Curiosity in Schools
with Bryan Goodwin and Tonia Gibson



Dates

Webinar 1 - 27 Apr 2021
Webinar 2 - 11 May 2021
Webinar 3 - 25 May 2021


Series Cost

Non Member - $290
ACEL Member - $270

Combine and Save*
$450
*Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership


Group Rates (5+)

Non Member - $275 pp
ACEL Member - $255 pp

The webinar series focuses on the role of curiosity in education and how you can create and develop a curiosity-driven culture that enhances learning for everyone – teachers, students and school leaders.

Webinar 1: The Curious Thing About Curiosity in Education

In this session, we’ll give an overview of what curiosity is, how it works, the differences between superficial curiosity and deeper inquiry-based curiosity, and what factors help and hinder its strength and usefulness in our lives—particularly in schools. We’ll also discuss the important connections between curiosity, social-emotional learning, and student and staff well-being.

Webinar 2: Sparking Student Curiosity

Building on the learning from Session 1, this session will engage teachers in learning how to craft and deliver sequences of learning that spark and sustain students’ curiosity—and how to leverage that curiosity to deepen and extend their learning.

Webinar 3: Building a Curious Team of Educators

Curiosity in adults can help improve professional capacity and practices (and even overall life satisfaction and wellness). Building on the learning from Session 2, we’ll explore ways that teachers and school leaders can encourage and support professional curiosity and inquiry.


Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin is President and CEO of McREL International, a U.S.-based nonprofit education research and service organization that serves school systems throughout the world. Bryan thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author or co-author of multiple books, including:

  • Building Curious Schools: Restore the Joy That Brought You to School (Corwin, 2020)
  • Learning That Sticks: A Brain-Based Model for K-12 Instructional Design and Delivery (ASCD, 2020)
  • Instructional Models: How to Choose One and How to Use One (McREL, 2019)
  • Pursuing Greatness: Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth (McREL, 2019)
  • Tools for Igniting Curiosity: Classroom-Ready Techniques for Increasing Engagement and Inspiring the Love of Learning (Silver Strong & Associates, 2019)
  • Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation (McREL, 2018)

He also writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership magazine. Prior to joining McREL in 1998, he was a college instructor, high school teacher, and business journalist.

Tonia Gibson

Tonia Gibson is a managing consultant at McREL, working with school leaders and teachers in the U.S. and Pacific regions to develop sustainable plans for improving their professional practices and ensuring that student needs are at the heart of all decisions made. Throughout her consulting and coaching for individuals and groups, Tonia draws on education research and her own 22 years of experience as a classroom teacher and school leader in Australia. She was key in implementing theories of action at the school level, which led to continuous growth in data related to student engagement, student achievement, and teacher confidence. Tonia earned her master’s degree in school leadership from the University of Melbourne and her bachelor’s degree in primary/adult learning from RMIT. She is a co-author of Learning That Sticks (ASCD 2020) and Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School (2018).


Popular titles by Bryan and Tonia available to purchase via the ACEL Bookshop.

 

Webinar will include:

•  Pre-session opportunity to send questions to Bryan and Tonia
•  Q&A time during the session using the Chat Bar
•  Online live with Bryan Goodwin and Tonia Gibson
•  ACEL Webinar support team

Attending the Webinars

You will be emailed a personal link to each webinar the day prior to the event. It is advised that you attend the webinar 10 minutes before commencement to avoid missing any content.

If you have any questions please contact workshops@acel.org.au or call 02 8396 0800.

Webinar 1:
The Curious Thing About Curiosity in Education


Date:
Tuesday 27th Apr 2021


Time:
8.00am [NSW, VIC, TAS,
ACT, QLD]
7.30am [SA, NT]
6.00am [WA]
10.00am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Curiosity and motivation to learn are powerful predictors of student success―more powerful even than IQ, persistence or teacher quality. Yet research shows that the longer students stay in school, the less curiosity and motivation they demonstrate. Why is that? And what might happen if we made a concerted effort to re-ignite student curiosity in all our classrooms? Might everything about teaching and learning get easier…and even more joyful?

In this session, we’ll give an overview of what curiosity is, how it works, the differences between superficial curiosity and deeper inquiry-based curiosity, and what factors help and hinder its strength and usefulness in our lives—particularly in schools. We’ll also discuss the important connections between curiosity, social-emotional learning, and student and staff well-being.

And we’ll see how curiosity plays an integral role in a unique approach to school improvement, one that “flips the script” on traditional improvement efforts, working from the inside out rather than forcing compliance with externally imposed mandates and programs.

At the end of Session 1, participants will receive a “homework” assignment: Over the next two weeks, spend some time observing students at your school and make a list of the types of lessons, activities, questions, or other factors that seem to really spark student curiosity. During Session 2, we’ll share some of your insights and identify practical strategies you can use to create and sustain curiosity in your classrooms.

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Webinar 2:
Sparking Student Curiosity


Date:
Tuesday 11th May 2021


Time:
8.00am [NSW, VIC, TAS,
ACT, QLD]
7.30am [SA, NT]
6.00am [WA]
10.00am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Building on the learning from Session 1, this session will engage teachers in learning how to craft and deliver sequences of learning that spark and sustain students’ curiosity—and how to leverage that curiosity to deepen and extend their learning.

Drawing on cognitive science , we’ll explore how our students’ brains process new information and recall and apply stored knowledge—and the key role curiosity plays in this cognitive system. We’ll share how teachers can use this understanding to design opportunities to learn in a manner that will better capture students’ initial interest and curiosity in a topic, help them processes and store their learning, and help them extend and apply their newfound knowledge.

We’ll also spend some time on highlighting the close connection between curiosity and higher-order questioning strategies, providing practical tips and ideas to help you ask deeper-level questions of your students and how to help your students ask better questions themselves about their own learning.

At the end of Session 2, participants will receive a “homework” assignment: Over the next two weeks, use some of the strategies learned and reflect on the outcome. What worked well and what didn’t? How did you gauge your students’ level of curiosity? What might you try differently next time to get a better result? During Session 3, we’ll share some of your insights and discuss ways you can use your own curiosity to collaborate with teacher colleagues to identify instructional bright spots, refine your professional practices, and share them widely across your school.

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Webinar 3:
Building a Curious Team of Educators


Date:
Tuesday 25th May 2021


Time:
8.00am [NSW, VIC, TAS,
ACT, QLD]
7.30am [SA, NT]
6.00am [WA]
10.00am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Curiosity in adults can help improve professional capacity and practices (and even overall life satisfaction and wellness). Building on the learning from Session 2, we’ll explore ways that teachers and school leaders can encourage and support professional curiosity and inquiry.

We’ll present a model for a collegial peer observation and coaching process that teachers can use to observe each other “in action” and identify what’s working (and what could work better) in their school to engage students and unleash curiosity.

We’ll also share some simple shifts that principals and teacher leaders can make to promote inquiry-driven professional learning and engage the entire school community in strengthening and “owning” their school’s core values, mission, and vision. You’ll leave this session with a simple tool that school leaders and teachers can use, together, to engage in inquiry-based learning to collaboratively identify your next step toward creating a more innovative school that unleashes student and teacher motivation to develop and improve from the inside out—starting with their curiosity.

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