WHY A FOCUS ON ENTREPRENUERSHIP AND INNOVATION?

Coeducation is education for life. Naturally

In essence, the BBI is a team of College staff and partners from the wider educational community and from industry who are dedicated to supporting and guiding us in our core business of providing a world-leading Pre-K to Year 12 teaching and learning environment for our students and staff.

A key outcome of this work is developing students that are entrepreneurially-minded.

According to a research report from the Mitchell Institute, being entrepreneurially-minded means having a disposition to think and act entrepreneurially. These are:

“…learners whose curiosity leads them to seek out and identify or solve problems that are worth solving. They look at problems as opportunities, rather than as dead ends. They apply their creativity and talents to develop innovative ideas and solutions. They care about the quality of what they produce, embracing mistakes as markers for learning and improvement. They are energised by the potential benefits to others, locally or globally, from what they do and produce.”

To that end, the BBI is committed to exploring and implementing at ASC new and flexible structures and practices for learning that recognise the need for this type of learning and facilitation.

Commencing in Term 1, 2019, InnovateEd is a course facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team of teachers who are working with students in Years 7, 8 and 10 to co-design the curriculum so that the class draws upon students’ own interests and concerns. At the core of InnovateEd sits problem-finding, collaboration, and design thinking, a thinking framework used globally for developing innovative ideas and solutions.

Sitting alongside this course is Propeller Industries and Runway, the College’s pop-up shop.

Propeller Industries is ASC’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Propeller is building networks with Spacecubed, Perth’s innovation incubator and hub; redesigning existing spaces into a Collaboration Space (the Co-Lab) and a Maker Space; offering  workshops that bridge electronics and the arts; offering weeklong innovation workshops for the holidays; and offering a speaker series where students can come and hear from leading thinkers and innovators.

All Saints’ strives to be a leader in innovative teaching and learning: research reminds us that participation in experiential entrepreneurship programs positively influences both attitudes and actions. According to the Mitchell Report cited above, we can help students take concrete action by:

  • cementing learnings from classroom-based courses and providing context to apply the theory;
  • allowing students to experiment with entrepreneurship as a career path;
  • expanding networks well beyond the school;
  • providing role models in the forms of mentors and coaches;
  • reducing students’ fear of failure by allowing them to fail in a safe environment;
  • increasing our students’ confidence in their ability to succeed by meeting and working with those who have already started successful start-ups

Next week: Personalised learning – what is it and why is it important?