Multiple Pathways: Growing Possibilities in Learning (Public Talk)

Jockey Club ‘Ednovation Fest’ 2018 is proud to present three education changemakers for its public talk on Saturday September 29. The changemakers will be sharing their own experience in nurturing students’ capabilities and passion in a different educational context in Hong Kong.

Mr Toby Newton, Head of International College Hong Kong, has developed Human Technologies, a curriculum strand, to Years 7 to 10. The curriculum encourages students to develop as purposeful, thoughtful learners in an ever-changing world. Students are encouraged to think critically about which technologies they want to use, and, equally, to identify which technologies they would like to leave well alone and how to go about developing the self-confidence to act on their decisions. Participants will develop insight to the approach and will be introduced to a series of practical pedagogical tools.

Meanwhile, Mr Franky Poon, Principal of Hong Kong Red Swastika Society Tai Po Secondary School, believes that all children need different forms of support from teachers, and fulfilling their needs for learning is a responsibility of all educators. Mr Poon will talk about the role of school management, from reforming school policies to promoting school-wide innovation, so as to provide a student-centric education in all aspects. Also he will talk about the creation of learning options in curriculum, textbooks, and assessments; and the layered design learning for students with learning differences, abilities and styles.

Ms Doreen Ho is Project Coordinator of Jockey Club ‘Learning by Doing’ Academy, an experiential all-round program co-created by Ediversity and The Mission Covenant Church Holm Glad No.2 Primary School. Students are scheduled to a themed self-learning session every afternoon during school time and they learn through four areas of learning: Make, Read, Design and Play. Professional trainings for teachers and further partnerships in and outside Hong Kong are also developed to support the program. She will update participants on the program.

Guest Speakers:
Mr. Toby Newton
Head of School, International College Hong Kong

Toby Newton has worked in education since 1992, assuming senior leadership responsibilities in 2002, initially in the UK and since 2008 in Hong Kong. Trained as an English teacher, he quickly diversified into Film and Media and was Assistant Principal Examiner for Media Studies at AQA between 2005 to 2008. He has taught courses in Film and C20th Social Theory at Kings College London and Brunel University. He has an abiding and ongoing interest in the interface between the emotions and learning, curriculum design, and whole person development. Toby is currently Head of School at International College Hong Kong (ICHK).

Topic : Human Technologies – in a nutshell

Mr. Franky Poon
Principal, Hong Kong Red Swastika Society Tai Po Secondary School

Mr. Franky Poon is the Principal of Hong Kong Red Swastika Society Tai Po Secondary School and as the Specialist of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Mr. Poon was seconded to EDB to provide support to over 80 local schools on catering for learner diversity and building inclusive ethos and measures. He is invited to be the Speakers in various tertiary education programs and teacher training courses to share experience on supporting students with diverse needs. He is also an author of various book chapters and journals as well as presenter at local and international conferences on how to enhance school’s capacity to manage and celebrate student diversity.

In July 2013, he was awarded the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service for his contribution to inclusive education.

Topic : Managing learner diversity and building on student strengths: What can schools do?

Ms. Doreen Ho
Project Coordinator, Jockey Club “Learning by Doing” Academy, EDiversity

Doreen is a mother of 3 and was a teacher for almost 15 years. Her sons have studied in different types of schools, from subsidized to DSS, private, and international schools. She herself also taught in schools of various bandings. All these experiences pushed her to have deep reflection on what education really means to children. In 2011, she started the anti-P3 TSA campaign. In 2014, she joined EDiversity and began heavily involved in various projects to promote diversity in education. Inspired by EDiversity, she boldly initiated a gap year experiential learning programme for her son after completing P.6 in 2015.

Topic : Timeless Role of Teachers — to Cultivate a Creative Classroom Climate

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