The fourth instalment of The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit will take place on 1 March 2022 live at the ICC and virtually via our online events and networking platform.
Following a year of seemingly insurmountable adversity, the opportunity to regroup, recap and plan the way forward for schooling in NSW was truly an invaluable experience for all.
We are running the VIC version of this event on 23 March 2022 in Melbourne. Click here to visit The Age Schools Summit website for further information.
The Hon. Sarah Mitchell
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, NSW
Leader, Mathematics Growth, NSW Department of Education
Secretary, NSW Department of Education
Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South, NSW Department of Education
Dr Linda Darling-Hammond
Learning Policy Institute, USA
Professor Yong Zhao
Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas, USA
Deputy Principal, Nationally Certified LEAD Teacher, Sydney Technical High School
Leader of Learning and Highly Accomplished Teacher, St Bede’s Catholic, Newcastle
Deputy Principal Instructional Leader, Fairfield Public School
Principal, Banora Point Public School
Deputy Principal, Bonnyrigg Public School
Headmaster, Knox Grammar School
Dr Jenny Donovan
CEO, Australian Educational Research Organisation
Professor Michele Simons
Dean, School of Education, Western Sydney University; President, Australian Council of Deans of Education
Prof Kim Beswick
Head of the School of Education, Director, Gonski Institute for Education, and Professor of Mathematics Education, UNSW
Prof Pasi Sahlberg
Professor of Education Policy, UNSW
Dr Jordana Hunter
Program Director, Education, Grattan Institute
President, NSW Teachers Federation
Former Head of Wellbeing, St Catherine’s School
Head Teacher- Welfare, Cecil Hills High School
Head of Mathematics, Al-Faisal College
Program Director, Raise
STEM Teacher, Hastings Secondary College
Teaching and Learning (Strengthening Outcomes), AISNSW
David de Carvalho
Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
Principal, Macarthur Girls High School
Director of Teaching and Learning, Arden Anglican School
Head of PDHPE, Queenwood
Andrea de Carvalho
Master Teacher Research and Leadership Team, Sydney Catholic Schools
Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts, Baulkham Hills High School
Executive Principal, Taree High School
Director of Education Policy, Catholic Schools NSW
Head of School, Bandler Parks – Preston High School
Tuesday 1 March 2022
Jordan Baker, Education Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
POLICY, PROGRESS AND PLANNING
MINISTERIAL ADDRESS & Q AND A
The Hon Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning
KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Key challenges for NSW schools in 2022
Georgina Harrisson, Secretary, NSW Department of Education
TEACHING AND LEARNING
INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS | Learners without borders: new conditions of learning and teaching
- New conditions of teaching and learning that can liberate students from the borders of schooling
- Removing education paradigms through technology, globalization, and the educational experiences of COVID-19
Prof Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas, USA
INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS | Re-thinking Teacher Education
Dr Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute, USA
(Followed by a Q and A moderated by Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy, UNSW
PANEL DISCUSSION | Celebrating powerful and engaging teachers
- What are the biggest challenges in today’s classrooms?
- Have we got the balance right between admin and teaching?
- Strategies for connecting and enriching the disengaged
- How can technology be used to enhance learning outcomes?
Lara Harvey, Head of PDHPE, Queenwood
Rebecca West, Deputy Principal, Bonnyrigg Public School
Lloyd Godson, STEM Teacher, Hastings Secondary College
Kristy Pugliano, Head Teacher of Creative and Performing Arts, Baulkham Hills High School
Elizabeth Parsons, Head of School, Bandler Parks – Preston High School
PANEL DISCUSSION | Implementing the new curriculum
- Building strong foundations for future learning
- Increasing teaching time
- Strengthening post-school pathways
- Key challenges to overcome prior to the launch
Paul Martin, CEO, NESA
David de Carvalho, CEO, ACARA
Danielle Cronin, Director of Education Policy, Catholic Schools NSW
Making time for great teaching
- We need to overhaul schools so that teachers have enough time for great teaching.
- Grattan’s 2021 teacher survey points to several promising reforms
- The first priority is to stop overloading teachers with unnecessary tasks and provide more support for effective curriculum and lesson planning
Dr Jordana Hunter, Program Director, Education, Grattan Institute
PANEL DISCUSSION | How can we overcome the predicted teacher shortfall?
- Where will the next generation of teachers come from?
- What skills and attributes should they have?
- Is teacher training supplying the quality teachers we need?
- How can we make the teaching profession a more attractive proposition?
- How can we increase retention rates of young teachers?
Angelo Gavrielatos, President, NSW Teachers Federation
Professor Michele Simons, Dean, School of Education, Western Sydney University, President, Australian Council of Deans of Education
Scott James, Headmaster, Knox Grammar School
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES
PANEL DISCUSSION | An Evidence Based approach to wellbeing of staff and students
- Fostering school belonging and engagement
- Employing deep listening to understanding issues and needs
- Implementing mentoring and support programs
- Building social-emotional skills
Julian Floriano, Head Teacher- Welfare, Cecil Hills High School
Daisy Turnbull, Author and student wellbeing speaker, Former Head of Wellbeing, St Catherine’s School
Kathleen Vella, Program Director, Raise
Jennifer Coen, State Manager Wellbeing, Catholic Schools NSW
Using evidence to enhance the classroom experience and create better learning outcomes
- Why an evidence-based approach can lead to confident teaching decisions
- How to determine which evidence to use, and when
- Applying practitioner generated research
- Supporting teachers to deliver evidence-based learning
Dr Jenny Donovan, CEO, Australian Educational Research Organisation
PANEL DISCUSSION | Successfully deploying evidence-based practices in the classroom
- What works and what doesn’t?
- Getting staff, student and parental buy-in to evidence-based teaching
- Challenges in recording, measuring and evaluating evidence
- Whose evidence? / drinking from the fire hydrant
- The importance of context and action-research / contextual considerations (e.g. in vitro v in vivo)
- The relationship between evidence-based/research and expertise/practice
Abby Saleh, Deputy Principal Instructional Leader, Fairfield Public School
Andrew Cornwall, Leader of Learning and Highly Accomplished Teacher, St Bede’s Catholic, Newcastle
Aphrodite Cox, Deputy Principal, Nationally Certified LEAD Teacher, Sydney Technical High School
Joshua Harnwell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Arden Anglican School
PANEL DISCUSSION | Embedding inclusivity through evidence-based behaviour support in schools
- How the new Inclusive, Engaging and Respectful Schools will enhance engagement, improve wellbeing and lift student performance
- A student-centred approach to safe and inclusive classrooms
- Explicit teaching of social and emotional learning
- Supporting complex and challenging behaviour
- Parent and community engagement
PANEL DISCUSSION | Addressing the crisis in maths
- Why are we seeing a decline in our International standing in maths?
- How can we reverse this trend?
- How best can we address the shortfall in the number of maths teachers?
- Do we need specialist maths teachers in all Primary schools?
Eddie Woo, Leader, Mathematics Growth, NSW Department of Education
Mohamad Jamal, Head of Mathematics, Al-Faisal College
Andrea de Carvalho, Master Teacher Research and Leadership Team, Sydney Catholic Schools
Prof Kim Beswick, Head of the School of Education, Director, Gonski Institute for Education, and Professor of Mathematics Education, UNSW
PANEL DISCUSSION | Achieving Greatness
- How some schools have improved their performance
- How did they achieve their gains?
- What programs were implemented, which ones didn’t work?
- What plans are in place to continue this success?
Gail Cluff, Principal, Macarthur Girls High School
Paul Taylor, Principal, Banora Point Public School
Jorga Marrum, Teaching and Learning (Strengthening Outcomes), AISNSW
Allison Alliston, Executive Principal, Taree High School
Moderated by: Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South, NSW Department of Education
End of the 2022 SMH Schools Summit and Networking Drinks
“This was a very relevant and informative day that was of huge assistant to me as a school administrator.”
“Excellent venue, smooth registration, dense but wonderful programme – so much excellent information condensed on the one day – great for busy leaders. I see it as my one-stop shop to start the year.”
“Most insightful event for any educationist!”
“The event was excellent at broadening my knowledge of how the education industry is developing in response to PISA, ICT developments as well as industry and community stakeholder demands throughout NSW.”
The structure of Australian schooling needs to change – Prof. Adrian Piccoli
Former NSW Education Minister and Director of the Gonski Institute for Education, Professor Adrian Piccoli, is challenging the status quo of Australia’s school system, in a bid to achieve greater equity for students.
Piccoli believes the existing structure, funding model, and underlying regulatory framework is doing a disservice to low socio-economic status (SES) students… Read more >>
Major curriculum overhaul looking likely
Professor Geoff Masters, the person behind a proposed curriculum overhaul for New South Wales has so far racked up “considerable support” from teachers for his suggested redesign, which is due for finalisation this year. Since the release of his interim report in October last year, Masters has received more than 700 submissions providing feedback on his recommended reforms…. Read more >>
Teachers need more training to help students with special educational needs
Special education’ is a broad term and requires an equally broad set of skills, providers and strategies – not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach – says academic expert, Dr. Kathleen Tait. “Included within a typical education classroom one could find students with a range of intellectual, social and emotional difficulties; children who are gifted and talented; and/or children with learning difficulties… Read more >>
Normalising mental health protocols and intervention in Australian schools
When it comes to physical health, we’re not short of nationally-endorsed protocols that support our wellbeing. From hand-railings on public stairways, to mandatory vaccinations, to the highly-publicised “slip slop slap” sunscreen campaign. The same also applies in school settings. When a child is injured, they’ll receive first aid from an appointed, trained first aider. There will be rules in place to help avoid… Read more >>
Student Engagement & Technology in the Classroom: Igniting the Fire in Young Learners with Eddie Woo
Technology is rapidly transforming the way students learn and teachers teach, a study found that Australia is one of the highest users of technology in schools in the OECD – so how can technology benefit Australian students and what are the costs? What can it do and what can’t it do? Wootube is a prime… Read more >>
Student well-being at Wenona School
Adolescence is a difficult time for most people, but for a growing subset of young Australians, it is more than just an “uncomfortable phase”. Statistics show that one in five 13-18 years-olds will experience a severe mental health disorder; and more than half of people with a lifetime mental health diagnosis will encounter their first… Read more >>
Small group tutoring in NSW – why the need and how will it work?
Next year, students in New South Wales (NSW) will have access to free tutoring for the first time, thanks to a $337 million program as part of the state’s 2020-21 Budget. Under the scheme, an additional 5,500 staff will be employed to deliver small group teaching sessions to all eligible students… Read more >>
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