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National Education Summit offers free workshops and seminars

As the biggest K-12 curriculum-focused education event on the annual calendar, the National Education Summit offers educators an exciting platform for professional development, skills enhancement and networking.

The National Education Summit is taking place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14 to 15 June 2024.

Marie Kinsella. Image: National Education Summit

“While the agenda includes paid conferences, the Summit also includes an exciting line-up of free interactive workshops and seminars, all of which qualify for professional development hours, as well as a free exhibition that features over 100 exciting brands,” says Ms Marie Kinsella, CEO of the International Expo Group – the organisers of the National Education Summit.

“A highlight for this year’s event is the opening address by Donna Wright, Principal, Bandiana Primary School,” she says.

Mrs Wright explores the advantages of identifying high-potential students while they are in primary school and extending them through the appropriate educational opportunities.

Free workshops and seminars add value for Summit attendees

Three theatres will feature a program of free sessions that include:

The Classroom of the Future:

This program is designed to help educators and schools develop, plan and conceptualise what classrooms might look like in 1 to 5 years from now. Sessions will explore a range of topics, from creative thinking and STEM education to AI, coding and neuroscience. “This program brings together a number of highly-regarded thought leaders in the education and technology fields, who will guide attendees in the development of new skills, problem-solving capabilities and cutting-edge techniques,” says Marie.

Key speakers include:

• Dr Shyam Barr, Professional Associate, University of Canberra, and Louise Wallace-Richards, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning, Radford College
• A/Prof Ben Cleveland, Principal Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
• Sandra Boicis, STEAM Leader, St Columba’s College
• Julian Ridden, AI Educator, Quizizz
• Dr Mark Williams, Professor, Macquarie University
• James Forscutt, Banqer High Activation Manager, Banqer
• Lora Blackman, Education Innovation Practice Lead, Datacom
• Lena Cirillo, Executive Officer, Art Education Victoria

Building Digitally Capable Learners with Grok Academy

The experts from Grok Academy (an Australian e-Learning specialist) will share strategies, across the two days, for teaching everything about Digital Technologies and Digital Literacy. They’ll also explore design thinking, digital technologies assessments and coding (among others). “This program really dives into digital technologies in the classroom – including how generative AI works – to help teachers develop students’ digital skillsets,” adds Marie.

The Knowledge Centre

Featuring an exciting line-up of teaching experts, innovators, and learning specialists, this program, held on the Knowledge Centre stage in the expo, covers topics including inclusive leadership, literacy for struggling readers, Behind the News and positive digital citizenship, as well as teacher wellbeing.

Key speakers include:

• Venesser Fernandes, Lecturer Educational Leadership Studies, Monash University
• Amelia Mosely, Journalist, Reporter, Presenter Behind the News, ABC
• Shelly Michalke, STEM Leader, St Patrick’s Primary School
• Ganga Giri, Managing Director, Didgeridoo Australia
• Jeremy Kalbstein, Teacher, and Dr Dvir Abramovich, The Anti-Defamation Commission

“We are so excited by the range and relevance of the topics covered in these free sessions, and the quality of the material being presented,” Ms Kinsella says.

“We have attracted some of the most sought-after specialists in education, psychology, technology and learning, to share cutting-edge research and trends, practical tips and best practices.”

Registration for these workshops is free, via the National Education Summit website.

More than 100 exhibitors confirmed for free Education Show

The official exhibition of the Summit, The Education Show, rounds out the education program and presents the latest innovations, services and tools for teachers, schools and classrooms. “Over 100 exhibitors have signed on for this free-to-attend exhibition, and will showcase an extensive variety of solutions and services,” Ms Kinsella says.

“With the line-up of top-quality content on offer through the free workshops and seminars, in addition to a jam-packed exhibition, the National Education Summit is not to be missed!”

Further paid conferences including the new AI in the Classroom and Sustainability in Schools conferences are also available, with more information available on the website, at

When and where
Melbourne: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June 2024, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane: Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August 2024, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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