Stephen is the Co-Founder and Director of Learning Innovation at Our Dream School (www.ourdream.school), Barcelona (ODS). He is based in Sydney, Australia and crosses the globe frequently! The Our Dream School Project is progressively developing templates for learning communities for 3-18 year olds, in contexts that enable the next generation to thrive as learners. As part of this project, the Barcelona Learning Innovation Centre (BLIC) is being established as a combination co-learning / co-working / makerspace / studio precinct close to the Barcelona CBD (https://medium.com/@OurDreamSchool).
Stephen was the Principal of Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) from 1999 - 2017. Under his leadership the school gained international recognition as an organisation that was noted for leading pedagogic change in schooling. His design briefs for buildings have seen the creation of some of the most forward-focused learning environments, enjoyed by the students and staff, and appreciated by thousands across the world (https://wmkarchitecture.com/blog/wmk-on-tv/). In 2005, Stephen founded the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. His vision was to embed innovation into everyday school practice.
“Schools must embrace a new paradigm and move away from what was once thought of as “school”.
Stephen Harris has been in education for more than 40 years, with teaching experience across almost every grade from Kindergarten to Year 12. He has been a school leader for 30 years. Stephen studied to be a secondary English teacher, trained in primary teaching method, and has completed a Master of Letters in Australian Literature. He is currently completing his PhD thesis on educational change. His firm belief is that every person should love learning, and that it is the responsibility of schools or other learning institutions to relentlessly seek to engage students in their learning. No child should be excluded.
This new paradigm is one where learning is personal and collaborative, technology is adaptive, spaces are radically different to the traditional mindset, and a community built on positive relationships is at the core. Teaching and learning culture must be informed by global trends towards change in routines, expectations, perceptions, technology and organization structures in the 21st century.