Living School, Byron (Australia)
From a classroom teacher to department director and head of school, John’s more than 20 years of professional expertise is far-ranging. He has taught in public and independent schools and was Headmaster of Tudor House for 5 years, Australia’s only stand-alone primary boys’ boarding school, famous for its focus on responsible risk taking.
He has been featured on television in The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, The Project, Kerri-Ann Breakfast Show, as well as given interviews on Australian local and national radio station discussing educational matters. He has represented APPA on a panel working to develop Australian Standards for Boarding Schools. He has also been Liaison Head for the Deputies’ group in IPSHA. He is an authority on learning, teaching, curriculum development, assessment, boys’ education, technology in education and developing writing skills.
John has a Masters of Education from Cambridge University and co-authored Thriving at School: a handbook for parents with the widely acclaimed child psychologist Dr. John Irvine.
1:20 PM CASE STUDY: Design to Create Wonder: Redesigning Open Spaces to Increase Student Well being, Personalised Learning Experience and Authenticity
Emerging into the heart of Byron Bay is the Living School, a school stimulating passion, persistence, patience, positivity and personalized opportunities.
It is a school still in its early phrase of developments to create wonder and awe. John Stewart created this enterprise with beliefs that learning must have an authentic focus on engagement, mastery, grit and practical experience. The present and future spaces within his school will focus on connecting children with nature, connecting people with each other and connecting learners with the future. In this session he will share his experiences on:
- The principles and strategies in designing co-learning spaces to stay relevant and future-focused
- No one- size fits all: preparing holistic approaches and open space learning to cater for personalised learning
- What works for specific disciplines: tailoring spaces and technology to suit students, teachers and their preferred pedagogies
- Transitioning staff and students from the old to new learning environments and pedagogies
- Bringing education into the community: introducing pop-up schools