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LfG 17/18 Seminar 5 blog

The view from the James Leslie Council Chamber at Deakin University set the tone for broadening our horizons around education. This was our fifth seminar day and we met five inspiring leaders in education. 

Our theme of the day "Education and Training" saw us learn from leaders who are passionate about how education leads to prosperity and opportunity.  Kean Selway (Chief Operating Officer at Deakin University) showcased the purpose and passion of Deakin's innovative delivery for educating tertiary students in Geelong, and the importance of getting young learners to aspire to a university education.

Darren Gray (Deputy CEO at the Gordon) and Sarah Barth (Head of Strategic HR at the Gordon) identified how the quality of vocational education and training is equally important in transforming our community. Bryan Timms (Manager at the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre) described how VCAL and VET programs focus on traditional vocations and their ability to transition students from school into what is expected in the workplace. His students prepared a delicious lunch for us.

We then visualised Geelong's new Tech School model with Director, Leanne Collins describing how local secondary school students will be given unique opportunities to learn and use technology to solve complex problems faced by industry.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based subjects will be a large part of our future and students will be given real life problems to solve from eight industry clients.

Lastly our day saw us at Geelong Grammar School where they have successfully embedded a positive psychology approach to education. With the many challenges of being an adolescent, Charlie Scudamore (Vice-Principal) delved unwaveringly into how they enable students to make better decisions for their own wellbeing and prepare them to embrace adulthood.

We rounded the day off with a screening of Ken Robinson's 2010 "Changing Educational Paradigms" which challenges our educational approach. It suggests that education needs to change to ensure we are meeting the productivity and wellness needs of individuals, families and communities.



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