Principals' Conference 2020

Federation invites all principals to the 2020 Principals' Conference. The conference will take place on Friday 20 March, at Federation House in Surry Hills (Sydney).

The conference will provide an opportunity for Principal members to explore and seek information on a range of topics, discuss emerging school-based issues and network with colleagues.

This year, the conference keynote speaker will be Dr Phil McRae - Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Government-Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association as well as Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

His keynote address will explore some key trends from the Growing Up Digital (GUD) research and will be supplemented by Dr Pasi Sahlberg's Australian based research on the same topic, by the Gonski Institute.

Since the late 1970s, children have lost 12 hours a week of free time, including a 50% drop in outdoor free play. Where will we be in the next decade with the blurring boundaries between humanity and technology? Are smartphones destroying a generation or enabling them to be digital citizens? In this keynote address, Dr. McRae and Dr Sahlberg will explore some of the key trends that are actively (re)shaping Australian and Canadian society and open up a conversation about achieving a fine balance in a digitally saturated world. They will also share key findings of the world's largest research study on technology, health and learning – Growing Up Digital - that is being conducted in partnershipwith the Alberta Teachers' Association of Canada, Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital.

Conference participants will be able to select a number of workshop sessions to attend based on their personal context and interest.

Federation encourages all principal members to attend this important conference.

The conference is a NSW Teachers Federation, Trade Union Training event. TP1/TP2 school principals may request assistance for relief. Unfortunately, it is not possible, due to the large numbers and costs, to provide relief for all participants.

Federation will book and cover the cost of travel and/or accommodation for those members who live outside of Sydney, in line with our Travel and Accommodation policy. Those members who require travel and accommodation need to complete this part of the booking form and be aware that due to the significant costs in rebooking flights, Federation has implemented a policy whereby costs associated with changes to flights for personal reasons will be borne by the individual.

If you have questions about the conference or travel/accommodation arrangements, please contact Trade Union Training on 02 9217 2460.

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