Further to our Community Up 2nd June event at MMU with The Grange, ESSA and Marsden Height, Academics and Social Entrepreneurs :
Professor Paul Clarke argues that in order to live sustainably we need to learn how to live and flourish in our environment in a manner that uses finite resources with ecologically informed discretion. Education is perfectly placed to create the conditions for innovative and imaginative solutions and to provide the formulas that ensure that everyone becomes naturally smart; but to achieve this, we need to recognise that an education that is not grounded in a full understanding of our relationship with the natural world is no education at all. In other words, a total transformation of schools and schooling is needed.
Direct message your questions to @PhilArnold3 prior to next Tuesday.
Twitter live questions to @popupfarm for Paul
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About Paul Clarke
Paul has done some influential work in the education field:
He is current working with the guys in open community join Paris setting up eduCOP21 in the lead up to the climate talks – there are already schools in Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Africa, France, Germany etc signed up and they would love to get some UK schools involved – sign up is here:
Paul’s professional work has principally been in the field of educational improvement, sustainability programmes and community cohesion. He is one of the lead developers of the influential Improving the Quality of Education for All (IQEA) programme responsible for the management and strategic leadership of the organisation worldwide over the last 20 years.
This programme has been integrated as a change methodology into many school systems. He has contributed to strategic development of school improvement, leadership and management programmes in many countries including the UK, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Iceland, India, USA, Canada, Luxembourg, Moldova, Somalia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Hong Kong.
Current research and development projects include being a founding partner in the publicly acclaimed Incredible Edible Programme within his local community (Todmorden). Paul’s work includes strategic direction and visioning, this programme will soon host the first school and community based food hub in the UK, with a sustainable fish farm and hydroponics unit on site. The programme was recently a national winner of the Breakthrough Project for the 21st century award with the Sustainable Development Commission (UK government).
Paul works with the Innovation Unit (UK Govt affiliated) on the design and development of pedagogic reform focused on an ecoliteracy education programme, there is considerable interest in this initiative in Australia as part of their curriculum reforms. He is an adviser to the proposed Hong Kong Eco-centre in Sha Tin, adviser to the Chapel Street Academies Programme, and to the Cambridge Education BSF core team (Building Schools for the Future UK structural reform programme).
Much of Paul’s professional and voluntary activity is focused on transitional action for climate change and post-oil economies, he regularly talks to community, business and education groups around the country who are involved in local action for social and cultural change in response to a changing world, this includes groups such as the Transition Towns movement and the young people’s programme DF’s which is sponsored by the Cooperative movement.
As an accomplished practitioner / researcher he has worked on a series of longitudinal (8 years plus) school improvement programmes in the north east UK (Durham and Northumberland), London (Southwark), South Wales and Hong Kong (Hong Kong Education Ministry). He was recently invited to work with Shanghai and Beijing school regions in Autumn/Winter 2009 on the first of a series of sustainability schools development programmes for China. He is working with a Geneva based NGO on a second phase early intervention programme in Haiti, and with the AusAid programme to explore ways that his work on sustainable micro community can be designed for use in crisis environments.
Paul has worked on national support programmes for professional learning and leadership and with the ASCD (USA) on futures planning, advocacy and systemic change in the North American context.
Previous work has included DfES lead consultant work to support schools and LAs facing extremely challenging circumstances (OCTET programme), Lead consultant to the EMB (Education and Manpower Bureau) Hong Kong for the Improving Schools Programme 2000-2006 and extensive support work with Local Authorities in the form of short term consultations on school improvement and networked learning.
He has worked for more than a decade in the Republic of Moldova alongside Pro Didactica, Chisinau, as consultant to a learning schools programme.