Noburo Hagiwara
Ambassador, Academy

Noburo Hagiwara

Rockingham, Australia

Director of Innovation, Kolbe Catholic College in Western Australia

Career in Japan

Public primary schools - Years 1 to 6 classroom teacher

Private K-12+U school - Administration

Career in Australia

Public and private primary schools - Years 1 to 6 classroom teacher, language specialist

Private secondary school - language, Maths and PE teacher, Director of Innovation (current)

Tertiary institutions - language lecturer at Challenger TAFE, Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia

Apple Distinguished Educator

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I am a teacher and a lifelong learner. Curating new thoughts and ideas in education, creating new learning programs and resources, and communicating with many educators locally and globally have been my daily routine in an effort to become a better professional who will provide our students with quality learning experiences and outcomes.

I believe that the HundrED Community will definitely enhance my understanding of the global movement in achieving innovative education and enlarge my professional network circle. I would also like to contribute to the community by working together to promote new initiatives at a local level.

How can education support students to flourish?

Firstly, equality in education will provide children and young adults with fundamental skills and knowledge that are essential to become happy, constructive members of our community. 

Secondly, equity in education will open many opportunities suitable for each and every learner. As learning resources, instructions and learning activities will become more personalised and individualised.

Thirdly, innovation in education will prepare children and young adults for their future. As innovative thinking and designing will enable our teachers and schools to transform learning and teaching to respond to inevitable changes and demands that are already evident globally.      

What role does innovation play in education change?

I think that innovation is the process of putting original ideas into practice. The original ideas have to have value. The value is truly based on and determined by the quality of children's welfare and development in social and academic domains. 

I think that innovation wants what life wants:

Increasing efficiency, increasing opportunity, increasing emergence, increasing complexity, increasing diversity, increasing specialisation, increasing ubiquity, increasing freedom, increasing mutualism, increasing beauty, increasing sentience, increasing structure, increasing evolvability.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

I have recently joined the HundrED Community. I need more time to explore the HundrED innovations. I will update this section later.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

1. A series of new learning programs implemented for Years 7, 8 and 9 students at Kolbe Catholic College in Western Australia.

2. A secondary school in Yokohama, Japan where each and every student engage in their own chosen area of research topic or creation during their summer break. Most of the students start before the break and there are quite a few who pursue the same project over the course of three years.

The standard, creativity, authenticity and depth of the “Project” that each student has accomplished are outstanding and well beyond what the students are supposed to learn in class. They receive a little or no assistance from their teachers, yet the students manage to find out the why, the what and the how for their project by themselves.   

This year marks the 90th year since the “Project “ has been introduced to the school. It is notable that this authentic learning program, similar to PBL or CBL nowadays, was crafted by their visionary predecessors almost a century ago.