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Brisbane to host National Education Summit

Combining three concurrent conferences, a symposium and free seminars, the National Education Summit will host a Brisbane event for the first time in 2019.

With the flagship summit continuing in Melbourne next August, the Brisbane event is a new addition to the summit and was developed in response to demand from the Queensland education sector.

Aimed at teachers, school leaders and principals, the event will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June 2019.

“As the education landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace, there is no denying the importance of professional development in the sector. With the National Education Summit set to launch in Brisbane in May 2019, educators in the region can look forward to a full two-day program of innovative, informative and inspiring PD opportunities,” said International Exhibition and Conference Group Creative Director, Margo Metcalf.

Academics and leading educators will present a range of concurrent sessions and workshop events across three conferences and a symposium at the Summit:

Special Needs Symposium
A two-day Special Needs Symposium designed to bridge the knowledge gap, dispel myths, promote research, and explore the development of special needs in education settings. This Special Needs Symposium will bring educators together with the common goal of facilitating appropriate classroom strategies for educators, students with special needs and families of children with special needs. Covering ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder.

Digital Classroom Conference
This two-day conference will focus on the five most significant educational technology trends for schools over the next five years according to the Australian Education Technologies Trends 2018 report (produced by ACCE). The conference will open with Paul Hamilton, Head of Learning Technologies in the Primary School at Matthew Flinders Anglican College presenting a keynote; Brave, Connected and Unplugged. On day two the keynote will be delivered by Alfina Jackson, known to many as “The Geeky Aus Teacher”, a Google Certified Innovator and self-declared Geek. Her keynote title is Maker spaces as spaces to grow, tinker and innovate.
Throughout the two days, hands-on workshops will be presented by some of the leading teachers in Queensland around the themes: Digital Presentations, Makerspace, Cloud Computing, Flexible Learning Spaces and Developing content creators.

Creativity and Innovation in Learning Conference
This two-day conference will be led by Lindfield Learning Village Assistant Principal Lou Deibe and Deputy Principal Mark Burgess. They are more happily known as collaborators, activists and provocateurs in the educational revolution. Mr Deibe and Mr Burgess are driven by an insatiable desire to find better ways to do the things that matter, the things that make school better for students and teachers in every school. These highly energetic sessions will develop mindset, skills and strategies for developing learning communities with creativity at their heart.
The highly practical, hands on workshops will pose and respond to questions such as:
• What if we build creative communities of practice inhabited by creatives?
• What if we build every lesson from an attitude of playfulness and creativity?

Teacher Librarian Conference
This two-day conference will be emceed by Karen Bonanno, Global Genius Educator/Leader with the opening keynote presented by Dr Marcia Mardis from Florida State University. A range of workshops, presented by experienced educators in their field will focus on four major themes:
• Addressing professional standards
• Creating engaging spaces
• Designing learning experience
• Collaborating with parents

Throughout the two day event, teachers can also attend a range of free seminars scheduled on the open stage. These will range from students showcasing what they are doing around STEM in their classrooms, presentations about virtual and augmented reality in education, flipped learning, sketchnoting, sessions from Microsoft around Office 365, Minecraft in education and inclusive technologies, to name a few.
Taking place as a part of the National Education Summit in Brisbane, a free trade expo will feature over 40 businesses and organisations exhibiting some of the latest resources, services, products and technology in the education landscape.

For more information, please visit the National Education Summit website.

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