Professional Issues Conference

Friday 18 August 2017

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Let’s take time out to anticipate the challenges that face us, educate ourselves on what it will take it to achieve success in the decade ahead, and look at ways to activate members on the professional and industrial issues that will impact on the working lives of teachers and school leaders in the years to come.

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Dr Glenn Savage

Dr Glenn Savage: Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Education, The University of Western Australia; Author, Educating Australia: Challenges for the Decade Ahead

Speaking on the unprecedented number of national reforms, new curriculum, and new teaching standards in schools in the past decades and the challenges that lie in the decade ahead

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson: Associate Professor, Education Research, Queensland University of Technology; Author, The Global Education Race (co-written with Sam Sellar and David Rutkowski)

Summarising his recent book The global education race,  to suggest that when we don’t understand the limitations of ILSAs, strange policy invariably follows

Jacqueline Wilton

Jacqueline Wilton: Director, Curriculum Services Division, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Outlining details of the significant work being undertaken by the QCAA to prepare for the introduction of the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system from 2019

Dr Mary Lincoln

Dr Mary Lincoln, Director Early Learning Pathways, DET 

Outlining the research behind the expansion of age appropriate pedagogies in the early years across Queensland schools

Jane Newman

Jane Newman: Deputy Principal, Nundah State School

Speaking about the support she provided to schools as an age-appropriate pedagogies coach and the journey to introduce it into her own school

Graham Moloney

Graham Moloney, QTU General Secretary 
Providing an overview of the global trends in education faced by the teaching profession that impact directly or indirectly on members

Dr Jim Watterston

Dr Jim Watterston, Director-General of the Department of Education and Training 

Identifying state government priorities, department initiatives and emerging issues that will impact on teachers and school leaders

Sam Pidgeon

Sam Pidgeon: QTU Vice-President 

Providing the history of the introduction of highly accomplished and lead teacher and an update on the latest curriculum issues

Kate Ruttiman

Kate Ruttiman: QTU Deputy General Secretary

Providing expert interpretation of the implementation of the last EB in terms of professional issues

John Ryan

John Ryan: Director, Queensland College of Teachers

Outlining the QCT role in the certification of highly accomplished and lead teachers in the pilot

Panel discussing the progress of the highly accomplished and lead teacher pilot:

  • Sam Pidgeon, QTU Vice-President,
  • John Ryan, Director QCT,
  • Leigh Pickering, Assistant Director-General, Human Resources, DET

Q&A panel:

  • Graham Moloney, QTU General Secretary,
  • Kate Ruttiman, QTU Deputy General Secretary,
  • Dr Jim Watterston, Director-General, DET
  • Friday 18 August 2017, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Cost $150 inc GST 
  • Registration HAS NOW CLOSED
  • Please note: You must be a financial member of the QTU to register
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  • Please note, the QTU does not pay for flights or accommodation to attend this conference

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