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Brisbane to host National Education Summit

National Education Summit announces 2019 Brisbane event

For the first time, the National Education Summit will hold a Brisbane event in 2019, bringing a comprehensive professional development program to local educators over two days in May.

With the flagship summit continuing in Melbourne in August, the Brisbane event is a new addition to the long running summit and comes in response to strong feedback from the education sector for a Queensland event.

After the temporary exit of other education conferences from Brisbane in recent years, this is a rare opportunity for teachers, school leaders and principals to attend the respected national event closer to home at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 31 May– 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 four conferences at the Summit: Special Needs Symposium, Digital Classroom Conference, Creativity and Innovation in Learning Conference, and the Capacity Building School Libraries Conference.

Special Needs Symposium

School success for our learners with special needs.

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.

Teacher Librarian Conference

Capacity Building School Libraries 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 some of the most experienced educators in their field, will focus on four major themes: Addressing professional standards; Creating engaging spaces; Designing learning experience; and Collaborating with parents.

Choose to attend 1, 2, 3 or all 4 themes across the two days, gaining valuable insights, PD points and great networking opportunities.

Exhibition with Free Seminars

Throughout the two days, teachers can attend a range of free seminars scheduled on the Open Stage within the trade exhibition. 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, just to name a few.

Taking place as a part of the National Education Summitin Brisbane, a free trade expo will feature 40+ leading businesses and organisations, all exhibiting the latest resources, services, products and technology on offer which are pushing boundaries and re-shaping the current education landscape.

National Education Summit, Brisbane

Friday 31 May– Saturday 1 June 2019
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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