National Education Summit returns to Brisbane

The National Education Summit will hold its second Brisbane event in 2021 over two days Friday 4 – Saturday 5 June.
May 20, 2021
A packed two days in Brisbane

The National Education Summit will hold its second Brisbane event in 2021, bringing an extensive professional development program to local educators over two days Friday 4 – Saturday 5 June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 2019 Brisbane event was a new addition to the long running Summit and attracted strong attendance, particularly across the Capacity Building School Libraries and Additional Needs Symposium themes.

After the exit of other major education conferences from Brisbane in recent years, this is a rare opportunity for teachers, school leaders and principals to attend the national event.

“As the education landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace, there is no denying the importance of professional development in the sector. At the National Education Summit Brisbane, educators in the region can look forward to a full two-day program of innovative, informative and inspiring PD opportunities,” International Exhibition and Conference Group Creative Director, Margo Metcalf said.

“With over 700 educators in attendance in 2019, and with no events in 2020, we know enthusiasm for in-person events is at an all-time high. Teachers thrive on collaboration, sharing ideas and networking and so the Summit is the perfect platform to do just that.”

Leading educators will present a range of concurrent sessions and workshops across four conferences at the Summit: Additional Needs Symposium, Leadership for Future Focused Schools, Wellbeing for Future Focused Schools, and the Capacity Building School Libraries Conference.

Additional Needs Symposium: School success for learners with additional needs
The two-day Additional Needs Symposium is designed to promote understanding, dispel myths, explore research, and provide insight into additional needs in education settings. This Symposium will bring educators together with the common goal of facilitating appropriate classroom strategies for educators, students with additional needs and families of children with additional needs. This year’s Symposium will cover four streams – mental health and childhood trauma, challenging behaviours, anxiety and language and processing disorders.

Teacher Librarian Conference: Capacity building school libraries
This two-day conference will explore four key themes, presented by some of the most experienced educators in their field, including:

  • The power of reading
  • Building a diverse collection
  • The power of evidence
  • Reading is the new black

Choose to attend one or two days, gaining valuable insights, PD points and great networking opportunities.

Leadership for future focused schools
Whilst the classroom teacher is the most visible person in a child’s life at school, the principal is responsible for providing a high-quality education for all students. Explore what makes a great principal with inspirational speakers such as Rachel Downie, CEO Stymie and 2020 Qld Australian of the Year.

Wellbeing for future focused schools
Student resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development, and are optimised by safe, supportive and respectful learning environments. Not only do confident and resilient children with a capacity for emotional intelligence perform better academically, these skills can also contribute to their ability to create strong social bonds and supportive communities, and to maintain healthy relationships and responsible lifestyles. Join inspirational speakers such as Toni Powell, author and wellbeing advocate at this important wellbeing event. 

The Education Show featuring free seminar program
Throughout the two days, teachers can attend a range of free seminars scheduled on the Open Stage. These will range from design thinking, virtual and artificial intelligence in Education, flipped learning, teaching phonics, and Indigenous languages just to name a few.

Another important part of the National Education Summit in Brisbane, is the free trade expo featuring 50+ leading education focused companies and organisations showcasing the latest resources, services, products and technology on offer which are pushing boundaries and re-shaping the current education landscape.

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