Held on the morning of 26 March at the National Arboretum, the AISACT Leadership Breakfast brought together leaders of ACT schools from across all sectors of education, as well as influential parties within the ACT education sector.
The Breakfast Series aims to challenge attendees and provide the opportunity to network with peers and, at this inaugural event, listen to Robert Randall, CEO of the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA), one of the more influential people in Australian Education.
Through exploring the history of ACARA and the Australian Curriculum, Robert presented the position that educators must begin to think about young people’s learning not just within their own school but from a national and, indeed, international perspective.
Robert offered the context that as Australia is a part of an increasingly global world, it is important that Australian education looks to explore what other nations are doing and consider how such practice might be transferred into Australian classrooms. He stressed the importance of schools connecting with their wider community and, in doing so, benefiting the learning of students. Furthermore it would develop other communities wherein experiences can be shared; be this through schools, sectors, states and territories.
In presenting his thoughts, Robert emphasised that educators need to ensure that each student is seen as an individual and that the work of ACARA on curriculum, assessment and reporting provides a language for a national discussion about education, and how to improve the outcomes for each student.
Attendees were invited to ask Robert questions and address any queries that they may have before the conclusion of the event.
The AISACT Leadership Breakfast series will seek to challenge the thinking of educators and those involved in the ACT education community by providing access to interesting and relevant speakers.
The next AISACT Leadership Breakfast will be held on Thursday 14 May and will feature guest speaker David Price OBE. Click here for more information.