Simon is a dynamic, evidence-informed and deeply practical speaker. He has spoken to audiences across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Sweden, Finland and Israel. His engaging presentations combine his unique insights into global trends in education policy, the science of learning and change leadership. Simon works with governments, senior leaders and front-line practitioners across all levels of education.
Simon’s sessions are always highly tailored to the unique needs of the client and the specific aims of the event. Find out more about Simon’s three primary topics below or make an online enquiry. Beyond speaking Simon is often asked to facilitate high-level events, curate insightful panel discussions and guide the overall learning design of conferences.
AGILE LEADERSHIP | How to create impact despite complexity and resistance
Changing times call for great leaders who can create progress in learning despite complexity, ambiguity and resistance. Around the world, schools are under pressure to deliver on new and broader outcomes; utilise evidence-based practices; and create innovative new learning designs. Agile leadership provides a dynamic approach to leading change that will enable leaders to adapt quickly, continuously learn and iterate towards an effective solution.
In this compelling and deeply practical presentation, Simon explores:
- How to adopt an agile mindset to thrive despite uncertainty and complexity
- Creating a bias towards action and using prototyping to accelerate learning
- Building effective teams that can take intelligent risks and innovate
- Harnessing evidence to guide continuous improvement
- The importance of developing relational trust
SHIFTING PRACTICE | Supporting teachers to embrace evidence-informed pedagogy
Do you want to accelerate the shift towards evidence-informed teaching in every classroom? Are you looking for ways to support teachers to continually improve their pedagogical practices?
The evidence-base articulating great teaching is becoming increasing clear. Yet, too often professional practices across our classrooms seem stuck in habitual routines from the past. Anchored in implementation and behavioural science research, Shifting Practice provides a clear framework to enable instructional leaders to support deep and sustained changes in the pedagogical practices that matter most to student learning. Leaders will learn effective strategies that they can apply with their teams to help accelerate current improvement efforts.
Simon will lead your audience in an inspiring and practical unpacking of:
- The challenge of habitual practices and the need for teacher unlearning
- Examine the need to develop pedagogical ‘know-how’ not just ‘know-what’
- Understand the forms of professional learning that can impact on student outcomes
- Build confidence in harnessing behavioural science approaches to help shift practice
- The importance of high-trust cultures and the need for deliberate practice
- How to lead change when change is hard and motivation is low
INNOVATION FOR BETTER LEARNING | How educators can solve the toughest learning challenges
How can educator teams harness innovation processes to create better learning outcomes in their unique local contexts?
Educators are being asked to raise the bar of supporting students to achieve higher-order knowledge and skills, and meet the needs of more diverse learners than ever before. Harnessing disciplined innovation approaches drawn from both inside and outside of education, Simon will show how educators can take an evidence-informed and high-impact approach to innovation.
This provocative and practical session explores:
- Why educational innovation has often become a distraction
- Clarifying and understanding the problems worth solving
- Taking collaborative action through high-impact, high-trust agile teams
- De-risking innovation through rapid cycles of disciplined inquiry
- Using and generating evidence to inform and steer innovation processes
- Accelerating learning through peer and school networks
LEARNING BY DESIGN | How the science of learning can shape how we teach
What should educators know about how learning takes place? How might this be informed by the best available research?
Learning is the process that underpins all aspects of education. Over the last decades, our scientific understanding of how learning takes place, and the teaching strategies that can support it, has greatly improved. In this evidence-informed and challenging session we will consider the practical implications of the science of learning for designing teaching and learning.
The outcomes for this session include:
- Debunk the common misconceptions about how students learn
- Understand why creating learning that ‘sticks’ and ‘transfers’ is so hard
- Explore key theories in cognitive psychology that can shape teacher practice
- Examine what motivates students to learn and persist
- Highlight the importance of relationships for effective learning
- Build confidence in engaging with evidence-based approaches