Brown Bag Colloquium
Monday, November 30, Noon ? 1:30 p.m.
133F Erickson Hall
Sponsored by the Office for K-12 Outreach

Educational Transformation:
The British Approach to School Reform
A Conversation with Richard Hunter
Head, Family of Schools
Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

In the United Kingdom and around the world, educators are coming to the realization that the key to high academic success for all students is the personalization of learning. The leading reform organization in the UK, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), has made significant progress in helping secondary schools boost student achievement. Part of that success comes from working with families of schools from the elementary to the middle and high school levels. This brown bag program will focus mainly on grades K-8.

At the heart of the SSAT's efforts at educational transformation, as school reform is known in the UK, is the personalization of learning, essentially a systemic, student-centered approach to differentiated instruction. The gateways to personalizing learning are what have become known as "the Four Deeps": Deep Leaning (which includes new ways to think about student voice, assessment for learning and learning to learn), Deep Experience (which includes revised curriculum and the use of new technologies), Deep Leadership (which includes changes to the design and organization of schools and to professional development) and Deep Support (which includes new approaches to student mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance).

Richard Hunter, head of Family of Schools at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, is in Michigan for presentations to elementary and middle school principals about what happens in schools for both students and educators when curriculum, pedagogy and technology work together to personalize learning. Schools in the US and the UK share many common challenges, from lack of funding to students of poverty to non-native language learners; Richard will share examples and strategies from actual schools that overcome these challenges to reach high achievement through the personalization of learning.

Please join us for a conversation with Richard Hunter.
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