Thursday 4th July

Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All - Yong Zhao

In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao calls for paradigm shift in education. Dr. Zhao brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve their greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalizable by the child, instead of personalized for the child.


Te ohonga ake i taku moemoeā, ko te puāwaitanga o ngā whakaaro. The Moerewa School Story - Keri Milne-Ihimaera

In 2012 the Moerewa School Board of Trustees was removed, and a Commissioner was appointed at the school. The purpose of this research was to tell the authentic story of what happened at Moerewa School during this period when the school was involved in a Statutory Intervention, and I led the school as the Principal. 

The catalyst for this research was the request from staff and community that "our story” needed to be told. It documents the aspirations of a highly engaged Māori community, that attempted to shape an education model to fit their children, and is a counter-narrative for schools who struggle to develop the authentic participation of whānau. 

To my knowledge there is no other research about Statutory Intervention in a New Zealand context, that is written from the perspective of an ‘insider’ (someone who actually experienced it). I have written about the lessons that have been learnt – with recommendations about different ways that Statutory Interventions could occur in schools.



Friday 5th July

What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education - Yong Zhao

Medical products are required to disclose both their intended outcomes and known side effects. Educational policy and practice, however, carries no such labels. Thus, teachers, school leaders, and the public are not told, for example, that "this program helps improve your students' reading scores, but it may make them hate reading forever."
In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao draws on research from his latest book of the same title, shines a light on the long-ignored phenomenon of side effects of education policies and practices, bringing a fresh and perhaps surprising perspective to evidence-based practices and policies. Identifying the adverse effects of some of the "best" educational interventions with examples from classrooms to boardrooms, Yong Zhao investigates causes and offers clear recommendations.

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