Overview

The premier event, The Age Schools Summit returns to Melbourne this 13th June.

This exclusive event aims to unite Australia’s educators, influential thinkers, and policymakers for meaningful discussions. Take part in the platform to explore the insights gained, the shared difficulties faced by educators and students currently, and the evidence-backed approaches that can be implemented at both the policy and grassroots levels to improve student results.

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2024 Speakers


The Hon Ben Carroll
Minister for Education,
Victoria


Dr Lisa O’Brien AM
Chair, Expert Panel to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System; Chair, Australian Education Research Organisation


Dr Toni Meath
Principal, Melbourne Girls Grammar School


Dr David Howes
Deputy Secretary, Schools and Regional Services, Department of Education


Dr Jenny Donovan
CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation


Dr Ben Jensen
CEO,
Learning First


Katie Roberts-Hull
CEO,
Think Forward Educators


Dr Jordana Hunter
Education Program Director,
Grattan Institute


Robert Boucher
Principal,
Swifts Creek P-12 School


Jacquie Burrows
Principal,
Churchill Primary School


Elaine Hazim
Principal, Victoria University Secondary College


Damian McKew
Foundation Principal,
Iona College Geelong


Kimberley Tempest
Principal, Cobram Secondary College


Lachlan Yeates
Principal,
Cranbourne Primary School


Lisa Holt
Principal, Rosebud Secondary College


Kitty Hancock
Principal, St Mary’s Primary School, Myrtleford


Robert Pyers
Executive Principal – Project Manager, School Performance Division, Department of Education


Kathryn D’Elia
Director of Learning,
Goulburn Valley Grammar School


Hayley Dureau
Assistant Principal, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College


Shauna-Maree Sykes
General Manager Improved Learning Outcomes, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools


Nick Morgan
Regional Director,
Toddle ANZ


Trisha Jha
Research Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies


Nick Rose
Founder and Chair, Curriculum Writers Association Australia


Dr Mark Merry
Principal, Yarra Valley Grammar School


Dan Steele
Former Assistant Principal, Aldercourt Primary School

Agenda | Thursday 13 June 2024

All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

7:50

Registration and Morning Coffee

8:20

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Editor

THE FUTURE OF SCHOOLING IN VICTORIA

8:30

Keynote Ministerial Address and Fireside chat |

The Hon Ben Carroll MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education

9:00

Departmental Address |

Dr David Howes, Deputy Secretary, Schools and Regional Services, Department of Education

9:30

Panel Discussion | Principals’ Panel – Addressing the key challenges in running a school today.             

  • Addressing teacher supply issues
  • Are we expecting too much of teachers?
  • Adapting to the new curriculum and a changing world
  • Engagement, Wellbeing, and behavioural management issues

Kimberley Tempest, Principal, Cobram Secondary College
Damian McKew, Foundation Principal, Iona College Geelong
Dr Toni Meath, Principal, Melbourne Girls Grammar School

10:00

Keynote address | The pathway to a better and fairer education system

  • The recommendations of the National Schools Reform Agreement to inform a better and fairer education system.
  • How evidence-based approaches can help drive genuine and sustained improvement in student outcomes.
  • The need for a systemic approach to offer tiered and targeted support for complex needs students and those who are falling behind.
  • The most effective use of money to deliver the improvements needed in critical areas such as learning, equity, teacher workforce and wellbeing.

Dr Lisa O’Brien AM, CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation and Chair NRSA Expert Panel

10:30

Morning tea

CURRICULUM REFORM AND PLANNING

11:00

Best practice curriculum management

  • Improving student engagement to deliver better outcomes.
  • Effectively using data to enhance decision making.
  • Ensuring staff are proficient in analysing data.
  • Best-practice curriculum mapping

Dr Ben Jensen, CEO, Learning First

11:20

Panel Discussion | Curriculum management in practice

  • Whole of school or one subject at a time?
  • Implementation war stories
  • Challenges faced. Hurdles overcome.
  • Achieving buy-in from teachers, students, and parents
  • Results to date. Future plans

Nick Rose, Founder and Chair, Curriculum Writers Association Australia
Shauna-Maree Sykes, General Manager Improved Learning Outcomes, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
Robert Boucher, Principal, Swifts Creek P-12
Hayley Dureau, Assistant Principal, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College

EVIDENCE-BASED TEACHING

11:50

The science of teaching

  • A brief introduction to cognitive load theory
  • Explicit teaching and the enquiring mind
  • Implementing the science of learning

Trisha Jha, Research Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies

12:10

Panel Discussion | Whole-school shifts to evidence-based teaching

  • Impact on student learning from using evidence-based practices /Explicit teaching models in different school contexts.
  • Applying cognitive load theory to practice
  • Leading change through complexity and building teacher knowledge.
  • Lessons learnt on the EBT trail.

Katie Roberts-Hull, CEO, Think Forward Educators
Lachlan Yeates, Principal, Cranbourne Primary School
Kitty Hancock, Principal, St Mary’s Primary School, Myrtleford
Kathryn D’Elia, Director of Learning, Goulburn Valley Grammar School

GENERATIVE AI IN LEARNING AND TEACHING

12:40

Empowering Educators: Leveraging Innovations for Classroom Enhancement

  • Uncover the transformative potential of recent advancements in generative AI and technology, paving the way for highly personalised, inclusive and future-oriented educational experiences.
  • How the implementation of an AI strategy can streamline educational processes, optimise resource allocation, and empower educators to have a profound and lasting impact on student success.
  • See how Toddle AI 2.0 is tailored for school leaders to effectively leverage AI, liberating teachers from administrative burdens and allowing them to focus wholeheartedly on their core mission of teaching.
  • Experience firsthand a state-of-the-art communication platform powered by artificial intelligence.
  • Dive deep into the evolution of assessment methods seamlessly woven into everyday classroom routines.

Nick Morgan, Regional Director, Toddle ANZ

1:00

Lunch

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

2:00

The case for trialling multi-school organisations in Victoria

  • How effective multi school organisations (MSOs) work in England and New York
  • How MSOs can provide greater support to Principals and teachers and boost student outcomes
  • The broader benefits MSOs bring to the system.

Dr Jordana Hunter, Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

2:20

Panel Discussion| School improvement and turnaround

  • What were we trying to address and how did we go about it?
  • Generating teacher, student, and parent buy-in
  • What we learnt along the way
  • Plans to maintain this success and for further elevation.

Elaine Hazim, Principal, Victoria University Secondary College
Jacquie Burrows, Principal, Churchill Primary School    

2:50

Afternoon Tea

BEHAVIOURAL MANAGEMENT

3:10

Evidence-based strategies for engaged classrooms.

  • Maximising students’ on-task learning time and minimising disengagement and disruptive behaviour
  • Fostering a positive classroom culture
  • Nurturing teacher-student relationships for a safe learning environment
  • Adopting a whole school approach and supporting individual needs

Dr Jenny Donovan, CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation

3:30

Panel Discussion| Behavioural Management

  • Paths to calm, orderly classrooms
  • The link between successful classroom management, effective wellbeing, and attainment
  • Inclusivity and the future of special schools
  • Teacher safety and wellbeing

Lisa Holt, Principal, Rosebud Secondary College
Robert Pyers, Executive Principal – Project Manager, School Performance Division, Department of Education

4:00

Closing remarks and networking drinks  

Pricing

Packages Full Rate
FACE TO FACE – Schools/Govt/NFP Rate $895 + GST
VIRTUAL PASS – Schools/Govt/NFP Rate $795 + GST
FACE TO FACE – Supplier Rate $1,995 + GST
VIRTUAL PASS – Supplier Rate $1,195 + GST

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The AGE Schools Summit 2023

Testimonial

It was a privilege and honor to present at the AGE School Summit. I was particularly impressed with the range of speakers and their ability to learn best practices occurring in schools. It was also interesting to hear from various speakers about how they are grappling with related topics and how each speaker is addressing the concerns of their individual situations – creating the opportunity to gain better insight from other’s perspectives.

An aspiration of mine is to improve the authentic connection between policymakers, University, current teachers and researchers to improve educational outcomes and reduce stress in schools – The AGE School summit is attempting to make this a reality.

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192 Wellington Parade,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
+61 (03) 9419 2000

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