Masterclasses

These four-hour long workshops will be held on Saturday 26 March 2022 before the main conference begins. They are designed for educators seeking to enhance their professional and leadership skills.

Each workshop provides attendees with the necessary skills to be successful leaders during this time of uncertainty and change in education. The masterclasses are interactive and in-depth, allowing attendees to build skills that can be implemented in their local contexts.

These presentations are relevant to the needs of schools and school communities, expanding on what educators have learned through practical implementation.  

Attendees must register for the in-person conference to attend the masterclasses. The cost of an in-person registration is 875 USD. Masterclasses are not sold separately.   

Masterclass 1: Bridging the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants

Strand: Educational technology and innovation 

Providing technological tools to support approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile growth and development. Teaching practical strategies that could be incorporated in both face-to-face and virtual teaching to promote effective learning and develop self-regulated learners. 

Masterclass 2: The MUST of education—TODAY!

Strand: Inclusive education and wellbeing 

This workshop aims to help educators get a peek into some of the best practices to promote inclusive education at the heart of teaching and learning.

Masterclass 3: Understanding and practicing leadership for teacher agency

Strand: Leadership 

This workshop will explore conceptions of agency as they relate to the professional lives of teachers. Drawing on key academic work in the area, we will unpack what a relational conception of agency might look like in practice. Such a conception sees agency as the interrelationship between personal and professional histories, desired futures and the cultural, structural and material environment in which teachers are situated. Framed in this way, we will engage with the practical implications of agency as a relational or environmental phenomenon that is constantly enacted by teachers in both innovative and resistant ways. To do this, we will explore examples of innovative and resistant behaviours by teachers, considering how the structural, cultural and material conditions in our schools, as well as teachers’ personal or professional histories, make these performances of agency, both innovative and resistant, possible.

Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of agency that is applicable to their context, with access to a toolbox of strategies that helps to illuminate areas that might be addressed to ensure their school environment provides the conditions for the enactment of teacher agency. 

Masterclass 4: The world in us: Advancing practical global citizenship education

Strand: Learning and teaching 

A masterclass focused on the presenter's research into global citizenship education. 

Masterclass 5: The Compassionate Systems approach

Strand: Learning and teaching 

Global warming, social inequality, migration flows and epidemics of substance abuse—the challenges that humanity currently faces are parts of interdependent global systems. As we seek solutions to these worldwide issues, we must also find ways to help young people cope with the complexity of these issues. This masterclass will offer an introduction to the Compassionate Systems approach, which provides one such perspective. Drawing on theories and practical tools from social emotional learning and the field of complexity science, this approach gives an opportunity for all learners to develop a cognitive and effective foundation for global citizenship.

Examples of how this approach has been used with IB students of all ages will be offered, along with suggestions of how the approach could be cultivated in a variety of school contexts. Practical application of systems thinking and sensing tools will form a large part of this masterclass. 


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