Friday 25th March 2022

Proving more Equitable Educational Opportunities in Australian Schools

High Impact Leadership for Equity & Inclusion

8:00am Registrations
8:30am Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Jayne Heath, Chief Executive, SA Secondary Principals' Association
8:45am Workshop Presentation: "Facing the Equity & Inclusion Challenges in SA Schools"
Professor Pasi Sahlberg with Jayne Heath (ASMS), Rosie Heinicke (Craigmore HS), Penny Tranter (Seaview HS) and Caitlin Senior (University of NSW)
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Keynote Presentation: "Equity & Excellence in School Education: Policies, Practices and Pedagogy for good schools in Australia"
Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy, UNSW’s Gonski Institute
12:00pm Lunch Served
1:00pm Keynote: "The Characteristics of High Impact Leaders"
Professor Scott Eacott. Deputy Head of School of Education, UNSW
2:15pm Workshop: "Learner Agency: a driver for Equity & Inclusion"
Margot Foster & School Leaders: Kirsty Gebert, Jason Loke & Natasa Penna
3:25pm Program finishes
3:30pm Networking Hour (on the Terrace)
4:30pm Close

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Professor Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education Policy, UNSW’s Gonski Institute

Pasi Sahlberg is a professor of education policy at the UNSW Sydney. He is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. Professor Sahlberg is an inspirational speaker, lecturer and trainer. His passion is to advice and work with schools, communities, and nations to reimagining teaching and learning, school education, and system-wide efforts to improve equity and quality of education. He has gained working knowledge in over 60 countries around the world as a former senior education specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC, the European Commission in Torino, and director general of the Ministry of Education in Finland. His recent books include His recent books include “FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education” (2018), “Let the Children Play: Why More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive” (2019 with William Doyle), “Finnish Lessons 3.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland” (2021) and “In Teacher We Trust: The Finnish way to world- class schools” (2021 with Tim Walker). More in Twitter @pasi_sahlberg.

Professor Scott Eacott

Professor – UNSW

Scott Eacott is an Professor and Deputy Head of School in the School of Education at UNSW Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. He has previously worked at the University of Newcastle Australia, Australian Catholic University, and the New South Wales Department of Education. Scott’s research interests and contributions fall into three main areas: i) developing a relational approach for organising education; ii) educational leadership and management; and iii) school reform. Current projects include a national study of high-impact school leadership (with colleagues from UNSW, Monash and Curtin); a longitudinal analysis of regional school reforms; and a 3-year study of school autonomy across four states (with colleagues from Deakin, UNSW, Monash, and Curtin). He is active on social media and you can connect with on Twitter at @ScottEacott or at scotteacott.

Margot Foster PSM

Learning Design Consultant

Margot Foster was a Director working in the South Australian Department for Education.  She was a teacher and leader in complex and disadvantaged public schools across SA, but learned her teaching craft in Elizabeth.

“She has a commitment to quality learning and teaching for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged communities and is an advocate for the voice of children and young people in education.  Her inspirational leadership, vision and exceptional level of service to public education have made a significant difference to the South Australian teaching profession and the learning experience of children and young people”


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