The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) conference targets all those involved in leadership in the education sector, from top-tier leaders to teachers and administrators. The event features high-quality speakers and dynamic, engaging forums designed to deliver practical theory from real-life case studies.
The ACEL conference, however, is not strictly about education. Participants will be invited to address the proposition that the world has changed fundamentally over the last 10 years in ways that are not yet widely understood. According to Daniel Pink, we have moved beyond the Knowledge Age and entered the Conceptual Age, where creativity is now as important as intellectual endeavour. In Australia, where the media and politicians continue to regard the effectiveness of schools to be reflected in their comparative NAPLAN results, Pink’s proposition has major implications for education, and hence for educational leaders. Daniel Pink will launch the conference with a Provocation to participants, and he will engage the audience in discussing it.
The Provocation session will be followed by a Purpose session and a Practice session. In each, presenters will focus on the relevant pillar as it relates to leading in the Conecptual Age. Every session will be interactive, which means that conference participants will be major contributors to the event proceedings.
A post-conference professional learning resource will be developed and produced, based on the evolving themes of the conference. It will be a tool that participants can use in the contexts of their own schools for their own professional learning, and to use with teachers, parents, and governing bodies.