Isabel is an experienced teacher, leader and trainer with over 30 years’ experience in Education. Originally trained in South Africa, Isabel holds a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Fieldwork Education in 2008, Isabel was a Maths and Science teacher and school leader for many years. During her time at Fieldwork Education, Isabel has been involved in developing the ‘Looking for Learning Toolkit’, lead the ‘International Middle Years Curriculum’ (IMYC), updated the ILMP leadership programmes and looked after Membership and Professional Learning. Isabel is passionate about learning and is particularly interested in how the latest research on ‘learning and the brain’ can be utilised to improve student learning in every classroom. Isabel has worked with many schools globally; consulting leaders, training teachers and speaking at many conferences, including International School Conferences like ECIS, EARCOS, FOBISIA and ELSA.
25 February 2020 | 10:30 - 12:30 | Placing the Learner and Learning at the Centre of Leadership
A school environment is a unique context for leadership and for leaders. With busy lives and multiple responsibilities, the role of a leader in a school presents many challenges and opportunities which often need to satisfy many different stakeholders. Sitting central to the responsibility of a school leader are the needs of the school’s learners. This session will request participants to reflect on what they know about learning and the factors that affect learning, with critical elements of a leadership role to improve learning in the school. It will encourage participants to be able to lead a learning conversation with the teachers / colleagues and develop their understanding of the importance of focusing on learning and not activity to improve student learning.