Derek Bartels
Ambassador, Country lead, Academy

Derek Bartels

Brisbane City, Australia

Derek Bartels - Director of Innovation Lutheran Education Queensland 26 Schools and 62 Early Learning Centres

Over the last 34 years Derek has held numerous positions in K-12 Education in Australia. Currently as Director of Innovation & Technology for the Lutheran Education System of Schools in Qld Australia his work and passion is driven by a number premises:
- Transformation of Schooling for a Contemporary World is absolutely VITAL involving experiential pedagogies, innovative agile learning environments, change positive culture, effective leadership, student voice and rich relationships.
-  The above can only be achieved when schools, systems and sectors form deep collaborative cultures which empowers and drives the change
- It is paramount for all education systems to also enable more than ever before strong and rich development of contemporary soft skills so that our students are relevant, authentic, productive and happy in the contemporary world. This will not occur if a traditional model of schooling is followed.
- It is more risky and careless to maintain a traditional model of schooling rather than a transformative innovative contemporary model.

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

I have thoroughly enjoyed, been enriched, supported and am continually motivated by the community members and HundrED events. It is always heartening and empowering to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who wish to transform k-12 education through contemporary innovation to enable all kids to flourish no matter their circumstance. It is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL initiative and COMMUNITY!

How can education support students to flourish?

Innovative forward thinking passionate people focussed on changing education supported by deep collaborative education cultures will enable and support students to FLOURISH!

The world is calling for individuals who are critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurial, naturally curious, collaborative, deeply empathetic and resilient.  It is the the role of education to enable this development to a level which is more than every required in history.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Schools and educators need to be extremely change positive as education currently is being overhauled due to the changing world in which we now live and the future world which our kids will need to thrive in. 

There is a multitude of reports, research and comment everyday across the world calling on educational change yet this can only be achieved by all parties accepting that continual innovation is the answer.

All Education Communities need to foster an Innovator's Mindset such that successful transformational change can occur across k-12 Schooling.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

These are only some of the many HundrED Innovations I like  - When I look at them they seem to have in common enabling  strong collaborative relationships which can enable any change

Think Global School
Global Oneness Project
Community Share
Initiative for Peace
Teachers Guild
GreenHope Foundation

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

I will update here soon with a number of wonderful innovations to share with the HundrED Community!