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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of Schools?

The impact of COVID-19 on education means schools as we know them will never be the same. All of us––children, educators, parents, and communities globally––have learned a valuable lesson: not everyone’s experience of learning is…

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…

You Help Students Learn How to Add to the World

The contributions teachers make to their students and communities exemplify the human capacity to add––to make people’s lives, and the world, better. Teachers show us what it means to commit to the well-being of others and clear out their…

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…

Cellular Memory and Human Survival

When I was four years old, I asked my mother if we were all just little specks inside a giant’s thumb. I imagined these tiny, glittering specks that covered every inch of the giant’s massive body, and that lived in the same way within every…