September 6-7, 2019 : Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne

Registration for the conference has now closed

Achieving educational excellence...
through student empowerment,

engagement and enrichment
Friday Sept 6 - Saturday 7, 2019
Melbourne Zoo

Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052

The call to action of the ‘Through Growth to Achievement’ education review ...

...highlights the urgent need for educators and education systems to ensure that Australian students receive a world-class education that empowers, engages and enriches.

ACSA's 2019 conference will explore the key priorities identified that challenge a sustained, long-term and coordinated improvement effort based on shared ambition, action and accountability.

The conference will provide opportunities for teachers, school leaders and academics to showcase best practice in addressing:

  • Cultivating an adaptive, innovative and continuously improving curriculum that empowers students to take the reins of their own learning

  • Recognising new pedagogical approaches that engage every learner to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world

  • Exploring the use of data and research to enrich learning and feedback to ensure all students achieve at least one year’s growth, every year

Keynotes confirmed...

We are pleased to announce, Dr Michele Bruniges AM will give the Garth Boomer Memorial address on Day 2 of the conference.

Michele Bruniges has been the Secretary of the Australian Department of Education since April 2016. She has held multiple senior roles in education at both state and federal levels, is a member of the Order of Australia and winner of several major awards recognising her significant contribution to public policy and education. She is also the first Australian to be Chair of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Governing Board.

Yasodai Selvakumaran is a multi-award winning teacher and is Head Teacher (Professional Practice) / History and Society and Culture Teacher at Rooty Hill High School (one of Australia’s top 40 most innovative schools, The Educator magazine). She is a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award winner and earlier this year was a top ten finalist for the Global Teacher Prize (selected from 10,000 nominations from 179 countries). 

Adrian Piccoli is Director of UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education. Professor Piccoli served as a Member of NSW Parliament for 19 years and as the NSW Minister for Education for 6 years from 2011 until 2017 and is widely respected by the Australian education sector for his leadership in education policy

Pasi Sahlberg is professor of education policy, and research director at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales Sydney. He is a Finnish educator, scholar and author who has worked as mathematics and science teacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland.

As Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in Melbourne, Peter Hutton transformed a ‘school of last resort’ with just 286 students, into a school of over 1100 and recognised by Finland’s HundrED as one of the most innovative in the world. He formed the Future Schools Alliance (FSA) committed to improving the lives of young people by transforming the education system - where students are encouraged to ‘Take Control’ of their own learning.

​This conference is for everyone with stimulating debate focusing on curriculum, assessment and pedagogy combined with exciting , innovative ideas including resources and teaching tools for you to use in your classroom!

You will participate in interactive workshops including use of the latest technology in the classroom, learning strategies to enrich student engagement, interactive approaches that empower students to engage as creative and connected learners; developing positive mindsets for student engagement and personalised learning; curriculum design for learning that matters and assessment design including the use of data and research to enrich learning and feedback.

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