2019 Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) Annual Conference

Adelaide is pleased to be hosting the 2019 APPA National Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre from Tuesday 3 September – Friday 6 September 2019.

The 2019 theme for the conference is

LEADING THE WAY: collaboration * connection * community  

The line up of speakers are impressive and inspiring. (see below).

See this link for all of the details and the pathway to register. APPA 2019 Conference

Registrations are now open – don’t miss the exceptional super earlybird registration discount!

Help us celebrate our amazing leaders from around the country in our beautiful state. It will be relevant and motivating!

 

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.

 

Minister John Gardner (7.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday 15 August)

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Minister John Gardner (7.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday 15 August)

John Gardner

John Gardner has represented the seat of Morialta, in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs and near hills townships, since 2010.

John was appointed Minister for Education after the March 2018 state election, having previously served as Shadow Minister in this portfolio since January 2016. He is also Leader of Government Business in the South Australian House of Assembly.

Before entering Parliament, John worked in both the private and public sectors, including his family’s manufacturing business while studying at the University of Adelaide.

After graduating, John worked in policy roles at a state and federal level, particularly in the fields of substance abuse and education policy.

Lee Watanabe Crockett

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Lee Watanabe Crockett

Lee Watanabe-Crockett is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion. He works with governments, education systems, international agencies and corporations to help people and organisations connect to their highest purpose and realise their wish for the future. Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, living in Japan, he studies Aikido, Buddhism, and the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute. Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach to creating vital learning environments for groups around the world through the two organisations he as founded, the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, and Wabisabi Learning. His several best-selling books including Literacy is not Enough, Growing Global Digital Citizens, and Mindful Assessment, and his newest book Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Practice have garnered many awards and are used in schools and universities around the world.

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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