Kids Congress is a conference for kids by kids! That's right kids organise the conference. They
- Market the conference
- Find and book the venue
- Build the website
- Organise catering
- Mange the $30 000 budget down to the last cent
- Organise bookings
- Manage the media
- Liaise with schools, presenters, management, fellow students
They were an amazing success. See their report and read for yourself.
What I have no doubt about is that this event (The brain child of Mike Anderson and Faye LeCren) does so much to develop the key competencies of our children. It is the reason for reading, writing and maths.
Know this - a narrow focus on National Standards will not enhance the outcomes for our children.
Amazing authentic learning opportunities like Kids Congress will. They need reasons to write (letters, invites, websites, invoices) do maths (managing a $30 000 budget) and read (for meaning for clarification and for sorting, organising and placing students in their breakouts) rather than tests and standards!
Go Kids Congress- thanks Kids, thanks presenters and thanks Mike and Faye!