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Reignite series

Thriving with purpose in an uncertain world.

About Reignite

Reinvigorating educational aspirations, inspiring thoughtful practices and preparing young people for our complex contemporary world.

COVID-19 has given pause to educators everywhere. It has forced us to re-think how and why we teach, how we engage with students and how we can help them thrive with purpose in an uncertain world.

Reignite is a series of thought-provoking online events to reinvigorate educational aspirations and inspire thoughtful practices for preparing young people to engage in our complex contemporary world.

We’ve lined up some leading international thinkers to provoke and reimagine different aspects of education via a series of short videos called ‘Sparks’.

Each of these Sparks will lead into an online ‘Fireside chat’ to expand on these provocations and spark new ideas in teaching and learning.

Fireside series

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Solving the Frankenstein Problem: Why all learning is social and emotional to the brain

Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (University of Southern California) presents her research on emotional engagement in the brain and how deep learning happens.

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Wednesday 8 March 2023

Future Proofing our Students

Professor Sandra Milligan (The University of Melbourne) explores key lessons from the pandemic and how schools can future proof students to thrive in an uncertain world.

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Solving the Frankenstein problem

Developing students’ empathy and humanity to overcome ‘the Frankenstein problem’

In the lead-up to the next installment in the Reignite series, Dr Flossie Chua (Harvard Graduate School of Education) spoke with Professor Immordino-Yang about how her research can help teachers leverage the learning sciences and support ‘the whole student’ – rather than focusing on specific capabilities and dimensions ‘stitched together like Frankenstein’.

​​Want to learn more? Watch the video above and join us on Wednesday 12 October.

Reignite timeline

How does it work?

The Reignite event series is comprised of Sparks and Fireside chats.

  • Sparks – 3-5 minute video presentations featuring innovative ideas that provoke and reimagine an aspect of education.
  • Fireside chats – 90-minute conversations where invited speakers share ideas and engage participants in discussions.

Learning group discussions following each Fireside will give participants an opportunity to unpack content and leverage ideas for long-term impact.