future of education and how to reshape it for the modern era, we expect ¨the new¨ to emerge from the balance between the aspects we want to keep and those we want to change. This equation is easier said than done, especially when we consider that  whole education system change will impact on the country´s cultural foundation for generations to come.

In this podcast, Bruce Jepsen shares how overlooking our culture when thinking about educational change can make us lose not only our place of belonging, but also, academic outcomes. He also analyses how the relationship between ancestral legacy and high end technology presents a renewed opportunity to preserve what is most valued. Bruce shows us how achievement and education in general, is an holistic enterprise, and talks about what ancestral elements are overlooked when we think of reshaping modern education.

Bruce Jepsen is the Principal of Te Akau Ki Papamoa School, located on the shores of Papamoa Beach, New Zealand. He has lead the school from underachievement to over achievement by putting his ancestral Maori cultural legacy and the use of technology at the heart of the school’s vision, turning his school into the 1st Apple Distinguished School in the country and linking with Google in 2016 in a successful 1 to 1 story.

Bruce Jepsen is also the Lead School Principal of Cluster 18 and a Mentor for New Principals in New Zealand (FTTP Mentor).

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Bruce right here and now or

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