The materials shared here are for parents to access about global changes to education. This page will be updated regularly with resources that complement the local initiatives for change being lead by Macquarie College, in consultation with the parent community and students. Macquarie College’s strategic partners include Future Schools Alliance and the Collaborative Learning Network.

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly as resources will be added on a regular basis.

Parents interested in joining the conversation online about these resources, or presentations made by our strategic partners, are invited to join the Closed Facebook Group “MC Futures – Parent Resources”.


Peter Hutton, CEO of the Future Schools Alliance visited Macquarie College on Thursday 23rd May to begin the conversation with staff and parents about a vision for the future of education. Peter shared insights into changes occurring globally and within the Australian education community, as institutions large and small prepare for significant changes to the workforce of the future and, significantly, how to prepare our young people as contributors to this future.

Peter has shared his Presentation Slides from the evening for MC Parents to review.


RECOMMENDED READING

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: by Carol Dweck

“In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.”

You can borrow this publication from the MC Parent Library, or purchase in various formats from your preferred online distributor.

RECOMMENDED VIEWING

In this TED Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Click here to watch.


RECOMMENDED READING

“What School Could Be” by Ted Dintersmith.

“An inspiring account of teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things, showing us what leads to powerful learning in classrooms, and how to empower our teachers to make it happen.”

You can purchase in various formats from your preferred online distributor.

RECOMMENDED VIEWING

What is school for? by Prince EA. Click here to watch.


RECOMMENDED READING

“World Class Learners” by Yong Zhao

“In the new global economy, the jobs that exist now might not exist by the time today’s students enter the workplace. To succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think like entrepreneurs: resourceful, flexible, creative, and global. Researcher and Professor Yong Zhao unlocks the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to use their learning differently to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society.”

You can borrow this publication from the MC Parent Library, or purchase in various formats from your preferred online distributor.


RECOMMENDED READING

“It’s time for Australia to commit to the kind of future it wants: CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2019”

James Deverell, Director of CSIRO Futures, has written a thought-provoking article (18 June 2019) for The Conversation AU, regarding Australia’s prosperity outlook.

Click Here to read James’ perspective of an ‘Outlook Vision’ for Australia’s prosperity looking ahead to 2060.


RECOMMENDED READING

“Creating Innovators” by Tony Wagner (2012)

“Harvard education expert Tony Wagner explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize sellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.”

This book can be purchased in various formats from your preferred online distributor.

You can also listen to a short video by Tony describing the fundamental contradictions between the culture of schooling as we know it, and the culture of being an innovator.  Click here to watch.


RECOMMENDED VIEWING

“Is Your School All Practice, No Game?” by Dan Heath.  Click here to watch.

RECOMMENDED READING

“The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact ” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (2017)

“In The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath explore the stories of people who have created standout moments, from the owners who transformed an utterly mediocre hotel into one of the best-loved properties in Los Angeles by conjuring moments of magic for guests, to the scrappy team that turned around one of the worst elementary schools in the country by embracing an intervention that lasts less than an hour.”

You can borrow this publication from the MC Parent Library, or purchase in various formats from your preferred online distributor.


RECOMMENDED VIEWING

“Most Likely to Succeed” (2015) is a highly recommended film that complements the award-winning book by Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner of the same name. 

The film is available for viewing (free for a limited time).  Click here to watch.

“Most Likely to Succeed” by Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith (2016)
 
“Now bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders. Their powerful, urgent message identifies the growing gap between credentials and competence—and offers a framework for change.” (simonandschuster.com)
 
This book can be purchased in various formats from your preferred online distributor.

RECOMMENDED VIEWING

“The secret to living longer may be your social life” by Susan Pinker, Developmental Psychologist.

Susan speaks to the wellbeing of individuals who are part of a community, discusses predictors of staying alive include close relationships and social integration.  Click here to watch.


RECOMMENDED READING

“Finnish Lessons 2.0” by Pasi Sahlberg (2015)

With ‘Finnish Lessons 2.0’, I have thoroughly updated earlier groundbreaking account of how Finland built a world-class education system during the past four decades. I trace the evolution of Finnish education policies and highlights how they differ from the United States and much of the rest of the world. ‘Finnish Lessons 2.0’ demonstrates how systematically focusing on teacher and leader professionalism, building trust between the society and its schools, and investing in educational equity rather than competition, choice, and other market-based reforms make Finnish schools an international model of success. This second edition details the complexity of meaningful change by examining Finland’s educational performance in light of the most recent international assessment data and domestic changes. (pasisahlberg.com)

You can purchase this title in various formats from your preferred online distributor.


RECOMMENDED VIEWING

‘You Are Contagious’ by Vanessa Van Edwards, TEDx Talks (2017)

Vanessa reveals that our behaviour, from hand gestures to how we say ‘hello’, changes the way others perceive our confidence.  Click here to watch.


RECOMMENDED READING
 
“The Up Side of Down” by Megan McArdle (2015)
 
“Most new products fail. So do most businesses. And most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run? What separates those who keep treading water from those who harness the lessons from their mistakes? One of our most popular business bloggers, Megan McArdle takes insights from emergency room doctors, kindergarten teachers, bankruptcy judges, and venture capitalists to teach us how to reinvent ourselves in the face of failure. The Up Side of Down is a book that just might change the way you lead your life.” (penguinrandhomhouse.com)
 
You can purchase this title in various formats from your preferred online distributor.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING
“Do schools kill creativity? Back in 2006, Sir Ken Robinson posed this question to the TED audience – and boy, did it touch a nerve. More than fifty million views and a decade later, Chris sits down with Sir Ken to dig into the changes and progress that have been made, and see if the answer now is any different.” Apple Podcasts Preview