• The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit

    Succeeding in an era of change

    17 February 2021 | Live at the ICC and delivered virtually

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Overview

Completing The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit will contribute 8 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 

The third instalment of The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit will take place on 17 February 2021 live at the ICC and virtually via our online events and networking platform.

Following an unprecedented year of challenges and disruption in 2020, an open dialogue amongst the education sector’s stakeholders has never been more requisite as we enter the new school year.

Join us as we connect Australia’s most eminent educators, thought-leaders and policy-makers for meaningful and incisive conversations around lessons learnt, the most prevalent hurdles faced by teachers and students today, and the effective, evidence-based strategies that should be implemented at policy and ground-levels to improve student outcomes.

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2021 Speakers


Andy Hargraves
Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation),
University of Ottawa, Canada


The Hon. Sarah Mitchell
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, NSW


Tom Bennett
Behaviour Advisor to the UK Department of Education, and founder of researchED


Mark Scott
Secretary,
NSW Department of Education


Geoff Newcombe
CEO,
Association of Independent Schools NSW


Dallas McInerney
CEO,
Catholic Schools NSW


Danielle Cronin
Director Education Policy,
Catholic Schools NSW


Emeritus Prof the Hon Geoff Gallop
Chair,
Valuing the Teaching Profession Inquiry


Georgina Harrisson
Group Deputy Secretary,
NSW Department of Education


David de Carvalho
CEO,
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority


Julia Davison
CEO,
Goodstart Early Learning


Paul Martin
CEO,
NESA


Renee Cooper
Principal,
Nymboida Public School


Tim Bowden
Headmaster,
Trinity Grammar School


Dr Jen Petschler
Assistant Principal Pastoral Care and Wellbeing,
St Scholastica’s College, Glebe


The Hon. Adrian Piccoli
Director,
Gonski Institute for Education


Julie Sonnemann
School Education Fellow,
Grattan Institute


Prof Pasi Sahlberg
Deputy Director Research,
Gonski Institute for Education


Kristen Douglas
National Manager,
Headspace Schools


Cameron Paterson
Head of Teaching & Learning,
SHORE School


Alice Leung
Head Teacher,
Concord High School


Dr Pauline Ho
Associate Director,
Evidence for Learning


Professor Jim Tognolini
CEO,
Centre for Educational Measurement & Assessment


A/Prof Catherine Nielsen-Hewett
Academic Director of the Early Years,
University of Wollongong


Matt Johnson
National President and CEO of ASEPA, State President SEPLA NSW and Principal Glenvale School


Mary Creenaune
Head Student Services,
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta


Murat Dizdar
Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance,
NSW Department of Education


Jordan Baker
Education Editor,
The Sydney Morning Herald


Angelo Gavrielatos
President,
New South Wales Teachers Federation


Lisa Davies
Editor,
The Sydney Morning Herald

Agenda

17 February 2021

8:30

OPENING 

Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

8:40

Ministerial ADDRESS

The Hon Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

9:00

Q and A with the Minister

Facilitated by Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

9:20

Panel discussion: Keeping calm and carrying on. How Schools in NSW coped and, in many cases, thrived in an unprecedented year

  • How prepared were we and what were the major challenges we had to address?
  • Have students lost a year of their academic life? Can they catch up?
  • What price student and staff wellbeing during lockdown and disruption?
  • What have we learnt and what are we doing differently?
  • How can we better leverage technology to support our students?
  • What does the future hold for NSW schools?

Mark Scott, Secretary, NSW Department of Education
Geoff Newcombe CEO, Association of Independent Schools NSW
Danielle Cronin, Director Education Policy, Catholic Schools NSW

9:50

Keynote Address: Implementing the NSW curriculum reform

Paul Martin, CEO, NESA

10:10

ACARA – a look ahead

  • Australian Curriculum Review update
  • Moving NAPLAN online

David de Carvalho, CEO, ACARA

10:30

The Great Debate –Desegregating education.  Should the Government fully fund all schools?

  • Will this achieve equity in education? Is this still the desire?
  • International comparisons – Canada, Finland, Singapore
  • Is there the political will and parental appetite to make this happen?
  • Can we ever reach consensus in funding education?

Prof Adrian Piccoli, Director, Gonski Institute for Education
Dallas Mclnerney, CEO, Catholic Schools NSW

11:00

Morning break

11:30

Keynote International Address: Engagement is the new frontier of achievement

  • Between a quarter to a half of kids are bored in school or feel life has no purpose. Why?
  • Getting engagement is about more than beating back boredom, though
  • We must ask how we – in schools, policy and universities – actively create disengagement
  • If we are the problem, we can be the solution.

Andy Hargraves, Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation), University of Ottawa

12:00

Panel discussion: Is it time to double down on early childhood education

  • Is it time for universal, fully funded pre-school education?
  • Understanding the long-term benefits of early childhood education
  • Managing the transition to primary

Prof Pasi Sahlberg, Deputy Director Research, Gonski Institute for Education
Julia Davison, CEO, Goodstart Early Learning
A/Prof Catherine Nielsen-Hewett, Academic Director of the Early Years, University of Wollongong

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Valuing Teachers: Key Findings from the independent inquiry into the teaching profession

Emeritus Prof the Hon Geoff Gallop, Chair, Valuing the Teaching Profession Inquiry

13:50

Panel Discussion – Addressing the pressures of the teaching profession in the 2020s

  • Ensuring a support network for teachers
  • Is teacher training supplying the skills needed to manage the modern classroom?
  • Are teachers now under too much scrutiny?
  • Is Quality Teaching working?

Angelo Gavrielatos, President, NSW Teachers Federation
Cameron Paterson, Head of Teaching & Learning, Shore School
Alice Leung, Head Teacher, Concord High School

14:20

Unravelling the tutoring package and how schools can make it work

  • How the equity gap widened during COVID-19
  • How small group learning can boost learning by five months in just a few weeks
  • Ways to make small group tutoring work in your school

Julie Sonnemann, School Education Fellow, The Grattan Institute

14:40

Panel – Playing catch up. Addressing lost lessons, time-out and getting kids back on track

  • Identifying children who have fallen behind this year
  • Strategies for catching up such as the $370m NSW Tutoring package
  • How regional NSW was impacted by floods, fire and pandemic in 2020
  • Wellbeing issues from a year of disruption

Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, NSW Department of Education
Renee Cooper, Principal, Nymboida Public School

15:10

Afternoon break

15:30

Panel Discussion on Student Wellbeing. Are the policy frameworks working?

  • Empirical evidence and anecdotal perspectives on tackling wellbeing in schools
  • Are teachers and schools equipped to deal with healthcare issues?
  • Delivering successful learning while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students

Dr Jen Petschler, Assistant Principal Pastoral Care and Wellbeing, St Scholastica’s College, Glebe
Kristen Douglas, National Manager, Headspace Schools

16:00

Panel Discussion – Measuring Non-Academic Attainment

  • How do you gather evidence, report and measure for areas such as?
    • Creativity
    • Critical Thinking
    • Collaboration
    • Cultural Competence
    • Equity
    • Happiness
    • Faith
    • Wellbeing
  • Why would you try and measure these attributes? To what end?
  • Empowering teachers to use evidence effectively
  • Ensuring meaningful data is collected and analysed

Prof Jim Tognolini, CEO, Centre for Educational Measurement & Assessment
Dr Pauline Ho, Associate Director, Evidence for Learning
Tim Bowden, Headmaster, Trinity Grammar School

16:30

Lifting student outcomes through effective Behavioural Management

Georgina Harrisson, Group Deputy Secretary, School Improvement and Education Reform, NSW Department of Education

16:50

Panel Discussion on Behavioural Support

  • Exploring best practice classroom management
  • The need for an evidence-based approach for behavioural management
  • How do can we best measure classroom disruption?

Tom Bennett, Founder, researchED and Chair Behavioural Management Group, Dept Education, UK
Matt Johnson, National President and CEO of ASEPA; State President SEPLA NSW; Principal Glenvale School
Mary Creenaune, Head Student Services, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

17:20

Networking Drinks

18:00

End of the 2021 SMH Schools Summit

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Testimonials

  • “This was a very relevant and informative day that was of huge assistant to me as a school administrator.”

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  • “Excellent venue, smooth registration, dense but wonderful programme – so much excellent information condensed on the one day – great for busy leaders. I see it as my one-stop shop to start the year.”

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  • “Most insightful event for any educationist!”

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  • “The event was excellent at broadening my knowledge of how the education industry is developing in response to PISA, ICT developments as well as industry and community stakeholder demands throughout NSW.”

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Teachers need more training to help students with special educational needs

Special education’ is a broad term and requires an equally broad set of skills, providers and strategies – not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach – says academic expert, Dr. Kathleen Tait. “Included within a typical education classroom one could find students with a range of intellectual, social and emotional difficulties; children who are gifted and talented; and/or children with learning difficulties… Read more >>

Normalising mental health protocols and intervention in Australian schools

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Student well-being at Wenona School

Adolescence is a difficult time for most people, but for a growing subset of young Australians, it is more than just an “uncomfortable phase”. Statistics show that one in five 13-18 years-olds will experience a severe mental health disorder; and more than half of people with a lifetime mental health diagnosis will encounter their first… Read more >>

Student Engagement & Technology in the Classroom: Igniting the Fire in Young Learners with Eddie Woo

Technology is rapidly transforming the way students learn and teachers teach, a study found that Australia is one of the highest users of technology in schools in the OECD – so how can technology benefit Australian students and what are the costs? What can it do and what can’t it do? Wootube is a prime… Read more >>

When & Where

17 February 2021
Live at the ICC and delivered virtually

ICC Sydney
14 Darling Dr
Sydney NSW 2000

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