A twilight event: 5.30pm Tuesday 25 September

Coopers Plains Library

From Canada

Dr. Jenny Horsman

Community-based researcher and educator

Jenny has developed curriculum, conducted training, delivered workshops and lectures in many parts of the world, and participated in consultations and juries for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.  Her passionate focus since the early 90s has been the impact of violence on learning at all ages, in all settings, and the ways educational interactions would change if we all acknowledged and addressed these impacts.  She has written extensively on literacy and pedagogy, and violence and learning, including the books Something in my Mind Besides the Everyday, Too Scared to Learn, and several manuals including  Take on the Challenge.

Too often difficult behaviour frustrates educators and students and makes educational success and personal change elusive.  But Jenny has seen that turning towards the “hard stuff”, and understanding the survival-based underpinnings of such behaviour, can lead to transformation, and more success than we often dream might be possible.

She is interested in collaborating with educators of adults and children, counsellors, shelter workers, administrators, and others working in formal and informal educational settings.  Jenny is passionate about addressing the impact of violence on learning, and eager to share more than 30 years of research, study, and innovative practice in this area.

She has seen that working with full staff teams from large and small organizations, can make a profound impact.  She likes to engage support staff, janitors, principals, and everyone else in a setting, as well as those more usually viewed as educators, in understanding the neuroscience, and exploring the challenges in their day-to-day work.  She has learnt that every interaction teaches, the key question is will it teach students they/we cannot learn, don’t belong, or support long-term educational success, and the changes students dream of making in their lives?

Jenny will be in Melbourne as keynote speaker for the ACAL (Australian Council for Adult Literacy) annual conference 13-14 September.

Look out for a book display from The Language People before and after and a cuppa & some nibbles and a chance to network after the presentation.

Members $5; non-members $20 – Join online now at:  www.qcal.org.au