DAY ONE – Wednesday 21 March 2018


09:00 | Official opening by conference chair

Aine Maher, Director – Education Services, Independent Schools Victoria

Morning Plenary:


9:15 | Creative Schools: the grassroots revolution that’s transforming education

  • Rethink the nature and purpose of education
  • Understand the factors that motivate and shift human potential
  • Appraise the role that creativity is playing in learning systems and organisations
Sir Ken Robinson, Internationally recognised authority in creativity and New York Times best-selling author

10:00 |  How drones can be used for teaching, learning and imagination
  • Discuss emerging drone, 3D visualisation and big data technologies and the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Be inspired by a range of humanitarian and environmental applications to education
  • Discover a unique way of marrying literacy, communication, and STEM skills for educators and students
Dr Catherine Ball, Creator, Communicator, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian

10:20 |  Diversity, inclusion, and safe schools for the education workforce and our students

  • Assess how to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed now and for the jobs of the future
  • Understand how to build your school’s capacity to acknowledge and value diversity, provides equal opportunities, and is inclusive of all differences
  • Outline of unique and important aspects of the Safe Schools strategy

Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education, Victoria

10:45 | Morning Break – tea/coffee and exhibition viewing with main stage presentations


11.25 | Welcome to Inclusive Education Conference Stream
Karina Barley, Lecturer, Inclusive Education, Monash University

11.30 | Developing an inquiry-based, holistic curriculum to engage all learners

  • Understanding inquiry-based learning, identity and inclusion
  • How to implement the International Primary and International Early Years curriculum in conjunction with ACARA
  • How teachers can manage and map the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) across their classes

Megan Moore, Principal, Sinai College

11:50 |  How ‘differentiation’ can cut across the different ways of teaching in the classroom

  • Understanding how to use ‘differentiation’ across:
    • Multiple means of representing information
    • Multiple means of student expression of learning
    • Multiple means of student engagement
Kate de Bruin, Lecturer Inclusive Education, Monash University


12:10 |  How the neuropower of responsibility theory supports learning needs and inclusion

Learn how responsibility theory, combined with neurological, affective, mental, and neurophysiological synergy, leads to:

  • Positive social interactions in the classroom
  • Willingness to engage in academic studies
  • Stopping ALL bullying in the classroom where responsibility theory is operating
Dr Ragnar Purje, LAdjunct Professor – School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University

12:30 | Lunch and exhibition viewing with main stage presentations



During the breakout session delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend one of three workshops OR three Roundtable Discussions. Roundtables are small group discussions focused on a particular topic and directed by a central table host who guides the conversation and facilitates questions and answers from participants. Roundtables run in three rotations of 30 minutes each. Delegates pre-select breakout sessions ahead of the event so they cover the issues and topics that matter most to them.


15:30 | Afternoon Break – tea/coffee and exhibition viewing with main stage presentations


Afternoon Plenary:


16:30 | Authentic conversations to lead systemic growth and change

  • Learn how the world’s largest International School Campus achieves top-rankings
  • Discover how to expand your 4Cs of 21st Century learning to include content knowledge, competence, and character
  • How to tackle future and present complexities through personalised learning, and institutional problem solving
Dr Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School


17:00 |  Top notch school leadership

  • What does the research reveal as important in high performance leadership teams?
  • Learn how to build positive and effective structures and processes for quality schooling
  • Recognise, support and nurture the next generation of school leaders
Danny Pinchas, General Manager - Teaching and School Leadership, AITSL


17:30 | End of Day One


17:35 | Networking Drinks


DAY TWO – Thursday 22 March 2018


9.00 | Day two opening remarks
Karina Barley, Lecturer, Inclusive Education, Monash University

9:10 |  How to support educators and children with severely disruptive school behaviour

  • Outlining the research that will break down assumptions of ‘difficult’ children and their characteristics in their early years
  • Understanding how you can recognise certain behaviour and how you can intervene (list of what not to do!)
  • Illuminating the difference between passive engagers vs active disengagers
Prof. Linda J. Graham, Student Engagement, Learning & Behaviour Research Group, Queensland University of Technology


9:30 |  Engaging vulnerable and disengaged students with learning

  • Understanding student disengagement
  • A trauma informed approach to re-engaging vulnerable students
  • Results from the evaluation of Oakwood School
David Roycroft, Principal, Oakwood School

9:50 |  Equity over equality: lessons learned from the most disadvantaged cohort in the state

  • Understand the context for systemic change, and lessons learned from 1300 disadvantaged and impaired children
  • How to support and teach the more capable to look after the less capable
  • Assess positive behaviour support plans
Murray Geddes, Principal, LOOKOUT Education Support Centre South Eastern Victoria Region

10:10 | Interactive Session: Experiencing and Understanding the Behaviour of Sensory Overload for Autism Students

  • Experience what it is like to be on the autism spectrum
  • How to create autism friendly classrooms
  • What kind of training affects teachers?
  • Taking evidence-based practice into reality
Karina Barley, Lecturer, Inclusive Education, Monash University


10:30 | Morning break - tea/coffee and exhibition viewing with expo main stage presentations


11:15 |  A multi-categorical approach to student growth and success

  • How to recognise students with disabilities in your classroom
  • How to make the right adjustments to enable every student to participate in learning
  • Key trauma-informed strategies and simple tips for establishing healthy educator-student relationships
Melise Sutton, Principal, Margaret Jurd College

11:40 |  Using simple technology to deliver lessons at the student’s pace

  • Learn the step-by-step process on how to run an ‘in-flip’ classroom that will engage and allow all students to learn at their own pace
  • Case study example of highly successful Maths in-flip classroom, including challenges and lessons learned
  • Hot tips on how to engage and support students with a variety of learning difficulties
Elisha Nettleton, Year 6 Teacher, The Hamilton and Alexandra College

12:00 |  Celebrating quality co-teaching and student diversity

  • How to provide a fully inclusive approach to learning through flexible learning spaces and alleviating the need for withdrawal and intervention
  • Hear why we place equal value on learner qualities (dispositions) and academic success
  • Understand why and how we value expertise within the school
Brenda Dalheim, Head of Learning Support, Claremont College

12:20 |
Lunch and Exhibition viewing with Main Stage Presentations


13:40 |  Improving teacher engagement with students

  • Upskilling classroom management
  • How to engage pedagogy with students with special needs
  • Practical strategies around re-engaging behaviour management
Heath Henwood, Master Teacher, Rockhampton Special School


14:00 | Successful implementation of visible learning strategies and integration of intellectually disabled students into the mainstream classroom

  • Analysis of an successful inclusive education model
  • Understand practical case studies on timely formative feedback, profiling, transitioning and reporting structures
  • Review of effective data mapping that impacts academic progress, social skill development, behavioural management and general wellbeing
Hendrika Green, Principal, Engadine Public School  

14:20 |  How to prepare impaired students beyond schooling

  • Understanding the inherent biases and expectations of people with disabilities
  • Shifting students from school-based skill development to social-based skill development
  • Being an included educator
Alison Venter, Assistant Principal/Literacy Coach, Lilydale District School


14:40 | Afternoon Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with Main Stage Presentations


Closing Plenary Session:


15:20 |  Don't teach games - teach game design

  • Discover a fast-paced, custom-designed elective that smashes together collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking - LOUDLY!
  • Learn about the design principles and psychology underlying everything from high-budget video games to card games and outdoor games
  • Explore the ways game design and gamified thinking can help your students (and your staff!) understand the world around them
Bill Cohen, Teacher Librarian, ICT Integrator, Asquith Girls High School


15:40 |  Preparing students for the “new work-order”

  • Discuss some of the ‘enterprising skills’ projects from 2017 – biggest challenges, failures, and lessons learned overall
  • Analyse the research and need behind student negotiated learning that focuses on capabilities and skills
  • How to reconfigure your school curriculum and learning spaces to maximise ‘skills’ outcomes vs ‘subject’ outcomes (on a budget) to better prepare your students for the workforce

Rob Steffler, Dean of Studies, Glasshouse Christian College

16:00 |  Cultivating capabilities through Entrepreneurial Learning at school

  • Discover the initiative that successfully implemented learning principals from internationally renowned education expert Professor Yong Zhao to help secondary schooling better meet the needs of individual students
  • Analyse the results of Mitchell researchers’ work with 21 schools across two states to advance the unique talents of students and cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets/environments
  • Gain insight on the challenges and benefits directly from the students and teachers involved in the trial
Dr Bronwyn Hinz, Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University
Hannah Lewis, Assistant Principal, Western Port Secondary College
Paradigm Shifters student, Western Port Secondary College
Paradigm Shifters student, Melbourne Girls’ College
Hannah Matus, Policy Analyst, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University

16:20 | Closing remarks from the Chair and Conference Close