12 – Nicole Dyson – Youth-led ideas bend the future

By Nick Burnett

What does it take to raise and educate amazing kids? How can we best prepare them for the astonishing future that is coming up? The research and everyday options can sometimes seem overwhelming, and so, in this series of podcasts, Nick Burnett and Tony Ryan will offer some practical insights for educators and parents alike. With a focus on 12-year-old Georgie, who will be 32 years old in 2039 AD, they will outline a number of key elements on what is needed to help her live a fulfilling life.

In Episode 12 Nick talks with Nicole Dyson about:

•Transforming learning experiences by connecting the learning with the real world
•The shift from teacher to facilitator of learning
•Making learning transparent to the wider community and showcasing the learning
•Students co-designing the curriculum
•The range of learning experiences needed by young people
•The need for support to teachers and learners in the shift to new approaches
•Assessment should be based on what would success look like
Bio for Podcast:
Nicole is a globally recognised expert and practitioner in project-based learning and student entrepreneurship and is the founder of Future Anything, an award winning, curriculum aligned entrepreneurship program for high school students. She is also the founder of YouthX, Australia’s first purpose-built Accelerator program for school aged entrepreneurs.

Nicole is a contributor to the Foundation for Young Australian’s YLab program, has represented Australia as a delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance, held in Argentina in 2018 and was a finalist in the 2019 Business News Australia ‘Young Entrepreneur Awards’.

As a teacher in the USA, UK and Australia as well as a Head of Department and Head of Year at some of Queensland’s top performing public schools, Nicole has repeatedly led the design and implementation of whole school changes to support future ready learning.

Nicole passionately believes that youth-led ideas have the power to bend the future, and works tirelessly to provide young people (and their educators) with the support, skills and space they need to take their ideas out of the classroom and into the real world.