Masterclasses: 22 March 2017

Conferences & Expo: 23 - 24 March 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre




DAY ONE – Thursday 23 March 2017


08.30 | Registration




8:50 | Welcome and Opening Remarks by Congress Chair

Jenny Luca,  eLearning Leader, Wesley College (VIC)


9:00 |  Educating the Whole Child: The Role of the Arts, Nature and Place-Based Learning

  • Explore global trends and challenges in contemporary education
  • Experience the leading edge of innovation in schools
  • Effectively respond to student, community and global need
Dr. Milton Chen, Senior Fellow & Exec. Dir., Emeritus, The George Lucas Educational Foundation (USA)


9:30 |  Enterprise Skills: The New Work Order

  • Identify the entrepreneurial skills required by today’s youth and workforce
  • Immerse yourself in leading research and insights into the changing enterprise
  • Adapt and respond in the face of rapid technological and workplace change
Jan Owen AM , CEO, Foundation for Young Australians


10:00 |  Learning Environments: Optimising Places and Spaces for Learning

  • Hear the "Language of School Design" from the world authority on learning spaces
  • Adapt your learning environments in today’s context
  • Access a greater range of learning modalities in your school
Prakash Nair , Founding President, Fielding Nair International


10:30 | Morning tea and Exhibition viewing




11:20 | Welcome by Conference Chair

Jenny Luca, eLearning leader, Wesley College (VIC)


11:30 |  A Culture of Learning: Nurturing Deep Learning and Growth

  • Explore the teacher mindsets that encourage deep learning
  • Develop a positive learning culture in schools
  • Obtain practical processes and strategies that learning teams can adopt
Anne Knock, Director Development and External Relations, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning

11:50 |  10 Minute talk by Senior Manager at STM


12:00 |  Project Kaizen: Improving Learning through Technologies

  • Moving from individualisation to personalisation
  • Grasp the professional and student learning opportunities that technology offers
  • Progress school culture and educator skill
Michael Ha, E-learning Leader, Newington College


12:20 |  Assessment Futures : Aspirations, trends, challenges and cautions in assessment

  • Understand the assessment challenges facing Australia
  • Review innovative assessment approaches from around the globe
  • Grasp novel assessment methods for empowering students and educators
Dr Rachel Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Research Methodology, Educational Assessment & Evaluation, University of Sydney

12:40 |  10 Minute talk by Senior Executive at SEQTA


12:50 | Lunch and Exhibition viewing



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.






16:05 | Afternoon Tea and Exhibition viewing




16:45 | Welcome back by Conference Chair

Jenny Luca, eLearning leader, Wesley College (VIC)


16:50 |  Enabling and Unveiling STEM innovation: Tech Schools Victoria

  • Learn how the Vic Government’s $128M Tech Schools initiative is lifting learning
  • Hear how Tech Schools are responding to the changing economy
  • See where early exposure to Tech and Engineering can take students
Marita Chen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 2Mar Robotics


17:10 |  Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities: a fresh perspective on Australian school education

  • New AITSL CEO, Lisa Rodgers, shares her observations on the strengths of Australian schools, systems and sectors
  • Lisa shares her views on the challenges to be met and opportunities to be seized to improve student outcomes
Lisa Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)  


17:30 | End of Conference Day One

17:35 | Networking Drinks in Exhibition Hall


DAY TWO – Friday 24 March 2017





08.50 | Welcome back by Conference Chair – Day 2

Jenny Luca, eLearning leader, Wesley College (VIC)


9:00 |  The Future for Technologies in Schools

  • Find out where we are heading with mixed reality technologies
  • Discover technology aspects that enable us to reach and lift a majority of students
  • Tap into the most affordable, sustainable and impactful technologies for learning
Dr Michael Cowling, Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology; Discipline Leader, Mobile Computing and Applications; Member, ICT Programs Committee - Robotic Class Assistants, Central Queensland University, Brisbane


9:20 |  Embracing Technology to Build a new Paradigm for Schooling

  • Discover the leading edge of what big data and personalisation looks like
  • Learn how Melbourne Girls’ Grammar applies holistic data visualisation and management
Chris McNamara, Deputy Principal of Learning and Development, Melbourne Girls’ Grammar


9:40 |  Cultural Change in Support of ICT and DigiTECH

  • Discover the cultural thinking required to wrestle with the new DigiTECH curriculum
  • Embrace ICT across the curriculum, and separately understand Design and Systems thinking
  • Uncover opportunities inside the CS+X and CS Unplugged movements
Melinda Cashen, President, Digital Learning and Teaching (DLTV)


10:00 |  Communication technologies at work in the national ISDCN Project

  • Learn from a 5-year project leveraging conferencing technologies and collaborative networks
  • Hear a wealth of project experience gained by working with hundreds of schools nationally
  • Study the best of breed programs that all state and territories can learn from
Ian Quartermaine, Project Manager (ISDCN), Independent Schools Queensland


10:25 |  Benefitting from Digital School Branding and Communication

  • Build a communication strategy that continually builds a strong school brand
  • Find the best parent communication tools for your school
  • Benefit from informative examples of effective school communications and marketing
Blake Seufert, Systems Manager, McKinnon Secondary College


10:45 | Morning tea and Exhibition viewing




11:25 | Welcome back by Conference Chair


11:30 |  Deepening the Learning Experiences for all students in STEM

  • Examine deep learning and engineering design capabilities though Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • Find out what PBL looks like, and what subjects can be most effectively combined.
  • What can STEM PBL look like in practice, and what are the benefits in terms of learning?
Mr Gavin Hays, Deputy Principal & STEM and PBL Educator, Parramatta Marist High School


11:50 | Sharing Mathematics By Inquiry : Broadening and Deepening Mathematics Learning

  • Examine Inquiry Based Learning in Mathematics to reach and lift the great diversity of learners
  • Widen your range of classroom paradigms, pedagogies, tools, resources and strategies
  • Learn how schools can more effectively implement the AC Mathematics Curriculum
Ms Kristen Tripet, Resource Writer, reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry, Australian Academy of Science


12:10 |  Panel Session - What will lift Mathematics Learning nationally and locally?


Peter Saffin , Chief Executive Officer, Mathematical Association of Victoria


Peter Tompkins , Deputy Leader of Learning, St Andrew's Cathedral School
Kristen Tripet, Resource Writer, reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry, Australian Academy of Science
Ivan Carlisle, Director of STEM; Teacher of Mathematics, Philosophy & Algorithmics, Melbourne Girls Grammar
Dr Rachel Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Research Methodology, Educational Assessment & Evaluation, University of Sydney
Joel Speranza, Mathematics, ICT and Accounting teacher, St Joseph's Nudgee College



12:30 |  Full STEAM Ahead: integrating the General Capabilities through project-based learning

  • See how a Fablearn laboratory has enabled inter-disciplinary projects and learning activities and opportunities to address General Capabilities;
  • Discover impactful teaching practice;
  • Uncover measures for critical thinking, problem solving and perseverance.

Susan Just , Principal, Lauriston Girls’ School

Vanessa McDonnell , Mathematics teacher and UMNOS Success Coordinator, Lauriston Girls’ School


12:50 | Lunch and Exhibition viewing




14:15 | Welcome back by Conference Chair

14:20 |   Getting on with STEM

  • Significant cultural change is required in Australian schools to fully embrace the scientific, technological, design engineering and mathematical capabilities of the wide diversity of K-12 students
  • Find out how a leading school in Western Australia has embraced the STEM challenge, and transformed the STEM teaching and learning experiences for educators and students
  • Discover how to get the very best from your STEM programs
Meg Melville , Principal, Penrhos College WA


14:40 |   Place wellbring at the heart of education

  • Hear from the pioneers of Positive Education about a leading whole-school wellbeing framework.
  • Through the “Learn it, live it, teach it, embed” it motto, learn how schools can align themselves to transform teaching and learning.
  • Find out how Positive Education complements existing wellbeing programmes, enabling individuals and communities to flourish.

Justin Robinson , Director, Institute of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar School


15:00 |  Learning and Leadership: The Importance of Metacognition

  • Discover the importance of metacognition in learning design
  • Find out how to intrinsically engage educators and students
  • Tap into to deeper levels of student and staff motivation through genuine leadership strategy and skill
Dr Janelle Wills , Director, Marzano institute Australia


15:20 | Afternoon Tea and Exhibition viewing




16:00 |  Welcome back by Conference Chair

16:05 |  Framework for Inclusion at Schools

  • Dispel inclusion myths, and face some of the uncomfortable truths about inclusion
  • Learn key principles and recommendations to make inclusion work
  • Find out how to address key issues around inclusion in schools
Bronwyn Harcourt, Principal, Croydon Community School 2013 Victorian Principal of the Year


16:25 |  Unleashing the power of Video Self Modelling (VSM) : Framework for positive behaviour

  • Uncover the growth story of the meTV model to drive Positive Behaviour into mainstream education
  • Understand the framework for positive support and behaviour modelling
  • Adopt a systematic and holistic approach to VSM that changes classrooms and schools
Shane Spence, State-wide Co-ordinator - School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports, Department of Education and Training, Victoria


16:45 |  Disrupting the Model of Education : Moving Beyond Student Voice to Student Empowerment

  • Discover the magic of student empowerment and how to overcome disengagement and apathy
  • Change the rules by removing year levels and introducing individual learning plans
  • Build a supportive community and turn students’ ideas into reality
Peter Ellis, Principal - Strategic Implementation , Templestowe College


17:05 |  Insights from the AIEF Compendium : Achieving Successful Outcomes with Indigenous Students

  • Hear key findings from the AIEF Compendium, identifying critical factors in successful Year 12 completions
  • Examine successful transitions from school to careers among Indigenous boarding students
  • See why AIEF’s retention and Year 12 completion rates are far above the national averages
Renee Coffey, General Manager, Strategy and Policy, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation


17:30 | End of Conference




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