Keynote speakers

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Dr Jane Jarvis

Dr Jane Jarvis is a Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). She holds a PhD from the University of Virginia, United States, and has worked as a teacher, school counsellor, behaviour support practitioner and administrator, in both disability and education settings. Before joining ACER, Jane’s work at Flinders University, Australia included helping to establish initial teacher education programs in inclusive and specialized education, developing undergraduate and postgraduate coursework in differentiated instruction, inclusive education, and gifted education and co-directing the Research in Inclusive and Specialised Education (RISE) Initiative. She also worked with many schools throughout Australia and internationally to build their capacity for inclusive practice, including within the IB framework. Jane is passionate about collaborating with educators at all levels and helping teachers build their capacity to design differentiated learning experiences to support diverse young people so they can thrive.

Sneak peek

What does it really mean to teach academically diverse learners in an inclusive school effectively?

If we are going to educate young people for an inclusive future, we need to ensure they have inclusive learning experiences within inclusive schools. As educators, this means knowing exactly what “inclusive” looks like at the classroom, school and system level.

In the classroom, inclusive practice for academically diverse learners is often oversimplified as “just good teaching” or overcomplicated as “unrealistic”. Effective inclusive practice is somewhere in between—it is challenging but also attainable by the average teacher. At the school level, inclusive practice is sometimes considered entirely in the classroom, or entirely within a separate program or place. Again, effective inclusive practice lies somewhere in between these extremes.

In this presentation, Jane will share how her understanding of inclusive practice in classrooms and schools has developed over time through experience and research. She will also highlight the “must have” elements of inclusive practice. Jane will challenge participants to consider opportunities to build inclusive capacity at their own sites.

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a multi-award-winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of nine books.

With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.

Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has been featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004 and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations.

Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Dr Helen Street

Dr Helen Street is an internationally acclaimed educational consultant and applied social psychologist. She is the co-founder of Positive Schools and the creator of Contextual Wellbeing. She is a consultant to schools all over the world, a best-selling author and an honorary fellow at The University of Western Australia. 

Helen is known as a pioneer in the development and support of long-term learning engagement and wellbeing accomplished through whole school systemic change. Her first book, Standing Without Shoes, includes a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her fourth book, Contextual Wellbeing, is an international best-seller in education.

She co-founded Positive Schools with Neil Porter. This includes the highly respected Positive Schools conference series, Positive Schools Online and consultancy services supporting Contextual Wellbeing. 

Helen lives in Western Australia and will be releasing her fifth book, which reimagines resilience, in late 2023.