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Symposium: Education Transformation Symposium

Start Date

14 Jul 2015 5:30 pm

End Date

16 Jul 2015 2:00 pm

The Transformative Nature of Education: Underpinning Social and Economic Transformations

The symposium is being held from 14 – 16 July at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart and will focus on education as a key determinant of social and economic transformation in regional economies and societies.

Symposium speakers include top international thinkers, educators and policy makers:


Keynote topic

Henry De Sio, COO of the 2008 Obama Election Campaign.

Big picture on the world of the future, the skills and knowledge young people will need

Tom Bentley, Education Advisor to the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation

Lifting aspirations to critical mass: Lessons from around the world

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD

Features of effective education systems: Learnings from the OECD

Professor Ian Menter, Professor of Education, Oxford University and President, British Educational Research Foundation

Making connections - research, teacher education and educational improvement

Professor John Polesel, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Comparative education, school-based vocational education and high stakes testing

Christine Cawsey AM, Principal of Rooty Hill High School, NSW

From rhetoric to reality - how schools create cultures of success

The symposium complements the recent opening of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment – a major multidisciplinary Centre of excellence that has been jointly established by The University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. The Centre focuses on the understanding of strategies to improve pre-tertiary educational aspirations, participation and attainment, and the way in which education underpins progress at individual, societal and economic levels. The overall intention is to be able to apply these findings in Tasmania.

Full conference registration includes a Welcome Reception at Wrest Point Casino and a special Symposium Dinner at MONA, plus a private evening viewing of the MONA galleries. Single day registrations are also available to allow for the busy work schedules of delegates.


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