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September 18
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
River City Labs
315 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4000 Australia
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Future-Proofing Your Classroom

September 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop equips educators and teaching teams with the strategies, scaffolding and support to use entrepreneurship as a vehicle to explicitly teach enterprise skills in order to ‘future proof’ young people for academic success, and life beyond the school gates.

By the end of the day, participants will:

  • Understand the current trends informing the ‘future of work’ and the implications for education.
  • Explore the QLD startup ecosystem and opportunities for schools to engage in collaborative partnerships, including hearing from a panel of award-winning local entrepreneurs.
  • Learn specific strategies to ‘teach’ students the skills which help young people be enterprising.
  • Apply a design thinking methodology which takes students from identifying problems that matter to them, to persuasively pitching a viable solution.

This one day workshop includes a catered morning tea and lunch (please mention dietary requirements when registering via EventBrite), a certificate of participation (4.5 hours of CDP) and both physical and digital copies of all templates and resources utilised throughout the day.

Session One: Why?

Our first session explores ‘why’ we need to think differently about education, in addition to exploring our own context in more detail; what does the startup ecosystem look like in QLD, and how can schools engage in productive partnerships with forward-thinking organisations to leverage the opportunity for their young people.

Session Two: What?

Young people need to learn enterprise skills now to prepare them for the economy of the future, so they can become job creators, not just job seekers, and navigate more complex careers.

Enterprise skills are generic skills that are transferrable across different jobs. They have been found to be as powerful a predictor of long-term job success as technical knowledge (Development Economics 2015) and will be increasingly important into the future (OECD 2012; Kahn et al 2012; Casner-Lotto & Barrington 2006). The FYA report card released in 2015 showed that despite staying longer in education, young people are not developing the enterprise skills increasingly demanded for work. Over a third are not proficient in science, maths, technology, financial literacy and problem-solving. In many of these areas, Australia is dropping down the international rankings.

Our second session explores ‘what’ these ten key enterprise skills actually are, and what they look like in your classroom context for your learners.

Session Three: How?

We know ‘why’ we need to shift our pedagogy to meet the needs of a future of work that could include as many as 17 different jobs over 5 different careers for a young person, and we also now know ‘what’ we need to focus on; digging in to deeply understand the application of the ten enterprise skills that research indicates are powerful predictors of long term job success.

The final session of the afternoon sees participants engage in a practical ‘hackathon’, implementing an education-specific design thinking methodology, as well as project management tools that you can pick up and use in your classroom tomorrow.


Registration: 8:30am

Session 1 start: 9:00am

Morning tea: 10:30am

Session 2 start: 11:00am

Lunch: 12:30pm

Session 3 start: 13:15pm

Finish: 3:00pm

Your Facilitators:

Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis is a Communications Professional with 15+ years’ experience in Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Publicity, Social Media Marketing and Public Profile Management. Since 2012 Peta has worked alongside Steve Baxter, the founder of River City Labs to grow Brisbane’s Startup community and establish RCL as Brisbane’s most prominent Coworking community of Tech Startups, Entrepreneurs and industry mentors. Known as a super-connector in the Startup space, Peta believes that quality connections and valuable mentors make all the difference in the early stages. She works closely with Startup companies and Entrepreneurs in the first stages of development focussing on idea validation, identifying customer markets, integrated marketing strategies, pitching for investment and effective media launch campaigns. Peta founded the Brisbane Sponsored Entrepreneur Program which enables Startups to participate in a 12 week fully funded mentoring program. The program wraps structure and validation around great teams in need of support to get them to the next stage of growth. Suncorp, BOQ and CUA have supported this initiative in Queensland to date.

Nicole Dyson

Nicole is a globally recognised expert and practitioner in project-based learning and student entrepreneurship and is the co-founder of Future Anything, an award-winning, curriculum-aligned entrepreneurship program for high school students. She is also the co-founder of MAYK, an online tutoring and learning platform, a contributor to the Foundation for Young Australian’s YLab program and represented Australia as a delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance, held in Argentina in 2018.

As an experienced teacher in the USA, UK and Australia as well as a Head of Department and Head of Year at some of Queensland’s top-performing public schools, Nicole has repeatedly led the design and implementation of whole-school changes to support future ready learning; placing young people at the forefront of co-designing contextually relevant solutions.

As the Director of Future Learning at Education Changemakers, Nicole leads the (re-)development of Future Ready curriculum with teaching teams nationally and internationally; empowering educators to co-design learning experiences that tangibly link to life outside the school gates.

Future-Proofing Your Classroom is brought to you by River City Labs and Future Anything


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