Emma leads our education projects in Australia, working in partnership with sectors and schools to design challenging, inspiring learning experiences so that learners can reach their full potential in a rapidly changing world. Emma supports educators to form communities of practice, employ user-centred research methods in order to learn more about the lives of young people, and explore design thinking and rapid prototyping to generate new innovations that respond to the needs of all learners.
Recently Emma has been working on a horizon scan exploring how a range of organisations and initiatives around the world create compelling new offers that reach new user groups in new ways, respond to unmet needs and foster better outcomes. She has also undertaken ethnographic research and synthesis to learn more about the unmet needs of Australian families in order to inform a large program of work with an early learning provider focused on radically improving the lives and learning outcomes of young children.
Prior to joining Innovation Unit, Emma worked at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) where she led the Learning Frontiers initiative, a partnership between AITSL and Innovation Unit which brought schools from across Australia together to collaboratively redesign practices so that learning and schooling is more engaging and meaningful for young people.
As Australia sees a decline in the academic growth of its top-performing learners in international tests, so educators are noticing that the highest achieving students are ‘playing the game’ of school. They’re present, but not always feeling engaged or being intellectually stretched.
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Trapped on site: scaling new practices in Australian schools
We take a closer look at our experience on the ground in Australia in designing and developing school models that are fit for the future, and what we can learn about education around the world.