Thought Leader Events

Grounded in contemporary evidence-based research, our one-day special thought leader events deliver high impact learning environments which unite and empower educators to improve student, school, system and organisational outcomes. The events provide excellent networking opportunities for learning, collaborating and sharing experiences. Recent speakers have included Maggie Farrar, Professor Michael Fullan, Tracey Ezard, Dr Lyn Sharratt, Dr Simon Breakspear and Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam.

Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam

Embedding Formative Assessment &
Leadership for Teacher Learning

Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam, Educational Assessment, University College London will visit Brisbane in August and Cairns in September, following sold out events in Sydney and Melbourne earlier this year.

A former teacher, Emeritus Professor Wiliam has served in a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and for the last 15 years, has pursued a research program focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning. He has co-authored a major review of research evidence on formative assessment and continues to work with groups of teachers all over the world on developing formative assessment practices.

Emeritus Professor Wiliam will be discussing embedding formative assessment, and will explore:

  • why an increase in educational achievement is needed: what’s been tried, and why it hasn’t worked
  • what formative assessment is (and isn’t) and why formative assessment needs to be the priority for every school
  • practical techniques for implementing formative assessment, and
  • how to sustain the development of formative assessment with teacher learning communities.

In addition, in Brisbane on Friday 30 August 2019, Emeritus Professor Wiliam will be running a special extension workshop – Leadership for Teacher Learning – where he will further explore thoughts about the essence of effective teacher leadership discussed at his Embedding Formative Assessment event.

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Dr Simon Breakspear

Agile Leadership Masterclass

Dr Simon Breakspear, Founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools, is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.

Simon is a Research Fellow at The Hong Kong Institute of Education’s Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change. He holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Simon began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney.

Simon’s unique fusion of applied research, real-world experience and dynamic style enables him to help senior leaders rethink assumptions and find innovative ways of leading for the future of learning.