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Making a Bold Move in your school: A special event with Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs

This seminar is right for you if: You are seeking ideas and pathways to create contemporary learning experiences for your students.


The Park Hyatt  


1 Parliament Place, Melbourne VIC 3002


Wednesday, 13 November 2019 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


$375.00 – Member Schools Price (excl. GST) 

$450.00 – Standard Price (excl. GST) 


Program Description:

Spend a whole day with distinguished global educator, Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs. This workshop draws on the work of Heidi and Dr Marie Hubley Alcock’s book: Bold Moves for Schools: How we create remarkable learning environments. Heidi will lay the groundwork on how educators can make the shift in their own setting to shape a responsive contemporary learning environment. She will focus on two critical tiers of decision making that are clearly interrelated:


  • The learning experiences we design in the curriculum, forms of assessment, instructional practice, and personalised opportunities to ensure they are modern and relevant. Dynamic approaches to quest-based curriculum practice, upgraded assessment types, and personalised learning will be a central focus.
  • The four programmatic structures that can potentially expand those learning experiences:  schedules, learning spaces, student grouping patterns and personnel configurations. In truth, many educators are wrestling with how to break from calcified 19thcentury patterns for each of  these structures with divisive schedules, confining learning spaces and siloed grouping patterns.


Heidi will provide guidance on how to make the necessary moves to create environments to house vibrant learning by: emphasising design thinking, developing site-based research and creating school innovation teams to ensure that bold moves can be actualised.


Presenter Information – Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs is founder and president of Curriculum Designers, providing professional services to schools, organisations and agencies to create modern learning environments, upgrade curriculum and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of contemporary learners. Her models on curriculum mapping and curriculum design have been featured in numerous books and software solutions throughout the world. Heidi has taught courses at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City since 1981. Working with a wide range of organisations, she has consulted to the College Board, NBC Sunday Today Show, the Peace Corps, the Discovery Channel, Children’s Television Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet Education, the International Baccalaureate and state education departments. In 2014, Heidi was presented the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education by the Mediterranean Association for International Schools. The fundamental backbone of her experience comes from years as a teacher of high school, junior high school, and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York.


Presenter Information – Karen Milkins-Hendry

Karen Milkins-Hendry is Dean of The Development Centre at Independent Schools Victoria. Her 26 years working in schools included leadership experience that spanned across pastoral and academic areas with extended periods as Acting Principal. This background provided valuable strategic skills and experience to bring into both the development and implementation of leadership programs. With a teaching background as broad as Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry through to VCE Theatre Studies, Karen relishes her current role of engaging with the broader educational community with a view to providing evidence-based support to the unique improvement journey of schools.