Date: Schools, 28 - 30 August 2019 | Universities, 28 - 29 August 2019
Location: The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Keynote speakers include world-renowned education experts:

Thursday 29 August

Dr. Niranjan Casinader, Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Assessment from the Faculty of Education, Monash University
Teaching cultural understanding: professional readiness in the 21st Century

Dr. Casinader is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, teaching and researching across postgraduate and graduate courses in curriculum, assessment, pedagogy and humanities. His current research is focused on the impact of transnationalism and globalization on education, particularly in relation to the impact of culture on curriculum, pedagogy, thinking and inquiry-based teaching across the disciplines

Ann Straub
Intercultural Development Inventory

Ann Straub is an International Advisor for the Council of International Schools. In this role, she supports a variety of projects including CIS professional development projects, Global Citizenship Certification and professional development for CIS member schools in intercultural competence, intercultural leadership and global citizenship development. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator and a Certified Gallup Strengths Finder Coach.

Dr. Shanton Chang
Preparing Students for a Career in the 21st Century

Dr Chang is Associate Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He is also Assistant Dean (International) at the Melbourne School of Information. His research interests include Research interests include: online behaviour from a socio-technical perspective (with particular interest in health, business and educational contexts), information needs and information seeking behavior, and IT in a global environment.

Friday 30 August

Dr. Stephen Holmes
Positioning Internationally Through Teaching and Pedagogy

Dr Holmes is the Principal and Founder of The 5 Rs Partnership that has been working globally with schools for 3 decades with strategic responses that drive performance in competitive contexts:

  1. Strategic Planning: Developing strategic plans that create a high value school identity and priorities that impact on market success.
  2. Curriculum Analysis: Incorporating a market perspective to curriculum – how to best market curriculum and teaching pedagogy?
  3. Marketing: Developing a compelling and cogent market position and brand – how to do this so that marketing is cost effective and impacts?
  4. Reputation Management: Building positive "word of mouth" – how can reputation management be a strategic, managed and proactive activity in schools?
  5. Institutional Growth: Building staff ownership for school reputation – where does reputation feature in staff PD programs and evaluations?
Susan Gervay OAMAuthor
The Power of Story to Engage, Excite and Inspire

Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award for her books by the International Literacy Association, nominated for the Astrid Ingrid Memorial Award 2019 and an Order of Australia for children’s literature, Susanne Gervay is recognized for her youth literature from pre-school to young adult novels on social justice. She engages young people in complex issues from multiculturalism, disability to peace. The I Am Jack books are definitive novels on school bullying, adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre, touring Australian and US theatres. Butterflies ir recognized as outstanding youth literature on disability. Susanne’s picture books ‘demonstrate with great power that we can teach our children profound truths and timeless values.’ Professor of English, D.R. Pattanaik, Banaras Hindu University. She is an ambassador for Room to Read, Premiers’ Reading Challenge, Patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Australia Day Ambassador, Regional Advisor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Australia East & New Zealand, literacy and reading ambassador.