Future of Learning in a Post-Covid World
We explore the future of education from a systems thinking perspective (Derek), and from the experiences of Pacific Advance Secondary School (Parehuia).
Derek Wenmoth, FutureMakers
Derek is acknowledged as one of NZ education’s foremost future focused thinkers, He is regularly asked to consult with schools and government agencies regarding the future directions of educational policy and practice in New Zealand and internationally.
Derek has been a teacher, principal, a teacher educator and education policy writer. In 2003 he co-founded CORE Education, a leading provider of educational research and services in NZ. He stepped aside from CORE in 2018 to establish FutureMakers, an organization committed to inspiring the next generation of leaders, thinkers and problem-solvers.
In recognition of his work in education, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation which recognizes individuals making a difference in education.
Derek maintains a blog on matters relating to e-learning and other aspects of interest to educators that can be found on the www.futuremakers.nz website.
ABSTRACT: Recent events have highlighted the need for a timely and robust response to the things that cause disruption to our ways of working as an education system. They’ve highlighted both strengths and weaknesses in the capacity of our system - including educators, schools and the Ministry - to deal with change and continue to develop.
To be better prepared for the future we must seek to build the ability of our system to prepare for threats, absorb impacts, recover and adapt following persistent stress or a disruptive event.
This presentation will explore the concept of hybrid learning and the opportunities this creates for designing an approach to education and schooling that is more accessible, more equitable and more engaging for all who are involved.
Parehuia Enari, Co-principal of Pacific Advance Secondary School
Parehuia is a descendant of Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Ruapani. She is the proud wife of Falefatu and māmā of 3 young men, Brian, Ereatara and Ulalei. Parehuia has over 25 years experience across both the primary and secondary education sectors as a bilingual practitioner, leader teacher educator and cultural advocate across the education and sporting sectors.
Both Parehuia and Falefatu have spent the past 7 years committed to the establishment and growth of Aotearoa’s very first “Pasifika mo le Pasifika” secondary school in Ōtāhuhu, Tamaki Makaurau. She is passionate about helping others to discover their cultural ‘superpower’ in an ever changing world. Parehuia is committed to raising culturally and academically skilled, confident, faith-filled Pasifika rangatahi as they journey toward lifelong success.
“Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua” I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on the past
Mate Karauna has forced the world to question Otua, to take a deep dive into ourselves as tangata and our symbiotic relationships with our whenua, moana, langi and all living things. We find ourselves looking back to our past through the ancestral eyes of our tupuna searching for meaningful answers for the future of our mokopuna.
This talanoaga will provide an insight to the concept of ‘atu’ and ‘mai’ and the resilience that our Pasifika children of South Auckland inherently possess from their ancestors while navigating the turbulent waters of education in Aotearoa.