Fresh ideas

The 2017 Western Aus­tralian Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals’ As­so­ci­a­tion (WAPPA) Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion will be held from 14-16 June at the Crown Perth Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The Australian Education Reporter - - WAPPA CONFERENCE - CAMERON DRUM­MOND


THE an­nual WAPPA Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion has long been ear­marked as one of the most im­por­tant pro­fes­sional learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on the cal­en­dar, this year at­tract­ing more than 400 del­e­gates and ex­hibitors over the three day event.

It pro­vides a plat­form for high level net­work­ing and col­le­gial­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties for Western Aus­tralian pri­mary ed­u­ca­tors look­ing to speak with in­dus­try lead­ers from across the globe.

The pro­gram in­cludes State, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional key­note speak­ers ad­dress­ing the cur­rent is­sues and new in­no­va­tions in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, with ex­hi­bi­tions and events de­signed to show­case the lat­est trends.

WAPPA pres­i­dent Ian An­der­son said it was a must at­tend event for any prin­ci­pal, deputy or aspir­ing school leader that wished to gain a solid un­der­stand­ing of how to ini­ti­ate pos­i­tive change and fos­ter in­no­va­tion in their school com­mu­nity.

“Del­e­gates will leave with fresh ideas on how to en­hance per­for­mance in schools and make in­no­va­tion a core driver of strat­egy and cul­ture,” Mr An­der­son said.

“They will hear from suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts on the lat­est is­sues, trends and out­comes to sup­port you to ef­fec­tively over­come com­plex chal­lenges.

“In­ter­na­tional, na­tional and lo­cal speak­ers will share ev­i­dence-based re­search, prac­ti­cal strate­gies and in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries as we dis­cuss the fu­ture in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship.”

Day one will in­clude six speak­ers talk­ing on a range of top­ics; a highlight of which will be Essa Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment Ab­dul Cho­han’s Lead­ing change through chang­ing be­lief.

“Ab­dul Cho­han is known for his pi­o­neer­ing work on mo­bile-based learn­ing at ESSA Academy in the UK,” Mr An­der­son said.

“His pro­grams fo­cus on the idea of ‘Chang­ing Be­lief’ through ‘Sim­plic­ity and Re­li­a­bil­ity’ and have ex­tended be­yond the tra­di­tional school en­vi­ron­ment to im­pact fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­ni­ties that the schools serve.

“Ap­ple refers to Ab­dul as ‘one of the most in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tors in the world’.”

On the same day, Judy Hal­bert and Linda Kaser from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, will present the topic ‘Spi­rals of In­quiry for Eq­uity and Qual­ity’, out­lin­ing the key ideas that cre­ate the foun­da­tions for col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­fes­sional in­quiry and in­tro­duce par­tic­i­pants to the six key phases that com­prise the spi­ral.

“Judy and Linda have done a lot of work around the net­works of in­quiry and in­no­va­tion and the Abo­rig­i­nal En­hance­ment Schools Net­work in Canada,” Mr An­der­son said.

“An­other high pro­file speaker at­tend­ing WAPPA 2017 is Dr Si­mon Break­s­pear.

“He is known in­ter­na­tion­ally for help­ing ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers nav­i­gate dis­rup­tive change, de­velop in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and drive con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment for bet­ter learn­ing.

“He will fo­cus on how to de­sign deeper learn­ing in a dig­i­tal age and how in­no­va­tion can lead to bet­ter learn­ing out­comes.”

More in­for­ma­tion on other ex­cit­ing speak­ers at this year’s con­fer­ence, in­clud­ing their full bios and ses­sion in­for­ma­tion can be found at:­fer­ence-2017/over­view.

All images: WAPPA.

WAPPA 2017 will have renowned in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tors ad­dress­ing the cur­rent is­sues fac­ing pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

WAPPA pres­i­dent Ian An­der­son.

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