President's Message

President's Update

The 13th Convention of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 22-25 September, 2017. I attended in two capacities: as part of the contingent representing the Australian Secondary Principals Association; and as President of the Tasmanian Principals Association.

In her welcome ICP President Fiona Forbes said “our unique, forward thinking and global association works to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students. At the same time we aim to enable principals to lead effective, creative, empathetic, socially responsive and innovative schools”. (For more information on ICP go to www.icponline.org/ )

The convention was titled Brain Waves of Change. The intention of the conference was to explore and illuminate the overlap of teaching and leadership practices with information and experience gained from the field of neuroscience.

The opening keynote address was delivered by Dr. Beau Lotto and was titled “The science of seeing differently”.

Plenary speakers Dr. Judy Willis and Dr. Becky Bailey specifically addressed the neuroscience/pedagogy links and relationships in presentations respectively titled “How emotion impacts the brain’s successful learning and what to do about it” and “Self-regulation and the brain – being the change our world needs”.

Attendance at the convention has added to my perspectives on education in Tasmania and added depth to my understanding of education world-wide. The nature of the convention itself meant that I spent time with colleagues from around the world – hearing about their systems, their schools, their students and communities. I was able to observe, albeit briefly, South African society. Colleagues from  other Australian jurisdictions have an additional “common language” gained from our shared experiences which has been in evidence in subsequent meetings of national boards and councils. This has been particularly reflected in discussions and positions relating to current tensions between the “on-paper” curriculum, and the development of student “capabilities”.


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