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LEARNING TOGETHER: Learning and Teaching for the 'Next Normal'

Join Schools Plus and STEM education expert Scott Sleap for a conversation on teaching in our rapidly evolving learning environment.

About this Event

Learning Together: Learning and Teaching for the 'Next Normal'

The events of 2020 have reignited conversations about the dynamic future and workforce for which young people will need to be prepared... Inherently this places a spotlight on learning and teaching and the importance of educators creating opportunities in STEM Education and digital capabilities. As a result of COVID, blended learning and teaching approaches have been an essential skill for all teachers in our schools.

Visionary educator and 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award recipient, Dr Scott Sleap, has been leading the Academies of STEM Excellence – an exciting, collaborative initiative designed to improve STEM expert knowledge in learning communities across NSW, engaging teachers in future-focused learning and teaching practice and assist teachers to engage and inspire a passion for STEM in their students.

Please join us to:

  • learn more about the Academies of STEM Excellence and the broader STEM Industry School Partnerships program
  • explore how blended learning approaches can be used to support current learning and teaching challenges
  • walk through practical steps to build partnerships
  • look at the highly successful case study of excellence on virtual learning

Scott will be joined by Wendy Bode from the Queensland Virtual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy (QVSA), who will share a case study of the QVSA program focused on delivering enrichment and enhancement programs focusing on current, real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematic challenges and research.

The webinar also provides a great opportunity to connect with each other, to share your ideas and ask questions of each other.

The speakers

Dr Scott Sleap

2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award recipient, Dr Scott Sleap, has been leading the Academies of STEM Excellence – an exciting, collaborative initiative designed to improve STEM expert knowledge in NSW public schools.

As an educational leader with over 20 years’ experience, Scott has built a reputation as being a leading expert in school – industry partnerships and workforce development. In 2019 the STEMship program he co-developed was identified as world’s best-practice by the OECD. In 2018, he was the first Technology teacher to win the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence for Secondary Science Teaching.

He is currently employed by the NSW Department of Education as the leader of the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program which is now a blueprint for hundreds of schools across the state. The SISP program is a highly regarded initiative winning a NSW Secretary’s Award for Excellence in 2019 among other honours.

Wendy Bode

Deputy Principal, Global Tropics Future Project. Thuringowa State High School.

Shaping the future of STEM education in Queensland requires creativity, innovation and adaptive leadership capabilities. As Deputy Principal at Thuringowa State High School, these skills coupled with Wendy’s passion and drive, has enabled her to lead a unique, award-winning partnership between the Queensland Department of Education (DoE) and James Cook University (JCU) called the Global Tropics Future (GTF) Project. Through transformational collaboration and innovation, the partnership is enriching student engagement and aspirations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The far expanses of North Queensland and the challenge created by distance is not an obstacle as like-minded students (Young Scholars) learn through a blended model of virtual and face-to-face experiences. The Qld Virtual STEM Academy (NQ) is one component of the GTF project where students connect virtually and collaboratively explore their STEM interest and passion with others from different schools and STEM professionals beyond their local community.