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    The AIS ICT Management and Leadership Conference 2017 - Disrupt | Adapt | Transform

    Schools are no different to other contemporary workplaces; they often seek to be innovative and find ways to work smarter, faster and achieve more. Disruption and adaption are an integral part of any school’s ICT function; in fact, the ICT department often initiates, enables and supports transformation. But with change comes disruption. Adopting new technologies, changing the way schools operate and retiring some practices can be more than unsettling; it can lead to having to learn new techniques in a short amount of time, organise professional learning for staff, downtime and sometimes, manage frustration. This conference will address preparation for the disruptive technologies that will enable greater benefits in the future.

    This is the premier event for all ICT professionals in school education in Australia and continues to develop a truly national focus. For ICT managers and others leading their school's technology agenda, this conference provides a specialised technology learning experience. See how colleagues in ICT management and leadership roles are leveraging ICT to support school improvement and learning outcomes. Explore innovative solutions and technologies, address questions surrounding ICT infrastructure, governance, leadership and management, and exchange experiences and ideas with other ICT management professionals.

    For more information, including the program and information about accommodation and more, please go to

    Please note that delegates at this conference are school employees. Vendors or those with a commercial interest in attending are not permitted to attend as delegates. If you are not a school employee, please direct any queries to the conference convenor, John Clear at

    Primary & Secondary: School leaders and ICT professionals


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Wednesday 03, MAY. - 10:30 am for 11:00am - 10:00pm National Convention Centre, Canberra, CANBERRA
    #2 Thursday 04, MAY. - 8:00am for 8:30am - 10:30pm National Convention Centre, Canberra, CANBERRA
    #3 Friday 05, MAY. - 8:45am for 9:00am - 3:30pm National Convention Centre, Canberra, CANBERRA
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    The NSW Cross-sectoral German Conference 2017 - Wohin geht die Reise?

    A day of sharing innovative and engaging teaching strategies to enhance your teaching and learning of German. Strengthen your professional connections, deepen your knowledge of contemporary Germany and contribute to the growth of the German teaching profession in NSW. Workshop sessions will include effective ICT tools to use in the German classroom, innovative programming, differentiation strategies, language promotion ideas and more. This Languages conference has been organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institut. It is jointly subsidised by the Goethe Institut and AISNSW and supported by the NSW Department of Education and the Catholic Education Commission NSW.

    Primary & Secondary: Teachers of German K-12



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 12, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Rydges Sydney Central, Surry Hills
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    The AIS Teacher Librarian Conference 2017 - Looking Forward - Space, Technology, Pedagogy

    The school library has evolved and exists simultaneously in the physical, virtual and pedagogical spaces. At the 2017 conference, experts and specialists in each of these areas will inspire the school teacher librarian to best use each of these dimensions to occupy a diverse and significant place in future education. As always, a significant Australian author will provoke and entertain participants. Our colleagues will share innovations and best practice through the popular and informative Lightning Talks.

    Primary & Secondary: Teacher Librarians 3-12


    Teacher Librarian

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 12, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
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    The AIS Studies of Religion Conference 2017 - Enhancing Student Learning in Studies of Religion

    The 2017 Studies of Religion Conference will focus on the significance of this academic subject in providing students with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the meaning and positive influence of religious traditions in society and, in particular in Australian society. Participants will attend workshops showcasing effective classroom strategies that encourage broad thinking and deeper engagement with the course content. The day will also consider innovative ways to enhance the consciousness of students about the influence, nature and importance of belief systems and religious diversity in a multi-faith world.

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of Stage 6 Studies of Religion



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 16, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm Santa Sabina College, STRATHFIELD
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    The AIS Visual Arts Conference 2017 - The Medium Is The Message

    The 2017 Visual Arts Conference will be held once again at the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art. An investigation of both historical and contemporary practice, critical theories, history and philosophy will be explored through artist and teacher-led conversations, presentations and workshops. An emphasis on how the media and the digital world has influenced artist practice, philosophies and intentions will be explored. Experts in various expressive forms will deliver comprehensive and innovative approaches to art making processes and techniques in the following expressive forms: photomedia, film and painting. Teachers will participate in a range of workshops with the view of enhancing classroom practice and the MCA Artist Educators will provide information about exciting upcoming shows at the MCA and the vast array of educational resources and support available to schools.

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of Visual Arts 7-12


    Visual Arts

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 16, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
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    The AIS School Counsellors’ Conference 2017 - Let's Get Real

    The School Counsellors' Conference is the stellar professional learning event of 2017 drawing together counsellors from across NSW independent schools and this year we celebrate our 21st birthday. The annual conference focuses on research, ethics and current mental health practice in our schools, with keynote speakers, two sets of workshops and time for sharing ideas. Extended workshops will focus on supervision and ethical dilemmas plus critical incident counselling. This year also includes Power Workshops on the pressing demands within schools around problematic internet usage, domestic violence and other family related issues. The conference affords participants with opportunities for collegial discussion and networking throughout the two days.

    This two day conference includes one single room per participant for one night, all meals and the conference dinner. Additional nights should be booked directly with the hotel. If you wish to share a room please contact Marion Delprado at

    Primary & Secondary: School Counsellors K-12


    School Counsellor

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 25, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Terrigal
    #2 Friday 26, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Terrigal
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    The AIS TAS Conference 2017 - InspirED: Leveraging Technology Education for 21st Century Students

    The number of young and talented entrepreneurs is on the rise and the 21st Century is shaping as a new age of collaboration and integration. This conference will focus on ways in which we can inspire students across all technology fields to study, work and thrive within the new global marketplace. The day will provide a number of opportunities to explore ways to prepare, support and encourage students to showcase their ideas and take advantage of their creativity and ingenuity. A range of workshops will be on offer allowing participants to sel

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of TAS 7-12



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 30, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm Knox Grammar School, WAHROONGA
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    The AIS Social Media Conference 2017 - The Business of Social Media in Schools

    NSW independent school leaders, executive and communication teams are invited to attend the inaugural AIS Social Media Conference 2017 – The Business of Social Media in Schools.

    Delegates will learn from industry, education and legal experts on how to harness social media as a powerful tool to support school business strategies and manage its associated risks.

    The innovative program covers:
    • smarter ways to promote your school brand
    • growing market share and enrolments using social analytics
    • workshopping hypothetical school critical incidents on social media
    • developing valuable relationships with school stakeholder communities
    • sharing leadership values to build school communities
    • social trends in the playground and checklists on managing risks

    Presenters include:
    • Julie Inman Grant – Australian Commissioner, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission
    • Brad Howarth – former technology editor, BRW and author of Managing for Change
    • Laurel Papworth – social media expert, SilkCharm
    • Glenis Carroll – Executive Director, Marketing, University of Western Sydney
    • Tracey Cain, Managing Director, Australian Public Affairs
    • Dr Briony Scott, Principal, Wenona School
    • Ian Hewitt, Principal, The Anglican School Googong
    • Charles Alexander, AISNSW Legal Consultant
    • Cara Langley, Child Protection Manager, AISNSW

    More presenters to be revealed soon

    Primary & Secondary: Principals, school executive, business managers, school marketing/communication managers and school social media administrators


    Whole School Focus

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 02, JUN. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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    The AIS Music Conference 2017 - Enhancing the Musical Mindset

    This exciting one day conference will explore the importance of mindset and how it is a critical factor for musical success. A variety of themes will be explored through keynote presentations and interactive workshops including the following:
    - How do we maximise student drive, passion and curiosity?
    - Strategies for approaching Musicology for the Music 2 student.
    - How do we bring choice to Mandatory Music: does pop music really work?
    - Singing: breaking down the perceived barriers.
    - A developmental approach to composition: arranging, improvising and original composition.
    - Technology: a hindrance or an asset in the music classroom?

    Secondary: Heads of department, teachers of Music 7-12 and peripatetic teachers



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 09, JUN. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm St Joseph's College, HUNTERS HILL
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    The AIS Economics Conference 2017 - Expanding the Frontiers of Economics

    The 2017 Economics Conference provides teachers with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of contemporary domestic and global economic conditions. Shane Oliver (AMP Chief Economist) and Brad Matthews (Plain English Economics Publisher) will share their insights into key factors influencing global and domestic economic conditions and policies. The 2016 HSC Economics HSC examination will be analysed and you will also hear from highly experienced classroom teachers who will share strategies to enhance student learning and examination performance.

    Secondary: Heads of HSIE departments and teachers of Economics



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 20, JUL. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm Ravenswood School For Girls, GORDON
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    The AIS Geography Conference 2017 - Stimulating 21st Century Geographers: Exploring Learning through Fieldwork

    The NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum Geography 7–10 has revitalised enthusiasm for Geography. The 2017 Geography Conference will provide a variety of teaching and learning strategies, assessment ideas and fieldwork activities designed to engage diverse learners in the 21st century classroom. A variety of inspiring presentations and workshops will assist teachers to navigate the NSW syllabus with creative tasks, stimulating assessment examples and dynamic fieldwork to support the ongoing implementation of the curriculum.

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of Geography 7-12



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 24, JUL. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm Ascham School, EDGECLIFF
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    The AIS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2017 - 2017

    To understand, enable and action Cultural Competence across school communities it is vital to instil Cultural Competence not only in school leaders and teachers, but also in the next generation of students. This conference will provide delegates with a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence and how knowledge and skills can be embedded within the curriculum to enable all students to develop culturally competent skills for a more inclusive society.

    This conference has been subsidised as a priority under Students First.

    Primary & Secondary: School leaders and classroom teachers K-12 along with Aboriginal education workers and mentors


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 11, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 5:00pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
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    The AIS Heads of Sport Conference 2017 - Diving into Sport

    Heads of Sport carry significant whole school responsibilities whose outcomes are there for all to see. The AIS Heads of Sport Conference will address best practice and emerging ideas for those both new and experienced in the role. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore a range of issues, challenges and opportunities impacting upon sport and sporting staff in their schools. The key conference themes will include sports psychology, risk management, managing staff, innovations in coaching and more. In addition to conference content, delegates will have the opportunity to network with peers across a range of independent schools and engage with a variety of relevant exhibitors and conference sponsors throughout the event.

    This two day conference includes one single room per participant for one night, all meals and the conference dinner. Additional nights should be booked directly with the hotel.

    Primary & Secondary: Heads of Sport



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 21, AUG. - 10:00am for 10:30am - 4:30pm Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley
    #2 Tuesday 22, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley
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    The AIS Society and Culture Conference 2017 - Unpacking the Complexities

    This twilight conference will explore the complexities of the Society and Culture course focusing on designing resources, programming and assessment. Experienced teachers of Society and Culture will facilitate the sessions, investigating a variety of content areas across the Preliminary and HSC courses including the Personal Interest Project. The program will also enable participants to engage in collaboration and networking with colleagues to share best practice and unpack the dilemmas commonly faced by Society and Culture teachers.

    Secondary: Heads of HSIE and teachers of Society and Culture



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 22, AUG. - 3.15pm for 3.30pm - 7.30pm AISNSW, SYDNEY
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    The AIS Student Wellbeing Conference 2017 - Spring into Wellbeing

    What is wellbeing? How does this look in our schools? This conference will explore whole school wellbeing and challenge you to freshen your current practices. Keynote presentations and workshops will focus on a range of evidence-based practices including social and emotional learning in schools. Delegates will have opportunities to refresh their thinking, be challenged by big picture ideas and engage in professional dialogue to share ideas with others.

    This conference has been subsidised through funding from Transport for NSW under the Road Safety Education (RSE) program.

    Primary & Secondary: Executive staff responsible for student wellbeing, directors of pastoral care, stage/year level coordinators, heads of house, class tutors, heads of PDHPE and all K-12 staff with an interest in student wellbeing


    Student Wellbeing

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 01, SEP. - 9:00am for 9:30am - 4:00pm Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Manly
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    The AIS Mathematics Conference 2017 - HoDs Day

    With the senior NSW Mathematics syllabuses undergoing radical change for the first time in many years, this conference aims to provide ideas, strategies and activities to facilitate implementation in 2018. A variety of speakers will include researchers and classroom practitioners along with a NSW Education Standards Authority update. New topics including statistics in the calculus courses, project work, changes in assessment and resources will all be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to share Stage 6 resources.  The day will conclude with drinks and canapes.

    Secondary: Heads of department, assistant heads and experienced teachers of Mathematics



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 01, SEP. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 5:00pm Ascham School, EDGECLIFF
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    The AIS Conference 2017 - Reconceptualising Assessment: Unlocking Learning and Broadening Pract

    Assessment is recognised as a critical component of quality teaching in driving and enabling student learning and it serves multiple purposes in schools. Many challenges exist in the development and implementation of fresh assessment cultures within schools. The two-day AIS Conference will focus on the complex area of assessment and is designed to explore different ways to strengthen and develop effective school-based assessment practices that will enhance student engagement and achievement and address the recent HSC assessment refo

    Secondary: Heads of teaching and learning, heads of curriculum, leaders of learning and heads of department


    Whole School Focus

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 04, SEP. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, Sydney
    #2 Tuesday 05, SEP. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, Sydney
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    The AIS Primary Conference 2017 - A More Beautiful Question

    Wonder, joy and passion are contagious. Come and catch the bug! If you’re passionate about creating a rich learning environment, if you’ve ever wondered how to cultivate the natural curiosity of students, and if the thought of designing learning that fascinates them fills you with joy, we invite you to join us. In this hands on day, we’ll explore these ideas, taking up the challenge of E.E. Cummings, “Always the beautiful answer, who asks a more beautiful question."  Questions are a learner’s most powerful tool and a

    Primary: Teachers K-6


    Classroom Practice

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 08, SEP. - 8:00am for 8:30am - 4:00pm Australian National Maritime Museum, SYDNEY
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    The AIS English Conference 2017 - Rocketing to New Horizons

    10, 9, 8, 7 . . . The countdown has begun!
    Are you ready to blast off on a new adventure, boldly going where no-one has gone before, as we launch into the newly revised Stage 6 English syllabus? This conference is devoted to helping teachers successfully navigate the uncharted space of the first new frontier - Year 11 Preliminary English. Conference workshops will be your guide to the galaxy as we orbit around this ‘brave new world’ of Year 11 mandatory modules and new age assessment while we speculate on ways to broaden our students’ horizons.

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of English 7-12



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 08, SEP. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
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    The AIS Student Services Conference 2017 - Every Student, Every Lesson, Every Day

    How do teachers meet the needs of every student, every lesson, every day? Research shows school leadership drives coherent systems for continuous improvement. Teachers require instructional agility to utilise data in a framework of multi-tiered systems of support to make informed decisions about implementing evidence-based practices. Keynote speakers and workshops will focus on setting high expectations for ALL students, including those with complex needs and those at risk, through intentional, inclusive instruction and curriculum de

    Primary & Secondary: Principals, school executive, teachers K-12 and learning support staff


    Special Ed

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 11, SEP. - 8:30am for 8:45am - 4:30pm Hotel Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, Sydney
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    The AIS Languages Conference 2017 - Lifting Languages: A Focus on Quality Teaching

    With a focus on innovative teaching and learning strategies in K-10, effective HSC preparation and creative approaches to programming, this two day conference will inspire and energise teachers of all languages. Delegates will learn new ICT tools to integrate into their teaching, strategies to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and how different approaches to programming, including the IB courses, ignite the motivation of students and provide relevance to their learning. Updates on the latest curriculum and language polic

    Primary & Secondary: Executive staff, middle leaders, teachers of Languages K-12



    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 12, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
    #2 Friday 13, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
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    The AIS Alternate Education Conference 2017 - Inspiration, Motivation, Results

    Research indicates school completion leads to greater employment opportunities, community inclusion and improved wellbeing for students at risk thus breaking the cycle in which many of our young people are caught. How do we build learning communities that strengthen protective factors, promote inclusiveness and are student-centred with increased family engagement and support networks? This conference will explore flexible approaches to capacity building to meet the needs of disengaged youth within alternate education settings.

    Secondary: School executive, teachers and allied professionals working in alternate education settings along with any interested stakeholders in alternate education delivery


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Wednesday 18, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm AISNSW, SYDNEY
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    The AIS Education Research Symposium 2017 - Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

    The research to practice gap is a well recognised barrier to improving educator practice and student outcomes. The AIS Education Research Symposium is an opportunity for educators and researchers to come together to bridge this gap by sharing and discussing the variety of robust and timely research undertaken in independent schools, and the education sector more widely. Presentations will showcase research and implementation undertaken by educators, practitioner researchers and academics across a wide range of educational topics.

    Primary & Secondary: School leaders and teachers K-12


    Whole School Focus

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 20, OCT. - 8:45am for 9:00am - 5:00pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
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    The AIS DigiSTEM Conference 2017 - Collaborate to Create

    The AISNSW DigiSTEM Conference 2017 will provide opportunities to examine the ways Digital Technologies and Information Communication Technology (ICT) are being taught in schools especially through integrated approaches such as STEM and STEAM. The program will cater for educators interested in either a pedagogical, integrated or more technically specific approach to teaching with or about technology in a variety of subject areas. This two day event will include a showcase of 26 Round 3 STEM projects from schools across NSW and the ACT. Projects include a permaculture garden, billy cart construction, solving real world problems through design, PBL in STEM, fostering community STEM partnerships, and creating integrated and whole school STEM/STEAM education. Presenters will include leading specialists in digital technology teaching, STEM education experts, educators and students.

    This conference has been subsidised through funding to support STEM in schools.

    Primary & Secondary: Heads of department, ICT integrators, ICT managers, classroom teachers, teacher librarians and teachers of STEM, TAS, Design and Technology, and Information and Digital Technology


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 23, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
    #2 Tuesday 24, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm University of Technology, ULTIMO



The Association of Independent Schools of NSW is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher in NSW. the courses in this professional learning calendar will contribute the indicated hours and minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing the listed Standard Descriptors from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


In order to be eligible to receive the NESA Registered PD hours and have these recorded with NESA, and to receive an AIS certificate of participation, all components of an AIS professional learning course, conference or online activity need to be completed. This includes:

  • Attendance for the entire duration of the activity/event, including signing on each day where applicable and recording your individual NESA number
  • Appropriate participation including engaging fully with face to face or online activities.
  • In online modules, appropriate participation includes providing meaningful and substantial contributions to group discussions, writing detailed reflections and providing feedback to other participants as required.
  • Completion of pre, post and online tasks where applicable

Not fully meeting the participation requirements may result in professional learning hours not being registered with NESA and/or the participation certificate not be awarded.

For further information about Professional Learning services please contact Head of Teaching, Learning and Program Implementation Services - Darryl Buchanan on 02 9299 2845 or