Halcyon’s Director, Terry Hedger, has been busy learning and networking at the IBAEM (IB Africa, Europe and Middle East) regional conference in The Hague.
More than 1,000 school leaders attended the conference; the theme of which: “innovate, educate, create”, is perfectly aligned to Halcyon’s vision.
The three-day programme covered contemporary pedagogical, administrative and ethical issues in education and included workshops on IB programme developments, e-assessment in the MYP, ebooks, and systems.
Terry said: “I received a lot of positive comments from delegates about, and in support of, Halcyon. It was amazing just how many people were aware of the school and what we are doing. Word is really spreading around the world about our school.”
Andy Hargreaves, the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, spoke about the The Five I's of Education: Inspire, Innovate, Inquiry, Improvement, Inclusion: again, a good fit with the Halcyon mission.
Howard Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, presented on the theme of Putting the Ethical Mind First. Terry said: "Howard referenced Facing History and Ourselves several times during his talk. Both myself and our Humanities teacher, Stephanie Cooke, have completed Facing History's five-day professional development course and it has supported the development of Halcyons' approach to learning."
Bruno della Chiesa, European linguist teaching at Harvard University, spoke about languages and cultures in learning brains within a globalised world: What Can IB Schools Expect From Neuroscience?
Terry observed: “Bruno's plenary was very interesting indeed and showed that a lot of the recent brain research about learning supports what we have always believed in international schools - that people learn best if they enjoy what they are doing!”.