SASPA invites all secondary education leaders to its 2017 Conference

17th & 18th August at the National Wine Centre of Australia

Thank you for all that attended our annual conference event in 2017.

We had a sell out event and a great time!

Plans for our 2018 Annual Conference are underway and we will be updating this website as we confirm details.

2017 Conference Resources will be posted on this website in the coming weeks and we will let members know via the SASPA chat list when they are available.

The title for this year’s conference comes from the summary reflections of Professor David Giles at our 2015 conference: “Unless creativity and innovation are in the DNA of schools, the students’ creative and innovative expressions will be limited”.  This view is shared by the 2017 SASPA Conference Planning Committee, and it is consistent with the Board’s commitment to see the teaching and learning advocated in our Education in the 21st C paper become the new orthodoxy in our secondary schools.

The tradition of an outstanding conference program recognising and celebrating the leadership of South Australian Secondary Principals and Senior Leaders continues in 2017. Keynote Speakers include: Ben Walden whose use of Shakespeare to explore issues of educational leadership has drawn international acclaim; Professor Bob Lingard, who is one of the world’s best educational policy thinkers, will work with us to improve our advocacy for authentic learning and assessment methods ahead of increasing emphases on standardised testing and the use of big data; Elaine Bensted, who is the Chief Executive of Adelaide Zoos will focus on leadership for organisational transformation; and Professor Yong Zhao returns to SASPA to share his latest thinking in relation to 21st C learning, “What Works Might Hurt”

The 2017 SASPA conference combines world-renowned expertise, both international and Australian, alongside school practitioner experience, in a package designed to affirm, challenge, inspire and question the work of educational leadership.  It should be a professionally rewarding and personally enriching experience.

On behalf of the SASPA Board, we look forward to seeing you at the National Wine Centre on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August.

Peter Mader

South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association

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