Conference Program

National Wine Centre: Day 1 – Thursday 12th August

8:00am Registration Opens & Networking time & Light Breakfast Refreshments
8:40am Conference starts
Welcome to countryMickey Kumatpi Marrutya O'Brien
Minister’s Official Opening of the Conference
• Minister’s Address
Hon. John Gardner, Minister for Education
Chief Executive’s Vote of Thanks
• Conference Welcome
• “Setting the Scene” CE’s Address
Peter Mader – SASPA Chief Executive
Keynote #1: “Why Equity & Inclusion Matters.”Professor Tanya Fitzgerald
Morning Tea
Breakout Session 1; 4 breakout sessions to choose from:
• “The Characteristics of High Impact Leaders: A Study into Regional, Rural & Remote Schools.” with Associate Professor Scott Eacott
• “Autonomy and Accountability: The Paradox of the Principalship.” with Dr Chris Dolan & Dr Amanda Heffernan
• “Learner Agency: a driver for Equity & Inclusion” with Kirsty Gebert, Jason Loke & Natasa Penna
• “Q & A: Turning Inclusion policy into Highly Effective Practice” with Kirsty Amos & Alina Page
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SASPA Update
Keynote #2: “Equity and Excellence in School Education: Policies, practices and pedagogy for good schools in Australia” Professor Adrian Piccoli and Professor Pasi Sahlberg
3:45pm Close of Day 1Host / MC
Address to delegates and introduction to networking function with the Department’s Senior Executive GroupRick Persse, CE Department for Education
4:00pm – 5:30pm Networking function (Limited spaces - Please select option in registration if you wish to attend)National Wine Centre, $40pp includes canapés and drinks.
6:00pm Dinner function (Limited spaces - Please select option in registration if you wish to attend)
Dinner Speaker: Dr Amanda Heffernan, Faculty of Education, Monash University.
National Wine Centre, $95pp includes 2 courses, drinks and dinner speaker.

National Wine Centre: Day 2 – Friday 13th August

8:00am Networking time & Light Breakfast Refreshments
8:45am Welcome Day 2
In Conversation with Professor Gert Biesta (probable virtual presentation)
“The Age of Impulse – Should Schools Resist or Satisfy?”
Professor Gert Biesta
ReflectionsDr Chris Dolan
ASPA Update
Morning Tea
Breakout Session 2; 3 panel sessions to choose from:
• Facing the equity & inclusion challenges in our schools. with Professor Pasi Sahlberg (and principals from Australian Science & Mathematics School, Craigmore High School & Seaview High School)
• Leading for Equity & Inclusion – Matters of Policy & Practice with Professor Tanya Fitzgerald, Associate Professor Scott Eacott & Dr Amanda Heffernan
• A Conversation: How Might We Improve Equity Settings in Public Education Policy? with Peter Mader, Eva Kannis-Torry & Professor Martin Westwell
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Lunch (2-course formal lunch in Hickinbotham Hall with sponsors prize draw announcements)
Keynote 4: “Towards an inclusive, diverse and cohesive society.”Tim Costello
3:30pm Closing Remarks & Conference CloseJayne Heath & Peter Mader
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Please note:
This program is subject to change by the SASPA conference planning committee

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