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Why you can’t ‘give’ Learner Agency is a Course

Why you can’t ‘give’ Learner Agency

Aug 3 - Aug 17, 2021


Full course description



Date and time

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 4.00 pm to 4.45 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are wanting to teach students how to become active, skillful learners.


Learner Agency is fast becoming the latest educational buzzword. It is appearing in educational policy documents around the world, including those from the Victorian Department of Education.

But what is “Learner Agency”? Why should school leaders and teachers care? How do we support teachers to increase Learner Agency in students, and what tools can we use to guide and measure the impact of our work?

In this free and insightful 45 minute webinar, James Anderson will explain why schools can’t simply “give” students agency. He’ll outline a powerful and practical approach to developing agency in learners based on providing a rich challenging environment, a developing Growth Mindset and improving our students Learnership - the skill of learning. 

All participants will receive a copy of James Anderson’s white paper Learner Agency - a guide for school leaders.


This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                                                 
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Student learning outcomes
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Teaching and learning          


Key takeaways               

  • a practical approach to developing agency in learners
  • strategies to improve Learnership
  • tools to guide and measure your work


Presenter information

James Anderson                          


James first became interested in how to teach students to become better thinkers as a classroom teacher in the late ‘90s. Later, as a school leader, he spearheaded a national research project focused on infusing Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s Habits of Mind into schools and classrooms.He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), presenting around Australia and overseas. As an author, he has published Succeeding with Habits of Mind and The Agile Learner, as well as numerous e-books. He has published with Art Costa and Bena Kallick Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind and Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum. His regular blogs are also read by thousands of educators around the world.


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