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Welcome to Conference
Lahore: November 5 and 6, 2010

Freedom to Learn .

Attendees

  • Educational Professionals
  • Government Representatives
  • Non-Governmental Organisation
  • Print & Electronic Media
  • BSS Directors
  • School Group Heads
  • Academic Heads
  • Manager Training/Academic Support
  • Principals
  • Head Masters/Mistresses
  • Senior Masters/Mistresses
  • School Coordinators
  • Curriculum & Education Technology Coordinators
  • Tutors & Trainers
  • Teachers

The ‘Freedom to Learn’ conference was a sequel to a conference held in 2005 titled ‘Towards 2035: The School of Tomorrow’. It brought together scholars, educationists, classroom practitioners, policy makers and experienced professionals, in a two-day conference to reassess conventional beliefs of what constitutes progressive teaching and learning. The aim was to help change the learning experiences of children studying not only at private schools, but in schools at every level. As a platform to introduce new approaches and challenge conventional thinking, attendees were encouraged to explore ways of enhancing learning and improving the overall educational experience. School of Tomorrow: Freedom to Learn was a participant’s conference, including plenaries to set new directions for educators and teachers alike. The conference was segmented in four streams, pertaining to the four most prominent areas within education. Each stream offered parallel sessions in the form of workshops and focus group discussions reflecting upon significant areas that require development.

JOURNEY OF HOPES: In the last year, the education of thousands of school children had been abruptly halted by the devastating floods that affected Pakistan.  Conference attendees explored ways to re-establish educational horizons in these devastated areas, bringing light to the future of Pakistan.  It is the spirit of the people of Pakistan that saw them through this latest crisis where 1500 lives were lost and 20 million people were directly affected. The schooling of over one million children had been disrupted, with almost 5,500 schools destroyed or damaged and access roads blocked. The rehabilitation of the flood victims has taken many forms; however, education can and will play a key role in this extended process of recovery.

The Power of Diversity: New Ways of Teaching and Learning

Reframing Early Childhood Education

Teacher Education for Sustainable Development

Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development

New Ways of Teaching and Learning

Plenary: Breaking Barriers to Learning: An Integrated Approach to Learning and Teaching

Day 1 (Workshops)

1. We have hammers. Now, what can we nail?
Norbert Pachler
2. Inquiry Learning through Integrated Units of Work
Kaye Heasman
3. SOT: A Look Back at Our Journey and Evolution
Ayesha Kasuri
4. Nurturing Creativity
Dr. Claude Alvares
5. Changing the Landscape of Education through Technology
Richard Pietrasik
6. Developing Leaders, Developing Schools
Naureen Dogar
7. Educational Journey through Technology
Aslam Sharif
8. Educational Journey through Technology
Aslam Sharif

Day 2 (Focus Group Discussions)

1. Role of Education Technology in the Curriculum
Richard Pietrasik
2. Project Based Learning – Authentic Learning Activities.
Ayesha Kasuri
3. Fostering Creativity in Classrooms
Dr. Claude Alvares
4. Assessment and eFolios
Norbert Pachler
5. Creativity Across the Primary Curriculum
Dr. Catherine Wilson
6. Educational Journey through Technology
Aslam Sharif

Reframing Early Childhood Education

Plenary: Emerging Strategies in Early Childhood Education

Day 1 (Workshops)

1. The Creation Station: Art and Science in the Early Years
Dr. Catherine Wilson
2. Out of Minds: Learning to be Creative
David Bradley
3. Taking Literacy Outside
Susan Waltham
4. Brain-Based Learning
Tom White
5. Rethinking Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in the Early Years
Dr. Martha J. Lash

Day 2 (Focus Group Discussions)

1. Project Based Learning in Early Childhood
Dr. Martha J. Lash
2. Shaping Early Childhood: Learners, Curriculum and Contexts
Tom White
3. Technology in the Early Years
Kaye Heasma
4. Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education
Susan Waltham
5. Developing Play for the Early Years
David Bradley

Teacher Education for Sustainable Development

Plenary: Diversity and Innovation in Teacher Education

Day 1 (Workshops)

1. CPD for Excellence in Education: Teachers Make a Difference
Tina Hameed
2. Teachers as Scholars – Building Learning Communities
Mary Louise Holly
3. Models of Professional Development
Dr. Fauzia Shamim
4. Developing Reflective Practitioners
Prof. Andrew Goodwyn
5. Mentoring: A Safe and Supportive Approach
Dennis Taylor

Day 2 (Focus Group Discussions)

1. Building School Based Learning Communities
Prof. Andrew Goodwyn
2. Professional Development for Teachers: Why Do It? What’s Involved?
Dr. Fauzia Shamim
3. How can Teachers See Themselves Differently as a Result of Continuous Professional Development?
Mary Louise Holly
4. School Based Professional Development
Tina Hameed
5. Teacher Induction and Mentoring: School Based Collaborative Programs
Dennis Taylor

Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development

Plenary: Instructional Leadership for School Improvement

Day 1 (Workshops)

1. Distributed Leadership: Sharing Leadership to Build Capacity
Dr. Saeeda Shah
2. Headship: The Power to Change Lives
Simon Testa
3. Developing a Strategy for School Improvement
Christine Lynne Blackaby
4. Learning for All: Building the Learning Community
Jude Heaton
5. Empowering Teachers
Anthony Colin Townsend
6. Developing Leaders, Developing Schools
Naureen Dogar

Day 2 (Focus Group Discussions)

1. Rethinking Strategic Leadership
Dr. Saeeda Shah
2. Monitoring and Self-Review for School Improvement
Simon Testa / Saima Rashid
3. Collegial Approach to Learning and Teaching as the Essence of School Improvement
Christine Lynne Blackaby
4. Leading Change, Raising Standards
Jude Heaton
5. School Based Evaluation: A Dialogue for School Improvement
Anthony Colin Townsend
6. Developing Leaders, Developing Schools
Naureen Dogar
November 5-6, 2010

Conference Location

Pearl-Continental Hotel Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam P.O. Box 983, Lahore

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