DAY ONE – Wednesday 21 March 2018

9.00 | Official Opening by conference chair

Aine Maher, Director – Education Services, Independent Schools Victoria


Morning Plenary:


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

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


10:00 |  How drones can be used for teaching, learning and imagination

  • Discuss emerging drone, 3D visualisation and big data technologies and the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Be inspired by a range of humanitarian and environmental applications to education
  • Discover a unique way of marrying literacy, communication, and STEM skills for educators and students
Dr Catherine Ball, Creator, Communicator, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian

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

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

Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education, Victoria

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


11:20 |  Welcome to Young Learners Conference Stream

Dr. Dan Cloney, Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research



11:30 | Unpacking the Digital Technologies Curriculum

  • Outlining the key messages/concepts in this new curriculum
  • How to develop teacher confidence and capabilities in the new curriculum
  • Strategies for successful implementation of the new Digital Technologies curriculum
  • Linking the Digital Technologies Curriculum with other learning areas
  • Covering useful resources
Anna Kinnane, Project Manager (Digital Strategies), Queensland College of Teachers



12:10 |  Early childhood and the sustainable development goals (learning for all)

  • What you can learn from key findings on early child development programmes
  • How to ensure programmes are accessible, targeted, equitable and inclusive
  • Explore the road map for quality early childhood education
Dr. Dan Cloney, Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research

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



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


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


Afternoon Plenary:


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

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


17:00 |  Top notch school leadership

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

17:30 | End of Day One

17:40 | Networking Drinks



DAY TWO – Thursday 22 March 2018


9.00 | Day Two Welcoming Remarks

Anna Kinnane, Project Manager (Digital Strategies), Queensland College of Teachers




9:10 |  Reading as an imaginative act

  • What do students say about their experience of reading and how it is taught in schools?
  • How should we become imaginative in our own roles as teachers?
  • How can this imaginative model of reading inform curriculum design?
Mary Mason, Literacy Specialist, Victorian Association for the Teaching of English
Amanda McGraw, Senior Lecturer, Federation University Australia


9:30 |  Teaching through the co-learning and digital technology lenses

  • Discover how you can unlock rich literacy opportunities using digital technologies
  • How to develop a collaborative environment with digital technology in the 21st Century
  • Case study and key lessons learned on STEM initiative across all sectors
Barbara Murray, Early Childhood Consultant, Catholic Education South Australia



9:50 |  Establishing the first and only integral school in the world

  • What is integral schooling? How was it established?
  • Discover Brisbane Independent School’s program designs and the research behind them
  • The metrics of success, leadership and entrepreneurship
Jennifer Haynes, Principal, Brisbane Independent School

10:10 |  Young learners as designers of solutions

  • What does the Digital Technologies Curriculum look like in our junior classrooms and how do you assess learning?
  • Practical examples of what this curriculum can look like in the junior years
  • Outline of how such tasks promote the General Capabilities within the Australian Curriculum including Critical and Creative Thinking
Nicola Flanagan, Head of Innovation, Oakleigh State School


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


11:15 | Technology and the Whole Child: when should we worry and when should we celebrate?

  • Find out about current research on healthy media use for young children (in pre-school and primary school)
  • See the concerns we should be aware of and how we avoid them
  • Look at ways technology can be used to enable the whole child, including cognitive, creative, physical and emotional development
Dr Kate Highfield, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, Swinburne University of Technology

11:40 | The benefits of co-teaching in the early years setting

  • How co-teaching improves student outcomes
  • The processes and cultural changes needed to implement co-teaching
  • Discover how you can change physical spaces in order to support co-teaching

Janelle Ford, Deputy Principal, Claremont College

12:00 |  Co-teaching learning and design case study: warts and all

  • In-depth case study of how Claremont College implemented co-teaching
  • The biggest challenges and lessons learned
  • Commentary on physical co-teaching space design
Alanna James, Teacher, Claremont College

12:20 | Lunch and exhibition viewing with expo main stage presentations



13:40 | How to apply neuroeducation and responsibility theory with your young learners

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

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

14:00 | Embedding technology in a play-based curriculum

  • Coding and robotics in the prior to school setting
  • STEM in an early childhood environment
  • Matching philosophy with technology
Laure Hislop, Professional Learning Consultant, KU Children’s services


14:20 | Getting it right early

  • Understand the developmental vulnerabilities and readiness of young learners
  • Get a window into best practice early childhood preparation of pre-schoolers for BIG school
  • Find out what to do in the early years, when students arrive at school, well behind their peers

Dr Charlene Smith, Policy Program Director, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University


14:40 | Afternoon break – tea/coffee and exhibition viewing with expo main stage presentations


Closing Plenary Session:


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

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


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

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

Rob Steffler, Dean of Studies, Glasshouse Christian College

16:00 |  Cultivating capabilities through Entrepreneurial Learning at school

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

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