Director of the Future Schools Alliance, Peter Hutton has been a school leader in four state and independent schools for the last 25 years. His strength is transformational insight and HOW to implement change in schools. Additional areas of expertise include change management, student entrepreneurship, alternative tertiary pathways, supporting dyslexic students and futurism.
Peter was appointed Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in 2009. It was a “broken” school with just 286 local students and 23 Year 7s. Today, TC has over 1,150 students and has recently been recognised by Finland’s HundrED organisation as one of the most innovative schools in the world.
Keynote address: "The Future of Education"
Journey over the educational horizon. Learn about the concept of multiple futures, emerging futures and how technology in particular artificial intelligence, will redefine education. Discover the latest developments in cutting edge schooling from around the world. Be exposed to the greatest risk to the traditional schooling model and what you can do to ‘future proof’ your school. Don’t let your school or organisation be caught on the wrong side of history.
Prof Donna Pendergast
Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Donna has an international profile in the field of teacher education, particularly in the Junior Secondary years of schooling, which focuses on the unique challenges of teaching and learning in the early adolescent years. She has successfully completed competitive research tenders commissioned by state and federal authorities totalling more than $2.5 million over the last decade.
In 2014 Donna led the Development and Delivery of Junior Secondary Professional Development Modules which was delivered to 600 primary teachers and 400 secondary teachers. In addition, she led a team that undertook the development and delivery of The Leading Change Development Project – Year 7 to Secondary, which involved developing capabilities in all school leadership teams in all public schools in Queensland responsible for delivering year 7 in 2015.
Prof J Douglas Willms
J. Douglas Willms is a Professor and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He holds the Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the International Academy of Education. He is the editor of Vulnerable Children: Findings from Canada’s National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth,(University of Alberta Press, 2002) and the author of Student engagement at school: A sense of belonging and participation (Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and Monitoring School Performance: A Guide for Educators (Falmer Press, 1992). Willms played a lead role in developing the questionnaires for Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) and the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Recently, Willms and his colleagues designed the Early Years Evaluation (EYE), an instrument for the direct assessment of children’s developmental skills at ages 3 to 6, and Tell Them From Me, an evaluation system for the continuous monitoring of school climate and student engagement and wellness. Willms is known for his training of new investigators in the analysis of complex multilevel data.
Keynote address: "Educational Prosperity; A Life Course approach".
Educational Prosperity is the culmination of more than 40 years of research in education, detailing a life-course approach to improve student achievement. It is an evaluation framework that can be used to monitor progress towards building a strong foundation for children’s success from conception to adolescence.
Educational Prosperity is an assessment framework that schools, school jurisdictions, and countries can use to enable all children to thrive. Children thrive when they have a strong sense of well-being, are engaged, and are developing at their full academic potential. The approach calls for monitoring progress towards a small, coherent set of well-defined goals; identifying strategies and a course of action that will lead to achieving these goals and aligning efforts towards improving education at all levels of the system. Educational Prosperity has proven to be useful in low-, middle-, and high-income countries (Willms, 2018). The first target for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by UNESCO (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2017) is to “ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.” Educational Prosperity can be used to help reach this target.
Educational Prosperity considers a core set of metrics relevant to children’s development at six stages of development, covering the period from conception to late adolescence. It identifies a small set of ‘prosperity outcomes’ for each stage and a set of family, institutional, and community factors called the ‘foundations for success’, which drive the prosperity outcomes.
Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.
Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying.
The concept of “resilience” offers a coherent framework for the creation of schools that are sensitive to the developmental needs of young people and their teachers. As Andrew describes, resilience is “the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life – to rise above adversity and obstacles.”
Keynote address: "Identifying Learning Strengths"
Imagine if all your students were aware of their learning strengths? Imagine if all of the teachers in your school could develop ways to build upon these learning strengths? Imagine if all of the teachers in your school could diagnose blockages to learning and develop strategies and activities to overcome them?
This research takes teachers into the world of being diagnosticians of learning and the developers of activities that enable all learners to thrive.
Workshop: "The Resilient Mindset"
The research my team has completed on 190,000 students reveals a resilient mindset. This extends the idea of a growth mindset and gives teachers clear strategies for helping anxious and avoidant learners develop more productive learning strategies. It also provides a comprehensive way of handling behavioural issues.
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - rooms to be advised
When: 1pm - 4pm
Andrew is first and foremost husband to Becky and father to his four children and 3 step-children. He is also a teacher and educational consultant whose programs and resources (The Rite Journey, The Rite Journey Parenting Plan, Habits of Heart, ManMade and Woman Wise) have been especially developed to build resilience, responsibility, respect, connection and well-being in young people. Over the past decade 100,000 teachers, parents and students have experienced these contemporary methodologies across Australia, NZ, Asia, Mauritius, Europe, US and The Caribbean.
Master Class title: "Rites of Passage for young adolescents and why this is becoming increasingly important"
Dr Katherine Main
Dr Katherine Main is a Senior Lecturer and Program Leader in the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University. Her research interests include student wellbeing and student engagement; teacher efficacy including the collective efficacy of teacher teams and the need for targeted professional development.
Master Class title: "The Future for Young Adolescents"
Peter Ellerton is a lecturer in critical thinking pedagogies at the University of Queensland. His research and practice are concerned with the development of pedagogical expertise in teaching for thinking. Peter works with institutions and educators across all year levels and discipline areas to develop capabilities in curriculum and assessment design and to create networks of teachers that seed and encourage the development of critical thinking pedagogies. Peter is also a syllabus writer in philosophy and science for state and international organisations. He has a strong history of developing pedagogical approaches for teachers working with high performing indigenous students.
Master Class title: "Critical Thinking Pedagogies"
Dr Paul Browning
In 2014 Paul’s work saw him sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Sutton Trust to speak at a global summit of educational leaders in Washington DC. There his work was endorsed by all attendants as the most influential on school culture and teacher improvement. Since then he has been listed amongst the top 50 most influential people in education in Australia, awarded Australia’s best non-government school principal, and St Paul’s School has been listed amongst the top 100 most innovative learning organisations in the world.
Master Class title: "Why trust the leader?"
Rod is the founder and current CEO of Higher Ground Australia an Experiential Learning company based in Sth East Queensland currently working with over 18,000 individuals a year. He has been designing and delivering experiential learning programs for schools and corporate organisations throughout Australia, Asia and Europe for the past 25 years. In 2018 Rod teamed up with former NASA STEM educator Russ Billings to assist in the development of a STEM Astronautics program based on NASAs Neutral Buoyancy Lab. This program sees participants designing and building underwater robots, learning to SCUBA dive and completing simulated space missions underwater. Director of Higher Ground
Master Class title: "Innovation in Experiential and Project Based Learning"
Where: Buses leave from Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: 8am -12 pm
Mt Alvernia College
Mount Alvernia College is an Independent Catholic Girls Secondary College in North Brisbane. In 2015, when we became a Yr 7 – 12 college, and we moved to as three schools within the one college – the Francis School (Yr 7 and 8), the Clare School (Yr 9 and 10) and the Elizabeth Hayes School (Yr 11 and 12).
We continue to have a very strong focus on middle year’s practices through interdisciplinary curriculum strategies, pastoral and transition processes and teams, particularly within the Francis and Clare Schools.
We have a strong focus on building the capacity of our teachers to be able work in these teams and to deliver relevant and engaging programs both within the classroom and outside.
Our physical spaces have been developed with a whole school Franciscan philosophy, incorporating open plan, flexible furniture, as well as working gardens and healthy eating approaches. The whole person is important in our educational plan.
All that we do at Mount Alvernia College is guided by our Learning and Teaching Framework which was collaboratively developed in 2015. We began the roll out of this framework in 2016 and continue to work with staff and students to build upon the elements and principles of this framework. To empower our teachers, we have developed a common practices document that unpacks key components of our Learning and Teaching Framework and Pastoral practices, with a focus on pedagogy and relationships. Our Enhancing Teacher Practice program supports all of the processes we are undertaking at the College.
Springfield State High School
Since Springfield Central State High opened in 2011, we have progressively combined excellence in student outcomes and strong family values, to build a reputation in the wider community as a school of choice.
In a complex and changing world, there is a compelling need to develop transferable learning how-to-learn capabilities in young people that will enable them to thrive in new and challenging contexts.
To be future ready, middle school students will need to be skilled at collaborating and communicating, constructing deep subject matter knowledge, solving real world problems and using ICT in powerful ways. Come and visit Ormiston College to see how they have implemented their unique research driven framework to support the explicit development of middle school students 21st Century skil.Good Samaritan Catholic College, Bli Bli
Good Samaritan Catholic College is a P-12 College, opened in 2019 with Prep to year 3 and year 7.
Our teaching program incorporates strategies to engage students in all aspects of the curriculum using innovative, open planned facilities. The project and problem-based curriculum for the middle years students allows young people to explore their learning in an authentic and relevant context.
Short cycle planning ensures all teachers are catering for the needs of all students throughout their learning using data informed and research proven strategies.
The School is the second oldest secondary school in Queensland, established in 1868 by public subscription to provide for the educational needs of the young colony. Having last year celebrated its sesquicentenary, the School is respectful of its past but seeks to innovate for the future. It is known for its strong academic culture and diverse range of extracurricular activities. The school’s purpose is to “educate boys by nurturing their intellectual, physical, and emotional wellbeing to become thoughtful, confident men of character who contribute to their communities”. After much research into international best practice, it established its Middle School in 2003. In 2019, the Middle School caters for 700 boys across Years 5 to 8. It has sought to respond to the continuously changing educational landscape over the last 15 years while remaining true to middle schooling principles.
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