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Teachers Matter Conference 2020 Speakers & Topics

Megan Gallagher
Megan Gallagher

Megan is a teacher who is passionate about using neuroscience to inform practise and support learners to be their best selves. Teacher wellbeing is a topic close to her heart.

Teaching and Learning with Heart and Brain in Mind

Happy healthy teachers tend to have happier healthier classrooms where learners do better academically, socially and emotionally. Using what we know about the brain and how it works can help us with our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our learners so we are all in a better place to learn and grow.

Karen is  globally respected educator who is a champion for LifeLong Learning. She is known for her engaging, entertaining and practical keynotes, workshops and professional development sessions. Karen has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Education and is an expert in effective teaching and learning, smarting smarter not harder, motivation and positive thinking.

The Art & Science of Resilience, Empathy & Metacognition - plus The Necessary Social Skills

Explore practical and explicits ways to teach resilience, empathy and metacognition and other key skills that lead to sound social and emotional wellbeing. You will experience the learning cycle, strategies to encourage deep thinking and ways to encourage more kindness and understanding of others in the classroom.

Karen will also talk about the necessary social skills, including how to give and receive an apology, social norms and why going the extra mile and adding value is a key ingredient to success.

Karen Tui Boyes
Karen Tui Boyes
Kate Mason
Kate Mason

Kate has worked as a teacher, a coach and has 30 years in business development including training staff in leadership and relationship skills. She currently assists schools, business workplaces and individuals in discovering the impact that innate personality type plays in their relationships and roles within their work.

Nurturing and Building our Emotional and Social Needs

Knowing who you are, how you react to situations, what level of social and emotional you naturally use, the areas that cause greatest joys and greatest stresses are imperative to your personal growth, development and resilience. If you do not understand what makes you tick and know how to make yourself emotionally well and happy, how can you successfully pass this onto those that you teach.

Matt is an experienced Middle School practitioner and a member of the Adolescent Success management committee in Australia. He believes empowering students to be more independent problem solvers by accessing their own previous experience is essential to their success.

In Search of PEaCK Performance

This presentation explores a way of empowering students through attaching greater value to their individual stories. By celebrating the individual and helping them to recognise and draw from the rich store of experiences each of them brings to the current learning, we can help them to see the value in their life story. They don’t have to be the top performers, but if we can help them to be the best THEY can be by connecting with their own schema and seeing the value it can add to their school experience, then we can help students to develop their self-esteem, confidence and hopefully, independence.

Matt Atkinson
Matt Atkinson
Cathy Sheppard
Cathy Sheppard

Cathy is passionate about helping people work more effectively with others, developing leaders, building effective teams, and reducing conflict. She helps people and groups learn more about themselves and others, how and why people operate the way they do, what makes teams cohesive, building trust, reducing conflict, improving communication, and empowering leaders to lead their people more effectively.

Working in Teams - So difficult, but yet so awesome when it works!

Learn the tools to help build the team to get everyone on the same page, so people can leverage each other’s strengths, have much more productive conflict, and achieve so much more together. Awesome teams get great results, have less stress, and are much more fun to be part of!

Anne is passionate and experienced in the role of social and emotional learning in organisations. Her extensive achievements in academia, law, human resources, change and leadership means Anne knows all too well the pressures organisations and teachers face in the world today!

Futureproof: Embracing the Heart and Science of Learning

In this session, we will explore the neuroscience of cognition, emotional and social learning and its relationship with cognitive overload, stress and anxiety; all significant impediments to learning and wellbeing. We'll also briefly look at the contagiousness of emotions and how that can impact our colleagues, students and even those we love the most, our families.

Anne Riches
Anne Riches
Adrain Rennie
Adrain Rennie

Adrian is a career teacher of almost 30 years and is currently deputy principal of a primary school in Christchurch. He specialises in using Art Costa's Habits of Mind to develop resilience and success in students.

Success Through the Habits of Mind

Adrian will share a case study of how the Habits of Mind have been developed in a Christchurch integrated primary school to support academic success and well being in students. Hear how student understanding of the Habits has been deepened and applied right across the school.

Margaret's career in teaching, combined with her expertise in social/emotional learning allows her to integrate the affective domain (people skills) with the academic curriculum. Her use of brain- compatible strategies to engage and internalise learning allows her to create unique, cross-curricular programs that reach all students.

SmArts for Well-Being: How thinking and communication skills increase well-being

In this interactive talk, practical social and emotional learning (SEL) will include three time-tested strategies that can transform a culture to include a powerful sense of community and well-being.  Incorporate these step by step practices and develop a philosophy of self-care, acceptance, understanding and growth…a culture ripe for learning.

Margaret Boersma
Margaret Boersma