Director of Technology & Assessment International College Hong Kong
Ross Parker is the Director of Technology & Assessment at International College Hong Kong. He is passionate about making learning a positive, anxiety-free process centered around personal transformation. This requires re-imagining school as a place where adult-adult relationships create a culture of trust, respect and shared purpose.
Ross is the founder of Gibbon, the open source school platform, through which he has also developed the Free Learning pedagogy. With Free Learning, Ross aims to give students the freedom and agency to find their own passions, the support and encouragement to develop understanding and skills, and the intellectual tools and curiosity to make up their own minds about life. Ross believes that education should focus on learning to learn.
As a public speaker, Ross has presented at conferences and workshops around the world, as well as participating as a panel expert and as a regular on Hong Kong’s RTHK Radio 3.
The Mastery Transcript: A Tool For Reimagining School
2020 saw massive cracks appear in the facade of high-stakes terminal exams, presenting a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-imagine school as something considerably more robust, authentic and ultimately humane. This workshop will look at how the Mastery Transcript can be used as a tool for opening up conversations around assessment, school, university and student well-being. It draws on ICHK Secondary's experiences as Hong Kong's first school to issue the Mastery Transcript, and looks at models which allow schools to make the most of this opportunity.
- Participants clearly understand the harms implicit in our current exam-based paradigm
- Participants are introduced to the Mastery Transcript, and consider how it can be used to re-imagine school
- Participants are introduced to a range of ICHK-based models for reorganising school