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The education revolution: does school align well with learning?

Ended Dec 15, 2020

Full course description

Date and time  

Monday 30 November 2020, 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm


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


This learning event is right for you if you are curious about how common features of school impact on student learning, and how each might be tweaked to improve it.


Recently, a lot has been made about a ‘revolution’ in education.  More specifically, with the digital learning required during COVID, many are asking whether or not traditional school is necessary and best aligned with student learning.

During this session, we will explore the issue of revolution and dive deeply into four key aspects of school organisation to determine how each impact (positively or negatively) on student learning.

Key concepts we will explore include time-based organization (why are class periods 50-minutes?  Why is summer vacation 3-months?  Why does school start at 8:00am?), the emergence of 21st Century Skills, the impact of grading and the larger purpose of school.

Thought provoking and insightful, this session will leave you not only with concepts to apply to your practice, but also great arguments to advance the debate on the function of modern education.

Key takeaways              

  • awareness of how much students can learn in a day, and how sleep influences this
  • exploration of the question: Can 21st Century Skills be taught, or must we tackle these competencies differently?
  • understanding of the impact of grades on learning and the global view of education

Presenter information

Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath                         

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience with a focus on enhancing teaching and learning practices. Jared has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 40 schools around Australia. Jared is currently a research fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and he serves as Director of the Science of Learning Group: a team dedicated to bringing the latest in brain and behavioural research to teachers, students, and parents alike.