Bastow’s popular Twilight seminar series had its grand finale for 2014 on 3 December with more than a hundred people attending the Transforming Schools: principal to principal event based on the themes of Maxine McKew’s book, Class Act
Twilight seminars are regular evening events that give Victorian educators the opportunity to share insights and learn more about a wide range of education and early childhood leadership topics. Leading academics, industry experts and innovative thinkers present at the seminars.
Maxine McKew hosted the December event. Participants reflected on how school principals could halt the decline in school performance by replicating successful practice and leadership across the school system in a Q&A, facilitated by Maxine with a panel of educational leaders and change makers.
Participants’ thinking was stimulated by addresses from education thought leaders including John Hattie, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Bruce Armstrong, DEECD, and Professor Linda Darling Hammond, Centre for Opportunity Policy in Education. This was one of the most popular Twilight Seminars held this year.
Another popular Twilight seminar was Realising the Potential of Music Education
(PDF - 76 Kb). This seminar was presented in partnership with DEECD’s Primary Learning and Development Reform Branch and discussed the essential role school leaders play in supporting music programs.
A series of seminars about student learning, delivered in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), also received extremely positive feedback, as did the two sessions on engaging students and resilience presented by Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist who specialises in working with schools across Australia.
Bastow has more seminars planned in all these areas and more for 2015. Work is underway to design additional music education sessions; the next Early Years Twilight event will be held on 11 March 2015; and two student wellbeing seminars are planned for 25 February and 5 March, with the first, a seminar on bullying prevention, presented by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
, child and adolescent psychologist, author and broadcaster.
Twilight Seminars are also accessible via video hubs. These are an effective and easy way for rural and regional schools to take part in these events. We are keen to partner with staff from schools and early childhood services who are interested in becoming Video Hub leaders
to coordinate participation via video with schools, services and related organisations in their areas.
Hubs can access unlimited Bastow events at the subsidised cost of $150 for 6 months or $250 for 12 months. If you would like to register for this opportunity, visit our Regional Partnerships