ConnectED 2017

Leading and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities

Moving Forward ~ ConnectED 2018 and Beyond!

Please contribute to the ConnectED 2017 Feedback/2018 Feed Forward lsted above.


The Conference Committee is keen to gain your input into Principal and Executive Learning.


We have already commenced negotiations with Stephen Heppell, Salman Khan and Dylan Wiliam for ConnectED 2018 at Crowne Plaza, Terrigal, CENTRAL COAST. The dates for the Principals' Conference component of ConnectED 2018 are Thursday 24th-Friday 25th May.


We are also keen to determine your preferred venue for the annual ConnectED Conference and also its satellite events

Stay in Touch via SMORE, the ConnectED App & Social Media

Please regularly visit this SMORE and the ConnectED School Stream App.

We also know that amongst the principalship there are increasing number of social media users. Please continue the professional learning dialogue by using the #ConnectEDHCC and @ConnectEDHCC tags.
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Professor Alma Harris, Distributed leadership
Prof Alma Harris & Michelle Jones Disciplined collaboration
Maxine McKew on the state of Australian education
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Pete Goss, Leader, The Grattan Institute and formerly Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

Dr Pete Goss leads the School Education program at the Grattan Institute, focusing on providing independent, rigorous and practical solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems in school education.

Dr Pete Goss joined Grattan in 2014, and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group, and worked with Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students. Pete trained as a biologist, with a focus on understanding complex systems.

Pete has more than 10 years experience as a strategy consultant, most recently at The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised Federal and State Governments on systems analysis and service delivery innovation. He has worked with indigenous leader Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students, and advised the Federal Government on the future of international education in Australia.

Pete holds a PhD from Harvard in systems biology, with expertise in multi-disciplinary research.
Big ideas for a small state: Grattan views on the policy priorities for the next Victorian Government
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John Joseph ~ Focus Education

John Joseph has an inspiring story to tell. He left school at age 14 to undertake an apprenticeship in the trade of solid plastering. John worked in the family business for eleven years before returning to formal education where he graduated from the University of South Australia with a Masters Degree in Science and Mathematics Education. He taught across junior primary, primary and high school year levels and eventually lectured at teacher-education universities. John also held a system position as Project Officer-


Retraining with the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia. In this position, John worked with a colleague to construct teacher training and re-training initiatives for people undergoing significant change to their workplace or duties. A consistent theme within this target group was high workplace stress and low coping strategies.


John’s vast experience with young people with challenging behaviour and poor attachments to school underpins his desire to formulate change. His thinking about education results from the rich interplay between his coalface experiences, his own schooling, his systemic experience, the years of lecturing at universities, his prolific reading of current research and the face -to-face interactions he has undertaken over the past decade.


Between 1997 and 2010, John Joseph presented keynote addresses, conferences and workshops sessions to more than 300,000 people representing more than 3,000 schools across 23 countries. Week after week, he facilitates full-day workshops for student groups where he challenges young people to learn about learning, behaviour and emotions. John uses stunning computer-generated graphics and actual brain dissections to engage kids. He has facilitated the dissections of more than 140, 000 sheep brains! Little wonder that people refer to him as “The Brain Man!

ConnectED Principals' Conference

Day One ~ Thursday, 18th May, 2017

7:30 Registration Begins

8:30 School-based performances in registration area

8:45 Featured Performer

8:50 Acknowledgement of Country

8:55 Welcome to the 2017 ConnectED Conference

9:00 Conference Opening ~ Maxine McKew

9:30 Keynote Address #1 – Professor Helen Timperley

10:30 Morning Tea

11:00 Keynote Address #2 – Professor Alma Harris

12:00 ConnectED 2017 Q&A - Maxine McKew chairs:

Professor Alma Harris, Associate Professor Michelle Jones and Professor Helen Timperley

12:50 Sponsors’ Session

1:10 Lunch

2:00 Keynote Address #3 – Dr Michelle Jones

3:00 Main Conference Centre split for Day One Master Classes

3:10 Keynote Presenter Master Class #1. First 45-minute sessions with:

Professor Alma Harris, Associate Professor Michelle Jones and Professor Helen Timperley

3:55 Keynote Presenter Master Class #2. Second 45-minute sessions with:

Professor Alma Harris, Associate Professor Michelle Jones and Professor Helen Timperley

4:40 Close of Day One

6:30 Drinks at the Terrace

7:00 Dinner in the Lovedale Convention Centre

7:30 Toast to Public Education - Executive Director, Public Schools NSW, Mr Frank Potter

11:00 End of Evening


Day Two ~ Friday, 19th May, 2017


7:30 Registration Begins

8:00 School-based performances in registration area

8:30 Featured Performer

8:40 Welcome & Introduction

8:45 Keynote Speaker #4 – Peter Goss

9:45 Explanation of Master Classes

10:00 Master Class Session #1

10:45 Master Class Session #2

11:30 Morning Tea

12:00 Master Class Session #3

12:45 Master Class Session #4

1:30 Lunch

2:25 Sponsors’ Session

2:35 ConnectED 2017-18 Feed Forward

2:45 Closing Speaker - John Joseph

3:45 Conference Closure

Welcome Delegates to ConnectED 2017

For current and live information, please always refer to this Conference SMORE and App.


We have provided a 14-page extract from Professor Harris and Associate Professor Jones and a 27-page article from Professor Timperley. These will be provided in hard copy in your conference materials (available upon registration). Should you wish to pre-read these materials, please click the links immediately below.


These resources is provided strictly only for delegate use and should not be transmitted on nor duplicated.


MyPL registrations and links to NESA/BOSTES professional learning will be completed by the ConnectED and MyPL teams post-conference and post receipt of Conference Evaluations.


We look forward to learning together with you.

Conference Registration Information, ConnectED App Download and Accommodation Bookings

All ConnectED Registrations ceased on 08/05/17. Please contact khalil.khay@det.nsw.edu.au to be placed on a waitlist.

The red Conference Registration Links are at the very top of this doucument. Principals also have the capability to register from within the app.

In the sections above, you will find direct links to:

1) Day One, Day Two and Dinner options at ConnectED 2017.
2) Booking accommodation at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, LOVEDALE, in either discounted villa or hotel room styles;
3) Assistance with downloading the ConnectED app (iOS, Android, WinPhone); and
4) The ConnectED Satellite Events for Executive Staff (AP, HT, DP, SEO, CEO, PEO) staff.

Please bookmark this SMORE page to return for updated registration information and links.

Please also register for push notifications with the ConnectED 2017 app. Should you already have the 2016 version, ensure that you refresh the app to gain the 2017 settings.

Principal & Executive Registrations have now closed :-(

If you have missed both the Early Bird and Late Worm dates to book in for ConnectED 2017 and you are still super keen, please contact khalil.khay@det.nsw.edu.au for Standby Information

Final Advice to Intending Delegates

Please bookmark this page so that you can always return to the ConnectED 2017 SMORE for:
• Detailed Master Class Speakers Bios
• Vodcast and Podcast Links
• Current registration information and links

Please also register for push notifications with the ConnectED app and should you already have the 2016 version, ensure that you refresh the app to gain the 2017 settings.
Principals - Click Here to Register for Accommodation

Delegates may choose their own accommodation close to the conference venue. The ConnectED 2017 Organising Committee has negotiated substantially discounted rates for onsite accommodation in 2 and 3-bedroom villas and also for hotel-style rooming.

Click to Access ConnectED2017 App Instructions

This shared pdf will guide you step-by-step on how to access the ConnectED 2017 App on your iOS, Android or WinPhone 10 device.

Official Welcome to ConnectED 2017 Information

The following link will assist your participation and experience at the 2017 ConnectED Professional Learning Conference.