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.
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
Chair, Australian Special Education Principals’ Association and President, International Confederation of Principals
Dr Gill Rutherford
Researcher, University of Otago
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
Principal, The Joseph Varga School
Executive Officer, SPELD NSW
Educational Consultant & Orton Gillingham Multisensory Dyslexia Practitioner, Neurosensory
National President, Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
President, NSW Gifted Association
Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Wollongong
Director of Specialised Learning, St Andrew’s Cathedral School
Head of Diverse Learning, Sydney Catholic Schools
Education Officer, Newman Selective School Expansion, Sydney Catholic Schools
Dr Rich Allen
Founder, Green Light Education
Associate Professor of Education, Molloy College
Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly
Professor of Education, University of Newcastle