DAY ONE – Wednesday 21 March 2018


9.00 | Official Opening by conference chair


Aine Maher, Director – Education Services, Independent Schools Victoria

 

Morning Plenary:

INNOVATION EDUCATION

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
 

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 

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

LEARNING HOW TO CREATE DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

 

12:10 |  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
 

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

 

14:00 | DAY ONE BREAKOUTS

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.

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

 

Afternoon Plenary:

HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE, LEADERSHIP, SPACE AND TIME

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


19:00 | GALA DINNER WITH GUEST OF HONOUR SIR KEN ROBINSON



 

DAY TWO – Thursday 22 March 2018

 

9.00 | Day Two Welcoming Remarks

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

 

TRANSFORMING PEDAGOGY IN THE EARLY YEARS

 

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

 

WHOLE-OF-CHILD DEVELOPMENT


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 |  Bringing wellbeing into the curriculum…

  • Can we teach wellbeing? Discover the innovative and practical program that tackles depression and anxiety rates in the early years – and is adaptable to any school
  • Understand how you can bring the important aspects of wellbeing into the curriculum incorporating simple/cost effective resources everyone has access to
  • Set the cornerstones for allowing and facilitating authentic conversations that assure the effectiveness of the program
Jacqui Gore, Primary Teacher, Warrnambool Primary 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

 

RE-IMAGINING A PLAY-BASED CURRICULUM

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, LAdjunct 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

Charly Smith, Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University

 

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

 

Closing Plenary Session:

REVOLUTIONARY PEDAGOGY

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

  • Understand the key elements of successful learning in today’s youth dynamic
  • Hear from a range of case studies about what makes entrepreneurial learning work in schools
  • Learn how to overcome inevitable challenges, invest in the school culture, and attain better long term student outcomes
Panel Chair:
Dr Bronwyn Hinz, Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University


Panellists:
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