15-16 August 2019

PDN School Leaders' Conference - Strategy: Success by Design

Welcome to the Professional Development Network School Leaders' Conference - Strategy: Success by Design

From 15 - 16 August 2019 at RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast, join Queensland’s school leaders from the public, private, primary, secondary and special school sectors and find out why many consider the PDN School Leaders’ Conference to be the best professional development event available in Queensland.

This year’s theme is Strategy: Success by Design. School success (or failure) is not accidental. Strategic innovation and design are essential to re-invent, re-position and re-create school systems that make a positive difference in the lives and outcomes of all students - now and in the future. Be a leader that moves your school from "what is" to "what could be".

With six keynote speakers and four workshops to choose from over two days, your leadership team will learn from highly regarded speakers on how they have designed and adapted their own strategies for success. Bring your leadership team to collaborate as you re-design your schools future in a collaborative and stimulating environment that promotes peer networking.

What to expect

Wednesday night is a non-compulsory night.

The 23rd PDN School Leaders’ Conference begins with casual welcome drinks in Tees Clubhouse, the perfect setting to catch up with colleagues and settle into retreat mode amongst the backdrop of Royal Pines Resort’s illuminated lake-side golf course. Get an early rest ahead of the big two days to come, or enjoy a team dinner and set your goals for the conference at one of the resort’s eight award-winning restaurants and bars.  Make sure you make a reservation beforehand.

Rise and shine, it’s registration time! Collect your goodie bags and complimentary coffee vouchers at the registration desk and fuel up for a jam-packed day of learning and strategic planning. We open with a Welcome to Country before welcoming our International Keynote, Professor Philip Hallinger from Mahidol University, Bangkok.  Prof Hallinger is an internationally recognised scholar in educational leadership and change. Next, Neuroscientist Jared Cooney Horvath and Chris Blundell, QUT Lecturer in Assessment will give you snapshots of what to expect in their workshops. Take a healthy morning tea break to mull over your choices, and perhaps discuss how you can divide your teams to maximise learning opportunities, before we split for the hour-long workshops.

Directly after, enjoy dedicated marketplace time where you can explore the wide range of activities, products and services on offer in our exhibition hall, before a delicious lunch is served. We encourage attendees to make the most of the beautiful August sunshine and enjoy lunch on the Podium Lawns directly outside the conference area! Grab a picnic blanket and eat in the fresh air and recharge before the afternoon sessions.

Directly after lunch, Reverend Tim Costello, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia and one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice issues, presents his Keynote. Next we welcome our second International Keynote presenter, Professor Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy and Organisations, Peabody College, Vanderbilt university, USA. Afternoon tea will follow before educational researcher Dr John Edwards, Managing Director of Edwards Explorations, shares his Keynote. Now it's time to wrap up the learning and begin the fun! You will have some free time to debrief with your teams or get glammed up, before everyone’s favourite part of the conference – the Gala Dinner is the time to let your hair down, celebrate, laugh, and dance the night away! Our favourite band StraightUp will provide your entertainment for the night, and we have a special surprise lined up for your enjoyment.

Cynthia Morton, bestselling Author, Blogger, Lecturer and Founder of the multi award-winning Emotional fitness Program, opens the final day with her Keynote on emotional wellbeing, before a nutritious morning tea. Directly after, hear from Peter Hutton, founder of Future Schools Alliance and former principal of Templestowe College, who successfully developed a school with individualised learning plans and no year levels, alongside Professor Ellen Goldring, before selecting your final workshop for the conference. To keep things moving we offer a delicious boxed lunch before the final keynote, presented by Australia’s most influential health and fitness expert, Michelle Bridges. You will leave feeling energised, motivated and inspired to make changes to your own lifestyle, as well as implement strategic plans to propel your school into its brightest future.

Oh and let's not forget the prize draw before you depart. Who doesn't love the chance to win something, especially the amazing products that the sponsors have donated!

Keynote Presenters

Phil Hallinger

Professor Philip Hallinger

Professor Philip Hallinger is recognised internationally as an innovator in leadership development. As a prolific author, trainer and consultant, he has lived in Asia for the past 25 years and works extensively with both private and public sector organisations. He is acknowledged as an innovation leader in the areas of instructional leadership, educational change, leadership development, and school improvement. He authored the Principal Instructional Leadership Rating Scale (PIMRS), the most widely used survey instrument in the world for measuring instructional leadership. He is now the TSDF Chair Professor of Leadership and Sustainable Development at College of Management Mahidol University.

Tim Costello

Rev Tim Costello AO

Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. For 13 years, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change. Tim is also a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling. In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year. He is also listed by the National Trust as a "National Living Treasure."

Cynthia Morton

Cynthia Morton

Cynthia Morton is often described by her clients and audiences as a wordsmith and a Hope Masseuse. For the past two decades her nationally award-winning Emotional Fitness techniques have earned the following recognition. A Pride of Australia Medal (2007), an Australian of The Year Award (Local Hero Category 2005), an Award of Distinction for Services to Humanity (Australian Medical Association of Qld 2004) and the Prime Ministers Award for outstanding contribution in drug and alcohol endeavours (2007). Cynthia is also a regular guest on Channel 9’s new series Destination Happiness sharing her Emotional Fitness tips for Australian viewers.

John Edwards

Dr John Edwards

Dr John Edwards is Managing Director of Edwards Explorations, an Australian-based company concerned with exploring and developing human potential. He has a long and distinguished career in educational research and has been one of the major research grant recipients in cognitive science in Australia. He is internationally recognised for his research on thinking, leadership, and professional growth and learning. His most recent book, Schools That Deliver, outlines ways to transform schools that have been developed and tested across six countries. John is one of the few top international researchers to have turned his research into award-winning practice in education, elite sport, business and industry.

Ellen Goldring

Professor Ellen Goldring

Ellen Goldring received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. The department she has chaired at Peabody College has been ranked number one by the US News and World rankings for the past 12 years. She is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles. The primary theme of Dr Goldring’s contributions is her concern with preparing educational administrators who can creatively promote teaching and learning.

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges is a champion of change. For over 25 years in the health and fitness industry she has focused exclusively on breaking down the barriers that block our path to happier and healthier lives. You may have seen her on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ or remember her in The Biggest Loser. 6 years ago, she launched her highly successful 12 Week Body Transformation which became Australia’s No 1. online exercise and mindset program and has helped Australians lose over 2 million kilos. As a leading author of 11 best sellers, Michelle's has helped spread her philosophy linking mindset with nutrition and exercise.

Conference Hosts

Liam Exelby

Liam Exelby

Liam Exelby, a passionate educator with over 14 years teaching and leadership experience in schools, is the founding director of the YXL Institute, an industry leader in mentoring and coaching. Liam thrived on challenging all students in his classes to believe in their ability to succeed and excel. Later, as a school leader, his passion for teaching and learning was contagious, infecting his staff with the confidence to create positive learning environments, as well as a willingness to reflect on and evaluate their own effectiveness and accomplishments. Above all else, Liam is a teacher at heart, and with YXL, he spends most of his time in schools with classes, working with teachers to help them develop their craft.

Linda Pitt

Linda Pitt

Linda Pitt is the Development Executive for the Apple Education in QLD and focuses on the effective use of iPad and Mac in learning environments. Linda has worked previously as the Executive Manager, Learning and Participation at State Library of Queensland, delivering events, exhibitions and learning programs around Queensland. In previous roles, she was the Transformational Learning Manager for the Queensland Department of Education and Training and was charged with steering schools across the state towards transformational and contemporary learning practices.

Workshop Presenters

Peter Hutton

Peter Hutton

Peter Hutton's strength is transformational insight and how to implement change in schools. Peter was appointed Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in 2009. It was a “broken” school with just 286 local students and 23 Year 7s. Today, the school has over 1,150 students and has recently been recognised as one of the most innovative schools in the world. Drawing on the latest research and proven methodologies, Peter is committed to working with other school leaders to significantly improve the lives of young people by transforming the education system to equip students for times of exponential change.

Jared Horvath

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the new book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally. He currently serves as Director of The Science of Learning Group: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioural research to teachers, students, and parents alike.

Ellen Goldring

Professor Ellen Goldring

Ellen Goldring received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. The department she has chaired at Peabody College has been ranked number one by the US News and World rankings for the past 12 years. She is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles. The primary theme of Dr Goldring’s contributions is her concern with preparing educational administrators who can creatively promote teaching and learning.

Chris Blundell

Dr Chris Blundell

Christopher Blundell is a Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He teaches assessment, digital pedagogies and strategic management units. He also plays a pivotal role in QUT professional learning and international capacity building short courses for international partners. Christopher has 26 years experience as a secondary teacher, including 11 years as Academic Dean (executive level leader of curriculum, assessment and reporting) of a large, independent P-12 school. For 20 years, he contributed to curriculum development and assessment moderation processes with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

Program

* The PDN Management Committee reserves the right to alter the program if circumstances change.  Please also note that timings are approximate only.

TimeActivity
7.45 - 8.45 am Registration
9 am Opening and welcome
9.35 am Keynote - Professor Philip Hallinger
 10 minutes of table talk – How can you apply these learnings into your own school leadership?
10.35 am Workshop Intro Presentation – Jared Horvath
10.45 am Workshop Intro Presentation - Dr Chris Blundell
11 am Morning Tea
11.30 am Move to workshops
12.40 pm Marketplace time
1.25 pm Lunch
2.05 pm Keynote - Tim Costello AO
 10 minutes of table talk – How can you apply these learnings into your own school leadership?
3.05 pm Keynote - Professor Ellen Goldring
 10 minutes of table talk – How can you apply these learnings into your own school leadership?
4.10 pm Afternoon tea
4.35 pm Closing Keynote - John Edwards
 10 minutes of table talk – How can you apply these learnings into your own school leadership?
5.35 pmConference close
7 pm Pre-drinks and Gala Dinner

* The PDN Management Committee reserves the right to alter the program if circumstances change.  Please also note that timings are approximate only.

TimeActivity
9 am Welcome
9.10 am Keynote - Cynthia Morton
 10 minutes of table talk - How can you apply these learnings into your own school leadership?
10.10 am Marketplace time
10.25 am Morning tea
10.45am Workshop intro presentation - Peter Hutton
10.55 am Workshop intro presentation - Professor Ellen Goldring
11.05 am Move to workshops
12.15 pm Lunch (served inside conference room at your table)
12.35 pm Keynote - Michelle Bridges
 10 minutes of table talk - How can you apply these learnings into your own school leadership?
1.35 - 2 pm Closing and prizes

Registration information

PDN Member Fees

Non PDN Member Fees

What do registrations include?

Cancellation Policy

Venue

RACV Royal Pines Resort is one of Queensland’s largest resorts. With a purpose-built convention centre and a range of exceptional facilities, delegates will enjoy high quality service. Situated just a short distance from the heart of the Gold Coast, the resort boasts luxury rooms with high speed Internet access, modern decor and views of the golf course, Gold Coast Hinterland or the beautiful coastline. Special Conference accommodation rates have been secured for Conference delegates.

Accommodation

Wednesday night is now booked out. There's a discounted rate with the Mercure Hotel, just 10 minutes down the road. Mention your affiliation with the PDN Conference when making a booking by calling 07 5555 7700. Thursday night is still available at Royal Pines and we've arranged a seamless express check-in for Thursday morning if you chose to move over to the conference venue for that night.

A non-refundable deposit of one night’s accommodation will be processed at time of booking. Cancellations within 14 days of arrival date will incur 100% cancellation fees.

Royal Pines
Room type
Room only Room + 1 breakfast Room + 2 breakfasts
Mountain View & Superior $220 $244 $268

Contact

Registrations

Mary-Ellen Feldhagen

Conference organisers

Dot Dash Events

  • Leisa Thompson
  • Tina Gaudry

+61 447 031 410

Sponsorship

Contact Leisa Thompson if you would like to be a sponsor and or hold an exhibit.