Sir Ken Robinson

Internationally recognised authority in creativity and innovation in education, and New York Times best-selling author

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.
Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.
Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME / Fortune /CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything , is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative , was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life , was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller.]
His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system

Lisa Rodgers

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)


Following an extensive national and international search, Lisa Rodgers was appointed CEO of AITSL, commencing in October 2016. 

Before joining AITSL, Lisa was Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement in the New Zealand Ministry of Education, with responsibility for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders across education and the wider social sector.

Lisa made significant contributions in several different posts at the NZ Ministry of Education, including as the Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge, applying research and analysis to identify where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve. 

Lisa has a strong public sector background in strategic policy, research, insight, and analysis with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales, and the British Army.

Dr Gary Stager

Maker | Author | Innovator, Constructing Modern Knowledge

Gary S. Stager, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher educator, consultant, and author who has spent the past 35 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self-expression. He is an expert at helping educators prepare students for an uncertain future by supercharging learner-centered traditions with modern materials and technology. No stranger to Australia, Gary led PD in the world’s first laptop schools, earned a doctorate in science & mathematics education at The University of Melbourne, and has worked at government and independent schools across the nation since 1990. Gary has taught preschool through doctoral students, studied in Reggio Emilia, and was part of a project that won a Grammy Award.
When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary's doctoral dissertation and documented Papert's most-recent institutional research project. 
He is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers supporter whose latest book is  Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom , has been called "the bible of the maker movement in schools." Gary has worked across Australia for the past 27 years. You may read more at  http://cmkfutures.com/gary

Dan Haesler

Director, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting

Dan works with individuals and organisations around issues of engagement, wellbeing, mindset and leadership.
As Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting he consults to government education projects, corporate business, schools, professional associations, The Black Dog Institute and other not-for-profit organisations.
Dan is an international keynote speaker and has presented alongside well-known education thought leaders as well as Olympians, Academy Award Winners and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He regularly features in the media, and writes a monthly column in the Australian Teacher Magazine. Dan is passionate about equity in education and engaging our hardest-to-reach kids and communities. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is now available, and all profits are supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Dr Kate Highfield

Senior Lecturer, Department of Education,  Swinburne University of Technology

Kate is an experienced teacher and researcher, with an interest in how technology impacts on learning, pedagogy and play.
Prior to moving to Swinburne University of Technology, Kate spent over a decade working as a classroom teacher, and then ten years working as a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Institute of Early Childhood, and as a research fellow at RIPPLE (Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education).
Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with children, parents and educators. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and analyses supports that enable teachers’ effective use of technology.

Dr Chip Kimball

Superintendant, Singapore American School

Dr. Chip Kimball is an experienced leader with a track record of excellence at the school, district, state, national, and international level. Chip has led public and private systems, both large and small, with a future orientation, and a commitment to improvement and results.
An innovator and systems thinker, Chip is an expert in defining a vision, strategic planning, building teams, and developing effective strategies for exceptional performance.
Chip has broad experience and knowledge, with expertise in business and strategy, as well as instruction and learning theory. He has deep experience with high performing school systems, and working with communities to set and deliver upon high expectations.

Dr Catherine Ball

Chief Executive Officer, Remote Research Ranges


How all teachers can use drones to improve teaching and learning. Not only tech teachers – this is PD for ALL teachers , including English, Geography, Art, Maths and Science teachers!!)

This presentation will show you how to awaken your students’ natural curiosity and take their learning to the next level.

Together with mobile devices and other simple gadgets, working with drones has become a popular way to enrich student learning . This presentation will show you how teaching with drones can open-up a whole new set of opportunities to make your classes more relevant and engaging for students.

Remember, drones are NOT only for tech teachers …many articles have been written about how these rather simple and affordable tools can be used to teach children verbal skills, languages, orientation skills, motor skills, maths, science, as well as give students a better understanding of how the world around us works.

This is not just a fad. Drones are becoming part of the world we live in. So, it is imperative that your students gain the skills and confidence to work with drones.

The good news for you is that they do not necessarily cost a lot , while their potential is significant. Simple quadcopters can cost as low as $50, and up to $200 dollars, which is a small price for numerous benefits the whole class can experience.

The National FutureSchools Conference and Expo offers you the necessary PD to be able to confidently introduce ‘drones for learning’ into your classroom.

What better way to learn about drones in education, than to listen to Dr Catherine Bell who has travelled the world working on cutting edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, education and training. Her latest passion project is #SheFlies whereby women and girls get a chance to fly and try drone technology. She Flies aims to reach 100,000 Australian women and girls by 2020, and is already expanding internationally.

Register now to be inspired and educated by Dr Bell. You’ll see amazing images and walk away with awesome ideas and practical information about how to introduce drones into your teaching.

After listening to Catherine’s presentation, you’re also invited to explore the exhibition to pick up more tips and useful information about drones and how YOU can use them in your teaching .

Peter Hutton

Director, Future Schools Alliance


Peter Hutton was appointed Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in 2009. It was a broken school with just 286 local students and 23 year 7s. The last six years has seen dramatic changes including the option of three starting times, removal of year levels and the introduction of individualised learning plans for all students where they choose from over 150 subjects. Students sit on staff selection panels, form the core of the curriculum committee, provide formal feedback to their teachers each 5 weeks, run their own for-profit businesses and are even employed to help run the school. TC has grown to over 1000 students and is now recognised as one of the most innovative schools in Australia, featuring regularly at international conferences on progressive education. Peter believes that TC will achieve its vision for 2013-17 "to be a supportive community, empowering students to manage their individualised learning and turn their ideas into reality".

There is a lot of discussion about WHY we should reform education and theory presented about how it WHAT its should look like, but very little about the HOW to do it! TC is one of the most innovative schools in Australia. We have approximately 20 educators pay to see what we do each week.

Check out his TEDx presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMxqEkg3wQ0

Amanda Dodson

Junior School Teacher | Stage 1 Leader | Coordinator of STEM, St Catherine’s School

Amanda is an experienced primary teacher, having worked in the public and independent school system in Australia and internationally. Her strong interest in Science and Technology has led to previous roles as K-6 Science Coordinator, and Technology and Grade Coordinator in Year 4.
Amanda is passionate about embedding STEM across the curriculum, and empowering students as interdisciplinary learners.

Martin Levins

President, Douglas & Brown, Australia

As the President of the Australian Council for Computers in Education, Martin leads the national peak body for educators using technology in teaching and learning. He is the co-author of "BYO-the digital evolution of schooling" (with Mal Lee). As well, he is an occasional lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New England.
Martin is a national authority in the use of technology in education, and the deployment of hardware, software and wetware technology processes and systems in schools. He has always loved playing with tech, and finds play to be an essential ingredient of learning (that's his excuse!).
With a teaching career spanning Science, Maths, Design, Technology, IT and Outdoor Education, Martin assists in developing cutting edge curriculum and professional learning. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, management, and public speaking, and consults to systems, schools, districts and authorities nationally. Martin delivers professional keynotes and workshops to leaders, parents, staff and student organisations.
Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with children, parents and educators. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and analyses supports that enable teachers’ effective use of technology.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Martin's unique insights and high level experience and knowledge.

Bec Spink

Assistant Principal,  Aitken Creek Primary School ;
Cofounder & Director of Code the Future and Committee Member,  Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria

Bec Spink is an Assistant Principal at Aitken Creek Primary School in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Bec has a Master of Education specialising in Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation. In 2013 Bec was awarded the Victorian Department of Education and Training Education Excellence Award for Primary Teacher of the Year for outstanding contributions and dedication towards leading classroom innovation.
Bec is a co-founder and Director of Code the Future (codefuture.org). A non-profit organisation that connects schools and teachers with the technology industry to support the learning and teaching of computer science in schools.
Bec is a contemporary educator, leader and speaker having presented at conferences and events both nationally and internationally. A believer in continuous learning and sharing, Bec writes a blog, becspink.com, sharing, reflecting, supporting and advocating for the next wave of change in schools.

Martin Richards

Content Manager: Digital Technologies Hub,  Education Services Australia

Martin is an expert in how students can meaningfully use digital technologies to investigate, create, and represent their ideas. He has extensive experience in developing digital resources across different learning areas and levels of schooling.
Martin has been contributing to the national ESA Digital Technologies Hub, to provide opportunities for students to employ computational, design and systems thinking, and to shift students along the continuum of being users of technology, to becoming creators of technology.

Matt Robinson

ICT Manager, Lowanna College (VIC)

As a co-founder of the Education Technology Consortium Victoria (ETCV), Matt leads collaboration between the IT Managers and curriculum leaders driving some of Victoria most innovate School IT programs. ECTV aims to develop best practice in the delivery of IT services to improve learning and teaching.
Matt has had significant involvement in developing and sharing strategies to support schools and student learning around the 1:1/BYOD technologies around Australia. At Lowanna College he is responsible for managing one of the largest, business-grade, single-site ICT networks in the Gippsland region, rivalling local hospitals, universities and the power industry.
In 2014 Matt was in the top 3 Finalists in the 2014 Finalist Australian Government ICT Professional of the Year.

Owen Braiser

Computing Eucation Specialist, Australian Computing Academy

Owen Brasier is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy.
Owen was previously the manager and technical lead of MadMaker - an outreach project that teaches STEM skills through programming, and has engaged over 2,500 students and teachers.
Owen is an electrical engineer whose passion is teaching students to create and build technology to improve the world around them.

Mel Cashen

President, Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria


Mel is an Australian educator passionate about contemporary learning and students centred learning and uses technology to develop global connections, collaborate and create. Mel has taught in primary schools in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne as well as London. She has also worked at Monash University as an educational designer supporting academics in improving learning and teaching.

An enthusiastic speaker, Mel has presented at conferences, webinars and schools across Australia sharing her expertise in making global connections, being a connected educator, using digital technologies and  social media in schools. Mel has also mentored teachers and principals in teaching and learning in the 21st Century, building an online network and making change in schools.

While studying her Master in Educational Policy (International) Mel has travelled to London, Copenhagen, Berlin and Rwanda looking at schools and educational policy. She is passionate about changing policy to reflect the 21st century world students live in and provide equity to students.

As President of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, Mel works towards creating new professional learning opportunities for teachers which reflect contemporary learning and teaching pedagogies. 

Leanne Robertson

Program Director Education Services Australia (ESA)


Leanne has led educational resource development and research projects for over fourteen years. Leanne first became interested in digital technologies in the 90s while teaching in a primary school in rural New Zealand. Leanne was involved in the development of New Zealandís Information Technology Roadshow before moving to Australia where she completed her Masters in IT in education and worked on numerous projects for The Learning Federation, Curriculum Corporation and ESA.

Prof. Katrina Falkner

CSER Founder and Director and Head of School, School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide


Professor Katrina Falkner leads research into Computer Science Education and Computational Thinking. Katrina also leads the Modelling and Analysis program in the Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies. Katrina’s research efforts have together attracted in excess of $11 million in government and industry research funding.

Katrina is the winner of multiple teaching and educational leadership awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation, and the 2016 Australian Council for Computers in Education and Australian Computer Society - Leader of the Year award. Katrina is the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Australasia, and Vice Present for the Australian Council of Deans in ICT.

Paula Christophersen

Immediate Past DigiTECH Curriculum Lead, VCAA, and APTA Dorothy Hoddinott medalist


Paula is an exceptionally experienced education consultant in the area of Digital Technologies. She is the immediate past DigiTECH curriculum lead for VCAA, a role in which she managed curriculum from Foundation to Year 12. Paula has been actively involved as a co-writer of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, and a co-writer of the Australian Curriculum: ICT as a general capability. She has contributed to a range of educational forums that focus on Digital Technologies curriculum including the national Coding across the Curriculum project, as well as a member of the national steering group for the National Assessment Program for ICT Literacy.

Paula is a life member of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria and in 2014 was awarded the Dorothy Hoddinott medal for outstanding lifetime contributions to subject associations by the Australian Professional Teachers Association.

Simon Harper

Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Technology & Learning), Killara High School


Simon is Head Teacher Technology & Learning at Killara High School. He is passionate and committed to leading digital transformation to stay on the cutting edge of education to improve student engagement, outcomes and prepare them for the new work paradigm.

Simon is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at many principal conferences, universities and TeachMeets locally and globally. He is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, TeachMeet NSW coordinator and expert in flipped learning.

Andrew Ford

Director of Research Learning Environment Design, Sebel


As a Edu. Change Agent and 'ED-ruptor', Andrew has been heavily involved in helping educators and learn develop meaningful pathways for positive disruption and transformation of the learning environment to re-engage and enliven the learners.  He is a fanatical researcher on Human-Centred Design and Participatory Action Research and currently doing a PhD involving these issues.

Since 2015 Andrew has worked with Sebel Furniture to develop and facilitate the development of design attributes of function, form and fit within multi-modal and experiential learning and workplaces. He recently assisted launched in the launch of the Sebel 'Hybrid' Learning Environment - a space that can, through minimal and defined movements, create a 'flow' to the daily learning experience of users. Andrew is also working on plans for an industry immersion model for tertiary and secondary education to improve funding for education facilities and subject relevance for industry.

Andrew is passionate about transformation to learning to engage the future workforces of our nations. Andrew’s 2014 TED-X talk on delivering change references evidence of a systemic problems in education, which have only been re-enforced by the latest PISA results which show continued decline.

Elizabeth Lonergan

Principal, St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College


Elizabeth Lonergan is the Principal at St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College, a Foundation to Year 12 independent school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Her studies include a Masters of Educational Leadership and Administration and a Bachelor of Business with majors in Management and Strategic Relations. Prior to her current role, Elizabeth was the Learning and Development Manager for Pearson Australia and had held various senior leadership roles in schools, including the Director of Staff and Head of Mathematics.  Elizabeth has published books in Hands on Numeracy and in 2017 received excellence in the CHOOSEMATHS Teaching Awards for her demonstrated capacity to engage and inspire students to study Mathematics. Elizabeth has presented at numerous conferences throughout Australia and New Zealand with a focus on professional learning, early career teachers, leadership, culture, organizational change, developing staff capacity and integrated and digital learning.  Her passion for succession planning, personal growth and empowering staff to critically reflect and analyse performance has enabled her to work one-on-one with teachers and teams to improve personal, school and systemic outcomes through the setting of strategic goals and targets.

David Roycroft

Principal, Oakwood School


David Roycroft is Principal of Oakwood School, a position he has held since 2010 when he was asked to develop a school for disengaged students.

David has been a teacher for over 40 years, which includes 27 years in the principal class at a diverse range school settings, including technical schools, alternative settings and a new large high school.

Significant achievements include being twice selected to build a new school, being a finalist in the Victorian Principal of the Year awards and winner of the Most Innovative Secondary School in the Excellence in School Education awards.

David is an innovator and thinks outside the square. His mission is to create flexible school environments that empower vulnerable young people to re-connect with learning and develop the self-respect and confidence to actively pursue their future.

Alison Venter

Assistant Principal/ Literacy Coach, Lilydale District School


Alison Venter is an Early Childhood teacher with 16 years teaching experience. She is an early career leader and currently holds an Assistant Principal Literacy Coach position in a K-10 school in Tasmania. Alison believes in developing strong relationships with her students, parents and staff and her physical disability is not a barrier in demonstrating her passion for quality teaching and learning.

Alison attained a Masters in Counselling in 2007, specialising in grief, loss and trauma in young children and adolescents.

In 2012 Alison graduated with a Masters in Education after conducting an action research study in her early childhood classroom. She has shared her findings at a number of literacy conferences and professional learning meetings around Australia and Tasmania.

In 2015 Alison presented her research on vocabulary development in her low SES, high poverty school at the International Literacy Association Conference in St Louis, Missouri.

In April 2017 Alison was published in the online issue of ASCD Educational Leadership Journal where she honestly shared her experiences and challenges of being an included student, teacher and colleague.

Megan Moore

Principal, Sinai College


Megan Moore is a passionate education leader focussed on producing quality learning outcomes using an inquiry approach.

As a highly effective school principal, she gains job satisfaction through mentoring teachers, developing high quality curriculum and leading a school that produces great results within a caring environment that values the whole learner.

Karen Yager

Deputy Headmaster 7-12 | Head of Student and Teacher Excellence K-12, Knox Grammar School


Karen Yager is the Deputy Head 7-12 & Head of Student and Teacher Excellence K-12 at Knox Grammar School and an English method lecturer at UNSW.

Karen has contributed to many journals and professional publications and has been a presenter at State, National and International conferences. She is a Premier’s Literary Scholarship winner and in 2013 the Singapore Ministry of Education awarded her their first ever International Teaching Fellowship.

In 2014, Karen was awarded the prestigious APTA (Australian Professional Teachers’ Association) for Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award.

Leanne Cameron

Lecturer, Design, Digital and Technologies Education, Southern Cross University


Leanne Lectures in Design, Digital and Technologies Education in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour and she has published widely in the area of effective technology integration in education. In addition to her academic role, Leanne is the current President of the ICT Educators of NSW. Leanne is an international expert in social media and Web2.0 tools in education and learning design.

Leanne's passion lies in up skilling teachers to meet the challenges of the new Australian Technologies curriculum implementation. She draws heavily on her experience as a classroom teacher and as a Technology Trainer for the NSW Department of Education's Training & Development Directorate, providing classroom-ready advice and support for teachers.

Alexander Bush

Head of ICT and Chairman, Iona College and RoboCup Junior Australia


Alexander chairs RoboCup Junior Australia and has been a member of RoboCup Junior Queensland since 2007. His students have participated in the RoboCup Junior competitions since 2001.

As the Head of Department ICT for Iona College, Alexander is an expert in brining project and inquiry based learning to life through physical computing and robotics.

Catch Alexander at National FutureSchools and explore the links between the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, and opportunities for critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and communication through hands-on learning.

Eddie Woo

Head Teacher Mathematics, Cherrybrook Technology High School and Australian Local Hero of the Year 2018

Awarded Australian Local Hero of the Year 2018, Eddie is an internationally renowned and visionary high school mathematics teacher who became an internet sensation and household name (to tens of thousands of students across the world!) by simply sharing his classroom with them. As a technology lead at Cherrybrook Technology High School, and creator of Wootube, a Youtube channel on which he freely shares videos of his daily classroom teaching; Eddie’s extensive video contributions have enabled students both inside and outside his classroom to accelerate their maths learning.

His innovative teaching methods incorporates young people's device-driven lives, taking education beyond the classroom with his energetic and passionate lessons. He will be sharing insights on how to really flip your classroom and your students’ grade with some very simple technology.


Dr. Dan Cloney

Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research


Who better than Dr Dan Cloney take you through the first half of the YoungLearners Conference journey at National FutureSchools.

Dr. Dan is nearly overqualified for the role, as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Education Policy and Practice at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) - Dan's expertise is in early education, cognitive development, academic achievement, and inequality. His most current work focuses on the potential for high-quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs to narrow SES-related development gaps.

Feel free to approach him during the breaks or ask him questions in-between presentations as he will only be there for one day!

Anna Kinnane

Project Manager (Digital Strategies), Queensland College of Teacher


As one of the writers of the Australian Curriculum, Digital Technologies, Anna is passionate about supporting teachers to further develop their skills and understandings of this new curriculum. Don’t miss Anna’s informative and illuminating presentation on Linking the digital technologies curriculum with other learning areas. In her session, you will gain strategies for implementation of the new digital technologies curriculum, understand how to develop teacher confidence and capabilities in the new curriculum, and discover useful resources to help you out along the way.

As an educator with over 30 years’ experience working in education, Anna also developed and led the implementation of the Queensland Student ICT Expectations P-12 and more recently she has contributed to the development of resources for the Digital Technologies Hub.

In her current role as Project Manager Digital Strategies, at the Queensland College of Teachers, Anna manages a range of digital projects and works with preservice teachers and fully registered teachers to support them to further develop their digital literacy skills. In 2016, Anna was recognised and named in Queensland State Parliament as an Advance Queensland Community Champion for her contribution and work in this area!

Kate De Bruin

Lecturer Inclusive Education, Monash University


Kate works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University where she researches and lectures in both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the areas of inclusive education as well as research use and evaluation. Her current research investigates evidence-informed practice in inclusive education, as well as policy development. Her real interests lie in social justice, and understanding how research can strengthen professional practice in ways that improve equity and quality schooling for all students.

Kate originally worked as a high school teacher where she taught English as well as supporting the education and school participation of learners with diverse abilities and needs, before moving into tertiary education and research. She has worked with government departments on projects such as theInclusion Support Programme and The Use of Evidence in Educational Policy: A Pilot Study in Victoria.

Nicola Flanagan

Head of Innovation, Oakleigh State School


Nicola Flanagan is the Head of Innovation at Oakleigh State School in Brisbane. She has played a key role in managing the evolution towards digital normalisation at her site over the last 5 years and holds a leadership position in her cluster of 11 schools. Believing firmly in the power of technology to ignite, connect and motivate, she oversees a widely respected BYO Program, an ever-evolving community led 'Young Innovators Program' and is working with her school towards their STEM vision. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator. Having a personal belief in the power of students to make a difference, Nicola is excited by the potential of the new Australian Technologies Curriculum that, when combined with her school's vision, gives students the opportunity to become designers and creators of solutions.

Jennifer Haynes

Principal, Brisbane Independent School


Jennifer (everyone calls her Jen) Haynes established the first and only Integral School in Australia. As Principal of Brisbane Independent School (BIS) for the last 5 years, during her time she has established it as an Integral School, attracting researchers and visitors alike from AROUND THE WORLD. Have no clue what an Integral School is? And why it is absolutely relevant to you as a principal, teacher, educator, and head of year/department? Join Jen in the YoungLearners Conference and find out.

She came to BIS with 20 years of teaching experience from adult education, high school and primary settings. Jen identified the need for reform in the mainstream sector of education early in her career and that led her to BIS where she has worked on developing the innovative and inspiring Expedition Learning Framework. The Expedition Framework is designed to acknowledge the uniqueness of each person involved in the school and help them awaken to new ways to see themselves in the world as they shift on their developmental journey. Jen is currently working on her first book based on Integral for parents using the Awakened Parenting model that she has designed.

Prof. Linda J. Graham

Student Engagement, Learning & Behaviour Research Group, Queensland University of Technology


In every classroom across Australia – you have educators astounded by severely disruptive behaviour of students. In some classrooms, you may even have students astounded by how some educators – at the end of their patience - have reacted to the disruptions.

Enter Linda J. Graham - Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology. Professor Graham has gone on to win several awards after her study on schooling attention deficit, hyperactivity disorders.

Her research interests concern the role of education policy and schooling practices in the development of disruptive student behaviour and the improvement of responses to children who are difficult to teach.

Don’t miss her presentation outlining the research that will break down assumptions of ‘difficult’ children and their characteristics in their early years. Linda will teach you how you can recognise certain behaviour and how you can intervene. Mostly importantly, Professor Graham will give you a practical list of what not to do in the advent of disruptive behaviour!

Craig Fountain

ICT Teacher, South Australian School for Vision Impaired


With the advent of the new digital technologies curriculum, Craig is set to run a very hands-on session with you on how to implement mainstream technology in a diverse classroom.

Do you know how many students in your classroom actually have a visual impairment? For many years, Craig has assisted students who have a vision impairment to access the Australian curriculum. He has worked with students in both the primary and secondary school settings giving them the specific skills required to access the curriculum using mainstream and Assistive Technologies. Join his session to find out extremely helpful tips and tricks he has learned along the way that especially includes students with learning difficulties.

Want to know more about Craig?
Craig worked with the National Partnership scheme on Assistive Technology, where he assisted students with visual impairments to determine the most appropriate Assistive Technology for their educational program. In addition, he helped educators install the Assistive Technology, and he provided instruction for vision impaired student users and supporting staff.

Craig has presented training workshops and helped develop resources that can be used by teachers to assist students with a Vision Impairment access the curriculum using mainstream technologies. 

Karina Barley

Lecturer, Special Needs and Inclusion, Monash University


Karina Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. Taking education into the 21st Century, we’ve asked Karina to draw on her over 30 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist – and share her insights into autism in a delightful and interesting presentation. Guaranteed you will not walk away the same person!

Karina is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

Joachim Cohen

Schools Technology Innovation Lead, NSW Department of Education


Joachim is a passionate educator, with wide experience as a school, state and national leader evangelizing the opportunities educational technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills present to future generations.

Having worked in Industry, and now working with the NSW Department of Education’s Technology For Learning Innovations team, Joachim’s primary roles is to test, trial and then communicate the power of Future Focused, STEM infused Educational Technologies to schools students and teachers.

Joachim’s excitement at the potential that the 21st century connected landscape presents to grow, harness and develop the skills of learners is unable to be quenched, and he is driven and inspired to motivate, celebrate and connect industry, educators and students across Australia and globally to realise their digital future.

Phil Feain

Curriculum Manager - Digital Technologies, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)


Phil Feain is an experienced classroom teacher, and has been working with secondary schools in Victoria for over 20 years. He has been a leader in information technology/digital technologies and eLearning in schools, a tutor in university, and the former State Reviewer of VCE Software Development.

Phil has had a major focus on improving teaching strategies and professional learning outcomes for all teachers, both in his schools and in the digital technologies communities.

2017 has seen him appointed to the role of Curriculum Manager for Digital Technologies with the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) with responsibilities for the F-10 Digital Technologies curriculum, VCE Computing and Algorithmics (HESS).

Janelle McGann

Educational Consultant, Leading Learning Consultancy


Educator, consultant, coach, lecturer, training associate in Understanding by Design® (UbD), and former Director, Teaching & Learning, Janelle has over 15 years’ experience in leadership/executive roles and has worked within the public and private sector in Australia, the US and Ireland over 25 years.

Janelle’s current work includes curriculum design with teachers and schools, coaching middle leaders/executives, and facilitating building and learning space design.

Jennifer Bowden

Maths Ed Consultant - Primary, Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV)


Jen works with teachers to build teacher capacity, increase knowledge of curriculum content, develop pedagogies and establish school-wide improvement plans.

Jen takes a variety of approaches whilst working with teachers, including modelled teaching, coaching, intensive curriculum planning, afterschool workshops and whole school professional development days.

Jen’s passion is for ensuring mathematics teaching and learning is relevant, engaging and enjoyable for students, teachers and parents.

Ian Fairhurst

ICT Integrator, Knox Grammar Preparatory School


Ian has been in Educational Technology roles for over 10 years and has a passion for embedding authentic globally focussed learning opportunities through STEM education, as well as establishing an active ‘maker culture’ within schools.

As ICT Integrator at Knox Grammar Preparatory School Ian is currently responsible for leading / supporting K-6 staff and students in the areas of digital and design technologies. The school has an established range of innovative digital projects and recently there has been a shift towards mobilising student technology leaders (Techsperts) in the setup, management and support of these tasks right across the campus. The students have proven to have a tremendous capacity for supporting their peers and teachers, and have become an invaluable resource in testing, configuring and then implementing cross campus initiatives.

Together with the ICT support team, Ian facilitates a recess and lunchtime Makerspace which is open every day for students and staff seeking support or extension opportunities. The Makerspace has the mantra that ‘anything is possible with technology and a creative mindset’, however the students are encouraged to focus their ideas on authentic projects which can make a positive difference at a local or global community level.

Ian also has an external role as the Digital Resources Coordinator for the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW Young Scientist Awards which has recently had a great deal of international success with NSW students going on to present their projects internationally at International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Michaela Epstein

President, The Mathematical Association of Victoria


Michaela is the current President of the Mathematical Association of Victoria, and the Head of Learning at Australian-founded social enterprise, Maths Pathway. Fundamental to Michaela's work is the idea that students need to be involved in meaningful and thought-provoking mathematics, in which a growth mindset is an essential ingredient for success. Underpinning this is the idea that we are all ‘maths people’. Michaela works closely with teachers and others across the mathematics education community to implement strategies that will support all students to be successful in mathematics.

Michaela’s interest and expertise in mathematics education extends to curriculum policy and development. Recently, she completed Master’s research at The University of Melbourne on the intent and framing of the new Victorian Curriculum: Mathematics.

Previously, Michaela has worked in schools in rural Victoria and in Melbourne, where she initiated and led programs aimed at supporting and extending students in maths. Michaela has also worked in the not-for-profit sector in Indigenous education.

Thomas Moore

Mathematics Pedagogy and Training Consultant/Mathematics Teacher, Brighton Grammar School


Thomas has a keen passion for innovation within Mathematics education. He has spent the last few years refining his practises in differentiating in the Maths classroom and leveraging technology to aid this process and enhance student engagement. Thomas has lead numerous innovations through his Leading Teacher role as Head of Mathematics at Lilydale High School, and currently works as a Pedagogy and Training Consultant.

Aine Maher

Director – Education Services, Independent Schools Victoria


Aine is the Director, Education Services for Independent Schools Victoria.  She provides advice and support to schools in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership development. Aine works with a team of educators who design and deliver professional learning programs to schools in curriculum planning and design, pedagogy, implementation of Australian Curriculum and the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework.   Her leadership interests include a New Principals’ Program, leadership development initiatives and teacher career development.  More recently, Aine has been actively involved in the design and implementation of customised leadership programs in schools.

Dr Pete Goss

School Education Program Director, The Grattan Institute


Dr Pete Goss is School Education Program Director at Grattan Institute. He joined Grattan in 2014, and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice. He is lead author of four Grattan reports: Targeted Teaching (2015), Widening Gaps (2016), Circuit Breaker (2016) and Engaging Students (2017). Prior to joining Grattan, he spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group. He has also worked with Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students. Pete recently published “Towards an adaptive education system in Australia”, drawing inspiration from his original training in evolutionary genetics and complex systems modelling at The University of Melbourne and Harvard. 

Megan Lilly

Head of Workforce Development, AiGroup

Megan is Ai Group’s Head of Workforce Development, and Chief Executive of Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) and the Ai Group Graduate Employment Service. She is responsible for the development of all education and training policy as well as relevant service delivery across the breadth of workforce development.

Megan is currently Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, Chair of the Australian India Education Council Skills Working Group, a World Skills Board member and on the Australian Industry Skills Committee. Megan also has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

Peter Corkill

Principal, John Monash Science School


Peter is currently in his second Principalship at the relatively new John Monash Science School. John Monash Science School, Victoria’s first specialist school in the sciences, mathematics and associated technologies, is now in the seventh year of its operation, with some 650 Years 10, 11 and 12 students and over 70 staff on board. As the school’s founding Principal, Peter continues to place teaching for effective learning at the forefront of his agenda and is still a practising mathematics teacher despite the demands of the principalship. JMSS is widely known for its innovative approaches to science curriculum and teaching, and the use of 21st century technologies to enhance learning.

Peter has worked in Victorian schools since 1982, from remote rural Murrayville Secondary College as a beginning teacher, to Bonbeach High School then the much larger learning communities of Frankston High School (Head of Mathematics and Head of Middle School), Jerudong International School, Brunei Darussalam (Head of Mathematics then Deputy Principal - Secondary), McKinnon Secondary College (Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning) and then Cheltenham Secondary College, his first principalship, from 2005 to 2009. Peter’s passions lie in teaching for effective student learning, instructional leadership and development of staff, and in innovative structures and strategies to improve learning outcomes for students in education. Peter was awarded the Victorian Education Excellence Award as Secondary Principal of the Year in 2016 in recognition of his leadership of JMSS and especially of its outreach programs in STEM.

A/Prof. Philip Riley

Researcher in Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University


Have you ever wanted to see inside the hidden factors that affect interpersonal relationships within the classroom and in the staffroom? How well do you understand the overlap between leadership, teaching, and psychological processes?

Look no further than Associate Professor Philip Riley’s presentation on “The Principal Wellbeing Survey, and Educational Leadership” at FutureLeaders. As former school principal, with 16 years in schools under his belt before moving to the tertiary sector, Philip now researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership; producing >200 publications and peer reviewed conference presentations. In the processes, Philip has been awarded ~$8 million in research funding including 3 prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants.

In 2010 Phil’s research was recognised with an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award. This award funded the first two years of The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey, the first independent research project into principals’ occupational health and wellbeing. He has since won the Dean’s award for Excellence by an Early Career Researcher, and the award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration, at Monash in 2011. In 2015, Phil won the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Award for Most Outstanding Article of 2014. He has presented 9 international Keynote addresses (Germany, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, France, Hungary and New Zealand) and 69 local Keynote addresses to industry groups in all states and territories of Australia. The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey is now conducted in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

We have invited Philip to share his award-winning insights, so don’t miss his session at 11:40 on the 22nd March.

Prof Peter Dawkins,

Vice Chancellor, Victoria University


Beyond the ATAR: Understand best practice, vision and leadership for diverse student futures from a vocational and tertiary education perspective.

This presentation will help you discover the link between celebrating student diversity, and student engagement, consider what students, parents and industry really need from K-12 schooling; and learn why and how to broaden the marketing communications of your senior school, away from ATAR.

Who more qualified to shed visionary light on best than Peter Dawkins; Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University since January 2011.

Professor Dawkins spent six years in high-level leadership roles for the Victorian Government, and twenty-eight years in the university sector, led the development and implementation of VU’s Strategic Plan in a period of deregulation of tertiary education and of digital disruption. He is a regular contributor to policy debates in the area of education, especially tertiary education.

Victoria University positions itself as the University of Opportunity and Success, supporting the career development of students from diverse countries, cultures, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. In its research and engagement agenda Victoria University focusses on applied and translational research and making a difference to industry, community and public policy.

Peter was awarded an Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his outstanding service to tertiary education as an administrator and academic.

David Hills

Teacher of Outdoor Education, Brisbane Grammar School


Dave is a passionate teacher of outdoor experiential learning and is an advocate of using the great outdoors to achieve educational outcomes. Dave teaches full time at Brisbane Grammar School’s specialist Outdoor Education facility in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Queensland and takes students out on multi-day expeditions on a weekly basis. He holds a Masters in education and is currently researching the unique interaction between outdoor education and the modern digital educational age. Dave has taught in over 6 countries and spoken at a number of national international conferences.

Jacqui Gore

Primary Teacher, Warrnambool Primary School


Jacqui has been an educator in the primary sector for 20 years. She has been a leading teacher in wellbeing and Koorie education, she has continued as a classroom teacher over this time. 

Jacqui's passions include all aspects of mental health and wellbeing, global education and inclusion. Jacqui thinks beyond the school gates with a desire to help her community in the areas of mental health and wellbeing, cultural inclusion and understanding. 

Through personal experiences and a concern for suicide and depression rates within her community Jacqui decided to implement wellbeing sessions within her classes. She saw a need for initiating authentic, truthful conversations about wellbeing with a long term aim to normalise discussions of mental health. Over ten years this grew into a wellbeing program written by Jacqui named 'Positive People'. This is a whole school program implemented from Foundation to year 6. 

Melissa Carson

Coordinator of Innovative Learning, Oakhill College


Melissa Carson is a secondary English teacher. ​As the Coordinator of Innovative Learning at Oakhill College, she is responsible for the oversight of various projects to facilitate change. Melissa has lead a team of colleagues in the inaugural round of the Association of Independent Schools, NSW, Action Research Projects. She co-authored the article, 'Pulling no Punches: Change Management at Oakhill College', published in The International Journal Of Educational Organization and Leadership. Melissa is a recipient of a Leadership Award by the NSW branch of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership in 2015.

Dr Therese Keane

Deputy Chair, Department of Education, Swinburne University

For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and expertise has been recognised through international, national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has a depth experience as a Director of ICT in K-12 education, having worked in a variety of school settings. At the national level, Therese is the Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing Technical Committee on Education. Therese is the Tournament Director for the FIRST LEGO League in Victoria and is the lead mentor for the RoboCats – the school girl only 2017 Australian Tournament winners.


Monica Williams

Educational Consultant, Association of Independent Schools of South Australia

Monica has been leading educational change in Digital Technologies, pedagogy, literacy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for 20 years, working at the local, sector and national levels. Recently Monica's work in the technology space has focused on sector initiatives in emerging technologies, STEM and mentoring school leaders in implementing the new Digital Technologies curriculum. As part of this work, she has been investigating how innovative technologies are a catalyst for transformational changes in the roles of teacher and learner. Monica provides professional learning on programming humanoid robots and the pedagogical practices that promote deep student learning in computational thinking and programming. She works with school leaders to build capacity in schools to embed software into effective pedagogical practices. Monica is a strong advocate of reconciliation and mentors leaders in project management strategies that embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into school culture and innovative classroom practices. 


Mary Mason

Literacy Specialist, Victorian Association for the Teaching of English

Mary Mason is a life member of VATE. Her career has focused on change in Schools, particularly around increased agency for students. She has worked at a number of schools in Melbourne in leadership roles in learning, thinking and research. She has also worked as a consultant for a number of schools in thinking, learning and literacy. She has published texts for English teachers. For the past three years she has been working with Dr Amanda McGraw on a reading literacy project for VATE with funding from the Victorian Department of Education.

Dr Amanda McGraw

Senior Lecturer Federation University Australia,

Dr Amanda McGraw is a Senior Lecturer who coordinates the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program at Federation University Australia.  The program is known for its innovative school partnership practices and is taught on-site in a cluster of diverse regional and rural schools.  Amanda increasingly regards her classroom as a ‘research laboratory’ where, through reflection, dialogue and experimentation, she learns more about processes for preparing graduate teachers.  The professional doctorate she completed in 2010 examined the nature of deep professional learning for teachers.  In that year Amanda was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Federation University and in 2012 was awarded an Australian Government Higher Education Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  Amanda taught for nearly 20 years in both state and independent schools.  She held a number of leadership positions in schools including Deputy Principal.  Her research interests include narrative pedagogies and research, dispositions for teaching, teachers’ professional learning, teacher education, and the teaching of reading in English.


Nat Bradshaw

Senior School Mathematics and Information Technology Teacher, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School

Nat studied a Bachelor of Information Systems and worked as a tutor at The University of Melbourne in the early 2000s. He then spent two years working as an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore where he taught programming and database concepts. Following that, Nat worked as a Solution Consultant for one of Microsoft's implementation partners in Singapore during which time he qualified as a Microsoft Certified Professional. In 2008 Nat studied a Master of Teaching and spent five years working as a teacher of Information Technology at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College. During this time he coordinated the Learning at Home program (a Family School Partnerships initiative) and ran evening sessions for families used to support their childrens' learning. Nat also started a family robotics team which met regularly to prepare for competitions such as the Robocup and Lego League. Nat spent two years on the Victorian IT Teachers Association Committee of Management and during that time wrote four Game Maker text books which are used in a number of Australian schools. In 2014 Nat traveled to the Northern Territory and worked as at Centralian Middle School in Alice Springs where he a 1:1 laptop program. He then worked as a technical consultant for Techxellent Training running Lego robotics incursions. Nat is now the Teacher of Information Technology at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon where the best part of his job is running the weekly lunchtime coding club where girls from different year levels teach each other about coding robots, search algorithms and Fibonacci sequences.

Bill Cohen

Teacher Librarian/ ICT Integrator, Asquith Girls High School

Originally a classroom teacher with experience across the public and private school systems, Bill Cohen is the Teacher Librarian and ICT Integrator at Asquith Girls High School. At Asquith Girls he runs a variety of co-curricular activities, teaches the Authentic Learning elective 'The Art of Game Design', and recently oversaw the first major redesign of the library's learning spaces in over a decade.

Bill has also worked as the Education Content Manager for a national education website, delivered workshops on social action and global citizenship to student groups ranging from 15-150 in size, and written extensively on technology and education for the ABC. He has previously spoken at conferences such as EduTECH, the 2016 and 2017 Australian Curriculum Symposium, the 2017 Australian School Library Association's Conference, and a range of TeachMeets. 
Against all expectations, he's OK with you dog-earing the pages on your books.

Heath Henwood

Master Teacher, Rockhampton Special School

Heath Henwood is a Master Teacher and coach of Pedagogy and Leadership. He has extensive experience working in private and government schools as a Teacher, Principal and Coach. Heath has studied widely, with a Masters in Leadership, and Post-Graduate qualifications in Science, Education, and ICTs. He sits on several boards and consultants on Strategic Leadership, Educational Practices, Curriculum Development and Personal Development. He is married with two teenage children.

Barbara Murray

Early Childhood Consultant, Catholic Education South Australia

Barbara works as the Early Childhood Consultant for Catholic Education in SA (CESA) where she supports schools to revitalise their pedagogy and practice using the principles of the Reggio Emilia Project, and beginning with their image of the child.

Previous roles include Early Childhood Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools in SA, Senior Manager for Early Childhood Workforce Development in the Northern Territory and Head of Early Years and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Brighton in the UK.

Barbara is a passionate pedagogue, with a strong focus on Early Childhood Leadership, Child Development and Pedagogy and Practice. She has worked as a private educational consultant, and was Assistant Head of the Pre-school Inclusion Service in Brighton UK.

Barbara has spoken at conferences across the UK and more recently in Australia. She has worked extensively in the UK and overseas as an academic, educational leader and early childhood teacher.

Linda Ray

Director, Neuresource Group

Linda Ray is a thought leader, speaker, entrepreneur and scientist of her own experience. She is a co-founder and director of neuresource group, a venture that is changing the way leaders lead and businesses operate in an era of the ‘neuro-revolution’. She believes in challenging the disconnect between what business does and science shows. Linda is recognised internationally as a thought leader in the neuroleadership field with over 20-years in leadership development, business, people development, cultural development, and training design and delivery and has completed post-graduate studies in neuroscience of leadership.

Her interest in neuroscience and links with leadership inspired Linda to develop Australia’s only nationally accredited Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership which has been delivered to students across the globe. Linda has pioneered the spread of neuroscience of leadership in South-East Asia. Given her growing reputation as a thought leader Linda has been interviewed for feature stories in Australian Financial Review, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, In the Black Magazine, HR Magazine and a number of regional papers. Linda has presented key notes and workshops at international and Australian conferences on topics relating to practical application of neuroscience to leadership, education and business practices.

Eleni Kyritsis

Leader of Digital Learning & Innovation & Year 3 Teacher, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar; 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year

Eleni Kyritsis is a Year 3 IB PYP Teacher from Melbourne, Australia. She has been recognised for her outstanding contribution and support of the education community by being awarded the 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year and the 2016 DLTV Victorian Educator of the Year. Eleni is a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, and Hapara Certified Educator. She is the Host of TeachTechPlay, a monthly web show that invites educators from around the world to share creativity lesson ideas and annual conference designed by teachers for teachers. She is the Founder of the Genius Hour Fair, a platform for students to share the wonderful projects they create each year to a global audience.

Brenda Dalheim

Head of Learning Support, Claremont College

Brenda Dalheim has over 30 years of experience in education and training, within a variety of settings, including primary schools, the Royal Children’s Hospital School, the RCH Education Institute, the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and Macmillan Education Australia. Through these varied experiences Brenda has gained expertise across a broad spectrum of education including; classroom teaching, special education and early literacy intervention (in classrooms, coordination of programs in schools, research and lecturing), professional development training, curriculum design and implementation and research. For over a decade she worked in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, where her work focused on Special Education and Inclusion and Literacy Intervention. Brenda has also worked as a consultant for the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and John Hattie at Visible Learning Plus. In her role with Visible Learning Plus she facilitated professional learning, across the Eastern states of Australia, working with the whole school and school leadership teams to enable them to use data to drive their teaching and to improve outcomes for all students following John Hattie’s principles of ‘what works best’. Currently, Brenda works in at Independent Primary school, Claremont College in Randwick as Head of Learning Support, coordinating learning support within a co-teaching model through full integration of all students and quality differentiation in the classroom.

Dr Robert Fitzgerald

Director, INSPIRE Centre for Innovation in Education & Training, STEM Education Research Centre, University of Canberra

As a member of the Executive team Rob provides leadership around flexible learning in the Faculty with a particular focus on educational technology and the design of new learning environments. He leads the learning design research cluster and is Director of the INSPIRE Centre.

Rob has been a leader and innovator in the field of Information and Communication Technology Education (ICTE) for over 20 years working across the schools and university sector. He is internationally recognized for his research and development work on computer-based learning, social media and mobile learning.

He currently leads the ICT component of a large development project in Pakistan and is a co-investigator on two national research projects on augmented reality in higher education and the development of location-based education services in cultural institutions.

Rob is a qualified primary and secondary teacher who has taught Mathematics, Science and Information Systems to senior levels. He currently sits on the board of the Australian Mathematics Trust and is an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Educational Technology.

Janelle Ford

Deputy Principal, Claremont College

Janelle is the recipient of a Quality Teaching Award from The NSW Minister for Education & The Australian College of Educators, An Outstanding Professional Award from The Professional Teachers Council NSW, she is Accredited at the level of Professional Excellence through ISTAA, and she has a Highly Accomplished Teacher medal through BOSTES.

Her interest in neuroscience and links with leadership inspired Linda to develop Australia’s only nationally accredited Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership which has been delivered to students across the globe. Linda has pioneered the spread of neuroscience of leadership in South-East Asia. Given her growing reputation as a thought leader Linda has been interviewed for feature stories in Australian Financial Review, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, In the Black Magazine, HR Magazine and a number of regional papers. Linda has presented key notes and workshops at international and Australian conferences on topics relating to practical application of neuroscience to leadership, education and business practices.

Alanna James

Teacher, Claremont College

Alanna has a Bachelor of Education in Special Education from University of Technology, Sydney. She has taught at Claremont College for 8 years on Kindergarten and Year 4. Alanna has experienced the transition from single cell classrooms to co-teaching spaces and has mentored new staff in this process. She is the ‘lead teacher’ on the Kindergarten team. She has presented previously about the successes and challenges of co-teaching at EduTech and Australian Independent Schools conferences.

Janice Copeland

ELC Teacher - Junior Campus, St George College

Janice Copeland, an Early Childhood coordinator and teacher at St George College, in Adelaide South Australia, manages staff and families in Playgroup, the Early Learning Centre, Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care Services, developing the physical learning environment and implementing curriculum. She is a practising teacher with thirty-seven years' experience in Queensland and South Australia. As Early Childhood Consultant, Director and Lead Teacher, she managed and coached teams of teachers and educators, and plays a lead role in the quality improvement processes linked to the National Quality Standards. She leads and implements progressive teaching methods through the presentation of Professional Development workshops, leading collaboratively in change processes related to curriculum development, financial planning, resource management and ongoing professional development and training of staff.

Don’t miss Janice’s very practical session on how to transform any paved, sterile outdoor environment into a sensory, imaginative play space that takes your young learners on an exciting learning journey. As an early childhood expert, Janice facilitates the critical components of an effective early childhood program involving school leaders, teachers and the school community. She advocates for the importance of strong curriculum knowledge and leadership, team building, organisational skills and resource provision, and the importance of advocacy for developmentally appropriate practices.

Laure Hislop

Professional Learning Consultant, KU Children’s services; NSW ECE Premier’s Award 2016

Laure has a range of major achievements that indicate her calibre in this area

  • Winner of the NSW ECE Premier’s Award 2016: The role of the digital mentor in embedding technology in an ECE setting.
  • In her work as an educator she was the director of one of the first centres to be given an Excellence Rating (KU Killara Park – 2016)
  • She is the ECA Rep K-6 Science and Technology Board Curriculum Committee
  • She is a member of the Smart Start Healthway Project Community Advisory Board
  • She was on the selection committee - NSW Premier’s ECE Award 2017
  • She has been an advisor for ABC Playschool advisor, with Dr Kate Highfield, for a series on coding

Don’t miss Laure’s eye-opening session on Embedding technology in a play-based curriculum in the YoungLearners Conference on Day 2.

Dr Charlene Smith

Policy Program Director, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University

Dr Charlene Smith is a passionate advocate for the role of education in achieving equity and social inclusion, with a commitment to collaborative, evidence-based approaches to policy development and analysis. In her previous role as General Manager – Projects and Collaboration with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, she led a diverse team to deliver research-informed policy advice to federal and state governments. Her advisory areas included parent engagement in school education, the role of data in design, delivery and evaluation of social services, and the need for effective responses by both the education and health systems to prevent educational disadvantage for students experiencing school absence due to illness or injury. Dr Smith has extensive experience in building and sustaining collaborative partnerships, including the right@home consortium between ARACY, the Centre for Community Child Health, and Western Sydney University. She completed a PhD with the Australian National University in 2007, and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of New England.


Dr Bronwyn Hinz

Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University

Bronwyn Hinz joined Mitchell Institute as a Policy Fellow in 2015. Prior this, Bronwyn worked for the Education Foundation, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, two federal politicians, and the University of Melbourne, where she taught public policy and Australian politics. She has also spent several months as a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City conducting comparative research on schooling policies in the United States and Canada.

Hannah Matus

Policy Analyst, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University

Hannah Matus has significant public policy and project management experience in the areas of early childhood, schooling and child health and wellbeing. Prior to joining Mitchell Institute as a Policy Analyst in 2016, Hannah worked at the Victorian Department of Education and Training and has an academic background in the social sciences and psychology. In particular, she has considerable experience working on Victorian government-wide policy projects and initiatives designed to improve educational outcomes for vulnerable children and young people, and has provided policy support to a leading independent expert advisory council to the Victorian Government.

Dr Ragnar Purje

Adjunct Lecturer – School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University

Dr Ragnar Purje holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia. He is the author of Responsibility Theory® which focusses on the use of relevant neuroeducation principles and practices to support and advance the academic and social learning of students.

Ragnar is also the initiator of NeuroNumeracy®, which is an intensive self-motivating neuroscience brain based numeracy learning program for children. The purpose of which is to not only enhance the skills, knowledge and understanding of the four operations in mathematics, but to also help the children advance in their emotional intelligence, self-efficacy and self-esteem.

Kieran Nolan

Educational Technologist, Wooranna Park Primary School

Kieran Nolan is the Educational Technologist from Wooranna Park Primary School, a school that positions itself on the same level as Disneyland for excitement and activity. Kieran has taken Wooranna to the virtual currency age with the introduction of bitcoin and introduced an enigma portal to enable virtual reality learning. Hear from him on how to tap into opportunities from Minecraft to enrich the lives of autistic students.

Eamon Hickey

Master Teacher, Calamvale Community College

Eamon Hickey is a polymath whose curiosity has made him a jack of all trades and a master of some. He excels as a Science and Mathematics teacher by encouraging students of all ability levels to reach beyond their comfort zone and strive for personal successes. His background as a former street entertainer keeps students engaged in even the most mundane of topics. At a low socioeconomic school he tripled the number of students in senior physics. He has created, directed and performed Science shows for 2High Festival, and has been instrumental in increasing external Mathematics results in any school he has worked. Eamon has recently has been given the task to create an interdisciplinary STEaM subject that melds many areas of the national curriculum. He has done this by focusing on the following areas:

  • The crossover of Virtual Reality to Real Life by use of 3D printers and completing the creative cycle by scanning RL objects back into VR for further development.
  • Coding and creating software for a variety of platforms (Phone, PC, Laptop and VR)
  • Creating and linking the following food systems to each other: Aquaponic (fish, vegetables and trees), hydroponic (all plants) and insect (mealworms fed on recycled paper) Robotics and prosthetics.

Jonothan Roberts

Teacher, Junior School Technology Leader, Emmanuel College

Jonathon Roberts is a classroom teacher and Junior School Technology Leader from the Gold Coast, Australia. He has been recognised for his innovative pedagogy by being named on the Innovative Educators Hot List 2017. Jonathon is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and has presented at various events around Australia. He is passionate about 21st Century learning and creating an authentic, engaging classroom. Jonathon works with both students and teachers to break down the classroom walls and redefine what school looks like.

Adrianna Kyriacou

Deputy Principal, Parkside Primary School

Adrianna Kyriacou is the Deputy Principal at Parkside Primary School in Adelaide, South Australia. Adrianna is a passionate educator who believes that student voice and questioning is a powerful tool for learning and at the centre of everything we do.

As a leader of Digital Technologies at Parkside, she works alongside students, colleagues, and parents to model, share, support and co-plan around the digital technologies curriculum. Adrianna is committed to leading this transformation of technology to improve student engagement, outcomes and prepare them for the world ahead.

Karen Player

Museum Outreach Manager, Australian Museum

Karen Player has been the Manager of Museum Outreach since 2007 and oversees the Museum in a Box, Virtual Excursions and Incursions programs for the Australian Museum. Karen is also the Education Outreach representative on the national citizen science project Frog ID.

Peter Kent

Deputy Principal, Gordon Primary School

Peter is currently the Deputy Principal of Gordon Primary in Canberra. Peter has a long history of leading successful innovation that combines educational research with education practice and policy. In 2010 Peter was awarded the prestigious international merit based Australian Government Endeavour Award in recognition of his significant international leadership in the field of innovation in education. In 2016 Peter received an ACEL - Excellence in Leadership Award based on his record in delivering whole school change and his significant contribution to the professional learning of others. Peter was the lead author of Macmillan Australia’s Educational Masterclass Professional Development series with a number of Peter’s books used within university teacher education programs. Previously Peter has held senior management positions within a multi-national Ed Tech company, and education policy positions within the ACT Education Directorate.

Kylie McColl

VCE Algorithmics Teacher, University of Melcourne

Kylie McColl is currently working at the University of Melbourne on a range of projects and programs that support teachers and students to develop skills and knowledge in Computer Science. Fundamental to her work is the idea that structured problem-solving is the essence of computer science. By making problem-solving our focus we will engage more students and better prepare them for future career paths. In her current role as teacher support for the new VCE Algorithmics (HESS) subject, Kylie has developed resources and designed workshops for teachers and students around algorithmic thinking. Previously, Kylie worked as a mathematics and Information Technology teacher for over 15 years, where she initiated and led programs aimed at supporting and extending students through problem-solving competitions and student-centred project-based learning.

Nick Pattison

Director of STEM Learning, Ormiston Junior College

Nick Pattison started New Zealand’s first STEM immersion class at Rongomai Primary in Otara in 2016 to show how STEM education can provide accelerated learning for the students. His primary classroom led the testing of homes for mould in South Auckland.

Nick, Learning Designer STEM at Ormiston Junior College & Primary is pushing the boundaries of what a modern New Zealand education looks like. He is leading projects with large companies toward community outcomes such as increasing fishing stock, monitoring bee population health, creating biochar from plant waste to sequester carbon and grow food crops all while making it fun and engaging for the students, scientist and community.

Nick, co-founder of Smart Fish is currently working on projects such as how to improve mathematics instruction for underachieving students by using robots in collaboration with the University of California, AUT’s STEM Centre and developing new systems for using the latest in technology within New Zealand’s classrooms.

Gill Callister

Secretary, Department of Education VIC

Gill Callister has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery.

Gill Callister is Secretary of the Department (2015-present). As Secretary, Gill manages a $12 billion budget and leads 2,300 corporate staff to deliver and improve early childhood, school education, and vocational and higher education services across Victoria. She employs a further 55,000 staff in government schools.

Prior to joining the Department, Gill was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services (2009 -2014), where she was responsible for the delivery of child protection, disability, youth, housing and family violence services.

This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service and a ten-year stint in the community sector working with children, young people and families.

Gill is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Sinan Kerimofski

Principal, Vasse Primary School

Sinan is the Principal of Vasse Primary School. He is also the ACEL National Director and President ACEL WA as well as the ‘CAPES’ region Network Principal.

Vasse Primary is situated in a rapidly growing suburb. The school was established in 1869 where 12 students commenced their schooling. Now the school boast over 730 students and 80 staff.

The challenge for the school is maintaining robust structures, processes and procedures despite averaging an 8% growth every year. The school is well resourced and has developed a positive strong culture by focusing on fostering positive relationships.

As a leader Sinan’s focus is on student engagement whereby students are highly committed and are self driven learners. To achieve this Sinan focuses on three main areas- People-Places-Pedagogy.

Sinan's leadership beliefs are simple.

  • Create clear visions and processes.
  • Build solid relationships through positive communication and experiences with all staff members.
  • Surround yourself around good people.
  • Acknowledge both publicly and privately innovation and self improvement.


Penny Rowe

Senior Project Officer, Department of Education Victoria

Penny is a Senior Project Officer in the Digital Learning Branch at the Department of Education Victorian. She focuses on supporting educators with incorporating digital technologies into teaching and learning, to improve student outcomes and engagement. She has a teaching background with a range of experience, both in the classroom and leadership roles, supporting and advising other educators with technology. She is passionate about assisting teachers, students and school leaders to implement technology in meaningful ways to achieve learning outcomes for all learners. Penny has worked across all year levels both primary and secondary providing support to teachers in both the private and government sector.

After joining the Digital Learning Team, DET, she has been involved in a range of projects including providing support, advice and resources on the new Digital Technologies curriculum, creating online support and resources for schools to access, designing and facilitating online professional learning accessible to all teachers, facilitating Peer Coaching training, advising schools about best practice, and the investigation of new technology such as Google apps, Office 365, Chrome-books and Windows tablets.


Tracy Sullivan

Education Leader, Macquarie University

Tracy is curriculum and pedagogy lead on the Macquarie University global K-12 Big History School courses to be launched mid-2018. She was part of design and development team for the Big History: Connecting Knowledge MOOC and the Solving Complex Problems Specialisation on Coursera, and worked on curriculum design for the Big History Project.

Trained as a secondary teacher, Tracy taught in Australian classrooms before moving to the tertiary sector lecturing in History Education at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. A former Churchill Fellow and Westfield Premiers Teachers Scholar, Tracy has a Master of Arts in Modern History and is currently completing a PhD focusing on secondary interdisciplinary education.


Hayden Brown

Extension Program Coordinator, Broome Senior High School

Hayden Brown is the Director of Academic Extension and Big History teacher at Broome Senior High School. Hayden balances overseeing academic extension programs in Year 7 and 8, as well as teaching Humanities, Upper School Modern History and coordinating academic opportunities for students throughout the school. Hayden was approached by Macquarie University in 2016 to become a lead teacher and design partner of The BHP in Australia.

Hayden began teaching at Broome Senior High School in 2009 as a graduate teacher. His undergraduate degree was a History and Sociology Major from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Following this, he completed his Graduate Diploma of Education at Edith Cowan University. He is a former Australian Curriculum Transition Coordinator (West Kimberley) and a finalist for the WA Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2017. Hayden is currently preparing for the 2018 STEM X Academy at Australian National University as part of a collaborative project with The Big History Institute, University of Queensland and the Goolarabooloo people of the West Kimberley region of WA focusing on creating a VR package for secondary interdisciplinary education in Big History.


Rob Steffler

Dean of Studies, Glasshouse Christian College

Rob Steffler is the Dean of Studies at Glasshouse Christian College, a P-12 Independent School on the Sunshine Coast. As an educator with a passion for innovative curriculum, in 2016 Rob introduced one of Australia's most forward-looking educational experiments, the DeLorean Project. The aim is to provide opportunities for students to explicitly learn and develop the capabilities and skills they will need to effectively navigate their way through the workforce of the future, where these capabilities and skills will be as important as content knowledge. Entering its third year, the program allows all Year 10 students one day per week for the entire school year to negotiate and implement their own learning projects, based on their passions and interests. In the process of attempting to make their ideas a reality, students are learning entrepreneurial approaches like lean startup, rapid prototyping and customer validation. In an exciting addition to the on-campus projects, some students have the opportunity to spend their DeLorean day each week at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where they are individually mentored by PhD candidates and contribute to actual PhD research projects.


Liana Simpson

Primary Curriculum Coordinator, Suncoast Christian College

Liana began her teaching journey in Early Childhood and later progressed to Primary teaching. She has over 15 years of experience as a practitioner and has been in a number of executive roles with a focus on curriculum planning, pedagogical design and driving innovation and change. She has extensive experience in managing change within a school context, having led several teams on a variety of change journeys.


Corrie Barclay

Assistant Principal – Curriculum Innovation and Design, Ashby Primary School

A teacher and educational leader for 15 years, I have initiated, developed, and implemented school wide effective digital learning practices to better incorporate 21st century practices. Due to my work I have presented at various State, National and International Conferences including having keynoted DLTV Digi Learn 2015, ALIA 2013 and the 2012 GTAV Conferences.

I was an inductee to the Google Teacher Academy in 2011, and am now a Google Certified Innovator. In 2014 I attended again however acting as a mentor for new inductees.

In 2013 I was selected to join the ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator) Community and attended the induction institute in Bali, Indonesia. In 2014 I attended the 20th Anniversary of the ADE program in San Diego, United States.

My passion has always been the challenges involved in achieving whole school approaches to the seamless integration of highly consistent teaching and learning practices. This has seen a core focus being on deep, quality learning and effective digital inclusion. Currently I am the Assistant Principal for Curriculum Innovation & Design at Ashby Primary School in Geelong, Victoria.

Elisha Nettleton

Year 6 Teacher, The Hamilton and Alexandra College

Elisha Nettleton is currently a Year 6 Teacher at The Hamilton and Alexandra College – an Independent co-educational boarding school in South Western Victoria. As a Canadian citizen she has experience in both the Australian and Canadian educational systems, having worked in a variety of roles both in State and Independent schools. With her worldly experience, along with her engaging and efficient approach to teaching and learning she has become well versed in the challenges that face teachers across the world with regards to the wide ranging of abilities within the classrooms.

After witnessing and experiencing the struggle teachers encounter making curriculum accessible to students regardless of their abilities, Elisha developed an adapted version of a Flipped Classroom starting an “In-Flip” program to deliver the Year 6 Maths Curriculum. This allows her students to access lessons at their own speed, via video tutorials, while simultaneously allowing teachers to work in small groups within the class. Join Elisha for a practical approach to flipping the classroom based upon her 10 step guide to creating a differentiated In-Flip classroom.

Melise Sutton

Principal, Margaret Jurd College

The education system has a heavy focus on the extreme ends of the spectrum – from students with substantial disabilities to gifted and talented students. However, Melise Sutton has a multi-categorical approach that will help you will all those students in-between – those who may not be getting the required attention and support they need to re-engage in school.

Melise has been working with disadvantaged youth both in welfare and education sectors for over 25 years. Her College prides itself on its multi-disciplinary team structure underpinned by an intensive wellbeing program that helps disadvantaged students find success for the first time in their schooling history and beyond school. An educator with vision and passion that transpires into practical systems facilitating holistic change and growth for her students, Melise will teach you:

  • 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

Cecile Sullivan Elder

CEO, Family Advocacy

Recently findings of the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the education of students with disability were released along with 39 recommendations. With a general lack of clarity around the issue of inclusive education, both within the education system and externally, Cecile will take a closer look at the facts and how we can all work towards a fully inclusive education system.

Cecile believes that an inclusive education system is one “whereby all students regardless of gender, race, religion, disability and learning ability are educated in the same place, with the same curriculum and at the same time.”

“All students enjoy the same academic, social, sporting and cultural opportunities as their peers with appropriate adaptions, modifications and support. Sometimes it’s easier to define this by pointing out what is not an inclusive education”.

Hannah Lewis

Assiatant Principal, Western Port Secondary School

Mitchell Institute’s Paradigm Shifters initiative used learning principles from internationally renowned education expert, Professor Yong Zhao to help secondary schooling better meet the needs of individual students. Mitchell researchers worked with 21 schools across two states to advance the unique talents of students and cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets. Hear from Hannah Lewis – one of the Principals involved in this trial to find out the challenges and benefits of creating entrepreneurial learning environments.

Dr Adam Fraser

Founder and Lead Researcher, E-Lab

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. In this time he has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last 10 years he has delivered more than 1500 presentations to over 300,000 people in Australia, US, New Zealand and Asia.

In his research he partners with various Universities through Asia Pacific. In fact he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).

For the last two years he has been studying and working on the well-being of school principals throughout NSW through the Flourish Project.

In addition to this Dr Adam is the author of three bestselling books, including his latest book ‘The Third Space’. Adam is a regular presenter on TV and Radio and has been profiled in the Australian Financial Review and BRW.

He is married to a woman who is far brighter than he is. Two daughters who have him completely wrapped around their finger and a dog Tilly who routinely outwits him.

Kelly Bauer

Learning Coach Leadership Years, St Luke’s Catholic College

Kelly Bauer (@shortcomp) is a STEM, TAS and multimedia teacher based in the western suburbs of Sydney. She has implemented large scale maker space technologies across two schools and is the ICTENSW leader of the year for her support to other schools within this area, and her support of beginning HSC teachers in Multimedia. Kelly lectures at UNSW in their education department, and at ACU in their new Grad certificate of STEM program. Kelly has worked within a whole school project based learning environment for the past 9 years and is now responsible for implementing innovative teaching practices that focus on development of social and enterprise skills as well as content acquisition at St Luke's Catholic College Marsden Park.

Jason Fay

Deputy Principal, St Paul Lutheran School

Jason has worked St Paul Lutheran School since 2014. His role at St Paul was created with the brief of modernising the school's learning program by creating a whole school pedagogical framework. St Paul provides a case study for developing a whole school understanding of effective teaching and learning through collaboration. Utilising a professional development program and Design Thinking process, which included work with Hamish Curry from NoTosh, St Paul has created a shared language and process in the form of a pedagogical framework, created by, and for, all teachers. Jason is an advocate for student-centred, inquiry classrooms with a strong focus on integration and links across the curriculum.

Christian Williams

Enterprise Academy Manager, Menntone Girls Grammar School

Christian was one of Australia's best athletes before becoming and an award-winning primary school teacher. On another note, Christian will be speaking on the National FutureSchools' main stage to show you how your curriculum is the ultimate get out of jail free card! He'll show you how deep pedagogical knowledge of curriculum can unleash creativity in staff and students, the tools, tactics and templates your staff need to take risks and embrace failure, and finally a guide to 'break the timetable' and give students and staff the structure they need to reach their full potential. Not to be missed!

Kieran Moors

Assistant Principal/ ICT Director, Aldinga Beach B-7 School

Kieran has been an innovative classroom teacher in low socio-economic schools for the last 12 years. He has always been interested in gadgetry and how things work, and isn't afraid to play with new technologies.

Currently, Kieran is the Assistant Principal's and ICT Coordinator, ensuring teachers are integrating technology into their pedagogy and technology is accessible to all. He has transformed his school's library into an innovative tech savvy learning hub and can often be found learning and teaching with new robots, drones, and other cool technologies with staff and students in the library, classrooms and outdoors.

During the round table Kieran will run through how to use small indoor drones with iPads and how to integrate these technologies into a maths lesson.

Bob Willetts

Principal, Berry Public School

Bob has 20 years' experience as a school leader in a wide variety of school contexts. As well as being a Principal, he is a member of the NSW Educational Standards Authority Assessment Committee, and is also the Chairperson of the NSW Primary Principals' Association Assessment Planning and Accountability Reference Group where he consults on a broad range of department policies and education reforms. Bob is on a personal quest to keep his passion for education in balance with his passion for his family, friends and surfing.

Bryce Pace

autism advocate,

Bryce Pace is an up in coming advocate for acceptance and inclusion. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 9 and after not being given a voice in primary school due to his diagnosis hid his autism for several years. Since Bryce broke his silence mid 2016 he has dedicated his time to changing the stigma that surrounds the autism spectrum. Bryce was a 2016 recipient of a Warrnambool youth achiever award, a recipient for the John King citizenship award and He was also elected as one of 15 Executive Board members for the Victorian Student Representative council in 2016 - 2017. As a young advocate, he has been invited to write and speak on behalf of autistic students on many occasions. Bryce Pace also won the 2017 Victorian Disability awards emerging leader award for his work in advocating for autism acceptance and inclusion. To read more about Bryce's story please visit: www.brycepaceautismadvocate.wordpress.com

Katie Bourne

Teacher, Aitken Creek Primary School

Katie Bourne currently teaches Foundation at Aitken Creek Primary School in Craigieburn. She is currently the Foundation team manager, where she has mentored and supported new teachers in the Foundation teaching team. Katie has a holistic approach to teaching and a strong passion for embedding the Digital Technologies curriculum into the inquiry classroom. She recently co-wrote an article with Liz Brown on ‘Inquiry into Digital Technologies in the Early Years’ which was published in the DLTV journal.

Elizabeth Brown

Teacher, Aitken Creek Primary School

Elizabeth Brown has a Bachelor of Education (Primary to Year 12) from Victoria University. She currently teaches Foundation at Aitken Creek Primary School in Craigieburn and as a team manager, helps in supporting the Foundation teaching team. Liz believes in producing quality learning experiences through an inquiry approach to teaching and learning and is passionate about the use of digital technologies in the classroom. She recently co-wrote an article with Katie Bourne; ‘Inquiry into Digital Technologies in the Early Years’ which was published in the DLTV journal.


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