Throughout this online workshop, participants will construct understandings around children's identities and rights and how these beliefs influence the educational context they create for their students. Participants will explore what teachers (and school leaders) can do to enhance learners' sense of agency and self-efficacy during face to face, distance and/or blended learning. Independent tasks will be undertaken by participants prior to session 2, 3 and 4 which will support the deepening of understanding over time.

The workshop recognizes students as agents of their own and others' learning. This can be achieved when teachers understand that shared perceptions and beliefs need to go beyond just structures and procedures. It 'is the cultural climate which shapes the ideas that the adults in a particular society hold about children’. The wish to listen to and involve children originates in this cultural climate' (Langsted)
Session 1 - 2 hours
  • Explore what learner agency is and why it is important
  • Inquire into the relationship between learner agency and self-efficacy

Session 2 - 2 hours
  • Consider personal, cultural and historical perspectives around children's identities and rights
  • Make connections between these perspectives and the decisions that are made about how we ‘do’ school

Session 3 - 2 hours
  • Supporting agency and the development of self-efficacy in face to face, distance and blended learning

Session 4 - 2 hours
  • Investigate how schools can support the development of skills and dispositions that enhance and support learner agency
  • Action and reflection
  • Understand the connection between learner agency and personal, cultural and historical perspectives around children's identities and rights
  • Deepen understanding of how learner agency impacts student learning and well being
  • Consider practical ways to support learner agency within schools
A detailed booklet of Resource Material to accompany the workshop will be shared with participants.
This workshop is best suited for teachers who work in the early years and/or school leaders who would like to deepen their understanding of learner agency and consider how it translates to each unique learning context for their youngest students.
Child centred learning has been Anne's passion for more than 25 years. Anne has worked in schools in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Switzerland, where she took on various positions such as team leader, PYP coordinator and director. Anne used to work at the Canadian International School (Singapore) where she was part of the team that took the school to IB authorisation Anne has been an IB workshop leader since 2005, sharing her passion for young children and playing with educators in international schools.

Anne joined Eton House International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centred on young children's competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At Eton House, she first combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, Anne became the Director of this school.

In August 2011, Anne moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern(ISZL). At ISZL, she supported the development of a new vision for learning and teaching in the early years. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning visible to others.

Anne moved back to the Netherlands in 2015. This has given her the opportunity to collaborate for two years with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. She has been working on the IB PYP review focusing on learner agency, early years, inquiry and several aspects of 'the learning community'. Anne still works for the IB workshop leader and collaborates with international schools as an independent educational consultant. Since May 2019, Anne also works alongside 4 and 5 year olds at an inner city, candidate PYP school in her home town The Hague.

9th and 23rd October 2021

Each Session is for 2 Hours
Session 1
Zurich - 8:00 am to 10:00 am | Dubai - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon | India - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Hong Kong - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Melbourne - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Session 2
Zurich - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm | Dubai - 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm | India - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hong Kong - 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm | Melbourne - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
USD 350 Per Participant for a Group of 6
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development hours.
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