The Leadership in Learning Conference
Join us in Cairns for a three-day high-impact leadership conference for those who lead learning at a middle-level leadership career level and a separate focused program strand for those aspiring to school leadership or those in the early stages of school leadership.
The program starts with a high-impact day around trauma-informed practice – evidence-based strategies which work for every student in every classroom to maximise their engagement in learning. Day two and day three will run two strands. The first is focused on middle leadership of highly effective teaching practices from Teach Like a Champion and techniques to build a culture of accountability through effective conversations. The second strand is designed to focus early career school leaders on the essential behaviour of an effective school leader.
Ben is a strategic thinker with over 15 years in Education and Business Management. He has been a teacher, Assistant Principal and Senior Officer (Department of Education), working across staff and student wellbeing, curriculum design, policy development and implementation. His leadership experience spans government, corporate and non-profit sector organisations. Ben has a proven track record of building longitudinal national and international partnerships and is known for building trusted relationships and partnering for meaningful impact.
Aspiring and Early Career Principals
Join us for the ultimate guide for deputy principals and principals, particularly for those new to their role or school. In this program, specialized and tailored just for you and your circumstances, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to Ben Sacco during his workshop on Trauma-Informed Practice. Here, you’ll take the lead in learning about Australian education’s new trauma-informed direction. Over the next two days, you’ll hear from experienced education aficionados Patrea Walton and Mark Campling about how to take advantage of the habits of effective leaders new to their role in school improvement. Patrea and Mark’s extensive experience in multiple sectors will ensure you have the essentials of school improvement at your hip if and when a school’s systems and routines descend into chaos.
Meet your Speakers
Patrea provides consultancy services to a number of government agencies and individuals in Queensland and Australia drawing on her extensive experience in state schooling and as a senior executive. Patrea is a member of a number of national committees and advisory board providing strategic advice on current and emerging educational matters Her focus is to provide the necessary ‘cut through’ needed to ensure evidence-based strategies are implemented across systems and within school and corporate environments securing improvement.
Mark Campling is presently an educational and leadership consultant, who focuses on tailoring leadership and coaching programs to meet teacher’s needs. Mark retired from the position of Regional Director of Metropolitan Education Region in March 2018. He has over three decades of principal and executive experience across a diverse range of schools and regions in Qld. Mark was appointed Regional Director in March 2014 after five years as Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Performance. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a Principal in primary, secondary and P-12 schools across Qld.
Teachers and Middle Leaders
Prepare to embark on your own leadership journey with our bundled schedule of workshops specifically for teachers and middle leaders looking to take control of the classroom and deliver incredible student outcomes. Have you ever yearned to better understand your students in ways that could change how they see themselves and the world around them? Continue the path of discovery started by keynote speaker Ben Sacco by learning, in addition to cases of trauma in the classroom, about how to engage in ways crucial to the development of young minds and your own professional career. Over the next two days, you’ll hear from our very own Neil McDonald about the importance of Crucial Conversations in a professional environment, and Christopher Thomas will be presenting the globally known program, Teach Like a Champion workshop developed by teacher-author Doug Lemov.
Meet your Speakers
Christopher Thomas has more than 25 years’ experience in the education sector, with an outstanding reputation throughout Australia as a Principal, Coach, Presenter and Thought Leader. In August 2015, he was appointed to the role of Director of Programs, QELi. A respected and experienced educator, who has received various Leadership awards, Christopher has served as a teacher and a Principal for over 15 years.
Neil McDonald has over 25 years of school and educational leadership experience, as a Queensland teacher, principal and system leader. As an Executive leader in the Department of Ecuation Queensland, Neil was responsible for developing State wide leadership and teacher capability programs. Now as CEO of QELi, Neil has positioned QELi as a nationally recognised leadership insitute, delivering high quality programs to all educators and beyond.