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Are you a primary or secondary school educator looking to deepen your understanding of project-based learning, design thinking and inquiry with the goal of applying these principles to re-imagine curriculum and assessment?

Normally reserved for in-school professional learning, Future Anything is making our Enterprising Curriculum professional learning program available to a small number of educators in our very first online cohort-based experience.

Enterprising Curriculum Online

Over the course of nine weeks, participants will engage in weekly online workshops, designed to support you to re-design a chosen unit of curriculum in real-time so that it is curriculum (did someone say V9?) aligned, real world, relevant and engaging for students.

At the conclusion of the 9-week program, participants will have a fully resourced unit of curriculum, complete with curriculum aligned assessment instrument/s, entry and showcase events and an explicit framework embedded to build a chosen capability (think general capabilities or 21st Century Skills).

Professional Standards:
  • 1.1 – 1.5: Know students & how they learn
  • 2.1 – 2.6: Know the content & how to teach it
  • 3.1 – 3.7: Plan for and implement effective teaching & learning
  • 4.1 – 4.5: Create and maintain supportive & safe learning environments
  • 5.1 – 5.4: Assess, provide feedback & report on student learning
  • 6.1 – 6.4: Engage in professional learning
  • 7.3 – 7.4: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents & the community
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Enterprising Curriculum Online – Course Outline

Enterprising Curriculum Online starts on Thursday 18 July 2024 and runs every Thursday for 9 consecutive weeks in .
All sessions take place live (via Zoom) from 4pm – 6pm AEST.

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WEEK 1 (5 September) - Introduction, Mission & the Future of Work

FOCUS

Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

Participants are introduced to the program, its ‘mission’ and ‘rules of play’, and the elements of an ‘enterprising classroom’. Discussions will explore the ‘future of work’, as well as participants personal motivations (your ‘why’) and goals for this professional learning.
Understanding of the program, research and personal ‘why’
Personal learning goals

WEEK 2 (12 September) - Public products in an Enterprising Classroom

FOCUS

Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

The framework for an ‘enterprising classroom’ is detailed, highlighting great teaching and assessment practices. Participants begin selecting a unit to scale up and then ‘ideate’ possibilities for a ‘public product’.
Chosen unit focus & Public product ideas
Incorporation of public product

WEEK 3 (3 October) - Defining the Driving Question

FOCUS

Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

The focus is on defining the mission and driving question, encouraging student voice and choice. Feedback techniques are introduced, with participants sharing their thoughts and refining their unit.
Driving Question
Integration of feedback

WEEK 4 (10 October) - Sustained Inquiry into the Unit Objectives

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Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

Discussions begin by exploring engaging learning environments, which then leads participants to finalise their driving question and the contextual background for the unit. The session emphasises sustained inquiry into what students need to know and be able to do.
Unit context & summary / Unit ‘knows’ & ‘dos’
Backwards mapping of unit

WEEK 5 (17 October) - Exploring The Beginning & the Unit Overview

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Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

Participants are introduced to the importance of an engaging ‘beginning’ and will focus on building out a skeleton overview for the unit, before giving and receiving feedback.
Skeleton overview
PBL examples in action

WEEK 6 (24 October) - Examining Showcase Ideas & PBL In Action

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Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

Breakout groups are used to research and share examples of PBL in action, leading to ‘ideation’ of possibilities for a unit showcase. Participants will explore the use of AI prompts and take time to bring the unit together digitally.
Showcase ideas / Beginning of digitised unit
Integration of feedback & AI

WEEK 7 (31 October) - A toolkit for integrating Enterprising Capabilities

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Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

Collaborative archetypes and the key ‘enterprising capabilities’ are discussed, with participants exploring the integration of these key skills. A capability for each unit is chosen and a toolkit is developed, using AI prompts and feedback from others to refine.
Capability toolkit
Integration of chosen capability

WEEK 8 (7 November) - Finding Authenticity and bringing it all together

FOCUS

Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

This week focuses on ensuring authenticity in the units, with time to bring everything together and consider next steps. The session includes opportunities for asking questions, collecting feedback and preparing a summary ‘pitch’.
Completed Enterprising Classroom Framework
Finalise / digitise unit

WEEK 9 (14 November) - Reflection, Sharing & Feedback

FOCUS

Key ‘exit’ takeaway

Reflection/Next steps

In this optional session, participants are encouraged to share their completed unit and learning journey through a summary pitch to colleagues for further feedback and refinement.
Completed unit
Teach, reflect & share back

Meet your Facilitator

Dan Dempsey is a highly experienced educator, forging a successful 20-year career in education and school leadership in both Australia and the United Kingdom, notably through a range of Principal and Deputy Principal roles across varied primary school contexts.

With a passion for building the capacity of schools, teams and systems to embed effective and innovative teaching, learning and assessment, Dan has developed significant experience providing professional learning, coaching and mentoring to teachers and leaders. Dan has a deep understanding of curriculum and pedagogy, with experience implementing and leading STEM initiatives, Project-Based Learning, inquiry and design thinking.

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This professional learning workshop] made the prospect of making the curriculum more authentic and engaging far less scary and more attainable.

TeacherGrace Lutheran College, QLD

Never before have I attended a PL where I have been so engaged, motivated and inspired. Feel so blessed that I have had the opportunity. Every educator needs to experience Future Anything.

TeacherPLC Perth, WA

Brilliant workshop. Irrespective of your years in the field, subject specialisation, year level, or level of expertise, it skilfully guides you to reflect on your role and optimal teaching strategies in the ever-evolving landscape of education.

TeacherPacific Lutheran College, QLD

Participating in the Future Anything workshop was a transformative experience, reshaping my teaching philosophy. This program empowers educators to embed critical and creative thinking skills in students through innovative methodologies. I highly recommend it for those seeking to inspire the next generation with skills beyond traditional academics.

TeacherMorialta Secondary College, SA

Future Anything’s content, philosophy and delivery captivated our audience...leaving us wanting more. A brilliant presentation leaving us feeling challenged, inspired and ready to explore how we can do be better and be better for our young people in this role.

TeacherCoorparoo Secondary College, QLD

This was what a professional learning workshop should be - hands on and informative with untapped access to expert facilitator knowledge.

TeacherSalisbury East High School, SA

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