For the first time in human history, schools are closed for over a billion students worldwide. The financial and human capital losses in the global knowledge economy are expected to be significant. Will schooling ever look the same again? How will teachers’ and parents’ roles change? How will we measure learning outcomes? Could this crisis present new opportunities for learning?
This specially curated School of Tomorrow Event showcases senior education leaders from around the world highlighting unique perspectives that contribute to a shared vision for a ‘new normal’ – one that caters to the needs of all learners.
Professor Dr Ger Graus, OBE, a renowned figure in the field of education, holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania since 2017, where he has been at the heart of innovation and project development. Before this, he became the founding Chief Executive of the Children's University, a multiple-award-winning international charity providing 5 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours. He continues to work with and advise organisations globally on the learning agenda, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, the World Bank, as well as the business sector, such as LEGO and Discovery Education.
Jill Acker's professional learning and experiences include innovative learning environments and learning space design, facility master planning, school bond development, K-12 curriculum design and development, project-based learning and training with faculty, instructional coaches, and with all levels of leadership. Her professional experience covers STEM curricular, facility design and organisational leadership as well. She has travelled extensively, nationally and internationally, to reimagine learning spaces, implement PBL and train leaders and teachers. She has worked at the university level to design transformational leadership programmes and curriculum for aspiring principals. She consults with professors to redesign their courses with a constructivist approach.
Dr Joanne Caddy is a Senior Policy Analyst in the OECD's Directorate for Education and Skills where she leads work on PISA for Schools. Previously, Dr Caddy led multidisciplinary OECD teams to support countries' efforts in building effective national skills strategies by fostering bi-partisan government approaches to education and skills policies while ensuring broad stakeholder engagement in 10 countries. Additionally, she has led work on open government and public engagement in the design and delivery of public policy and services.
Dr Lawrence Burke is the Chief Education Advisor for the Beaconhouse Group. He has held senior leadership roles in education in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Argentina, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Fiji. Dr Burke has taught undergraduate courses in Early Childhood Education and lectured in Educational Leadership in a joint Master's programme with Deakin University and the Higher Colleges of Technology. He received an award for Educational Leadership in 2016, by CMO Asia; and in 2012 was awarded Teacher of the Year, from the Higher Colleges of Technology-Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Dr Burke's publications include a book on education in Pakistan and another one exploring the use of Ed. Tech in schools, colleges and universities. He was instrumental in introducing the OECD'S PISA for Schools project into Pakistan.