A need for discussion.

How many times have you attended a conference, PD session or seminar and ended up doing the most meaningful learning through informal discussions with fellow educators?

How often have you wished you had more time to meet up with other educators to discuss issues face-to-face?

How often have you wanted to connect more with like-minded educators beyond your school or position in the hierarchy?

I too identify with the above situations so have decided to do something about it.

Hence a new event – EduCafe.

There are many huge and poignant questions in the education sector that need to be debated by educators and practitioners ourselves. Our education system is not perfect. We do well in New Zealand but we have room for improvement and we are not consistently educating students well for the 21st Century. This, I believe  means we need robust discussion around key questions that pertain to educational improvement. I think the World Café structure allows for this.

World Café is a structure used to facilitate discussion between a group of people. It centers around a welcoming environment and small group discussion related to a poignant or provocative question. It hinges on the idea that potential answers to the problem are within the group of people and, through discussion, ideas will be crystallised, debated and potentially put into practice.

For more information – http://www.theworldcafe.com/ and http://educafeblog.com/

If that sounds like it could be of interest to you,

The first ever EduCafe event will be held on Thursday the 23rd May 2013!


Kelliher Charitable Trust

2 York St, Parnell

Drinks and nibbles provided.

50 tickets available – www.educafe.eventbrite.co.nz

Term 2 event question:

We know there is a need for us to change our teaching for the 21st century, we know why this is, we’re working towards it,

BUT what does 21st century teaching and learning actually look like in practice?


1. Introduction –

  • Welcome
  • Share question/topic
  • Articulate the background to the question/topic. Contextualise the question.
  • Outline the structure of the evening and role of the table host.

2. Discussion –

  • 2 rounds of discussion, each 15 minutes long.
  • Paper table cloths and pens provided to jot down thoughts, musings and ideas.
  • Host remains at table, other members move to a new spot around the room to spread ideas.

3. Opportunity for key ideas to be jotted down on key shaped pieces of paper on tables. 5-10mins

4. Break – wine and nibbles! Key ideas displayed on a wall for further discussion over the break time. Approximately 20mins.

5. One more round of discussion. Again, host remains at table, other members move to a new spot around the room.

6. Sharing of ideas and summing up as an entire group. Host’s responsibility to share ideas from the table, but others can contribute also.

7. Emma to sum up and announce the date and topic of discussion for the next event.

8. Ideas collated after event and posted on EduCafe blog.


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