2018 Annual Conference

The SAPPA annual conference will be held from Wednesday 15 August ‐ Friday 17 August at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre in Hahndorf.

The 2018 theme is yet to be announced but once again we are fortunate to have secured amazing speakers. The full range of speakers and program will be revealed in due course, but as an appetiser we are thrilled to announced that world renowned speaker Pasi Sahlberg will be our keynote speaker on Thursday 16 August 2018.

Each year the feedback indicates that Principals find the SAPPA Conference inspiring and relevant.

Block out these dates now so you don’t miss out and stay tuned for further announcements! 

 

Speakers

MC - Amanda Blair

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MC - Amanda Blair

Amanda Blair is a columnist for the Australian Women’s Weekly, a Board member of The Independent Gambling Authority, The South Australian Housing Trust and Nature Play SA.

She is an Ambassador for The Hutt Street Centre, Time for Kids, The Bedford Group and Foundation Shine. She is also the proud creator of Dulcies Shop of Real Opportunity, the first travelling op-shop on wheels which raises money for homeless services.

In her previous incarnation as a broadcaster she won a MO Award for Best Live Show in Australia in 2003 and in 2011 and won the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Award for outstanding contribution to the Media from Archbishop Philip Wilson.

She has 4 primary school aged children and spends more time in her Tarago than she does in bed.

 

Dr Susan Close

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Dr Susan Close

Susan Close was first elected as the State Member for Port Adelaide in February 2012. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Public Sector in February 2013.  Following the 2014 State election, Dr Close was appointed Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade and Minister for the Public Sector. She was appointed Minister for Education and Child Development in February 2015 and gained the Higher Education and Skills portfolio in January 2016. Dr Close has also chaired two parliamentary select committee inquiries. Before entering parliament, Dr Close was an executive in the public service and previously worked at Adelaide University as director of student services. She and her partner, Declan, have two children who attend public schools.

Pasi Sahlberg

Renowned Finnish Educator and Scholar
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Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Stahlberg’s biography.

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, scholar and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He has long career in education holding various expert and leadership capacities in Finland, including policies and reforms that are associated to Finland’s successful education system. Dr. Sahlberg is an active figure in promoting educational changes in Finland and beyond. He has published several books, such as Cooperative Learning Handbook (with Shlomo Sharan in 2002) and Small Group Learning in Mathematics (with John Berry in 2003) and more than one hundred articles in journals, research periodicals and magazines around the world. Dr. Sahlberg’s professional interests are in educational change and leadership, student learning and global education policy development. He has worked with OECD, World Bank, European Union and several governments in 50 countries across the globe. Dr. Sahlberg was a member of the Board of Directors of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2011-2014) and IASCE (International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education, since 2006) and member of the Advisory Board of the Center on International Education Benchmarking. He earned his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1996 and is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu. His latest post in Finland was Director General of Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) at Ministry of Education and Culture. Active in social media and public debates about education, Dr. Sahlberg’s book, Finnish Lessons: What can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (2011), won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award and he received the 2012 Education Award in Finland and 2011 Upton Sinclair Award in the United States. The LEGO foundation also recognized Dr.Sahlberg’s efforts to improve education worldwide by awarding him the LEGO Prize 2016. Known as the international “school improvement activist,” Dr. Sahlberg directly links to practitioners, their communities and many other education audiences by sharing his experiences in classroom teaching, teacher education, school improvement and global educational change.

 

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