Principal heads to Harvard

Anne Marie Rodgers

Anne Marie Rodgers

A BENDIGO principal is one of a select few to be chosen to attend an education seminar at Harvard University in Boston at the end of the July. 

Victory Christian College principal Anne Marie Rodgers is one of 260 delegates from around the world attending the week-long seminar - an opportunity, she said, is invaluable. 

Mrs Rodgers said the seminar was based on three key areas of education practice - digital technologies, human learning and globalisation - with an overall focus on exploring "big picture thinking".

"Our children are living in a world that was very different to what it was a generation ago," she said. 

"There is a lot more research being done on how people learn and how to make sure the mind is fully activated.

"Our whole generation has been born into a digital world and (the seminar will discuss) what that actually means when any information is at a child's finger tips.

"It is about asking the big questions, with input from the best researchers in the world.

"(And) looking at what is coming out of research across the world in those areas and how it's going to impact our students in the early 21st century."

Mrs Rodgers said 10 other principals from Independent Schools Victoria would also attend the seminar. 

She said she was looking forward to using the thoughts of world-class researchers to expand her mindset.

"The education that we are currently teaching, while we are incorporating new technologies, it is very much still based on a 20th century model," she said. 

"And the 21st century model is going to look very different."

Mrs Rodgers said keynote speakers included professor David Perkins and professor Howard Gardner. 

"Those men have really influenced education right across the world, particularly in the western world," she said. 

"It is their theories and practices that have shaped the way we teach today. 

"They will be very interesting to listen to."

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