We are excited to have these inspiring keynotes at this year’s Deep Learning Lab.
Over the past 16 years, Pam Hook has built and supported an extensive global community of educators to use SOLO Taxonomy (structure of observed learning outcomes) with their students. Pam uses an innovative, classroom-based approach to help schools around Aotearoa, Australia, Tonga, Denmark and the United Kingdom introduce a common language of learning and design thinking curricula.
Pam has also written many peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books, including curriculum resources for business and government departments. She advises on the pedagogical design of curriculum materials, interactive games and other learning initiatives.
Between 2003-12, Pam directed and facilitated six Ministry of Education ICT Professional Development cluster contracts. During this time, Pam worked with over 30 primary and secondary schools to implement classroom based use of SOLO Taxonomy in learning. Pam was also programme director and facilitator for the Ministry of Education Talent Development Initiative, The Gifted Edge, providing professional development to schools across New Zealand.
Andy Kai Fong has 27 years experience working as a teacher and Principal around Aotearoa and Hong Kong. He is currently Principal of Haeata Community Campus, an exciting new Year 1-13 school which opened in Christchurch in 2018.
Andy readily admits leading Haeata has challenged and energised him more than anything else before. The campus’ ethos of turning rhetoric into reality, bringing learning and wellbeing to the forefront, embracing the community and making learning personal, rejects the status quo in education.
Embracing the future of learning and developing great people with stories that are uniquely their own, is what Andy and his team at Haeata work towards every day. He aspires to equip students to make the most of this ever changing world through values of collaboration, compassion, resilience and fa’aaloalo (respect).