Workshops

Workshop Session One 11.40am – 1.00pm Thursday 17th August

Critical & Creative Thinking: Are You Serious?

Presenters: Jayne Heath, Bronte Nicholls & Karla Pobke (ASMS)

Theme: Redesigning the Learning

Format: Explore & Create

An open discussion and exploration of how critical and creative thinking can be deeply embedded into a school’s DNA. The workshop will use the ASMS Site Improvement Plan as an example of how critical and creative thinking can be front and centre in the conversations and processes that drive school improvement. The workshop will also explore a variety of ways that leaders can use critical and creative thinking as the central element of learning design and how critical and creative thinking can be developed and measured over time.

Doing things Differently (17 Years into the 21st C)

Presenters: Caroline Fishpool & Rhoni McFarlane (Wirreanda Secondary School)

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Listen & Learn

Wirreanda Secondary School has launched into a considerable and exciting change journey to ensure the needs of students and staff, 17 years into the 21st century, is responsive to the world we live in and the future on our doorstep. This has driven several significant changes including a new timetable structure which challenges how, why and when learning happens. The design was driven by the needs of students and the best pedagogical approaches to facilitate deep learning, critical and creative thinking and collaboration, fostering our new Middle School approach. The new timetable also incorporates structures to engage staff in differentiated and optional PD opportunities, underpinned by a commitment to online collaboration and effective use of the digital tools we now have at our disposal as professionals. Gone are traditional compulsory meetings, instead staff have choice and short frequent “huddles” and optional PD.

Networking for Innovation

Presenters: Andy Wooden (Findon HS) & Jeremy LeCornu (Seaview HS)

Theme: All (Leading Change, Transforming Teaching Practice & Redesigning the Learning)

Format: Participate & Share

What are the key considerations for transforming teaching and learning through innovation in our schools? This session is an opportunity for informal networking and sharing of ideas. Participants will take part in a series rapid-fire conversations with each other as we look to unearth experiences, ideas and challenges. The aim of this session is to capitalise on the face-to-face time with each other and enable participants to walk away with possible solutions and a broader network.

Journey Towards a New Culture

Presenters: Michelle Gasparini & Hillary Trotter (Naracoorte HS)

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Listen & Learn

This session will cover strategies used at Naracoorte High School to shift the culture of the school and improve student dispositions to learning and staff morale. The focus of this session is to share our experiences with redesigning teaching and learning by implementing Student Voice as a pedagogical approach. We will highlight the actions taken on the journey, including using differentiation strategies more effectively, especially in the Maths classroom, task transformation using cross-faculty collaboration and a focus on implementing a set of priorities across the whole school. Various sets of data will be examined to illustrate the change we have experienced on this journey. We will also include the perspectives of our students regarding their view on the change in pedagogy. Leadership would benefit from this session as we outline our tips to effectively lead change in a site.  A Student perspective will be included in the presentation.  Opportunities to discuss and share learning also included.

Contextualising school leaders’ post-graduate study in rural settings

Presenters: Bev Rogers (Flinders University)

Theme: Redesigning the Learning

Format: Participate & Share

Leading rural schools brings a different set of complexities to those of our metropolitan ‘cousins’.  Some recent research has been undertaken to identify what rural principals are saying makes a difference to their practice, including both post-graduate learning and other learning in context. This workshop will present the paper that has been produced for this research, time to discuss the paper and also provide participants with the opportunity to directly provide feedback on how well this resonates with them. Participants will also have the opportunity to elect to receive further papers as they are developed and / or participate themselves in the research.

Workshop Session Two 2.45pm- 4.10pm Thursday 17th August

Leading Learning and Pedagogical Shift in a Big School Setting

Presenters: Caroline Green (Reynella East College)

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Participate & Share

Big school leadership is challenging, exciting and full of variety. The workshop is aimed at leaders considering taking the next step into leadership in a large school setting, through a virtual tour providing an opportunity to see and hear about the major developments and insights from members of the Reynella East College leadership team. You’ll see how we use data to track and monitor patterns and trends and put a face on all 1780 students and how we’ve moved from a congenial to collegial culture using the critical collaboration protocol to seek feedback for planning and teaching practice. We will also share insights about developing high expectations and a culture for change; growing leadership capacity and a focus on learning; developing contextualised policy and effective systems for big schools. This will include dealing with contemporary HR issues. I will share a few cautionary tales and lead participants through a structured dialogue and feedback process.

Transforming Learning, Transforming Lives

Presenters: Rob Knight, Matt Kreig & Tim Kloeden (Playford International College)

Theme: Redesigning the Learning

Format: Explore & Create

Leading a school community through a significant change agenda designed to improve learning outcomes for students, one at a time.  This workshop focuses on implementing whole of school curriculum and pedagogical change using Project Based Learning.  From all of the essential elements that require consideration in the development of a Project Based Learning unit, the process of “critique” is perhaps one of the most crucial. The process of critique is a form of providing formative evaluation and is one of the most powerful influences on student learning. According to Hattie (2012) it is more powerful than student-teacher relationships or prior achievement. It is a way to actively engage students to manage and understand their own learning gains and get them taking more responsibility for their learning and that of their peers. By building in these checkpoints where students receive feedback on their work, students examine the quality of their work and then the opportunity to potentially improve it.

Hacking Education

Presenters: Steven Knipe (Marryatville HS)

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Participate & Share

How can we as leaders model change with our colleagues? What technologies are easy for us to demonstrate that they can adapt into their professional practices? What technologies can we use to assist our work that is quick and affective?

This session will get you to work with a range of these technologies, that are available now, that can help change the way you and other educators work that make the most of resources and time. Participants will play with the technologies available as well as gain access to a range of resources that will enable them to implement back in their site.

Unleashing Your Leadership Potential - Module #5: Using Innovation to Transform Schooling

Presenters: Peter Mader & Jayne Heath

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Participate & Share

This workshop is only for participants enrolled in SASPA’s 2017 Unleashing Your Leadership Potential Program.  This is SASPA’s Aspiring Leaders Program and participants are aware they are taking part in the program.  Please only select if you are enrolled in the 2017 program.

The Case for Career Academy Models in SA

Presenters: Kane Dyer, Toby Fogarty, Ben Ryder, Joshua Earl & Colleen Abbott (Northern Adelaide Senior College)

Theme: Transforming Teaching Practice

Format: Participate & Share, Listen & Learn

This workshop will explore what a Career Academy is, how Career Academies and SACE can work together, and achievement, retention and transition benefits for students. We will discuss how we have gone about constructing our first two academies at NASC and plans to broaden the model in 2018.  School-wide change without positional power through an influence leadership model can also be discussed.

Workshop Session Three 11.40am – 1.00pm Friday 18th August

Building Collaborative STEAM

Presenters: Richard Abell & others to be confirmed (Seaton HS)

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Participate & Share

In this workshop we will discuss how we led and supported a collaborative team based approach to integrated learning, including – what can the model  look like? We will present our journey of establishing a year 9  STEAM class with integrated learning around a major project for a semester. The presentation will include strategies and approaches to lead and support staff as well as an outline of the project itself.

'Coveys Habits of Highly Effective People'- Developing Confident and Effective Learners for the 21st C

Presenters: Lyndall Bain, Ashley Fowler, Roley Coulter & Rachel Ingerson

Theme: Redesigning the Learning

Format: Explore & Create

School leadership includes developing and maintaining a narrative that engages your community to support high quality educational outcomes. In 2015 Leaders from the Tea Tree Gully Local Partnership worked with Professor Guy Claxton focussing on the habits of effective learners from pre-school through to senior secondary. Professor Claxton’s research emphasised the importance of carefully choosing language to describe the habits you want people in your community to develop and exhibit. Banksia Park International High School decided to use Steven Covey’s 8 Habits of Highly Effective People as they represent clear actions that adolescent learners can apply to their learning and daily life. In this presentation members of the school’s Principal Team, staff and students will describe the journey the school took to weave Covey’s habits into the culture of the school through leadership, strategic planning, structured student activities and curriculum development. In this session you will hear about activities from our Extended Care Group program and have the opportunity to reflect on this learning with colleagues. You will hear about how the habits provide a framework for responsibility of the individual through to active citizenship and inspiring others.

The Real Narrative for Your School

Presenters: Professor Bob Lingard

Theme: Leading Change

Format: Participate & Share

This workshop explores the notion of “school as community”.  Drawing upon the work undertaken in a variety of Australian Research Council projects, Professor Lingard will discuss the importance of us engaging our communities as a fundamental step in framing what matters for our students (so that the various political agendas are navigated with the local needs in mind).  Participants will be asked to share their experiences in balancing the community and political agendas, before Professor Lingard synthesises the wisdom in the room along the lines of creating a real narrative for schools.

What is the Problem Represented to Be?

Presenters: Dr Andrew Bills, Nigel Howard

Theme: Redesigning the Learning

Format: Participate & Share

This workshop uses Carol Bacchi’s model for policy analysis – i.e., “What is the problem represented to be?” – as a means of a more authentic approach to changing policy (and practice).  The presenters will illustrate Bacchi’s model through a simple re-examination of what might happen for Flexible Learning Option (FLO) students if the problem this strategy addresses was represented differently.   Participants will be encouraged to look at other policy settings and to reconsider them through Bacchi’s lens.