Better Education Conference Inspires Action

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 17 June 2016

Early in June, over 400 top educators from WA and beyond attended the two-day Better Education Conference, hosted by the SCEA Institute of Teaching and Learning.

Principal of the SCEA Institute, Mrs Mathilda Joubert, said, “I firmly believe that teaching is the best profession under the sun.”

“As custodians of the learning industry, we have the privilege and the responsibility to practice what we preach and never stop learning, which is exactly why we host the Better Education Conference,” said Mrs Joubert.

Internationally renowned keynote speaker, James Nottingham, from Challenge Learning in the UK, joined a line up of high calibre speakers including Greg Whitby; Executive Director of Catholic schools in the Dioceses of Parramatta, Kylie Bice; from Growing up Greatness, specialising in educating diverse student groups, Wendy Gorman; Coordinator of Early Childhood at AISWA and Michael Raiter; Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching in Melbourne.

The conference commenced with an evening with James Nottingham, attended by 100 parents of SCEA school students. Educators from 12 different schools, including the Principal of a school in Zambia, as well representatives from a number of resource companies attended several thought-leading and topical keynote addresses as well as specialised workshops, tailored to their educational area of interest.

“Great sessions with @JamesNottinghm for #BEC16. Engaging speaker with a brilliant message. Entertaining. Inspiring. Challenging,” tweeted one of the attendees.

Another delegate said, “This type of Professional Learning inspires you to apply it to your everyday lessons. I have already started to give students the criteria I will be using to mark their work.”

Mrs Joubert concluded, “The world around us is changing rapidly, and standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards.”

“Teachers who continuously learn are crucial to the future of education and based on the tremendously positive action immediately undertaken by educators who attended this year’s conference, plans are underway to make the conference an annual event,” Mrs Joubert said.