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Beyond a Label - Reimagining Learning Differences

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Alberton Primary

14 Broad St

Queenstown, SA 5014

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Our guest speakers will share inspiring stories of what is possible when every child is viewed through a competent lens.

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This conference seeks to ask some BIG questions about the educational opportunities we offer for children with learning differences (AKA disabilities, special rights, addtional needs).

What happens when we consciously choose to see every child as capable of learning?

What if we refuse to define children by their disability or 'additional need' that place them as requiring remediation or 'fixing'?

What challenges does this bring to educator's image of their role and of the purpose for education?

Join our three guest speakers for a day of inspiring stories, big questions and rich dialogue as we seek to honour the voices of the child, the family and the educator.

Jill McLachlan

Jill is a self-confessed ‘multiple hat wearer’ whose life is best compared to a juggling act. She is an author, business owner and a mum. In any given week, you can find her keynoting at a conference, writing from her home office, facilitating a workshop for a team of teachers or, throwing on yet another load of washing! Jill’s business, The Curious Teacher, provides a range of services to schools and early childhood settings. Her celebrated book ‘Unearthing Why’, brings together rich stories from practice, that celebrate children’s capacity to learn and think together. Whether she’s speaking, writing, teaching or leading - you can be sure Jill will be inviting educators to put rich theory into practice each and every day.

What if Different was Normal?

When Jill found herself unexpectedly working in a school for children with special rights she was initially overwhelmed and felt completely out of her depth. From those uncertain beginnings, she began a profound and complex journey with a group of children and educators. She learnt more than she taught and discovered a taste of what the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas might have meant by ‘welcoming strangeness’ and ‘letting the other be the other’. Jill is joining us for this special conference to share stories and lessons learnt from that important time in her work as an educator and leader.

Brenna McNeil

Brenna McNeil is an international educator and leader since 2003 who has lived and worked in many different cultures and school contexts around the world. Homesickness finally struck, and she returned to Australia in 2018. Her experiences abroad have shaped her beliefs about education, specifically the importance of respecting all individuals, all cultures, and all ways of knowing.

A Paradigm of Potential

After a lifetime of learning, experience, and reflection, Brenna finally took action to address a suspicion that had been forming at the back of her mind for years. After returning to Australia to access health services she wasn’t able to during her fifteen years living abroad, Brenna was diagnosed with ADHD in late 2018. Brenna will share her experiences as a student and adult with undiagnosed ADHD, and her wish for conditions such as ADHD to be viewed through a competency lens in order for everyone’s potential to be realised.

Also featuring inspiring stories from a parent and educator.

Saturday 7th September

9:00am - 3:30pm

Registration opens at 8:30am

Please indicate dietary considerations when registering.

Are you a team of more than 4 who want to particiapte together? Email the names of your team to Melissa at admin@lisaburman.com.au for a discount code.

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