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Special Educational Needs Summit

Inclusion and innovation for the education of those with special educational needs

22–23 May 2018 | Rydges World Square, Sydney

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Special Education is a vital part of all teaching & learning and has an effect on both the practice of educators and the learning of students/pupils.

The difficulty for practitioners lies in the wide ranging nature of factors that can give children difficulty in connecting and retaining with their education. ASD, behavioural disorders and disability can all make school a difficult time for pupils and only through teacher preparation and continual professional development can children with learning difficulties experience an education that is truly specialised to their strengths and weaknesses.

Similarly, pupils deemed to be gifted & talented also need teachers, educators and schools that are able to identify pathways to ensure they fulfil a heightened potential.

This Special Educational Needs summit will provide a platform for educational practitioners to both learn and discuss the most prevalent issues in special education, as well as accrue professional development points for attending.


Sheldon Boland

Deputy Principal, Tewantin State School

Professor Roger Slee

Editor, International Journal of Inclusive Education and Professor of Education, University of South Australia

Professor Umesh Sharma

Professor of Education and Head of the Educational Psychology and Inclusive and Special Education Community, Monash University

Fiona Forbes

Chair, Australian Special Education Principals’ Association and President, International Confederation of Principals

Dr Gill Rutherford

Researcher, University of Otago

Dagmar Kminiak

Manager, Disability Services, University of Sydney

Dr Glenys Mann

Inclusive Education Researcher, University of Queensland

Associate Professor Kylie Gray

Director, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, Monash University

Daniel Lynch

Principal, The Joseph Varga School

Georgina Perry

Executive Officer, SPELD NSW

Antonia Canaris

Educational Consultant & Orton Gillingham Multisensory Dyslexia Practitioner, Neurosensory

Lesley Henderson

National President, Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented

Melinda Gindy

President, NSW Gifted Association

Wilma Vialle

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Wollongong

Penni Maher

Director of Specialised Learning, St Andrew’s Cathedral School

Karen Cahill

Head of Diverse Learning, Sydney Catholic Schools

Penina Barry

Education Officer, Newman Selective School Expansion, Sydney Catholic Schools

Dr Rich Allen

Founder, Green Light Education

Allison Roda

Associate Professor of Education, Molloy College

Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly

Professor of Education, University of Newcastle


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when & where

22 - 23 May 2018

Rydges World Square, Sydney
389 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8268 1888

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