Read more about the keynote speakers

Mark Treadwell

Consultant, Mark Treadwell Consultancy, NZ

Mark Treadwell is an independent consultant who has addressed over 200 regional, national and international conferences/seminars over the last five years. He speaks on the transformation of education required in order to address the issues of the current paradigm shift in education and the changes in teaching and learning practices necessary for today’s learners. Mark has completed extensive research into the future of schooling, curriculum design, neuroscience, technology and the impact these have on teaching and learning practices. He has written two major literature reviews on the future of education and how the brain learns as well as developing a global conceptual curriculum and the KnowledgeNET online learning environment.

Stephen Harris

Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School; Director, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning, NSW

Stephen Harris has presented at numerous conferences in the last decade. Key topics have included the role of technology in learning, school design, strategies for shifting school leadership and pedagogy to a 21st century context and more recently on the importance of learning space design as being pivotal to school transformation. Stephen has been the Principal of Northern Beaches Christian School, Sydney, Australia since 1999 and in 2005 founded the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (www.scil.com.au), a research and innovation unit within the school. NBCS has around 1300 day students attending school within a hybrid learning context and a further 200 online students. “Northern Beaches Christian School: one of the most innovative in the world…” Charles Leadbeater, June 2011.

Christian Long

Vice President Education, Co-Practice Leader, The Third Teacher + Studio

Christian Long is an educator, school planner, technology expert, passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, and educational futurist. Christian works for Cannon Design’s global education group where he helps to lead The Third Teacher + studio. Additionally, he was the founder of Be Playful, a collaborative educational design agency and founder/co-developer of Prototype Design Camp, an innovative national design program for young creatives, collaborating on real problems in the real world in real time. Additionally, Christian speaks nationally and internationally on topics ranging from emerging trends in education, 21st Century technology and social media, and innovative school planning practices.

Trung (“Le”) Le

Principal, Education; Co-Practice Leader, The Third Teacher + Studio

As the leader of Cannon Design’s global K-12 education group and founder of The Third Teacher + studio, Trung Le is a widely-recognized advocate for incorporating multiple intelligences and diverse learning styles in the design of education environments. During his 20-year career, he has focused on creating spaces encouraging student inquiry and imagination, and what it means to be a part of a global community. Le is a frequent speaker at national and international education and design conferences, and his collaboration with Bruce Mau resulted in the publication, The Third Teacher.

Dr Julia Atkin

Education Consultant, Learning by Design, NSW, Australia

Dr Julia Atkin has a passion for understanding how we learn and what supports and enhances learning. Her desire to contribute to the transformation of education for 21stC has involved her in all aspects of educational re-design – pedagogy, curriculum, leadership as well as facilities review and design. Awards for her work include Apple Distinguished Educator, 2000 - 2004, Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal - 2000 in recognition of the contribution her work has made to the learning of teachers and the children of Australia. In October 2003, The Bulletin named Julia as one of Australia’s Smart 100 – a list of one hundred people, ten in ten fields, making a difference to Australian society through innovation.

John Leonard

John Leonard, Principal, Freeville School and Kaiarahi Professional Learning and Development for Te Tapuae o Rehua, Christchurch

John Leonard has been seconded from his usual role as Principal of Freeville School and is currently working for Te Tapuae o Rehua. Te Tapuae o Rehua is a consortium of Te Runanga o NgŒi Tahu and the five major tertiary institutions of the South Island. He manages “Mau ki te Ako”, a contract delivering culturally responsive in-service professional development to teachers in the South Island (Primary and Secondary) and the lower half of the North Island (Secondary). John’s school was devastated by the quake, with the majority of his school zone now red, yet he has maintained his roll and is still the school of choice in the area. John was awarded a Canterbury Earthquake Award for services to his school community.

Mike Anderson

Principal, Waimairi School, Christchurch, NZ

Mike Anderson is Principal at Waimairi Primary School and an avid promoter of the use of ICT in primary school teaching. Mike’s school of over 500 students was hit hard in the February earthquake. His work on keeping his community together and basing it on strong learning has been recognised throughout Christchurch.

This page last updated: Thursday 14 February 2013