This week’s host is Lisa Hayman, Director of Professional Learning at the Asia Education Foundation in Melbourne.
Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
Over the years I have held a number of roles within education. As a 21 year old I commenced teaching at a year 7 – 10 College in Bendigo where I taught a range of humanities subjects as well as being involved in the myriad of activities that a teacher does from participating on school camps, leading the SRC to positions of responsibility such as Curriculum and Professional Learning Co-ordinator. In reflection those first ten years were incredibly formative for everything else I have since done in education.
In 1998 I had the opportunity to participate in a course at the University of Hawaii. This was a two week program led by the Consortium of Teaching Asia Pacific Studies (CTAPS) and was attended by teachers across the USA and the Asia – Pacific Region. With a strong focus on why it was important to teach students about Asia and how to lead professional learning this program resulted in me deciding to become a curriculum consultant and to become more actively involved in teacher professional learning. As a consequence I led professional learning across the Loddon Campaspe Mallee Region for five years before I decided to accept the position as Professional learning coordinator in a senior secondary school.
I have also held positions in the Department of Education (Victoria) until I joined the team at Asia Education Foundation (AEF) http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au. Established in 1992 by the Federal Government, AEF is a joint activity of Asialink at The University of Melbourne and Education Services Australia (ESA). It receives core funding from the Federal Department of Education.
As Director of Professional learning I lead the development and delivery of a range of online and face-to-face professional learning programs and manage the development of curriculum resources that support teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
Any role I have held has always had a strong focus on ensuring that students receive the education they need to equip them with the changing world. I can recall in my early years of teaching people saying that our students will have jobs that are not yet created. This is still the case and I think that now more than ever with increased global mobility and access to technology that we need to provide students with learning experiences that are different to what we may have had through our own school education.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
There is enormous satisfaction in supporting students on part of their life journey. To provide them with opportunities that they may never otherwise experienced. When we walk down the street and run into a student that we may have taught five, ten or 20 years ago and to learn what they have done and achieved. The same is true when facilitating professional learning programs for teachers. Providing opportunities that they may not otherwise have and how their experiences then impact on their students.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
EduTweetOZ provides a unique opportunity to bring educators together. To share, discuss, reflect and learn from each other. So it does not matter if you are teaching in a large city school or a one teacher school in rural Australia you can all be part of the EduTweeteOz staffroom!
This week I hope that we can engage in conversation around the changing world and how as educators we can best lead change to make a difference for our students.