VASSP Conference 2018

vassp2018State Conference: Leading for Progress

This year’s program featured keynote speakers and a series of workshops addressing three interrelated themes: leading self, leading others and leading learning. Edtalks once again showcased the work of teachers who are leading learning in their schools.

Conference Keynotes

Professor Pasi Sahlbergis a Finnish educator, author, and scholar. He has worked as a school teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. The world renowned educator, who is the former director general of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland and a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been appointed Professor of Educational Policy at the University of New South Wales Gonski Institute.

Dr Simon Breakspear – is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate complex change, harness research evidence and drive continuous improvement for better learning. Simon is the Founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools, which equips educator teams with the research, routines and tools they need to drive improvement and innovation. His recent work, Agile Leadership for Learning, explores how leaders can create impact despite growing complexity.

Tracey Ezard – describes herself as a ‘professional triber’ and is well known to Victorian leaders. She is committed to helping schools and workplaces create ‘21st century tribes that thrive’. In a fast paced and dynamic world, our ability to form teams quickly and connect to the work is critical. Tracey helps leaders and teams form the glue that will get them extraordinary results, the glue of collaboration and trust.

Jenny Gore – is a Laureate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. Jenny’s sustained program of research on Quality Teaching, a pedagogical model, and Quality Teaching Rounds, an innovative approach to teacher professional development, has had significant impact in government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Australia, especially in NSW and the ACT. Quality Teaching Rounds is an evidence based model that enables teachers to draw on their own strengths and the advice of peers to find creative ways of improving their practice.

Rachel Robertson successfully led a year-long expedition to Antarctica. She was the youngest and just the second female expedition leader to Davis Station. There her leadership and teamwork skills were refined and put to the toughest test. Rachel’s keynote explores how great leaders build and invest in those around them and turn ‘moments into momentum’ by paying attention to the little things. This is all about showing BIG leadership in SMALL moments. The job of a leader is to create more leaders, not more followers!