John Fischetti

John Fischetti

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Teaching and leading in the innovation age. Professor John Fischetti promotes learning equity to enable educational success of all children.

Over the past 30 years John had led innovation in classroom practices, school structures and board policies around the new era of the collaborative, global innovation age. Formerly a Dean in the United States as well as deep teaching experience, John is now the Head of School of Education at the University of Newcastle’s School, recognised as one of the best in Australia and among the top 1.5% in the world. We are committed to producing great educators who can inspire and impact every child to discover and develop their full potential. Our purpose is to “better prepare teachers so that kids actually master content and skills rather than just filling in the time at school and taking tests,” Professor Fischetti says.

The University of Newcastle is committed to impacting our region, Australia and the world by preparing new teachers, leaders and scholars who are drivers of educational change and equity for all learners. As a post-industrial community with a vibrant and diverse heritage dating back 60,000 years, Newcastle is the perfect location to study education and to be part of the transformation of teaching and learning for the innovation age.

The challenges confronting educators in Australia are echoed in school systems and teacher education programs around the world, and Professor Fischetti has outlined the 5 Key Global Trends (and Opportunities) in education that we need to be cogniscent of.

As a strong advocate for educational equity, Professor Fischetti believes that we must prepare young people to work together to create knowledge or solve problems to improve the human condition. A reframed curriculum with an equity agenda can enable human capacity for the collaborative, global innovation age that demands not only advanced literacy, numeracy and technology skills but care, compassion, love, and inspiration.

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