Entries by The Team

Driving in the Dark

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. When you drive at night your vision is limited by the scope and quality of the car headlights. You can see an arc in front of you that guides you along the road. At the edges of the light, shapes are hard to discern. Sometimes, they […]

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

Click here to be notified when the book is available. Education is in crisis, but there is a way out. Schools can commit to contributive learning, so that all students learn how to add to the world. The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis: A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools is a story […]

Measuring Human Return Audio Companion Guide

Mary Coverdale, Executive Director of The Learner First, Australia, has written and recorded an Audio Companion Guide to Measuring Human Return: Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning (Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane, 2018), out now and available for listening and download from The Learner First. The Audio Companion Guide is a free […]

Time’s Up For Domestic and Family Violence

By Kym Amor, Foundation Principal, Foxwell State Secondary College. Originally published by Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP). The morning of 19 February 2020 is a day I will never forget. Sitting in my office with my school’s Guidance Officer, I was in the process of submitting a heartbreaking ‘Report of Harm’ when my […]

The Educational Dartboard

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. Educational change strategies tend to be a bit like throwing darts at a dartboard. We know what we’re aiming for, and we hope for the best. The intention is there––the desired outcome often isn’t. Investment in education has largely been short term, highly accountable, and expended […]

The First 125 Hours

Late January 2020 saw the final countdown to the opening of the newest State Secondary College for the Gold Coast region of Australia, Foxwell State Secondary College. It had been a nine-month journey since my appointment as principal when I experienced the very first spark of a dream for an innovative, new school in Queensland. […]

Don’t Let the Past Block Your Path to the Future

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. At the moment, I’m reminded of the way the city of Troy was invaded by the Trojan Horse. The invasion succeeded because of subterfuge and deceit––tactics that preyed on the misplaced trust that the leaders of Troy placed in prior experience. We see something similar with […]

Episode 1 – Maintaining Personal Wellbeing

“The minute we separate learning and wellbeing, we lose.” – Joanne McEachen On episode one of her new series on QELi TV, The Learner First Founder and CEO Joanne McEachen was interviewed by Dominic Regester (Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar) for a conversation on “Maintaining Personal Wellbeing” during the coronavirus crisis. Joanne talks about what […]

Thanks for All You Do

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. As we celebrate Anzac Day here in Australia, I pay tribute to the army of educators who have become first responders in this time of COVID-19. Their ability to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances stoically and rapidly has been vital in creating some stability in […]

The Learner First on TLTalkRadio

“For me, the purpose of education is for every child to learn who they are, how they fit into the world, and how they can contribute…. If we allow that to come through, then we can make the world a better place.” –– Joanne McEachen, Founder and CEO, The Learner First The Learner First’s Joanne […]