Gert Biesta is Professor of Education at Brunel University in London. Professor Biesta’s presentation will address some of the big questions for those who lead education. What is a good education? What should really matter in education? What should be the place of the school in society? He will also expand on some of the complexities and contradictions of contemporary discourse in education.
Professor Biesta has written extensively on the philosophy of education and educational policy with a particular focus on teaching, teachers and curriculum. Along with his position at Brunel, Professor Biesta is also Visiting Professor at NLA University College in Bergen, Norway, and holds a part-time Chair for Education at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Sandra is Director and Enterprise Professor with the Assessment Research Centre at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Professor Milligan’s current research interests focus on assessment, micro-credentialing and certification of hard-to-assess learning. Professor Milligan is a co-author of the recent paper, Beyond ATAR: A Proposal for Change, an Australian Learning Lecture position paper about transforming the transition from school to higher education, life and work. In this presentation Professor Milligan will explain the assessment research that supports the recommendations for Beyond ATAR.
Lynne Cazaly is an author and a communications specialist, having lectured in under-graduate and post-graduate programs in several of Australia's universities. She has 20 years’ management consulting experience in diverse industries, sectors and fields. In this presentation Lynne will speak about, and share strategies for, sensemaking and cognitive load coping, two capabilities The Institute for the Future has predicted will be essential for leadership in the 2020s. The capacity to connect the dots and manage information overload are combining to create a kind of superpower for today’s change leaders.
Robert Kay is co-founder and Executive Director of Incept Labs, and an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University. For the past 20 years Dr Kay has been involved in large scale education system evaluations and research studies both in Australia and overseas. More recently he has been working with schools and universities to advance teaching approaches that support what has been described as Education 3.0. In this presentation Dr Kay will speak to his paper, co-authored with Chris Spinks, Towards Education 3.0: The Changing Goalposts for Education. He argues that professional development time is exhausted trying to improve practice within a paradigm when a transformation across paradigms is required. To borrow a much used cliché - the cruise liner, Education, is running aground and all the effort is on rearranging the deck chairs!
Jackie Furey is a clinical psychotherapist and a specialist in mental and emotional health. Jackie is known for her intelligent thought provoking presentations which she delivers in a highly entertaining way.
To lead a culture of mental wellness today’s leaders must act with confidence and competence in a fast paced, ever-changing and often challenging workplace. Leaders who understand how to consistently bring out the best in themselves and others will be more effective at fostering an environment of mental strength and emotional resilience.
Andrew Douch is an independent education technology consultant and keynote presenter, but is first and foremost a teacher with 22 years' classroom experience.
Kylie is a leadership developer, climate reality leader and founder of Of Kin, a training organisation based in Melbourne, Australia specialising in building brave leaders and courageous cultures. She is a certified facilitator of Dr Brené Brown’s work on courage, vulnerability, shame and resilience (The Daring Way™, Rising Strong™ & Dare To Lead™), a Conversational Intelligence practitioner, and a systemic team coach. Her vision is to build capacity for brave conversations in boardrooms, classrooms and lounge rooms across Australia.
Caroline spent more than 20 years working as a journalist and editor with The Age newspaper before establishing Ourschool in 2017. Caroline is a state school graduate and former state secondary school teacher. She established Ourschool to help public high schools build strong alumni networks in order to benefit students and public school communities. Caroline manages the Ourschool alumni development program.