Mark is a Senior Advisor in Future-Focused Education, particularly in the areas of innovative learning environments, leadership, and modern learning practice. To put it another way, he helps organisations design and build great spaces to learn while helping educators develop the capacity to make the most of those spaces. Mark's personal mission is to turn all schools into awesomeness incubators, and he is currently completing his PhD on change leadership in innovative learning environments at the University of Melbourne.
Mark was part of the foundation leadership team at one of New Zealand’s leading future-focused schools: Albany Senior High School. Mark also established the country’s first open source high school, and an innovative bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programme in 2009. Mark has helped dozens of organisations launch their BYOD programmes, helping schools and centres to break free of industrial age education.
Mark has expertise in the following areas :
Learning environment design and implementation.
Community engagement and participation.
Distributed leadership; strengths-based leadership and growing middle leadership.
Teaching as inquiry, research and evidence-based practice.
Effective staff professional learning.
Universal Design for Learning.
Facilitating conferences, barcamps, and unconferences.
Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)
2016 Next Generation Learning Spaces (Melbourne) Strand co-chair
Osborne, M. (2014). Changing Practice When Spaces Change. In What Works? University of Melbourne.
"I'm a primary-trained English and history teacher, but have worked in e-learning most of my career. I live in Auckland with my wife and two boys, and enjoy being in the vegetable garden as much as I can. I like messing around with solar-powered robots and smartphone apps. I also love books, libraries, and New Zealand art."