Redesign Secondary Education: Now and the Future

There is a lot of debate with respects to how best to return to schools post-COVID. Let's explore forward-thinking options.

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55 minutes

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Using a Design Thinking approach we will identify ways of moving the school debate forward and consider what are the options for teaching, learning and assessment post-COVID. Do we still need national exams? How might learners, employers and communities benefit from a change in how we approach secondary schooling? In this session, we will look at current trends in education and identify specific actions individuals can take to make an impact to secure an improved school for all learners in the next couple of years adopting what has been learned during Covid and beyond. After this session, Mara will share with you a professional development certificate from EduMenTeach to honour the time you have committed to this discussion acknowledging the leadership and strategies around Design Thinking that have been reviewed. This session is aimed at those interested in the education debate including parents, teachers, school leaders, community and policymakers. No prior knowledge or experience is needed to engage in this very topical debate just a willingness to listen and engage.
Mara has over 25 years of experience in education and now 10 years of experience as a mom. She has founded two high schools in Los Angeles and recently has been compiling her observations from her UK teaching experience for a publication looking at the differences in school design. Combining School Transformation with Design Thinking she has helped schools reform their practices and improve their abilities to meet their students' and communities needs for now and the future. She is available to help you and your school team navigate these challenging times. Feel free to reach out to her to organise a special session targeting your school's own needs and interests.

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Mara Simmons, PhD

A Tinker in Education that Promotes Joy and Curiosity
14 teacher reviews total

About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say. In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others. As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding others' perspectives and experiences and the combination of learning with my love for sharing knowledge helps define my approach in any course I teach.

I have been privileged with having a long and varied teaching career that includes teaching math, science, history, leadership and English to young students in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years in mostly low income, culturally diverse communities. In addition, I have served as a school head, director and school founder for 12 years and most recently was a program manager for teacher training in the UK where I shaped what teacher training can look like for the post 16 sector.

Choosing to teach online is a new venture for me and an opportunity for me to grow. I appreciate the in-person sessions and look forward to cultivating discussion and learner engagement. Also, I believe education should be about choice, and I love that here you choose what you want to study.

The subjects I will teach will be relevant to those wishing to improve their professional skills, whether it be working with others, ways of writing, or how to increase colleague engagement and enthusiasm. In addition, I hope to bring in some courses specifically for teachers and presenters around how to prepare lessons and how to increase student engagement and joy for learning. Lastly, I am interested in teaching about how to cope with remote learning and working as I have observed and at times struggled with these issues in the past and have found some useful strategies that have worked.

In my classes you will never be quiet for an entire session, nor have to listen to me lecturing - I am a believer in collaboration, discussion and facilitated learning. Problem-based, project-based learning is my approach in a school setting; here online we will have a version of it. At the end of each session, we will re-cap to make sure that you have left with a nugget of learning or provocation to go further along with some extra tools to be that value add.

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March 4th, 6:42pm
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