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.

 

We’re delighted to announce that The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit 2020 will be held on 20 February at the ICC Sydney.

As stakeholders of Australian education navigate the contentious issues faced by the sector today, the need for a conversation between policy-makers, educators and key organisations within the sector persists.

The SMH Schools Summit will facilitate a much-needed insightful debate and discussion around the future of Australian education. Please join us as we welcome inspiring thought leaders to share successful strategies and takeaways to be implemented at your own school.

Take a seat at the table and join the conversation.

Key topics to be addressed:

  • NSW Curriculum Review
  • eSafety
  • Gifted Students and Gifted Programs
  • Behaviour Management
  • PISA and International Insights
  • Teacher Education
  • Play-Based Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Managing Disability
  • Education in Rural and Regional Communities
  • HSC and ATAR
  • School Improvement
  • General Capabilities
  • School Fundraising
  • The Future of Assessments
  • School Improvement
  • Cultivating School Leaders
  • Vocational Education and Post-School Options

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Partners

Speakers


The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian
Premier of New South Wales


Professor Geoff Masters
Review Lead, NSW Curriculum Review and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council for Educational Research


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


Paul Martin
Acting CEO, NSW Education Standards Authority


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


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


Jennie Wilson
Principal, Moulamein Public School


Megan Krimmer
Headmistress, Abbotsleigh


Tracey Breese
Principal, Kurri Kurri High School


The Hon. Adrian Piccoli
Director, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW


Julie Sonnemann
School Education Fellow, Grattan Institute


Dr. Pasi Sahlberg
Professor of Educational Policy, Deputy Director, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW


Dr. Jenny Donovan
Managing Director, Learning Progressions and Online Formative Assessment Initiative


Dr. Phil Lambert
Director, Phil Lambert Consulting and National President, Australian College of Educators


Lisa Davies
Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


Angelo Gavrielatos
President-elect, New South Wales Teachers Federation


Dr. Jennifer Buckingham
Director, Strategy and Senior Research Fellow, MultiLit


Alan Gardiner
Secretary, Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW


Jennie Quinn
Education Officer: Diverse Learning Initiatives, Sydney Catholic Schools


Michael Saxon
Principal, Liverpool Boys High School


Dr. Kim Paino
General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, Universities Admissions Centre


Mark Long
Principal, Penrith Selective High School


Dr. Rosalind Walsh
Catalyst Co-ordinator, Queenwood


Paul McDermott
Principal, Blue Haven Public School


Elizabeth Death
CEO, Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA)


Dr. Ben North
Principal Research Officer, CESE, NSW Department of Education


Jordan Baker
Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


Gavin McCormack
Principal, Farmhouse Montessori School


Sherill Nixon
Director of Donor Relations, Schools Plus


Greg Miller
Principal Leader, St. Luke’s Catholic College, Marsden Park


Professor Mary Ryan
Dean of Education, Macquarie University


Phil Brown
Executive Officer, Country Education Partnership


Dr. Kathleen Tait
Academic Program Director: Post-Graduate Studies in Special Education, Macquarie University


Professor John Polesel
Co-Director, Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, The University of Melbourne


Dr. Lorna Hepburn
Researcher, Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia


Henry Rajendra
Deputy President, New South Wales Teachers Federation


Rose Cantwell
Senior Inspector K-10 Curriculum, NSW Education Standards Authority


Patrick O’Reilly
Principal, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood


Lea De Angelis
Principal, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic College, Austral


Joanne Jarvis
Director, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education


Craig Brown
Principal in Residence, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education


Karen Maraga
Principal in Residence, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education


Nicole Christensen
Principal, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College


Julie Inman Grant
Commissioner, eSafety Commissioner


Mark Morrison
Principal, Macleay Vocational College


Erica Thomas
Head of School, Newcastle Grammar School


Michelle Lawrow
Principal, Clairgate Public School

Agenda

Thursday 20 February 2020

8:30

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


NSW


8:35

KEYNOTE | PREMIER ADDRESS WITH Q+A

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales
Q+A Moderator: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

9:05

KEYNOTE | Reforming the School Curriculum

Professor Geoff Masters, Review Lead, NSW Curriculum Review and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council for Educational Research

9:25

Keeping Australian Students Safer Online

Online safety education is essential. If we are giving young people internet connected devices, schools have a responsibility to ensure students are informed and have the skills necessary for the safe use of information and devices, both at school and beyond. Like road safety and the teaching of harm minimisation of drugs and alcohol, online safety is very much a part of the way we live. Julie Inman Grant, the only dedicated online safety regular in the world, will explain how her team is helping schools keep their students safer online.

Julie Inman Grant, Commissioner, eSafety Commissioner


GLOBAL


9:40

KEYNOTE PANEL | International Insights and Considerations

  • 2019 PISA Results
  • KPIs from top-performing countries and education systems
  • Translating policies where appropriate into a domestic setting

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Educational Policy, Deputy Director, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW
Angelo Gavrielatos, President-elect, New South Wales Teachers Federation
Phil Lambert, Director, Phil Lambert Consulting and National President, Australian College of Educators
Nicole Christensen, Principal, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
Moderator: Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

10:10

Morning tea and networking break


STRENGTHENING THE TEACHER WORKFORCE


10:40

KEYNOTE | New Report on Building Teacher Capacity

Julie Sonnemann, School Education Fellow, Grattan Institute

11:00

KEYNOTE PANEL | Teacher Education

  • Responding to subject matter and geographical teacher gaps
  • Continual professional learning and investing in teachers
  • Addressing the crowded curriculum in initial teacher education
  • Graduate readiness for the profession

Paul Martin, Acting Chief Executive Officer, NSW Education Standards Authority
Professor Mary Ryan, Dean of Education, Macquarie University
Dr. Jennifer Buckingham, Director, Strategy and Senior Research Fellow, MultiLit
Moderator: Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


ACCELERATED LEARNING


11:30

PANEL | Gifted Students and Gifted Programs

  • Do schools need specific gifted programs?
  • How can schools ensure the longevity of a gifted program?
  • Enabling gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Talent development and curriculum acceleration
  • The value of co-curricular and enrichment programs

Dr. Rosalind Walsh, Catalyst Co-ordinator, Queenwood
Jennie Quinn, Education Officer: Diverse Learning Initiatives, Sydney Catholic Schools
Dr. Ben North, Principal Research Officer, CESE, New South Wales Department of Education
Mark Long, Principal, Penrith Selective High School
Moderator: Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


RURAL AND REGIONAL EDUCATION


12:00

The Challenges and Opportunities for us All

  • Exploring the impact education has on rural communities
  • Meeting the challenges faced in rural Australia with an asset and place based approach
  • Hearing from a rural young leader

Phil Brown, Executive Officer, Country Education Partnership


VISIONS FOR THE NEW ERA AND REFLECTIONS ON THE OLD


12:20

KEYNOTE | Fireside Chat with the NSW Minister for Education

The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, NSW
Moderator: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


REVISITING ASSESSMENT


12:40

KEYNOTE PANEL | What are the Future of Assessments?

  • What are the future of assessments?
  • National and Global Models of Assessment
  • What is assessment’s true purpose?
  • How much is too much assessment?
  • If not NAPLAN, then what?

Dr. Jenny Donovan, Managing Director, Learning Progressions and Online Formative Assessment Initiative
David de Carvalho, CEO, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
The Hon. Adrian Piccoli, Director, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW
Moderator: Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

13:10

Lunch and networking break

STREAM 1: PRIMARY SCHOOLS


DISABILITY


14:10

PANEL | Managing Disability

  • Catering to diverse learners with Autism
  • The effects of student anxiety
  • Developing classroom and social skills
  • Teacher capabilities and training

Henry Rajendra, Acting Deputy President, NSW Teachers Federation
Michelle Lawrow, Principal, Clairgate Public School
Dr. Kathleen Tait, Academic Program Director: Post-Graduate Studies in Special Education, Macquarie University
Moderator: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

14:40

Conference Connections – Meet your fellow educators!


EXPLORING EDUCATIONAL MODELS


15:00

PANEL | Play-Based Learning

  • Benefits of play-based early childhood education
  • The Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being, Becoming
  • The National Quality Framework – Assessment and Rating
  • Play-Based Learning and the primary curriculum

Elizabeth Death, CEO, Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA)
Rose Cantwell, Senior Inspector K-10 Curriculum, NSW Education Standards Authority
Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Educational Policy, Deputy Director, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW
Lea De Angelis, Principal, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic College, Austral
Moderator: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

15:30

Afternoon tea and networking break


SHARING SUCCESS


16:00

CASE STUDY | School Improvement at Blue Haven Public School

Paul McDermott, Principal, Blue Haven Public School


IT TAKES A VILLAGE


16:20

PANEL | Community Engagement

  • Fundraising
  • What are schools in high-needs communities seeking for?
  • Case studies on successful and meaningful community partnerships
  • Bringing the environment into the classroom
  •  How principals can make a difference through tough times

Alan Gardiner, Secretary, Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW
Sherill Nixon, Director of Donor Relations, Schools Plus
Gavin McCormack, Principal, Farmhouse Montessori School
Jennie Wilson, Principal, Moulamein Public School
Moderator: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


CULTIVATING EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL LEADERS


16:50

CASE STUDY | Principal in Residence Program Insights

  • Role of the School Leadership Institute
  • Brief summary of the why developing leaders at each point of their career is critical
  • The Aspiring Principals Leadership Program and its value to participants leadership learning
  • The pilot underway regarding identifying teachers with leadership potential and how they are being developed with reference to the new Leadership Development Continuum
  • Takeaways: Using questions in the feedback package to attend to your own professional growth

Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education
Karen Maraga, Principal in Residence, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education

17:10

End of Conference | Remarks from the Chair

17:15

Networking drinks

STREAM 2: HIGH SCHOOLS


EXPLORING EDUCATIONAL MODELS


14:10

PANEL | Project-Based Learning

  • How to transform learning across the whole school using PBL
  • It’s not about PBL – it’s about teaching and assessing the general capabilities
  • Myth busting about PBL (eg PBL has direct instruction)
  • Transforming your school to one based on student passion, choice and the development of skills/capabilities
  • The link between PBL and other inquiry pedagogies

Michael Saxon, Principal, Liverpool Boys High School
Dr. Tracey Breese, Principal, Kurri Kurri High School
Greg Miller, Principal Leader, St. Luke’s Catholic College, Marsden Park
Megan Krimmer, Headmistress, Abbotsleigh
Moderator: Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, NSW Department of Education

14:40

Conference Connections – Meet your fellow educators!


BEHAVIOUR


15:00

PANEL | Behaviour Management

  • Whole-school approach to behaviour support
  • Proactive classroom management
  • Selection of evidence-based programs and practices
  • Physiological safety and sense of belonging
  • Case study of a school that has reduced suspension
  • Trauma informed practice training for staff

Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, NSW Department of Education
Dr. Lorna Hepburn, Researcher, Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia
Mark Morrison, Principal, Macleay Vocational College
Moderator: Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

15:30

Afternoon tea and networking break


CULTIVATING EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL LEADERS


16:00

CASE STUDY | Principal in Residence Program Insights

  • Role of the School Leadership Institute
  • Brief summary of the why developing leaders at each point of their career is critical
  • The Aspiring Principals Leadership Program and its value to participants leadership learning
  • The pilot underway regarding identifying teachers with leadership potential and how they are being developed with reference to the new Leadership Development Continuum
  • Takeaways: Using questions in the feedback package to attend to your own professional growth

Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education
Craig Brown, Principal in Residence, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education


CREDENTIALS OF TOMORROW


16:20

KEYNOTE PANEL | Pathways Challenging the Norm

  • New Literacy and Numeracy tests
  • What could unis use that might be better than the ATAR?
  • How can we improve community perceptions of non-university post-school options and pathways?
  • How can we reduce the stress of the senior years of school while still building resilience?

Dr. Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, Universities Admissions Centre
Paul Martin, Acting CEO, NSW Education Standards Authority
Patrick O’Reilly, Principal, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College
Moderator: Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


VET UPDATE


16:50

KEYNOTE | VET delivered to secondary students in NSW – Catering to Diversity or Meeting the Needs of Employers?

Professor John Polesel, Co-Director, Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, The University of Melbourne

17:10

End of Conference | Remarks from the Chair

17:15

Networking drinks

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When & Where

20 February 2020

ICC Sydney
14 Darling Dr
Sydney NSW 2000

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Attendance contributes to 8-hours
of NESA Registered PD

Completing the Sydney Morning Herald 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.
 
When booking, please enter your NESA account number in the comments box when providing your delegate details. This will ensure you receive 8-hours of NESA registered PD at the Proficient Teacher level if you are eligible. 
Note: You must attend and be present for the full duration of the event to receive 8-hours of NESA Registered PD and to be eligible, you must be a registered teacher in NSW at the Proficient Level.
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