Full course description
Date and time
Wednesday 1 September 2021, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
In person – ISV, 40 Rosslyn St West Melbourne
This learning event is right for you if you are a school leader or teacher wanting students to know 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 in Australia.
But what is “Learner Agency”? Why should we 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?
It is important for school leaders and teachers to understand that agency is not something we can simply give to students. Learner Agency is a capability that needs to be developed by, and within, the learner. Ultimately, learners must carry and continually build their agency throughout their life. And in order to do that, we need a clear school-based definition and a set of practical tools and strategies to enable teachers to work meaningfully with these ideas.
To help school leaders successfully navigate Learner Agency and ensure teachers have a clear guide to develop it, this workshop will be based on this definition: “Learner Agency is the degree to which an individual is able to take initiative to meaningfully influence their world, particularly in the face of challenges. It involves three interrelated and equally important elements: the environment to act, the will to act and the power to act.” James Anderson
In this workshop James will show you how to develop an environment to act, the will to act, and the power to act in order to develop true agency in your learners. You’ll be given practical tools to develop Growth Mindsets and introduced to the concept of Learnership as a means to empower learner agency.
You are invited to download your copy of Learner Agency – A Guide for School Leaders to find out more about this important concept.
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
- deep exploration of the concept of learner agency
- strategies to develop the environment, will and power to act
- practical tools to develop Growth Mindsets
- introduction to the concept of Learnership
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.