The recent ACTS conference event in Oslo was a big hit with Norwegian High School Teachers. This Conference was held to promote the forthcoming ACTS book, and featured keynote talks from the author Elaine Holt and the renowned neuroscientist, inventor, and previous Steiner School scholar, Baldur Onarheim. There was also the welcome opportunity to hear from an innovative and inspiring Norwegian learning support specialist,and from Henrikke Moerk, for the Norwegian Association of Steiner schools. Crossfields Institute then gave an overview of the ACTS suite of qualifications currently being trialled.
This event drew a significant group of interested Upper school teachers, who enjoyed the hilariously effective inverted brainstorming session. All expressed delight regarding the trans-discipline, mind-mapping exercise, vowing to take this approach back to their schools. The mind-mapping exercise has been developed by our colleagues in Finland and integrated into their practical annual planning to great effect. The working together and economy of teaching it offered was particularly appreciated. We now look forward to a fruitful 2018-2019 with the launch of the suite of qualifications and the ACTS book. There will be one further event in the UK later this summer where interested teachers and friends can come to hear the latest exciting developments.
The ACTS project has also been invited by Professor Mark Runco, to present the Spectrum of Creative Thinking Skills to the international Creativity Conference in Oregon USA . This is a wonderful opportunity to present our work, and the outstanding example that is Steiner Education, alongside notable keynote speakers including Csikszentmihalyi, Sternberg and Runco. The conference is set to co-ordinate with the American Psychologists Association and includes an international group of presenters. Elaine Holt will be making the presentation for ACTS. We will report further on this in the Autumn.
If you are interested in attending future ACTS conferences, please get in touch using the ‘contact us’ form at the bottom of the website and we will be happy to keep you in formed.