Dr. Meg Noack
Throughout Dr. Meg Noack’s working career, she has held a number Education positions including senior teacher, deputy principal, Education Advisor and Director of Learning & Teaching and University Lecturer.
Meg has completed Graduate Diplomas in Children’s Literature and Religious Education. Her Masters & Doctoral studies were undertaken at ACU where her doctorate focused upon teacher change and educational reform. Meg has presented and co-presented at a number of national [AARE] and international research conferences [ISATT, WERA] including the 2016 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference in New Orleans.
Meg has also been heavily involved in International Lutheran Church partnership projects and has worked as an Education Adviser for Education Queensland supporting RI in State Schools in Queensland.
Meg’s current role is Director of Identity & Formation [Lutheran Education Queensland]. A focus of this role includes working with school leaders and school-based Service-Learning champions to develop a Service-Learning framework based upon Lutheran Theology and current academic research.
Two vital components of this project has been firstly, the development and promotion of collegial and imaginative learning for adults [e.g. study-tours, retreats, conferences and a variety of other experiential learning], and second, facilitating an active, practitioner Service-Learning Think-Tank. It is exciting and ongoing work.
About Meg's Keynote:
Service-Learning in Australia: Where are we up to?
The Melbourne Declaration and aspects of the three dimensions of the Australian Curriculum all can be linked to Service-Learning ideas and ideals. Within the private education sector, there are additional service-related foci. How can we make sense of all of these themes, concepts and ideas? Where are we up to? Where do we want to go? One Lutheran school leader summarised the overall challenge succinctly: “We don’t just want signature programming or active service-clubs. We want to grow a Service-Learning Culture! No one is too young to make a difference!”
Culture-growing provides connections and enhances depth. Academic research and Lutheran Education Queensland’s ‘lived experiences’ indicates that there are 4 important aspects of culture-growing. This address will explore:
- Gaining Leadership buy-in and designing imaginative professional learning.
- Networking for early adopters.
- Documenting a definitive framework.
- Recognising that culture-building includes everyone.