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Based on the latest coronavirus public health advice, the IEA Conference 2020 on Wednesday 25 March has been postponed. Ticket holders can expect a refund in the next fortnight. Updates will be sent as needed.

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IEA Conference 2020

Prescient educators: Teacher shaping the future. Save the date.

The IEA Conference 2020, Prescient Educators: Teachers Shaping the Future will inspire teachers to be champions of change. 

Our stellar line-up of local and international speakers will give teachers the confidence and insight to look ahead at the challenges and opportunities facing education in our transforming world; to be prescient.

The conference is a must attend event for all teachers and leaders who are leading education transformation in their school or who are ready to shift their thinking and start making an impact.

Where, when and book tickets

Wednesday 25 March 2020
Adelaide Convention Centre

Early bird $230 (available until 28 February 2020)
General admission $275

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Our outstanding panel of presenters includes international thought leader, Valerie Hannon and Grattan Institute’s School Education Program Director, Dr Peter Goss as well as experienced practitioners who are driving change in their school and former students who will reflect on their school experience and challenge us to prepare the next generation for the future.

Valerie Hannon

Co-founder, Innovation Unit

Valerie Hannon is a global thought leader who is inspiring systems to re-think what ‘success’ will mean in the 21st century and the implications for education. Valerie is co-founder of the UK-based Innovation Unit and has worked on education change in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Africa. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP). Valerie is an expert adviser on education to the OECD and a frequent contributor to the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE).

Keynote - The Future School

Presented by the Australian Learning Lecture.

How might schools and learning be reinvented in our transforming world? In her keynote address, The Future School, Valerie will share her provocative and progressive view of learning and education and present the principles that inform future-focused schools. Valerie will explore the challenges the old idea of ‘school’ faces in the context of the disruptive shifts that are underway in our world. She will highlight the diverse forms that the Future School is starting to assume and use global examples of how schools and learning are being reinvented. Valerie will explore the roles of leaders, systems, philanthropists, parents and learners in accelerating the shift towards future-ready schools.

Dr Peter Goss

School Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

Dr Peter Goss joined Grattan in 2014 and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group, and worked with Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students. Peter trained as a biologist, with a focus on understanding complex systems.

How expert teachers can help every teacher improve their practice

Great teaching involves many skills. At its heart is knowing how to teach each subject, including how to assess where each learner is at in their current journey. This pedagogical content knowledge takes years to develop. The key to changing this is to give dedicated roles to the most expert teachers, with clear responsibilities for helping other teachers improve – and good salaries in recognition of their specialist expertise and the value they add. This presentation will explain the Grattan Institute model for a new expert teacher career path, and why it is so vital to improving outcomes for students.

Yasodai Selvakumaran

Top 10 Finalist 2019 Global Teacher Prize  
Head Teacher Professional Practice, Rooty Hill High School

Yasodai Selvakumaran is Teacher Ambassador for the New South Wales Department of Education as well as Relieving Head Teacher Professional Practice and Humanities Teacher at Rooty Hill High School in Sydney’s West.  In 2019, she was a top ten finalist for the Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize. She was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Western Sydney University for a "sustained and significant contribution to Education in Western Sydney".

Signatures to systems: how teachers can influence change from the classroom and beyond

Yasodai will share her experiences in championing change in her classroom, in schools and at the system level. She is critically aware of our constantly changing world and the implications for education; being prescient. Yasodai will discuss her approach to teaching and learning that fosters students’ skills and capabilities, which are crucial for them to thrive in the future.

Karen Schilling

Winner – Credit Union SA Primary School Teacher of the Year 
Year 5/6 teacher, Tintinara Area School

Karen has been a teacher for 29 years and evidence of student growth is what inspires her to pursue excellence in teaching. In 2019 she won the SA Primary School Teacher of the Year Award for the impact she is making on her students and her support and mentoring of her colleagues. Karen is working to improve student outcomes by understanding their current position as learners and what they bring to their learning. Karen gets great satisfaction from working with teachers to implement data based and evidence informed pedagogies into their practice.

Karen will explore how her development of a culture of student agency has resulted in improved outcomes, increased engagement and greater progress for her students. She will share approaches to deep learning that she has achieved through effective questioning and by allowing students to engage and connect their learning on a deep level.

Henry Thong

Henry Thong is a graduate of the South Australian education system and now an international documentary filmmaker. Henry found his calling in high school when his first short film, The Girl in the Camera, won the 2016 International Youth Silent Film Festival. His original documentary series Makers Who Inspire has amassed over one million views, and his short films have been recognised and awarded in America, Australia, Europe and Africa.

Henry is currently living in New York and his live cross to the conference will explore his experience as a product of South Australian education and the degree to which it supported him to thrive in life after school.

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