Last week educators travelled hours across NSW to attend a two day alternative education conference at our Koch Centre For Youth and Learning.
The conference discussed issues facing students at alternative education environments, how to overcome these issues and unlock the potential of young people..
The conference was a great opportunity for teachers to network and share information on how to best care for students that may have disengaged from mainstream education.
Lex Lutherborrow, Deputy CEO and Director of Sydney Homeless Services, welcomed everyone to the event and highlighted the importance of discussing best practices for our young people.
“Homelessness rates continue to rise and research and history tells us that disadvantage from education and homelessness, go hand in hand. That is why I think it’s really important that those who want to help young people get together and talk about the best ways in which we can do that. “
The conference featured a range of experienced guest speakers that shared information on a variety of important topics including: growth mindset, trauma care, transition planning for students leaving alternative education, the circle of courage and psychology.
To finish up the conference young people shared their experiences in a Q and A panel to give attendees a further understanding of our students. The panel was made up of five young people from Youth Off The Streets schools. It was the perfect end to a conference about bettering outcomes for young people. Attendees were able to hear about why alternative education environments are so important and the difference they’ve made to the lives of those who are lucky enough to attend.
A big thank you to everyone that came along to the event and shared information on how to best care for young people not suited to mainstream education.