National Education Summit

Leading Education Conferences and Events Australia

Learning and Teaching Symposium

Saturday 2 September
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre




Innovation in Education: Re-thinking, re-conceptualising and re-designing learning today for better outcomes tomorrow.

“Whilst there are no silver bullets in education, there are new ways of working and thinking that are worth their weight in gold.”

As educators in 2017 we strive for further improvement and higher levels of achievement for our students.  Join us at the Learning and Teaching Symposium and explore new ways of thinking and improved ways of working in order for you and your team to reach and teach more students to higher levels of learning.

The National Education Summit, Learning & Teaching Symposium brings internationally and nationally recognised researchers and practitioners to Melbourne for a day focused on rethinking, reconceptualising and redesigning teaching and learning in today’s classrooms.

Join us and reboot your thinking about teaching and learning.

Participants will:

  • Explore a variety of ways to reconsider classroom and school organisation.
  • Consider ideas that challenge existing paradigms and refresh learning strategies and processes.
  • Discover practitioner-friendly ideas that bring theory and practice together.
  • Engage in learning and discussions with fellow educators that will help you reconsider contemporary research and practice.




Full Registration – $325
Group bookings are available & all prices are inclusive of GST





Welcome & symposium overview

Keynote 1: Thinking about thinking:  Moving beyond collaboration
9:15am – 10:45am
Dr Lyn Sharratt

In her Keynote address, Dr. Lyn Sharratt will discuss the foundational skills necessary for every learner to succeed and will then elaborate on her latest research that embraces the power of Collaborative Inquiry, moving it to a higher level of critical thinking through Knowledge-Building and Integrative Thinking in every classroom, Kindergarten to Year 12. Lyn will share her insights using teacher and student voice, and ask the powerful, reflective questions: who is doing the most talking and the most thinking in our schools? Lyn concludes with thoughts about what it takes for everyone to be a dynamic leader in education today.

Participants will:

  • understand the critical nature of foundational literacy skills, K-12;
  • reconceptualise teaching and learning to embrace critical thinking in all classrooms;
  • realize the power of using the tools for Knowledge-Building and Integrative Thinking;
  • reflect on the leadership skills needed to empower all learners: leaders, teachers and students.

Morning Tea
10:45am – 11:15am

Keynote 2: Inquiry – the killer theory of action
11.20am – 12:20pm
Wayne Craig

Wayne in his keynote presentation will focus on inquiry as a central element of efforts to lift achievement by fostering curiosity and enhancing engagement. Wayne and his long-term colleague and friend, Professor David Hopkins, developed the Curiosity and Powerful Learning approach to improve achievement based on ten theories of action. Developing an inquiry mindset is essential for both students and teachers to develop.

Participants will:

  • focus on clarifying the nature of inquiry and learn more about an inquiry framework;
  • explore a developmental approach for teachers to confidently implement inquiry;
  • investigate different ways of thinking about curriculum;
  • gain a better understanding of collecting data to support implementation.

Keynote 3: “Solvable challenges”: creative approaches to engaging teachers, technology and innovative practices in the digital age of learning.
12:25pm – 1:25pm
Danielle Purdy

The 2016 NMC Horizon Report K-12 states “rethinking the roles of teachers” is a significant, but solvable challenge that is impeding technology adoption. This session will explore some of the current challenges and opportunities for developing solutions for challenges faced by teachers teaching with and using technology in their work.  The session will then focus on meaningful and actionable ways to move beyond identifying ‘champions’ and progress to more human-centred design processes that are leading to low-cost, scalable, sustainable, active professional learning tools which empower teachers and produce data to inform ongoing practice. Participants will receive access to a copy of the tool profiled.

Participants will:

  • gain an insight into challenges for teachers working with technology
  • be exposed to a range of opportunities and strategies for active professional learning
  • explore an innovative solution developed through human-centred design processes

1.25pm – 2.25pm

Keynote 4: Deep Learning:  What is it and How do we Obtain it?
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Dr Jared Cooney Horvath

There is a strong push in education to evolve our students’ understanding of specific topics beyond ‘shallow’ understanding into ‘deep’ understanding in transfer. In this session, we will explore what deep learning means, what it requires, and we will take a look at the issue of transferring knowledge from one subject to another.  More specifically, we will explore the importance of ‘facts and information’ to comprehension and memory, we will examine the role of ‘thinking’ in concept formation, look at why activating prior knowledge, re-framing ideas, and personalizing knowledge are integral to deep learning, and dig into the why transferring knowledge between different fields is so incredibly tricky.

Participants will:

  • Understand what is meant by deep learning
  • Be able to elucidate the different forms of transfer

Symposium close
4:00pm – 4:15pm

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