Conferences, Symposiums and Events

2024 Biennial Curriculum Symposium 

Reconceptualising Curriculum in Education: the core to inspiring and engaging all learners

The Australian Curriculum Studies Association’s (ACSA) Biennial Curriculum Symposium will be held Thursday 1 – Friday 2 August, 2024, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane.  

  • To visit the Symposium Website click here
  • For an overview of the 2 day program click here
  • To go straight to REGISTRATION click here. Early Bird Registration fees are available until 31/3/24.

Testimonies from 2023 ACSA Curriculum Conference (click here) saw delegates return to their work places buzzing with inspiration and encouragement. Don’t miss another wonderful opportunity to be immersed in a rich array of curriculum offerings. 

 

Scroll below for 2024 Webinar and Online Events Program

2024 Events Program

ACSA’s 2024 Program of Events has been reshaped and refreshed to broaden Professional Learning opportunities. The 2024 program includes online learning through webinars, event partnerships with other providers, project work, and ACSA’s 2 day Curriculum Symposium. ACSA Events are available to members and non-members. 

2024  Professional Learning program is ready for download

  • Program Overview by date, title, presenter A4 click here or A3 click here
  • Program Overview aligned to school weeks and terms A3 click here

Registration and cost

To register for an event and/or find out more, click on the red boxes below. Each box expands providing presenter bios, abstracts and registration links.

Online Event Registration cost

  • Members – FREE
  • Non-Members – $80 per Webinar 

Registration is OPEN for all events. Click on the red boxes below for further details. Note: speaker abstracts will be uploaded as soon as available.

presentation

2024 - TERM 1: MAKING CONNECTIONS & PERSONALISING LEARNING

Event 1 - Online | VIP Emeritus Professor Donna Cross OAM | Embedding wellbeing within curriculum and learning to foster a thriving learning community

Event 1 | Embedding wellbeing within curriculum and learning to foster a thriving learning community | Wednesday 20 March, 2024 |

Emeritus Professor Donna Cross OAM | Chief Behavioural Advisor NSW, Behavioural Scientist Uni WA, Ambassador for Children & Young People, WA | View Bio

Overview

Poor social and emotional wellbeing negatively affects students’ school attendance, engagement, learning, and academic outcomes – threatening core education goals. By early secondary school, for example, students with a mental health problem can lag academically by almost three years, compared to their well peers. Yet evidence also shows that good social and emotional skills – such as learning to understand and manage emotions and establishing and maintaining positive relationships – developed by the age of 10, can predict a range of adult outcomes (age 42), such as life satisfaction, employment success, and overall health.

This presentation will summarise the latest school wellbeing research showing how and why explicit and implicit (academic care) teaching of social and emotional learning is critical to student health, behaviour and learning.

AITSL Standards addressed

Focus area 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

Focus area 1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

Focus area 3.7 Engage parents/carers in the educative process

Focus area 4.1 Support student participation

Focus area 4.4 Maintain student safety

Focus area 6.3 Engage with the parents/carers

 

Event 2 | National Schools Constitutional Convention - Canberra (INVITATION ONLY event)

Event 2 | 29th National Schools Constitutional Convention | Canberra (INVITATION ONLY event)

Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD), Old Parliament House |

Overview

The National Schools Constitutional Convention project is supported by funding from the Australian Government, Department of Education. The three day event is held in Canberra at the Australian Museum for Australian Democracy (MoAD), Old Parliament House. 

The Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) develops the two day Convention Program held at Old Parliament House. The entire three day event is managed by National Curriculum Services Pty Ltd on behalf of the Australian Government. 

States and Territories invite Year 11 and 12 representatives, from all education sectors, to come together as delegates for the event. Delegates learn about Government and the Australian Constitution. At the end of the Convention a mock referendum is held. 2024 will be the 29th year the event is held.     

Views expressed at the 2024 National Schools Constitutional Convention do not necessarily represent the view of the Commonwealth Department of Education, ACSA or NCS.

Event 3 | Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 | Sydney | ACSA - supporting partner

Event 3 | Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 | Sydney | Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 March 2024

Visit the Generative AI Summit Website HERE

Overview

The Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) is a proud supporting partner of the Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 taking place in Sydney from 19 – 21 March 2024.

The Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 is the first event in Australia designed for secondary and tertiary education leaders tasked with harnessing the power of generative AI while avoiding the risks.

These are unchartered waters and the stakes are high, so it’s critical that education leaders are equipped with the knowledge, tools and strategies necessary to navigate the continuously evolving AI landscape.

Join our ACSA President, Dr Deborah Price in a panel discussion on ‘How can institutions manage and minimise risk when using generative AI in education?

Register with VIP code ‘ACSA15’ to save 15% off the registration fee for Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) members. Book online here or call +61 (0)2 9977 0565.

 

Event 4 - Online | Dr Jane Jarvis | Personalising Learning - differentiated practices for learner engagement.

Event 4 | Personalising Learning - differentiated practices for learner engagement | Wednesday 27 March, 2024 |

Dr Jane Jarvis | Australian Council for Educational Research | View Bio

Overview

Australian teachers are expected to use a common curriculum framework as a foundation for learning experiences that enable all learners to participate and thrive. In practice, this means designing meaningful, engaging tasks in classrooms where students’ academic starting points may span the equivalent of eight or nine grade levels. Effective differentiation is essential. Yet, the concept of differentiation is often markedly oversimplified or overcomplicated to the point where it is virtually unattainable. In this webinar, we will explore some practical ways to think about differentiation and some applied strategies for approaching planning and teaching for academically diverse learners.

AITSL Standards addressed

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

4.2 Manage classroom activities

5.1 Assess student learning

2024 - TERM 2: INCLUSIVE CURRICULUM DESIGN & PRACTICES

Event 5 - Online | Professor Melitta Hogarth | Indigenous Education resources made by educators, for educators, with Indigenous Knowledge Experts

Event 5 | Indigenous Education resources made by educators, for educators, with Indigenous Knowledge Experts | Wednesday 1 May, 2024 |

Professor Melitta Hogarth | Director, Ngarrngga; Associate Dean (Indigenous), Faculty of Education | View Bio

Overview

Ngarrngga is a Signature Project at the University of Melbourne. It is a collaboration between the Faculty of Education, Indigenous Studies Unit and Indigenous Knowledge Institute. Our vision is for all Australian students to have the opportunity to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems, histories and cultures.

To support educators in this work, we provide free, high-quality curriculum resources and professional development modules, spanning all subject areas from Years 3 to 10. 

Policy advocates for promoting reconciliation through the educating of all Australian students and youth about our shared history. In this workshop, we will explore the historical, social and political milestones that has led to the recognition and showcasing of Indigenous Knowledge in Australian classrooms. We will explore how Ngarrngga supports educators to learn about the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through a practical and sustained approach. The importance and potential impacts of this project will be shared inviting you all to join with us as we work to effect change in education.   

AITSL Standards addressed

~ 1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

~ 1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

~ 2.2 Content selection and organisation

~ 2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

~  3.4 Select and use resources

Event 6 | Integrating AI in Education National Conference 2024 | Melbourne | ACSA - supporting partner

Integrating AI in Education National Conference 2024 | Melbourne | Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May 2024 |

Visit the Integrating AI in Education Conference Website HERE

Overview

Rethinking education in the age of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has profoundly disrupted the education sector. Whilst there remains caution with its implementation, it is an exciting time to explore the potential of AI to drive innovations in teaching and learning practices.

The Hatchery’s 2nd Integrating AI in Education conference will bring together key leaders, educators and experts to explore the positive potential of AI to transform education and enhance student learning and outcomes. This conference will unpack the present challenges relating to academic integrity, assessment and the ethical implementation of AI in schools, and in light of these concerns, explore practical solutions and best practices for leveraging AI as a tool to innovate teaching and learning.

This event will provide a thought-provoking and collaborative platform to share insights, exchange ideas and unpack the possibilities of AI to enrich the educational and learning experience for educators and students alike.

Join our ACSA President, Dr Deborah Price in a panel discussion on ‘Improving teaching, curriculum & assessment using AI’

ACSA members can register for the event here and use the code ‘ACSA‘ at checkout for $200 off the current advertised ticket price. 

Event 7 - Online | Dr Marijne Medhurst | Evidence-informed practices: Enabling student outcomes through accessible curriculum implementation

Event 7 | Evidence-informed practices (Online): Enabling student outcomes through accessible curriculum implementation | Wednesday 15 May, 2024 |

Dr Marijne Medhurst | Centre for School and System Improvement [CSSI], ACER | View Bio

Overview

 Yet to come

AITSL Standards addressed

Yet to come

 

Event 8 - Online | VIP Dr Sandra Nissen | SHOWCASING Curriculum collaboration

Event 8 | SHOWCASING Curriculum collaboration | Wednesday 22 May, 2024

Dr Sandra Nissen | Director, Strategic Implementation and Educational Performance, DoE QLD | View Bio

Overview

This session will highlight strategies used to maximise the impact of engaging with colleagues to improve practice.  A series of examples will be analysed to identify key moves that have made a difference in the transition from idea to action. Examples will be drawn from collaboration between colleagues, to whole school approaches, formal guided collaborative inquiry between schools, and whole of system co-design. From curriculum to learning, from data to data-informed practice, and from strategy and policy to strategic action, – we can make a difference when we work together effectively to support our students realise their potential.

AITSL Standards addressed

3.6, 6.3, 6.4

Principal standard = Leading improvement, innovation and change

Middle Leader Professional Standards

Event 9 - Online | VIP Michaela Bensley | SHOWCASING Learner Agency – innovative approaches in curriculum design

Event 9 | SHOWCASING Learner Agency – innovative approaches in curriculum design | Wednesday 5 June, 2024

Michaela Bensley | Chief Executive SACE BOARD of SA | Bio yet to come

Overview

 Yet to come

AITSL Standards addressed

Yet to come

Event 10 | Online | Professor Kathleen Heugh | MASTERCLASS - Culturally Diverse Learners in the classroom

Event 10 | MASTERCLASS - Culturally Diverse Learners in the classroom – Decolonial approaches to curriculum that are respectful of histories and lived experiences | Wednesday 19 June, 2024

Professor Kathleen Heugh | Language Education and Multilingualism, UniSA Education Futures | View Bio

Overview

 Yet to come

AITSL Standards addressed

Yet to come

Event 11 | Online | Mr Chris Hogbin | Mathematics for all learners – reducing anxiety as a gateway to engagement and learning

Event 11 | Online | Mr Chris Hogbin | Mathematics for all learners – reducing anxiety as a gateway to engagement and learning

Mr Chris Hogbin | CEO - Number Hive View Bio

Overview

All students deserve the right to succeed in and enjoy mathematics.

Sadly, not all students have this opportunity. A large proportion of our students miss out due to maths anxiety or the pervasive attitudes associated. Attitudes like “I’m not a maths person” or “maths is all about being fast” for example hinder countless schoolchildren worldwide. It’s more than just a fear of numbers; it’s a debilitating cycle that stifles learning and potential and cuts them off from a career in STEM.

To make matters worse, we have 30% of primary teachers with maths anxiety, an increasing proportion of maths teachers teaching out of field and parents who often, unknowingly, contribute to many of these attitudes.

This session will take a look at what Maths anxiety is and how teachers can reduce it.

AITSL Standards addressed

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.3 Use teaching strategies

4.1 Support student participation

2024 - TERM 3: HOW STUDENTS LEARN IMPACTS CURRICULUM DESIGN

Event 12 | ACSA CURRICULUM SYMPOSIUM | Brisbane | Reconceptualising Curriculum in Education: the core to inspiring and engaging all learners

Event 12 | Reconceptualising Curriculum in Education: the core to inspiring and engaging all learners | Thurs 1 August to Friday 2 August, 2024

Hotel Grand Chancellor | Brisbane | View the Symposium Website HERE

Curriculum Symposium Overview

Delegates will leave the Symposium with a refreshed and inspired understanding about

  • What CURRICULUM is: what counts as knowledge?

  • The purpose of CURRICULUM

  • The way CURRICULUM permeates every aspect of education

  • Their own role in working collaboratively in shaping CURRICULUM

  • Best practice models that can inform CURRICULUM enactment for their contexts

Delegates will wrestle with big picture CURRICULUM essentials

  • What is it? What is its purpose? What has it become?

  • How do teachers and leaders understand it, shape it, use it?

Delegates will deeply explore current & contemporary CURRICULUM conversations and engage with rich CURRICULUM models in practice. Delegates will be challenged to reconceptualise CURRICULUM.

Who is this Symposium for?

Those involved in or seeking to influence education through robust curriculum conversation. An opportunity to engage and wrestle with different points of view, in light of current research, and its potential impact on curriculum. A platform offering safety and respect for those sharing various perspectives.

Event 13 - Online | Catharine Hydon | SHOWCASING EARLY YEARS - Play and learning go hand in hand

Event 13 | SHOWCASING EARLY YEARS - Play and learning go hand in hand – the impact on engagement and learning | Wednesday 14 August, 2024 |

Catharine Hydon | Director, Hydon Consulting | View Bio

Overview

Play offers children a powerful opportunity to build a disposition for learning that shapes the rest of their learning lives.  As children play, they strengthen their capacity to think, discover, create, improvise and imagine.  Play holds a critical place in the repertoire of educators as they design curriculums that prepare children for the being of today and the becoming of tomorrow.  

This session will explore the way play is understood in the early childhood classrooms of the 21st century and how this approach supports a continuity of learning. 

AITSL Standards addressed

~ 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area(s)

Apply knowledge of content and teaching strategies of the teaching area(s) to develop engaging teaching activities.

~ 3.3 Use teaching strategies

Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving, and critical and creative thinking.

~3.4 Select and use resources

Select and / or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage learners in their learning.

Event 14 - Online | VIP PRESENTER - Dr Jared Cooney Horvath | Neuro diversity amongst learners

Event 14 | Neuro diversity amongst learners | Wednesday 21 August, 2024 |

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath | Director LME Global | View Bio

Overview

 Yet to come

AITSL Standards addressed

Yet to come

2024 - ACSA PARTNERSHIP EVENTS

Event 3 | Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 | Sydney | ACSA - supporting partner

Event 3 | Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 | Sydney | Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 March 2024

Visit the Generative AI Summit Website HERE

Overview

The Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) is a proud supporting partner of the Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 taking place in Sydney from 19 – 21 March 2024.

The Generative AI for Education Leaders Summit 2024 is the first event in Australia designed for secondary and tertiary education leaders tasked with harnessing the power of generative AI while avoiding the risks.

These are unchartered waters and the stakes are high, so it’s critical that education leaders are equipped with the knowledge, tools and strategies necessary to navigate the continuously evolving AI landscape.

Join our ACSA President, Dr Deborah Price in a panel discussion on ‘How can institutions manage and minimise risk when using generative AI in education?

Register with VIP code ‘ACSA15’ to save 15% off the registration fee for Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) members. Book online here or call +61 (0)2 9977 0565.

Event 6 | Integrating AI in Education National Conference 2024 | Melbourne | ACSA - supporting partner

Integrating AI in Education National Conference 2024 | Melbourne | Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May 2024 |

Visit the Integrating AI in Education Conference Website HERE

Overview

Rethinking education in the age of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has profoundly disrupted the education sector. Whilst there remains caution with its implementation, it is an exciting time to explore the potential of AI to drive innovations in teaching and learning practices.

The Hatchery’s 2nd Integrating AI in Education conference will bring together key leaders, educators and experts to explore the positive potential of AI to transform education and enhance student learning and outcomes. This conference will unpack the present challenges relating to academic integrity, assessment and the ethical implementation of AI in schools, and in light of these concerns, explore practical solutions and best practices for leveraging AI as a tool to innovate teaching and learning.

This event will provide a thought-provoking and collaborative platform to share insights, exchange ideas and unpack the possibilities of AI to enrich the educational and learning experience for educators and students alike.

Join our ACSA President, Dr Deborah Price in a panel discussion on ‘Improving teaching, curriculum & assessment using AI’

ACSA members can register for the event here and use the code ‘ACSA‘ at checkout for $200 off the current advertised ticket price. 

2024 - ACSA BIENNIAL CURRICULUM SYMPOSIUM

Event 12 | ACSA CURRICULUM SYMPOSIUM | Brisbane | Reconceptualising Curriculum in Education: the core to inspiring and engaging all learners

Event 12 | Reconceptualising Curriculum in Education: the core to inspiring and engaging all learners | Thurs 1 August to Friday 2 August, 2024

Hotel Grand Chancellor | Brisbane | View the Symposium Website here

Curriculum Symposium Overview

Delegates will leave the Symposium with a refreshed and inspired understanding about

  • What CURRICULUM is: what counts as knowledge?

  • The purpose of CURRICULUM

  • The way CURRICULUM permeates every aspect of education

  • Their own role in working collaboratively in shaping CURRICULUM

  • Best practice models that can inform CURRICULUM enactment for their contexts

Delegates will wrestle with big picture CURRICULUM essentials

  • What is it? What is its purpose? What has it become?

  • How do teachers and leaders understand it, shape it, use it?

Delegates will deeply explore current & contemporary CURRICULUM conversations and engage with rich CURRICULUM models in practice. Delegates will be challenged to reconceptualise CURRICULUM.

Who is this Symposium for?

Those involved in or seeking to influence education through robust curriculum conversation. An opportunity to engage and wrestle with different points of view, in light of current research, and its potential impact on curriculum. A platform offering safety and respect for those sharing various perspectives.

 


Want to know more about our National Curriculum Events?  

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To find out more about ACSA’s highly successful 2023 Conference held in Brisbane 22-24, 2023, and to explore the dedicated 2023 Conference Website click Conference Program.

Online Events – Webinars – Time and Duration

During 2024 ACSA webinars will be held late Wednesday afternoons.

During Daylight Saving:

  • Qld – 4:00pm – 5:00 pm (Qld does not have DLS)
  • SA – 4:30pm – 5:30 pm (during daylight saving time)
  • ACT – 5:00pm-6:00 pm (during daylight saving time)
  • NSW – 5:00pm-6:00 pm (during daylight saving time)
  • VIC / TAS 5:00pm-6:00 pm (during daylight saving time)

All Webinars are one hour in duration.

Registered participants will be sent a link of the recorded webinar. If you are unable to watch the webinar in real time, the link will give you access to watch the webinar at a convenient time that works for you.

Why engage with Webinars?

We know how difficult it can be for busy educators to find time to attend in-person seminars and other professional learning opportunities. Timed to run concurrently with school terms, ACSA’s webinars are a great way to benefit from the knowledge of experienced curriculum planners and academics right from your desktop, wherever you may be!

Don’t miss the chance to hear leading presenters offering their insights on a range of fascinating curriculum topics. The webinars are interactive – participants can pose questions for the presenter/s, view videos and websites that the presenters refer to, and respond to poll questions put to the group. Following the webinar, participants receive a recording of the entire event for their own use or for sharing with colleagues – the recordings can be an excellent discussion vehicle for staff development.

Most webinars are cross-referenced against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers for ease of professional development planning. A certificate of participation is available on request when participants have attended the full live webinar.

Webinar Payments

Registration for one or more webinars in a series is easy. Payment is by credit card only and registration and payment must be completed before webinar log in information can be provided for attendees.

  • Member – FREE
  • Non-member – $80 GST Inc – per Webinar

Please note that registrations for most webinars close at midday (12:00pm) the day of the webinar. Please ensure that you have registered by that time. The ACSA office is unstaffed from 5:00pm (4:30pm CST) weekdays. Should you have any queries about any webinars, please contact us before that time.

Important Technical InformationPlease note that Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft, and registrations will not work via Explorer. We suggest using Google Chrome or another browser to register for any webinars.

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If your organisation is an Institutional PLUS (School/College/Uni) member with ACSA, you may download recordings of those webinars held during the life of your membership for free. Just be sure to have your member number and password ready and enter them through the member login before ordering.

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If you are interested in attending an ACSA webinar but can’t make it on the night, view the extensive range of recorded sessions available online.

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If you are unable to attend a webinar, refunds and Certificates of Participation cannot be given. Paid registrations will still receive a recording of the webinar regardless of attendance.