How is the world better because I am here? by Aloha Lavina

Schools look for relevance in learning, and who do we ask for what is relevant?

This workshop explores the ways schools might listen to the lead learners – the students. Through students’ learning stories, educators can learn the power of starting from the student. Listen to students as they take you through the story of their learning.

From developing learning targets, finding appropriate approaches to learning, being supported through mentoring, and discovering their resilience, identities and courage in school, this session demonstrates the changing landscape of schools as ‘student-centered’ living spaces. This workshop takes relevant learning from students’ points of view, and engages teachers in conversations with students to find their truth as they deconstruct what it means to be part of a learning community, and how the world is better because they are here.

Aloha Lavina

Aloha Lavina, Ed.D - Upper School Principal at American International School of Zagreb, Croatia

Aloha Lavina was Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Principal at Concordian International School in Thailand and has coached learners in international schools for 28 years. A member of the IB Educators Network, Aloha has been involved in developing the Approaches to Learning and the IB Coordinators/ Heads of Schools support material.

In addition to being a workshop leader, Aloha is a school visit team leader and IB consultant. Aloha is a trained Cognitive CoachSM and a practitioner of Adaptive SchoolsSM. She completed her doctorate with Nova Southeastern University in Florida, studying the effects of Cognitive CoachingSM in a context of self-directed professional learning. When she’s not reading, Aloha is an avid cultural photographer. You can find her engaging with PLN on Twitter as @alohalavina.

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Saturday, 09:00-10:00 Klementinum