islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

John Bush 

John is the Director of Learning and Development at High Resolves where he oversees all educational elements of the organisation, including curriculum development, staff training and the quality of the student experience. He was previously the Program Director, a role in which he created many of the elements of the High Resolve modules,developed relationships with and delivered the modules in partner schools in Sydney and Melbourne, working with corporate and university partners to create dynamic learning experiences for students. Prior to joining High Resolves, John worked for many years as a high school teacher and English Department chair in the United States and Australia twice earning recognition as teacher of the year. He earned a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, with majors in Secondary Education, English, and Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University in 1998. In 2005, he earned a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences, also at Vanderbilt. 


Keynote Abstract

Leadership for Students


The mission of High Resolves is to motivate high school students to develop the mindsets and skills to act as purposeful global citizens and lead their communities, and the world, to a brighter future. I will share our experience in helping students to develop as purposeful global citizens and leaders,which points to several conclusions. First, the middle years of schooling are the crucial period for leadership development. Second, it's all about the sequence: we can be as systematic about teaching leadership as about teaching maths. Third, students develop as leaders and citizens in a mutually reinforcing process. Fourth, students from all cohorts and backgrounds can develop into effective leaders. Finally, leadership curriculum is like software: we can balance high quality with continuous improvement if we think of developing and releasing sequential versions of curriculum.




Active and Informed Global Citizens


Goal 2 of the Melbourne Declaration states: "All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens." This workshop will showcase activities High Resolves has designed to help students think and act as purposeful global citizens. It will also provide a collborative space to draw conclusions about how to translate such broad goals into reality in schools and classrooms. Come prepared to channel your inner Year 9!