The third annual Ignition Unconference for excellence in education happened on April 22nd & 23rd at Albany Senior High School, Auckland. This event has two aims:
- To move excellence around the sector by putting passionate, committed educators together to share what’s working in schools, and
- Build leadership in schools by giving people the skills, connections and experiences necessary to help their schools innovate and improve. (We consider everyone to be a leader- it’s not some elitist group.)
What happens there?
You won’t be lectured at, but you will be given a chance to lead and be led by other emerging leaders. We have a broad definition of what an emerging leader is and includes pre-service, first and second-year teachers, middle and senior managers (we consider Principals to have emerged). If you want to help chart the course for education, this is the place for you.
What is an unconference?
An unconference is a participant-driven event. Rather than inviting people to attend a conference where everything has been decided by others in advance (the speakers, the content, the timetable, the spaces etc.) an unconference emerges out of the strengths and interests of the people who attend.
How does it work?
If you would like to meet up with others to talk about something that interests you, write the title of the session in one of the timetable slots on the day. Anyone else who wants to take part (or co-convene with you) turns up at the appointed time and contributes what they can. It makes for a very responsive, very engaging event which is grass roots and bottom up.