Paradigm Shifters Learning Symposium
National Wine Centre, 29 July, 2019
School Visits 30-31 July, 2019


The Association of Independent Schools South Australia (AISSA) and the South Australian Secondary Principals' Association (SASPA) will co-host the Paradigm Shifters Learning Symposium to showcase the work of International expert Yong Zhao and the progress of South Australian Schools.

Eleven AISSA schools and eleven SASPA schools are working with Yong Zhao to explore the evolving possibilities and challenges in creating schools which will build future thinkers and innovators. The guiding principles of the work have been Professor Zhao's principles of student autonomy, product-oriented learning and the global campus which, he believes, are foundational to a world class education.

This work has led to a better understanding of what conditions help the development of entrepreneurial young people, a personalised education and increased student participation as valuable contributors and decision makers.

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Yong Zhao
Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas, USA

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Yong's interests are the implications and intersections of globalisation, technology and creativity for education. His scholarly work and provocative writing in these spaces spans two decades, resulting in more than 100 authored and co-authored books and articles. His vision is to create a paradigm shift in education where students are given the opportunity to enhance their strengths and passions, develop agency and leadership skills, learn to identify problems worth solving, foster an entrepreneurial mindset, enhance creativity and problem solving skills, and develop global competency through personalizable, product-oriented, and globalized learning experiences.

Ms Belinda Provis BA, DipEd, MBA, MAICD
Principal of All Saints' College, and Esther Hill, Director of Djoowak: The Beyond Boundaries Institute at All Saints' College, WA

All Saints' College, Perth (ASC) has undergone a significant transformation in recent years to become a school that is now seen as a lighthouse for innovation and social enterprise. Layer upon layer, ASC's Leadership Team, its staff, teachers and students have worked to embed an entrepreneurial mindset with innovation at its core.

Two years ago saw the establishment at the College of Djoowak: The Beyond Boundaries Institute (BBI). With Prof Yong Zhao as its patron, the BBI is committed to: leading the College in transforming the pedagogies, structures and curriculum at ASC; leading West Australian schools and teachers in challenging the status quo of a 'one size fits all' education and; ensuring that West Australian schools and teachers are engaged in the global conversation around the future of learning.

Along with the BBI and many other programs and innovations, the College has established: Catalyst, the Centre for Social Enterprise, a natural extension of the College's service learning program; HotHouse Company, an Arts innovation and incubator Hub; Propeller Industries, the College's innovation and enterprise hub and; Runway, ASC's pop-up shop, stocked with student developed and made products and services.

Through Propeller, a student start-up publishing house has now been established to develop English language materials for the Chinese market. Additionally, this year the College launched Stage 1 of its own 'employment agency': The Agency sees students apply for employment, and bid for contracts, for 'real' work at the College. Further, in 2020 the College will launch Stage 1 of its Personalisable Timetable, aimed at further developing student choice and agency. The College and its Leadership Team have placed Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the centre of their work- with a 'yes and..' attitude.

Esther Hill
Director Djoowak: The Beyond Boundaries Institute (BBI) @All Saints' College

Esther Hill is committed to exploring and implementing new and flexible structures and practices for learning that recognise the diversity and individuality of each student. Esther leads the development of enterprise and innovation programs at All Saints' where entrepreneurial learning sits at the heart.


Carolyn Grantskalns

Carolyn Grantskalns
Chief Executive, Association of Independent Schools of South Australia

An experienced educational leader, Carolyn Grantskalns began her teaching career in what was then known as the Education Department of South Australia moving to the independent sector in 1988. In 1990 she was appointed principal of Wilderness School, a position she held until 2006. During that time she was variously Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee of AISSA, President of AISSA, and a member of the Boards of a tertiary residential college, St Ann's, the teacher credit union then known as SATISFAC and the National Council of Independent Schools of Australia.

In 2006 she was appointed principal of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon, Victoria. In addition to that role, she also held the positions of Chair of the Victorian branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) and membership of the AHISA Board, Treasurer of Girls Sport Victoria and Board member of the Centre for Strategic Education.

Carolyn has been the Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia since 2013.

Peter Mader
President of the South Australian Secondary Principals' Association

Peter Mader has held this position since 2015. He has been a secondary principal in Whyalla at Stuart High School (2001), and at two large Adelaide suburban schools, Salisbury East High School (2002—2006) and Hamilton Secondary College (2008—2014).

Peter's educational interests include leadership for 21st C learning, curriculum innovation, school improvement and professional learning. In 2007 he co-developed the 'new' SACE Professional Learning program for school principals. For much of his 38 years as an educator, Peter has advocated on behalf of his peers. Initially this was as a member of the South Australian English Teachers' Association board and later, as an office bearer. He has been a member of the South Australian Secondary Principals' Association since 1997, a member of its Board since 2003, its Human Resources Strategic Directions convenor (2003—2010) and its Vice President (2011—2014).


The Paradigm Shifters Symposium —The National Wine Centre, Monday 29 July 2019 8.45am — 4.00pm. Registration from 8.15am.

08:15 Registration

Symposium Welcome
Peter Mader, President, South Australian Secondary Principals' Association

Welcome to Country

Official Opening
The Hon John Gardner, Minister for Education

Professor Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), University of Adelaide


Keynote address: Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE): The New Paradigm in Practice

Professor Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas, USA.
In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao discusses the education paradigm shift taking place around the globe. He will use specific cases to illustrate the why and how of ICCEE from schools in different countries.

10:00 Keynote Q&A
Facilitated by Peter Mader President, South Australian Secondary Principal's Association & Carolyn Grantskalns, Chief Executive, Association of Independent Schools of South Australia
10:30 Morning tea
11:00 — 11:50 Concurrent Panel Sessions — selection required

Panel 1: Student Autonomy and Social Action

St John's Grammar School
From choice to agency: early signs of progress.
Walford Anglican School for Girls
Capturing and empowering student voice through the Walford Festival of Ideas and Community Project.
Wirreanda Secondary School
Raising Aspirations: How might we tap into learners' passions and talents and leverage that for greatness?


Panel 2: Product Oriented Learning and Intrapreneurship

Trinity College North
Developing student agency and skills in financial and social entrepreneurship using our produce- based garden.
Wilderness School
3Ps: Passion + Purpose + Product.
Victor Harbor High School
Educational Disruption and Entrepreneurial Learning.

11:50 Changeover Break
12:00 — 13:00 Concurrent Panel Sessions — selection required

Panel 3: The Global Campus/ Global Connectedness

St Andrew's School
Inspiring, innovative and internationally minded young people -The Languages project and international connections.
Annesley Junior School
Students are capable now and, in the future.
Glenunga International High School
4 C Your Future.
Norwood Morialta High School
Enriching Humanity through Innovation and Entrepreneurships: NMHA Global Summit.


Panel 4: Student Autonomy and Social Action

St Peter's Woodlands Grammar School
Student autonomy: connecting passions, strengths and empathy.
St Peter's Girls School
Delivering Social Action and Entrepreneurial thinking by embracing student autonomy.
Brighton Secondary School
Students for Sustainable Change.
Charles Campbell College
Creating a Sustainable Future.

13.00 Lunch
13:45 — 14:45 Concurrent Panel Sessions — selection required

Panel 5: Product Oriented Learning and Intrapreneurship

Bethany Christian School
Telling our stories — Media Team, Design.
Heathfield High School
LIFT in action.
Marryatville High School
Community Challenge — A Subject Worth Doing.
The Hills Montessori School
Tackling real world problems with product —- oriented learning.


Panel 6: The Global Campus / Global Connectedness

Endeavour College
Bringing down the walls: Students as change makers
Seaton High School
Student Agency as a driver of school transformation
Thebarton Senior College
Student Voice: strengthening cultural connections and enhancing student engagement
Brighton Secondary School
How can we improve intercultural and international consciousness through Student Voice?

14:45 Changeover Break

Keynote address: Layer upon Layer upon Layer: Embedding Innovation and Entrepreneurship in our culture

Belinda Provis, Principal, and Esther Hill, Director of Djoowak
In this keynote address, Belinda Provis and Esther Hill, will share the transformation of All Saint's School's programs, pedagogy, practices, culture to unlearn and embrace new paradigms

15:30 In Conversation

Belinda Provis, Esther Hill, All Saints' College and Professor Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas, USA

15:50 Vote of Thanks

Carolyn Grantskalns, Chief Executive, AISSA

16:00 Close


School visits 30 - 31 July 2019

Symposium schools have opened their doors for you to visit and experience their teaching and learning approaches shaped by Yong Zhao's work. Select the schools you would like to visit from the list below and register you interest on the online registration form.

Please note that participants will be required to arrange their own transport to and from the schools.

Tuesday 30 July 2019
10:00-12:00 Annesley Junior School Children are capable now and in the future
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11:00-13:00 Victor Harbor HS Educational Disruption and Entrepreneurial Learning
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13:00-15:00 Heathfield HS LIFT
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13:00-15:00 Walford Anglican School for Girls Experience Student Voice at Walford
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Wednesday 31 July 2019
10:00-12:00 Trinity College North Plant Grow Go
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13:00-15:00 Glenunga International HS 4C Your Future
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13:00-15:00 Bethany Christian School Telling our stories — Media Team, Design
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Full day registration including morning tea and lunch is $350 (incl GST) per person. Payment is by EFT only. Credit cards are not accepted. To register, complete your personal details and session selections. You will receive an automatic confirmation of registration and Tax Invoice.

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