“EdInnovators” – educating NOW for the 2030s

It has never been as big as this year: Over 650 educators, students and parents will join the Literacy and Numeracy Festival 2019 at the Education Development Centre from 22nd of August till 27th of August. “This year we are celebrating a 5-day festival with professional development from Birth to Year 12, from Early Learning Centres to Senior Secondary level. It’s all about educating now for the 2030s”, said Rod Nancarrow, executive director of Educators SA that is running the event.

On Thursday parents will learn how they can support their child’s learning best at the Parent and Community Forum. Professor Martin Westwell, Chief Executive of the SACE Board, will talk about actions that impact child’s learning. “This event was sold out quickly which shows us how high the demand is. We need to engage with parents more because they make such an enormous contribution to their child’s learning development.”

On Friday student participation and agency are on the agenda. What do students want in the literacy/numeracy space and how can they contribute? The Student Forum provides an opportunity for 100 students and their teachers to contribute to the Literacy and Numeracy Agenda – at the site level and at a State-wide level. We want to give students a voice to support their Literacy and Numeracy improvement agenda.

Meeting diverse learning needs is everyone’s business and the Saturday Seminars program has something in it for everyone. Ten sessions will address educator requests for deeper learning and engagement around working with groups of students with identified learning needs such as dyslexia, EALD Learners, inclusion and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learners.

Monday and Tuesday are the traditional core learning days for educators. There’s something for all educators including support staff, teachers and leaders, across all year levels ECL/Preschool to Senior secondary, including Department for Education, Independent Schools and Catholic Education. Each day commences with a Keynote followed by 60 sessions: Dr Jon Callow from the University of Sydney will talk about English and Literacy – from early language to multimodal texts on Monday. Simon Pampena, the Australian Numeracy Ambassador and Mathemaniac, is doing a keynote about creativity, community and clickbait: Mathematical engagement in the Age of Social Media.

Educators SA is a peak body representing 60+ professional associations and 15 000 educators. It supports these associations in their pursuit of quality education by linking, promoting and serving them. It aims to lead and support its member associations in professional learning, strategic intent and capacity building for the future.

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