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DAY 1 - Tuesday, 30 November 2021

This conference will follow Singapore time (GMT+8) and all content will be available for 30 days after the event. 
8:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:00 am
Opening Keynote Presentation: Why We Need to Increase Educational Achievement - What’s Been Tried, Why it Hasn’t Worked, and What We Can Do Instead

Improving education is an economic and social priority. Higher levels of education lead to more prosocial behaviour, reduced health care costs, reduced criminal justice costs and increased economic growth. It is therefore not surprising that most jurisdictions have looked for ways to improve the effectiveness of their schools. Unfortunately most of these efforts have had limited success.

In this keynote presentation, Dylan Wiliam will suggest that the main reason that these well-meaning attempts to improve education have failed to improve educational outcomes is because they did not focus on the the most important variable in education—the quality of the teaching in schools.

The talk will conclude by suggesting that there are two “best bets” for improving education at scale—a knowledge-rich curriculum, and supporting teachers in making greater use of classroom formative assessment, each of which can be implemented at little or no cost, and will have a substantial impact on educational achievement.

Professor Dylan Wiliam
Professor Dylan Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
University College London
Confirmed
9:30 am
Keynote Presentation: Showcasing the Secret Recipe for a Great Education
  • Understanding how to create a learning environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and autonomy, in which all students can thrive based on their individual and unique strengths
  • Considering when and how to re-evaluate your school’s teaching and learning style in order to maximise pupil progress, wellbeing and the overall school environment
  • Highlighting the side-effects of ranking students based on grades and academic outcomes, and making the case for an education system that meets the needs of all learners and one which celebrates both success and failure alike
Gavin McCormack
Gavin McCormack
Author, Teacher Trainer, Philanthropist and School Principal
Farmhouse Montessori School Sydney
Confirmed
10:00 am
Facilitated Networking Break
10:15 am
15 Minute Break
10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Teaching Critical Thinking: Fostering a Growth Mindset and Embedding Metacognition Across Teaching and Learning
  • Discussing the importance of metacognitive questioning and dialogue, and self-regulated learning to build independent, confident, creative and critical thinkers
  • Considering the best tools to enhance the development of metacognition and self-awareness by providing tools for students to plan, monitor and evaluate certain aspects of their learning, particularly with regards to online learning
Michael Rosenbrock
Michael Rosenbrock
Assistant Principal
Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Australia
Confirmed
Tracy Connor
Tracy Connor
Head of Primary
Léman International School Chengdu, China
Confirmed
Janecke Aarnæs
Janecke Aarnæs
Director
Universal American School of Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
Dr Kirstin Mulholland
Dr Kirstin Mulholland
Lecturer in Education - Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Northumbria University, UK
Confirmed
11:20 am
Presentation: Unleashing the Science of Learning to Deliver More Impactful Teaching in Your School
  • Explore the key principles of the science of learning and its impact on teaching: how to get children to love and engage in education through simple yet powerful teaching methods that can be implemented in the classroom
  • Learn how to use evidence and knowledge for curriculum planning and instruction to make learning meaningful and foster student’s application of knowledge in a variety of academic settings
  • Understand how the top performing students learn: how is modern cognitive psychology improving teaching and learning, and how can school leaders create environments in which teachers can think critically about their instruction?
Dr Ian Kelleher, PhD
Dr Ian Kelleher, PhD
Dreyfuss Chair of Research
The Centre for Transformative Teaching and Learning, USA
Confirmed
11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable A: Home-School Partnership: How to Effectively Engage Parents in the Education of Their Children to Improve Learning Outcomes 

FACILITATOR: Rachel Arnold, Assistant Principal, Korea Foreign School, South Korea

Rachel Arnold
Rachel Arnold
Assistant Principal and Director of Learning Support
Korea Foreign School, South Korea
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Measuring Knowledge vs. Measuring Learning – What Does Student Success Look Like Today?
  • Discussing the principles of standards-based and performance-based learning: are we teaching students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and how do we effectively measure competency and critical thinking?
  • Exploring viable, authentic, and responsive assessment approaches to monitor the progress and review learning outcomes of all pupils, in order to equip them with the necessary skills to thrive in tertiary education and in the workplace
  • Nurturing student agency and self-directed learning through forward-focused feedback and reporting, and enabling deeper and more meaningful learning to take place through the right challenge, pace and depth
Dr Terry McAdams
Dr Terry McAdams
Director of Technology, Research, and Innovation
Branksome Hall Asia, South Korea
Confirmed
Dr Jennifer Sparrow
Dr Jennifer Sparrow
Deputy Superintendent
Singapore American School
Confirmed
Ross Parker
Ross Parker
Director of Technology & Assessment
International College Hong Kong
Confirmed
Jarrod Hingston
Jarrod Hingston
Manager - School Assessment Services
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Confirmed
2:05 pm
10 Minute Break
2:15 pm
Presentation: The Role of Agency in Learning: How to Develop Meaningful Student Agency to Optimise Teaching and Learning
  • Sharing WAB’s experience in creating a community-wide journey that maximises learning for each individual student by putting them at the centre of their education
  • Highlighting how, by taking this innovative and flexible student-centred approach, WAB created a stronger culture of enquiry-driven and self-directed learning, with a focus on real-world, practical engagement
  • Considering how student agency fits into an established curriculum, how to nurture its growth among students to ensure high-quality and academically rigorous learning continues to take place

Western Academy of Beijing was ranked #1 most innovative international school in China in 2020, by KingLead.

Dr Marta Medved Krajnovic
Dr Marta Medved Krajnovic
Head of School
Western Academy Beijing, China
Confirmed
Stephen Taylor
Stephen Taylor
Director of Innovation in Learning and Teaching
Western Academy Beijing, China
Confirmed
2:40 pm
Presentation: What Does Effective Personalised Learning Look Like?
  • Exploring solutions and strategies to maximise the outcomes of differentiated teaching, and optimise personalised learning programmes
  • Taking a data-informed approach to learning and providing personalised pathways, enabling self-directed learning, and allowing teachers to challenge and intervene as and when appropriate
  • Considering the use of personalised learning materials which can be manipulated by the student or teachers to support different learning needs and ensure progress is being made
Ritika Subhash
Ritika Subhash
Learning Specialist
Mangahigh
Confirmed
3:05 pm
10 Minute Break
3:15 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussions. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable B: Discussing Successful Strategies to Nurture Bilingual Students and Maintain High Expectations and Outcomes for EAL Students

FACILITATOR: Dr Yu-Chiao Chung, Visiting Research Fellow – Educational Studies, Goldsmith University

Dr Yu-Chiao Chung
Dr Yu-Chiao Chung
Visiting Research Fellow of Educational Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Keynote Panel Discussion: Championing Character Development and Positive Education to Provide Students with the Tools to Flourish in Society
  • Putting wellbeing first: highlighting the necessary requirements and tools for schools to prioritise, uphold, and embed wellbeing and happiness across the whole-school strategy
  • Discussing how character education effectively feeds into traditional whole-school aims around progression, attainment and behaviour standards
  • Exploring how becoming a values-driven school will lead to higher expectations and strong academic, professional and social success
Dr Helen Street
Dr Helen Street
Honorary Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia; and Founder and Chair,
The Positive Schools Initiative
Confirmed
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
Founder
Wo Hui Mandarin
Confirmed
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
4:50 pm
Closing Keynote Presentation: What Makes Great Teaching and How to Develop Outstanding Pedagogy?
  • Providing an overview of what matters in effective student learning in the current context
  • Equipping teachers with the tools to deliver an outstanding education, with a particular focus on the importance of providing clear and efficient feedback to teachers
  • Sharing practical tools and guidance to help teachers take ownership of their professional learning and to help them enhance their practice for the benefit of students
Professor Rob Coe
Professor Rob Coe
Senior Advisor, Education Endowment Fund, and Director of Research and Development
Evidence Based Education
Confirmed
5:35 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change