EPL HoD, Assoc Dir APCLC,
The Education University of Hong Kong
Darren Bryant, an Associate Professor at the Education University of Hong Kong, serves as Head of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and Associate Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change. His research focuses on leadership development, middle leadership, and leadership in international schools. He joined the university after 12 years of teaching and middle leadership roles in the international school sector.
Reimagining Education: What’s worth keeping?
Schools and school systems worldwide have been forced to confront an unprecedented crisis. This has led to significant changes, some easily observed on the surface and others delving much deeper below. At a surface level schools—including students, families, teachers and leaders—have promptly adapted their structures and learning “delivery” systems, and introduced new protocols around physical health. At a deeper level, crises challenge our existing values, beliefs and practices as we grapple with unexpected changes and ongoing uncertainty. Crises, amplify our successes and our limitations and give us pause to reconsider what it means to be effective. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss changes to education that might be worth keeping. To do this I discuss scholarship around improvement-oriented practices and schooling during the current pandemic. Then, I propose some approaches to sustaining the deeper and more impactful changes.
Imagining Schools as Centres of Professional Learning
One of the enduring lessons from operating in crises may very well be the amplification of the importance of engaging networks across and beyond schools in the accomplishment of learning-focused missions. In this presentation, we will consider how schools can be effective sites of professional learning. We will build on what the knowledge base tells us about supports and barriers to achieving this aim, share insights from our own research and practice, and envision possibilities for schools going forward using a real world example. Core to achieving this goal is the engagement of staff in learning communities that operate on the basis of shared leadership and constructing strong and agile networks. Participants will have the opportunity to assess practices and potential in their own schools.
- Potential models, structures and practices of shared leadership.
- Strategies for implementation at the team and school levels.