EREA’s Youth + Institute hosted from 27-29 July, 2018, the Doing Schools Differently Conference, a national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education. The conference brought together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for young people who have experienced barriers to education. The Conference was presented in partnership with The Peter Underwood Centre and Berry St.
Over 550 people gathered on the Gold Coast and participated in some of the following:
- Master Classes and Keynotes with Professor Russell Bishop, Nathan Wallis, Tom Brunzell and Professor Pam Snow
- Launch of the Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education (www.aafie.org.au),
- Launch of ‘Gauging the Value of Flexible Learning', a new publication of papers from the ARC linkage grant researching Flexible Learning's economic contributing to nation (www.youthplusinstitute.org.au – knowledge exchange).
- Over 35 concurrent sessions covering a range of topics associated with relational pedagogy, trauma sensitive education, the future of work, substance use and young people, project based learning, school improvement and many more
- A Yarning Circle dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education ran throughout the conference
- A Presentation by EREA's Executive Director, Dr Wayne Tinsey, on "Spirituality as inspiration, Education for Liberation and Fullness of Life"
- Informal conversations, networking, sharing and celebration of the work throughout the conference
Conference MC Dale Murray said this year’s event builds on the 2016 conference and demonstrates the great interest in Flexible Learning options for young people disenfranchised from education in this nation. Keep an eye out for DSD 2020 … dates, venue and city to be announced soon.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively
work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.