Tauranga educators to learn from global leader

4 October 2018

Dr Tony Wagner
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Re-thinking education for an innovative era will be one of the topics of focus for Tauranga educators when Dr Tony Wagner, a globally recognised voice in education, visits in October and the public have the opportunity to hear him speak.

A guest of Priority One and the University of Waikato, Dr Wagner will speak about the importance of educating our future workforce in a more meaningful and empowering way.

He will also cover how success is taught and measured in schools and the precedent that sets for the type of employees companies recruit.

Dr Wagner, a former US high school teacher and principal held a variety of positions with Harvard University for more than 20 years and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.

He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a widely published author of six books. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap continues to be an international best seller, with more than 140,000 copies in print.

Tony served as the Strategic Education Advisor for a major new education documentary Most Likely to Succeed, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create the 2010 documentary The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System.

Priority One Instep Manager Lyn Parlane says Dr Wagner is an expert in re-thinking education for an innovative era and how the education pipeline can work better for both the business community and students.

“It’s about how leaders support the next generation of critical and creative thinkers and what is needed for the innovation economy age,” Ms Parlane says. “We need to adjust what we are doing and actively involve informed thinking around education and business.”

“We are privileged to have a world leader in his field talk about how he sees education and innovation complementing the business sector.”

The trip will be Dr Wagner’s first visit to New Zealand and he will be the keynote speaker at Whareroa Marae where discussion will include re-thinking education in a Māori context.

He will spend time with secondary school senior leaders, and will present to teachers on ways to help prepare young people for success in a world of rapid change.

University of Waikato staff and postgraduate students will be given the opportunity to review teaching methods and practices with Dr Wagner and also how they may future-proof the new modern campus environment that will open in the Tauranga CBD in 2019.

Associate Professor Nigel Calder is pleased to be hosting Dr Wagner during his visit. “Tony is world-renowned for innovative teaching practice. With the new campus opening next year, it's a really exciting opportunity for our staff and students to be engaged with these new ways of developing student thinking and innovative practice to complement existing practice.”

Dr Wagner will be in Tauranga from 28–31 October and will deliver a number of seminars to business and school leaders.

The general public are also invited to hear Dr Wagner speak at a Smart Talk event on Tuesday 30 October, 3pm–5pm, Club Mount Maunganui.

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