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THE FUTURE OF LEARNING

Season 2, Episode 6: Dr Sandy Nicoll

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CLASSROOM 5.0

THE FUTURE OF LEARNING

SEASON 2

Episode 6: Dr Sandy Nicoll

The role of purpose in engaging, developing and retaining our educators With Dr Sandy Nicoll

Today’s guest, Dr Sandy Nicoll, took her own experience of teacher burnout and put it to meaningful use, by dedicating her academic and professional life to deeply understanding the role purpose plays in engaging, developing and retaining our educators. In this episode, she shares why we must put trust and the ‘autonomy to act’ back into teacher trainings, and shares her progressive professional development frameworks for pre-service teachers and schools. By putting people first, Dr Sandy helps us all imagine a more optimistic, inclusive and human-centric approach to 21st Century learning. 

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About Dr Sandy

"As a primary teacher for three decades and researcher for 15 years, I have always had a passion for inclusion, especially of the reluctant learner.

“If we don’t trust our teachers and embed in policy trust, empowerment and autonomy to act, then we are not going to see our teachers stay.”

Most recently I decided to no longer work at universities in Australia as I wish to be an advocate for teachers.  I wish to work on teacher trust, teacher induction, teacher mentoring. All of which help with teacher wellbeing and address issues with attrition which is a national crisis (DESE, 2022). I believe key with wellbeing is trusting our teachers, affording autonomy and agency in policy so teachers can teach how they see fit in their own classrooms. I wish to use compassion and knowledge to empower our teachers today for tomorrow.”

'If we don’t trust our teachers and embed in policy trust, empowerment and autonomy to act, then we are not going to see our teachers stay.'

~ Dr Sandy Nicolls

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"Number one rule for me is, I believe in all others. I believe all others can succeed and I don’t care who you are, you can succeed."

~ Dr Sandy Nicolls

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Jenna O'Connell

Jenna is a teacher and careers advisor, with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama & Performance), Bachelor of Education (K-12), and Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Careers & Transitions).

Jenna is in her element when she is helping people and organisations discover their unique magic, and working with them in sharing this magic with the world to drive positive change. Her background sees an amalgam of over 15 years across corporate and education sectors, with extensive experience in curriculum development, coaching, facilitation, and mentorship. In addition to her work at The Posify Group, Jenna loves driving change in her local community as an Education Officer for Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

With helping others at the core of her personal purpose, Jenna contributes to various local youth projects and initiatives. Throughout 2017-2018, she mentored local youth in their project, Cards For Change, who went on to win a $2000 Pitch Project grant. She also volunteers for The Luminosity Youth Summit, is the Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator for Dyslexia Mid North Coast, and a proud ambassador for and presenter at #LitFest2444. 

Outside of her purpose work, you’ll find Jenna building forts and kicking soccer balls with her little guy or in her Dojo kicking goals towards her Tae Kwon Do black belt.

Mariane Power

Mariane, known affectionately as Mazz, is a Clinical Psychology Registrar and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Newcastle, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performance.

Mariane’s big audacious goal is to see all unnecessary emotional pain and suffering eliminated within her lifetime, and she is obsessed with all things related to human potential. Mariane has over 15 years experience in consulting, facilitation and corporate training for personal and strategic growth. Her work as a Leadership Consultant in the corporate world and Psychologist in her Child and Adolescent Clinic further fuels her understanding of the necessary skills for 21st century success for the Next Gen.

Mariane is proud to have extended her personal purpose to support a number of not-for-profit and for-purpose initiatives including The Luminosity Summit, Project Gen Z and Ambisie. Her most recent pro-bono contribution involved designing and delivering the Coach 2020 program for Bambuddha Group, a leadership development organisation fostering kind leaders for a better world. In her spare time, you’ll find Mazz holding a spontaneous dance party in her kitchen and taking in all the coast has to offer with her family here in Port Macquarie.