Connected Classrooms -  Keeping the Moral Purpose of Schooling Front and Centre
Joyce Lewis-Affleck
Given the multitude of education policies and reform agendas that schools are grappling with, this session is designed to cut to the core of what really matters in our classrooms and schools. That is, keeping the joy of learning, achieving and succeeding front and centre in teaching and education.
The workshop will explore how to build cohesive cultures in the classroom and across the school community. A hands-on session demonstrating useful and practical activities to build classroom and school connectedness for a sense of belonging and safety as a precursor to learning.
Warning, this workshop requires active participation and engagement from delegates!

About Joyce

Joyce Lewis-Affleck has over 20 years of working in collaborative ways to make a difference to the lives of young people. She draws from a broad base of experience in not for profit and government health and education sectors working in the development and delivery of a range of promotion and prevention projects and work aimed at enhancing whole of life outcomes.

Joyve believes that it is a privilege to work with young people; and, that each and every person has talents, can learn, achieve and succeed. Her passion has been to create empowering, student-centred classrooms and schools that focus on what students can do as well as supporting them to push through barriers in order to surpass their own and others’ expectations. She has a strength based approach to education built on authentic personal relationships where teachers and students engage in the processes of teaching and learning together.
Her experiences include: enhancing individual and community capacity, creating healthy environments, making healthy social policy, supporting social connectedness, and improving multi-sector collaboration. Recently she has supported Western Australian schools to implement whole school mental health and wellbeing plans, provide professional learning sessions, strengthen productive relationships between key stakeholders, school principals, leadership teams, multi-professional networks, school community members, and education/health providers.