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Intrapreneurs make for unselfish success

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Like a lot of things, innovation and the ability to do it is inherent in some but can be fostered in anyone with the right environment.

It’s a culture thing and an environment that encourages new ways of thinking, a ‘courage culture’, makes for a curiosity driven, innovative way of learning that paves the way for the new to arrive.

Curriculum Design Consultant Rebecca Brownhall says “Innovation is recognised as a 21st Century learning capability and helps build an ethic of excellence for education, yet it’s not always easy to implement in schools.”

From her office at the Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, Brownhall focusses on helping schools to discover what engages their staff and students to begin their journey towards a ‘courage culture’ where innovative thinking can be nurtured.

“Supporting what we call the ‘Intrapreneur’ – or people who strive for the benefit of others – is an important factor in creating change and improvement, but more than that, it’s about creating an innovative, engaging and curious vision for learning in your place of learning,” Brownhall said.

“These pioneering leaders exist in all areas of education from our classroom teachers to our Principals and system leaders, and with the right enabling culture and determination, they can make extraordinary learning come to life for sustainable outcomes.”

Brownhall will be one of the speakers when the National Education Summit opens in Brisbane for the first time at the end of May.

Running over two days, the Creativity & Innovation in Learning Conference will give teachers, school leaders and principals the opportunity to develop mindset skills and strategies for building learning communities with creativity at their heart.

“Challenging our students to think with creativity needs to be at the heart of educational practice to continue to create entrepreneurs of the future. The Creativity & Innovation in Learning conference is very unique and is finally a conference focused on creativity!” said International Exhibition and Conference Group Creative Director, Margo Metcalf.

Alongside Rebecca Brownhall, speakers in the Creativity & Innovation in Learning Conference include Jonathan Nalder (keynote), Founding Director FutureWe, ICT Trainer, St Peters Lutheran College; Tamara Sullivan, Head of Academics & Innovation, Ormiston College ; Amanda Bowker, Dean of Teaching & Learning, Ormiston College; Travis Goulter, Head of Junior School, Ormiston College; and Cathy Hunt, Visual Arts, Design and Technology Leader, McAuley College.

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