We are pleased to announce the following Key Note Speakers for the upcoming National System School Improvement Colloquium and invite Catholic education system leaders and teams who work specifically in the area of School Improvement are invited to present a 45 minute workshop as part of the concurrent sessions of the Colloquium.
Workshop topics and focus areas are to be informed and guided by the Colloquium theme. If you are interested in presenting, please submit the attached Expression of Interest form by 14th February 2017 to SIColloquium@cns.catholic.edu.au. If you have any queries, please contact Catholic Education Services Diocese of Cairns on 07 4050 9700 or SIColloquium@cns.catholic.edu.au.
Father Frank Brennan AO
Professor Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest, professor of law at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Professor at the ANU College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS). He was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre. Father Frank was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1995 for services to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation. In 1998, the National Trust classified him as a Living National Treasure, during his involvement in the Wik debate. In 2009, he chaired the Australian National Human Rights Consultation Committee.
Catherine is an experienced workshop facilitator and executive coach who works with corporate clients and organizations on research based leadership strategies aligned to the qualities of successful organizations. Catherine is an expert in the use of emotional intelligence strategies that develop group and personal leadership resources for increased success in working relationships. In addition to facilitating a range of leadership engagements for organisations, Catherine through her company CMCLeadership works with Dr. Ken Leithwood on a project for Directors of Education and System Leaders, leveraging his current research project entitled “Strong Districts and their Leadership”.
UK based Maggie Farrar has an extensive and impressive biography that spans strategic leadership, leadership development, and the leadership of change in schools and localities. On the back of an increasing focus for schools in the UK, as well as Australia, to increase local decision making and autonomy, Maggie’s recent work has been directed at leadership development for self-improving, autonomous and complex school systems, growing the next generation of leaders for 21st century schools, and building the capacity of schools and communities so they are more able to transform children’s life chances and close gaps in achievement.
Prof Geoff Masters AO
Professor Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Professor Masters also heads ACER’s Centre for Assessment Reform and Innovation which promotes a view of assessment as the process of establishing and understanding where students are in their learning and development at the time of assessment and of monitoring progress over time. He has conducted a number of reviews for governments and recently undertaken a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland.
MC and Provocateur
Tony Ryan is an educational consultant and writer, and offers professional support to school organisations throughout the world on issues such as the future of schooling, digital pedagogies, and educator welfare.
Tony is the author of the Thinkers Keys, The Ripple Effect, Mindlinks, Wrapped In Living and a series of manuals and workbooks that stimulate innovative thinking in classrooms.
He has worked with over 1000 schools in 10 countries in the past 20 years, and is the founder of School2School, an organisation that encourages 1st world schools to support schools in less developed countries.
More information is available at www.tonyryan.com.au and on twitter at aussietony.