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Special Needs in Education Summit 2018

Konnect Learning’s Special Needs in Education Summit is designed to enrich your educational programs and practice – delivering the best educational outcomes without over-burdening staff. You will hear educational peers speak on developing the capability, responsiveness and prestige of their programs and building collaboration with services and community.

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  27 - 28 March 2018
The Grace Hotel
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We have brought together leaders from schools, universities and educational programs in the Special Needs space.
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Over two information-packed days you will hear case studies, curriculum blue-prints and allied professionals speak regarding the challenges and solutions in the Special Needs space.
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Venue

The Grace Hotel

Benefits

  • Enriched Special Needs practice in specialized and mainstream class-rooms
  • Case studies from Public, Private and Special Needs institutions across New South Wales
  • Insights into the challenges and solutions available in every Special Needs sub-set
  • Options for improved support for schools, communities and students
  • Approaches for improved co-ordination, communication and collaboration between all carers

Who should attend this conference

100%Principal

98%Deputy/ Assisting/ Relieving Principal

98%Special Needs Program Co-ordinator/ Developer

95%Learning & Support Officers

93%School Counsellor & Psychologist

Get Ready To Be Inspired!

 
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Key Speakers

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Mark Smith

Principal


Lomandra School


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Patrick Lowe

Deputy Principal


Saint Ignatius College (Private)


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Catherine Phoon

Head of Specialised Learning


Queenwood School for Girls


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Judith Evans

Specialist Educator


Mawarra Public School; Department of Education (Public)


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Rebecca Panagopoulos

Special Needs programme co-ordinator


Newington College


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Susan Seymour

Head Teacher Learning Support; Master of Special Education


Bonnyrigg High School (Public)


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Dr Rosalind Walsh,

Catalyst Program Co-ordinator,


Queenwood School for Girls (Private)


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Mrs Toni Ellis

Assistant Principal Support Unit


Engadine Public School (Public)


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Belinda Emmerson-Franke

Learning & Support Teacher


Engadine Public School


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Tyler Adams

Scholarship Co-ordinator


Nangala Project


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Debra Hocking

Course Co-ordinator; post-graduate Indigenous Health


School of Medicine, Wollongong University


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Dr Ray Handley

Subject Co-ordinator for Masters in Special Needs & Behaviour Management; PHD in motivating dis-engaged students through technology, Wollongong University


Wollongong University


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Dr Michelle Townsend

Research Manager


Project Air Strategy, Wollongong University


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Lyn Worsley

Director; Clinical Psychologist and Author of the Resilience Doughnut


The Resilience Centre


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Elizabeth Shaw

Chief Executive Officer of New South Wales


Relationships Australia


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Kim Moroney

Early Learning Education Officer


Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (Private)


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Melinda Gindy

President


Gifted Families Support Group Inc. (NSW).Vice- President, Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented.


  • Pre-Conference Workshops

    Day One

    9:00 – 12:30: Workshop A 

    Transform challenging behaviour by understanding and harnessing your student’s motivations

    Our understanding of child motivation has undergone a revolution. Awareness of our child’s capacity and desire to learn and connect are transforming teaching practices around the world. This workshop will teach tried and true strategies for short-circuiting unwanted behaviours and empowering your students to be the best version of themselves

    Learning outcomes:

    • Learn how to engage and listen to understand the root cause of challenging behaviors
    • Understand t­­­­he impact of fear and shame on learning
    • Learn strategies for helping children re-regulate their emotions
    • The problem with shame, reward and praise
    • Learn how to empower your students to be the authors of their own actions and lives

    Your Expert Facilitator: Robin Grille, Psychologist & Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World

    12:30pm: Lunch

    1:30pm – 5:00pm: Workshop B

    Practical trauma-informed strategies to implement within your school to transform student resilience

    With emotional trauma increasingly prevalent within schools there’s never been a more important time to be aware of trauma-informed practice in schools. This workshop run by the principal of Penrith Valley Learning Centre will share evidence-based methodology to equip your students for full independence

    Learning Outcomes

    • Learn how to implement Trauma Informed Practice
      • Recognize and understand trauma
      • Effective development of systems and structures to provide a safe environment to cultivate effective learning
    • Learn how to manage challenging behavior through effective discipline, student empowerment and a whole team approach
    • Learn how to cultivate innovation and creativity in the classroom through a variety of strategies and programs aimed at facilitating social, emotional and academic development in concert with behavior management

    Your Expert Facilitator: Nicholas Danta, Principal, Penrith Valley School(Special Needs

     

  • Conference

    Day Two: 27th March

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea
    8:00 Opening remarks from chair: Mark Smith, Principal, Lomandra School

    EMPOWERING STUDENTS THROUGH EDUCATIONAL EQUITY
    9:05 The Nangala Project – Indigenous Football Scholarship Program
    Providing sport and educational pathways out of inter-generational
    disadvantage

    • HA personal story from Nangala’s founder on the
      transformational power of educational opportunities
    • Learn how to create a vehicle for positive change by scaffolding
      pathways for gifted students
    • Scholarships, partnerships, and built-in additional support
    • Gain insight into how the Nangala soccer scholarships are
      changing the lives of students and their communities
      Tyler Adams, Scholarship Co-ordinator, the Nangala Project, Balarinji

    CLASSROOM ADJUSTMENTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
    9:55 Queenwood School for Girls: Implementing evidence-based practice to
    identify and respond to Special Needs students

    • Establishing whole-school intervention with evidence-based
      practice
    • Identification of unique needs through student history,
      psychometric and aptitude tests
    • Establishing pathways and programs targeted at the
      appropriate level of learning
    • Fostering harmony between the community, students and
      school
    • Building in personalised adjustments for each student
    • Integrating special needs students into the mainstream
      classroom
      Catherine Phoon, Head of Specialised Learning, Queenwood School for Girls
      10:45 Morning tea

    11:00 Newington College: Using technology to improve lesson delivery for
    students with individual learning needs

    • Harnessing technology to enable inclusive lesson delivery
      through:
    • Delivering education through handheld devices and video
      format
    • Enabling full participation of students with a sensory
      impairment to improve learning
    • Technologized reading solutions – build engagement
      capabilities for dyslexic students
    • The benefits of investing in technologies in driving student
      academic and social outcomes
      Rebecca Panagopoulos, Head of Learning Enhancement,
      Newington College

    MENTAL ILLNESS SPECIAL NEEDS
    11:50 Project Air Strategy, University of Wollongong: Enabling better
    identification and support for students with complex mental health
    needs

    • Learn how to address increases of trauma, mental health issues
      and self-harm within schools
    • Build school-wide understandings of student identity through
      integrated and relational methodology
    • Learn strategies that build confidence and skill in identifying
      and responding to classroom presentations
    • Understand how to implement early intervention for resolution
      of emerging mental health needs
      Dr Michelle Townsend, Research Manager, Project Air Strategy,
      Wollongong University

    12:40 lunch

    1:40 Engadine Public School: Integrating autistic students to cultivate the best
    academic outcomes and social empowerment

    • School integration as key to empowering students within their
      community and reaching academic excellence
    • Using differentiated Personalised Learning Plans to enhance
      academic outcomes
    • Cultivating cultural inclusiveness through shared
      participation with mainstream students
    • Foster an inclusive culture through understanding the
      importance of role-modelling values
    • Enable students to overcome specific challenges with
      behavioral and academic strategies
      Toni Ellis, Assistant Principal Support Unit, Engadine Public School
      Belinda Emmerson-Franke,Learning & Support Teacher, Engadine Public School

    TRAUMA AND EMOTIONAL SPECIAL NEEDS
    2:30 Indigenous Trauma Recovery Program, Wollongong University Teaching
    teachers how to treat indigenous trauma

    • Learn methods for health professionals for healing inter
      generational trauma
    • Enhance indigenous outcomes through Integrating Aboriginal
      pedagogy into curriculum
    • Foster catharsis and empowerment through dadirri (narrative
      therapy)
    • Understand the roots of indigenous trans-generational trauma
      and their contemporary relevance
    • Comparing indigenous-informed curriculum to the western
      model to understand best practiceDay Three: 28th March
      Debra Hocking, Course Co-ordinator; post-graduate Indigenous health,
      School of Medicine, Wollongong University; Mouheneenner Elder

    3:20 Afternoon tea

    3:40 The Resilience Centre: How the ‘Resilience Doughnut’ school training is
    transforming wellbeing outcomes

    • What is the ‘Resilience Doughnut’ and how has it transformed
      school processes and approaches?
    • Understand the evidence behind positive Psychology
    • Learn practical strategies for developing resilience and personal
      empowerment
    • Gain access to training and the Resilience Report to track your
      student’s emotional skills
      Dr Lyn Worsley, Director of The Resilience Centre; Clinical Psychologist
      and Author of the Resilience Doughnut, The Resilience Centre

    GIFTED STUDENTS SPECIAL NEEDS
    4:30 Queenwood School for Girls – Catalyst Program
    Providing pathways for gifted students to maximise school and student
    outcomes

    • Using an RTI framework to meet the needs of gifted students
    • Learn how a Response to Intervention framework can be
      used in the context of highly able students
    • Strategies for ensuring that students who are both
      intellectually gifted and have a learning disability are
      identified
    • Developing IEPs for gifted students with complex additional
      needs
      Rosalind Walsh, Catalyst Program Co-ordinator, Queenwood School
      for Girls

    5:20 Gifted Families Support Group Inc. (NSW) Teaching students with special
    needs – but what about if one of those needs is giftedness?

    • Understanding the statistics and prevalence within Australia
      and hi-lighting the need for greater support
    • How special needs and giftedness can sometimes mask each
      other: the tyranny of “But he’s not actually failing!”
    • Approaches for helping students develop their abilities utilising
      strength-based learning models
      Melinda Gindy, President; Gifted Families Support Group Inc.
      (NSW); Vice-PresidentAustralian Association for the Education of
      the Gifted and Talented 

    6:10 End of day two

    Day Three: 28th March

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee

    INCREASING SPECIAL NEEDS CAPABILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS

    9:05 Lomandra School: Supporting teacher mental health and conflict
    resolution capability

    • Understanding the impact of vicarious trauma on teacher
      mental health
    • Managing yourself personally and professionally in challenging
      situations
    • Develop structures for empowering teacher decision making in
      complex and ambiguous situations
    • Enable conflict resolution through compassion to transform
      school culture
      Mark Smith, Principal, Lomandra School

    9:55 Schools Hub: Supporting carers through a hub of expertise

    • The story behind the pioneer funded school’s hub
    • How to build special needs capability through information
      sharing with parents and across schools
    • Focus on collaboration and share resources
    • Connect with solution providers and link their services to
      where most needed
    • Engage in continuous strategy
      Susan Seymour, Head Teacher Learning Support; Master of Special
      Education, Bonnyrigg High School

    10:45 Morning tea

    11:00 Caring for special needs students in mainstream schools

    • Learn methodology for providing educational support to
      special needs students and their parents
    • Handling denial
    • Linking with options and services
    • Harnessing in-school capabilities and resources for building
      capability
    • Democratising care – the case for access to multi-disciplinary
      allied professionals within schools
      Judith Evans, Specialist Educator, Mawarra Public School;
      Department of Education

    11:50 Saint Ignatius College, Riverview: Using social media to educate parents
    and community

    • How to use web platforms to produce and distribute a series of
      embedded youtube clips
    • Tools, technology and strategies for delivering a three-tiered
      model of engagement
    • Benefits of a sophisticated web presence:
    • Connecting busy families to relevant information
    • Transforming education into entertainment for easy
      consumption
      Patrick Lowe, Deputy Principal, Saint Ignatius College

    12:40 lunch

    1:40 Relationships Australia: Access additional support for teachers, students
    and the community

    • Help is always available with Relationships Australia’s 18
      programs, events and initiatives
    • Providing students with trauma based counselling, tutoring,
      guidance and therapy
    • Programs for parents and communities around supporting
      and managing their children
    • Assistance for schools on supporting students through
      difficult family dynamics
      Elisabeth Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of New South Wales,
      Relationships Australia

    EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

    2:30 Pathways for special needs students through experiential learning

    • What is experiential learning?
    • What is the evidence for how experiential learning impact
      engagement?
    • Is meeting curriculum benchmarks through self-directed
      learning possible?
    • What is the case for learning outside classrooms?
    • Is all real learning experiential learning?
      Mark Smith, Principal, Lomandra School
      Debra Hocking, Course Co-ordinator; post-graduate Indigenous health,
      School of Medicine, Wollongong University
      Dr Ray Handley, Subject Co-ordinator; Masters in Special Needs &
      Behaviour Management; PHD in motivating dis-engaged students
      through technology, Wollongong University
      Robin Grille, Psychologist & Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World

    3:20 Afternoon tea
    3:40 Ignite a love of learning with self-determined play

    • How to formulate and implement policy enabling learning
      through play
    • Learn about international perspectives of early Learning
      practices
    • Understand how to scaffold curriculum into ‘invitations to
      play’
    • Understand what Key Learning Areas learning through play is
      best suited to
      Kim Moroney, Early Learning Education Officer, Catholic Schools
      Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

    4:30 Engaging students through technology

    • Learn how to mold experiential learning into a classroom
      context with technologies
    • Understand the benefits of removing typical psychological
      barriers to learning
    • Know how to leverage data to help design lesson delivery
    • Re-thinking traditional education practices – the activity of
      learning and the role of teacher and tests
    • The benefits of technology to facilitate learning for all special
      needs exceptionalities
      Dr Ray Handley, Special Needs & Behaviour Management curriculum
      developer and teacher for Masters accreditation; PHD in motivating dis
      engaged students through technology, Wollongong University

    5:20 End of day three

  • Post-Conference Workshops

    Day Four – 29th March

    Workshops on practical skills for teachers in the classroom

    Workshop A: 8:30 – 11:00

    Creating an inclusive culture and classroom with the Universal Design for Learning Program

    This workshop will teach you the skills on how to design learning programs and individual lessonsfor effectively engaging and challenging students no matter their learning style or special need. You will come away from this workshop knowing how to effectively goal-set with students and integrate inclusive thinking from the beginning stages of curriculum design.

    Your Expert Facilitator: Amelia Di Paolo, Assistant Principal: Welfare & Learning Support; Stage 2 Teacher, Sydney Distance Education Primary School (Public, Distance Education)

    Workshop B: 11:30 – 2:00pm

    Empowering students with severe disabilities to reach their and academic potential

    St George School, first established as a charity in the 1970’s, plays a vital role in providing educational opportunities for children across Sydney with the highest level of physical and intellectual special needs. In this workshop, Principal Diana Murphy will provide insights into two separate initiatives St George is running – providing practical tools, advice and strategies for implementing these initiatives in your own classroom

    Learning outcomes:

    • Learn how to create sensory-rich spaces and heighten engagement and joy in your school spaces
      • Consider every sense comprised in student engagement
      • Forward plan design for maximum inclusiveness
    • Understand how to best leverage technology to engage children without physical capabilities to communicate and give feedback on their learning

    Learning outcomes:

    • Learn how to design forward-planned syllabuses that don’t require adjustment
    • Learn how to gauge comprehension and analytical ability through a set of equally challenging tasks set in different modalities
    • Understand the psychology behind how students learn
    • Learn how to tap into your student’s individual genius instead of forcing them to fit a one-size fits all mold
    • Understand the importance of goal-setting for all students

    Workshop B: 11:30 – 2:00pm

    Empowering students with severe disabilities to reach their and academic potential

    St George School, first established as a charity in the 1970’s, plays a vital role in providing educational opportunities for children across Sydney with the highest level of physical and intellectual special needs. In this workshop, Principal Diana Murphy will provide insights into two separate initiatives St George is running – providing practical tools, advice and strategies for implementing these initiatives in your own classroom.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Learn how to create sensory-rich spaces and heighten engagement and joy in your school spaces
      • Consider every sense comprised in student engagement
      • Forward plan design for maximum inclusiveness
    • Understand how to best leverage technology to engage children without physical capabilities to communicate and give feedback on their learning

    Your Expert Facilitator: Diana Murphy, Principal, St George School (Special Needs)

    2:00pm: Afternoon Tea

    2:30pm – 5:00pm: Workshop C

    Supporting students with special needs in mainstream classrooms

    Joy Harvey and Deborah Barrott are APL&S Teachers consulting to schools across Orange and Bathurst respectively. With this experience, both trainers are highly skilled in building capability to service Special Needs across rural and remote classrooms. This workshop will provide practical strategies in making adjustments for mainstream classrooms. Topics will include case studies from Orange Public and Kelso Public School

    Learning outcomes:

    • Managing Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA), Behaviour plans and using the post crisis Coping Model
    • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) success in schools
    • Kidsmatter initiative for student wellbeing
    • Social Skills to ensure self-regulation of emotions
    • Speech, Language and Hearing support
    • Occupational Therapy style support to ensure student engagement and improved outcomes
    • Supporting Dyslexia and Auditory Processing Disorder
    • Strategies to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Your Expert Facilitators:

    Joy Harvey, Assistant Principal Learning & Support (APL&S), Orange Public School (Public)

    Joy is based at Orange Public School and supports all schools within the Orange area, both secondary, primary and SSPs.

    Deborah Barrott, Assistant Principal Learning & Support (APL&S), Kelso Public School (Public)

    Deborah is based at Kelso Public School and supports secondary, primary and SSPs schools within the Bathurst, Lithgow

  • Speakers

    Mark Smith, Principal, Lomandra School (Special Needs)

    Diana Murphy, Principal, St George School (Special Needs)

    Nicholas Danta, Principal, Penrith Valley School (Special Needs)

    Susan Seymour, Head Teacher Learning Support; Master of Special Education, Bonnyrigg High School (Public)

    Joy Harvey, Assistant Principal Learning & Support (APL&S), Orange Public School (Public)

    Deborah Barrott, Assistant Principal Learning & Support (APL&S), Kelso Public School (Public)

    Amelia Di Paolo, Assistant Principal: Welfare & Learning Support, Sydney Distance Education Primary School (Public, Distance Education)

     

     

    Judith Evans, Specialist Educator, Mawarra Public School; Department of Education (Public)

    Mrs Toni Ellis, Support Unit Co-ordinator, Engadine Public School (Public)

    Belinda Emmerson-Franke, Autism specialist Learning & Support Officer, Engadine Public School (Public)

    Patrick Lowe, Deputy Principal, Saint Ignatius College (Private)

    Rosalind Walsh, Catalyst Program Co-ordinator, Queenwood School for Girls (Private)

    Catherine Phoon, Head of Specialised Learning, Queenwood School for Girls (Private)

    Rebecca Panagopoulos, Special Needs programme co-ordinator, Newington College (Private)

    Kim Moroney, Early Learning Education Officer, Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (Private)

    Tyler Adams, Scholarship Co-ordinator, Nangala Project

    Debra Hocking, Course Co-ordinator; post-graduate Indigenous Health, School of Medicine, Wollongong University

    Dr Ray Handley, Subject Co-ordinator for Masters in Special Needs & Behaviour Management; PHD in motivating dis-engaged students through technology, Wollongong University

    Dr Michelle Townsend, Research Manager, Project Air Strategy, Wollongong University

    Robin Grille, Psychologist & Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World

    Dr Lyn Worsley, Director of The Resilience Centre; Clinical Psychologist and Author of the Resilience Doughnut, The Resilience Centre

    Elizabeth Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of New South Wales, Relationships Australia

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