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

Dr Catherine Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Remote Research Ranges

10:20 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA

10:45 | Morning Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with 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 |  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 Main Stage Presentations



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


15:30 | Afternoon Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with Main Stage Presentations


Afternoon Plenary:


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

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


17:00 |  Top notch school leadership

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

17:30 | End of Day One

17:40 | Networking Drinks



DAY TWO – Thursday 22 March 2018


09.00 | 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


10:30 | Morning Break - Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with Main Stage Presentations


11:15 | 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

11:40 | 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


12:00 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA

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


13:40 | Concrete Spaces to Imaginative Places: The Journey to a creative outdoor play space

  • How to transform a paved, sterile outdoor play area into a sensory, imaginative play space
  • How to take your students on an exciting learning journey in the outdoor environment
  • Evidence of students’ rick learning experiences in daily play
Janice Copeland, ELC Teacher - Junior Campus, St George College

14:00 | Exciting speaker and topic TBA


14:20 | Exciting speaker and topic TBA


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


Closing Plenary Session:


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

  • Discover a revolutionary pedagogy and 20 week program that develops literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and feedback cycles
  • Hear about how you can create high tech and low tech solutions whilst establishing challenging learning goals
  • Understand the behavioural and psychological elements behind game design that empower your staff and students
Bill Cohen, Teacher Librarian, ICT Integrator, Asquith Girls High School

15:40 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA


16:00 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA

16:20 | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:30 | Conference Close