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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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overview

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.

agenda

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Sheldon Boland, Deputy Principal, Tewantin State School

KEYNOTE

9:00 am

How is the nature of funding altering the opportunities of those with disabilities within education?

FUNDING

9:15 am

One of the most unhelpful stereotypes in our classrooms is that any student, but especially special needs students, are not intelligent.

This session offers you a practical and valuable new idea for:

—— Demonstrating to every student – special needs and gifted and talented – that their brans are amazing
—— Fostering inclusion by making learning collaborative
—— Tearing down assumptions about what ‘clever’ looks like

10:15 am

How can funding be effectively managed to incorporate the gamut of educational challenges seen in the classroom? Including;

—— Social issues
—— Environmental issues
—— Cognitive issues

10:45 am

Networking and refreshment break

INDIVIDUALISED/PERSONALISED EDUCATION

11:15 am

Raising awareness of the need for policy, programs and strong school leadership for students in relation areas such as;

—— EAL
—— SAER
—— Attendance
—— Gender and Sexual Orientation
—— Behaviour, Medical, Disability and Learning Difficulties

11:45 am

The use of emerging technologies to personalise learning

Sara Ratner, Lecturer, UNSW

12:15 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:15 pm

Building a school culture that supports Students with Special Needs

Sheldon Boland, Deputy Principal, Tewantin State School

1:45 pm

KEYNOTE

A discussion from celebrated author Sarah Kanake, Lecturer at University of Sunshine Coast, looking at representations of those with disabilities in wider society. Sarah’s debut novel ‘Sing Fox to Me’ tackled the issues faced by young people diagnosed with Down syndrome. This presentation will include;

—— A closer look at societal attitudes towards young people with disabilities and Down Syndrome
—— What role education plays for those who have with Down syndrome
—— How we can better support a group with a very particular set of needs and requirements

AUSTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

2:15 pm

Discussing;

—— Behaviour and emotional problems, mental health and family wellbeing
—— I mplications for educators – approaches both in the classroom, whole-school and with families

2:45 pm

A presentation from Port Phillip Specialist School who excel in the education of those on the autistic spectrum. A look at strategies that can be implemented in all schools.

3:15 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:45 pm

A discussion on the impact of dyslexia and dyspraxia presently, how it affects schools and what can be done to support young people with specific difficulties.

4:15 pm

With the future becoming increasingly orientated towards STEM disciplines, what is being done to support those who have mathematical learning difficulties.

DYSLEXIA

4:45 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:50 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Sheldon Boland, Deputy Principal, Tewantin State School

THE NEED FOR A POLICY FOR EDUCATING THE GIFTED & TALENTED

9:05 am

KEYNOTE | The need for a gifted education overhaul

9:30 am

10:00 am

Co-ordinating the achievement of gifted and talented learning state-wide; challenges and successes

Carmel Mehan, President, Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children and Australian Delegate, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS

11:00 am

Building a school culture that supports Gifted and Talented Students

Sheldon Boland, Deputy Principal, Tewantin State School

11:30 am

—— What are the building blocks of a good gifted and talented program?
—— How do you foster a whole-school ethos that encourages the achievement of gifted pupils?
—— Pathways to industry that can heighten the experience of gifted learners

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION AND STEM

1:30 pm

Research suggests that the jobs of the future will require very strong STEM skills. How can educators ensure that gifted young people of today are equipped to achieve, excel and progress social change in the future?

2:00 pm

The need for young people, especially girls, to flourish with digital STEM skills is paramount how are organisations such as Women in Digital and Digital Talent Co. encouraging the empowerment of young people in this space and how can schools be involved?

2:30 pm

Network and refreshment break

3:00 pm

Are our gifted and talented students being neglected?

3:50 pm

A focus on translating neuroscientific principles to enhance teaching and learning practices within the classroom.

4:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:15 pm

End of Conference

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695$1495+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Day 1 - Learning Difficulties$1295$1095+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Day 2 - Gifted & Talented$1295$1095+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1495$1295+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Day 1 - Learning Difficulties$1095$995+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Day 2 - Gifted & Talented$1095$995+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Day 1 - Learning Difficulties$795$595+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Day 2 - Gifted & Talented$795$595+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
  • Early Bird rate expires 28 February 2018
  • Government & K-12 industry rates available. Refer to tabs above for pricing.

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speakers

The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services

Fiona Forbes

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

Dr Sarah Kanake

Lecturer & Author, University of Sunshine Coast

Associate Professor Kylie Gray

Director, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, Monash University

Daniel Lynch

Principal, The Joseph Varga School

Carmel Mehan

President, Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children and Australian Delegate, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

Melinda Gindy

President, NSW Gifted Association

Lesley Henderson

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

Holly Tattersall

Founder and CEO, Women in Digital and Digital Talent Co.

Jared Cooney Horvath

President, Science of Learning Group

Sara Ratner

Lecturer, UNSW

when & where

22 - 23 May 2018

Rydges World Square, Sydney
389 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8268 1888
www.rydges.com

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Call 02 8585 0808.

contact

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Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4037
Christopher.Platt@informa.com.au

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Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4425
Alex.Cook@informa.com.au

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