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Learning Choices Expo 23-24 June 2004

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Introductions & welcome
Colin James (MC)
Altmore International
Colin James is one of Australia’s leading Corporate Trainers, working extensively throughout Australasia and the Asia Pacific region consulting, designing, implementing and delivering training programs across a diverse range of subjects. He is Managing Director and Principal Trainer of Altmore International, the training company he established in 1989.
Opening address
Jack Dusseldorp
Dusseldorp Skills Forum
Jack is currently Chairman of the Dusseldorp Skills Forum. In 1999, he was elected President of WorldSkills (reelected in 2003), the International Vocational Training Organisation. He was Founder, Executive Director, and Chairman and is still a Board Member of the WorldSkills Australia Foundation (previously WorkSkill) a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to raise the status and standards of vocational training and work skills. Jack has Degrees in both Social Science and Law and his working life has included time with the Law Foundation, the Evatt Foundation and heading up the Office of Youth Affairs in the Prime Ministers Department in 1985.Download speech PDF – 40 kB
Not back to the 70′s!!! Good practice in learning alternatives.
Roger Holdsworth
Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
Roger Holdsworth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre. He was a secondary teacher for many years, has extensive experience in the community youth affairs sector, and is particularly interested in the development of programs to support youth and student participation, particularly in schools. Roger also teachers within the Education Policy, Schools and Society subject. He is editor and publisher of Connect (the newsletter of youth participation in education).Download keynote address DOC – 100 kB
Initiating the Expo communiqué
Eric Sidoti
Strategic Solutions and Dusseldorp Skills Forum
Eric has extensive experience in public policy development, analysis, strategic planning and communications. He established Strategic Options, a small consultancy, in 1992. Since then he has developed long-term relationships with a small number of clients, principally the Dusseldorp Skills Forum.Download the Expo Communique – 81KB
Reflections on day 1: Comments from rapporteurs
Rob Long
Australian Catholic University
Rob has been a teacher for more than 30 years at every level in the education sector. He has taught across South Australia country regions, Sydney Met West and in the ACT in government and non-government schools, TAFE and University. Rob currently lectures in Research Methods, Management and Leadership and the Master in Youth Studies program with ACU National. He also consults in education, training and development for the WorkWise Group and SafeMAP.Download the presentation – 24KB
Learning Alternatives: Keys to opportunity.
Rev. Bill Crews

The Exodus Foundation.
Tackling Risk: A challenging program in profile

Amanda Webster

WAYS Youth Services.

Jo Poynter
Salvation Army OASIS Youth Support Network
United We Stand: Building a community of practice in New Zealand & Australia.
Isopo Samu (Samu)
Alternative Education Whangerei – Co-ordinatorDownload PDF 100 kB
Metamorphosis: When a school becomes the alternative

Merv Hammond

Balga High School, WA.

Warren Pill

Brooks High School, TAS.
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The pros and cons of an alternative program being part of the system: VCAL/SACE/ACE.

Arden Joseph

Victorian Qualifications Authority.
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Rod Bauer

Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia.

Delia Bradshaw
TEXTCRAFT Educational Consultancy, VIC
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Poetry in motion: The POEM pilots two years on

Gerri Walker
Principal, Youth Education Centre, Adelaide.

Paul Altschwager
Vocational Coordinator, Youth Education Centre, Adelaide.

Greg Bryant
National POEMS manager, Transitions Branch, Department of Education, Science and Training.
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Andrew Williamson
TOTeM Coordinator, Victoria University.
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Real Learning Real Futures
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Download the Report – Part 2 PDF 772 kB

Bob Phillips
Derwent Valley, Department of Education, TAS

Graham Speight

Rosetta High School, Tasmania.
Who doesn’t have real choice?
John Ainley
ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research).John Ainley is Deputy CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Research Director of its National and International Surveys Program. Dr Ainley is currently involved in the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, which studies the progress of young people in Australia through school, post-secondary education, training and work. He has conducted major research studies of the social development of young Australians, the development of literacy over the first five years of school and socioeconomic status and school education. In the area of post-compulsory education, Dr Ainley has conducted national surveys of subject choice and reports on work-based learning programs for senior students and the course experiences of university students.Download the Powerpoint presentation – 670KB
Panel discussion: How can learning alternatives succeed?

Graham Speight
Rosetta High School, Tasmania.
Graham Speight is the Principal of Rosetta High School, a comprehensive co-educational school in Hobart’s northern suburbs.Graham has been the principal of a number of schools and has been active as an author and consultant over a number of years.This is Graham’s third year at Rosetta High School where he is leading a significant change process. He also leads the Real Learning/Real Futures Project which is centred on the ten secondary schools of the Derwent District.Download the Presentation Paper – 65KB
Viv White
Victorian Schools Innovation Commission.
Former National Coordinator of the Australian National Schools Network, Viv White, is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Schools Innovation Commission (VSIC). With more than thirty years experience in both the education and policy-making sector, Viv is renowned for her innovative thinking and challenging perspective. Viv is committed to working closely with teachers and school communities to build collective knowledge about the education practice. She believes that only through systematically sharing professional knowledge and practice will real improvement for students be possible.Download the Presentation Paper – 38.5KB
Kaye Schofield
Kaye Schofield and Associates
Kaye is one of Australia’s leading independent commentators, researchers and policy analysts in the field of adult and vocational education. Kaye chairs the NSW Board of Adult and Community Education and the South Australian TAFE Board and is an ex officio member of the NSW TAFE Board. She is also a Trustee of the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.Download the Presentation Paper – 126KB
Have we got what it takes? The skills, rewards and recognition needed for teachers, youth workers and others in learning alternatives.
Christine Owen
National Schools Network.
Christine Owen is National Coordinator of the Australian National Schools Network (ANSN), a position she has held since early 2002. With previous experience as National Project Manager at the Australian College of Educators and more than thirty years experience as a secondary teacher, curriculum consultant and professional development coordinator (ACT and NSW), Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to national and local projects in teaching and learning.Download the Powerpoint presentation – 94KB
Educational Rights are worth more than the paper they’re written on: advocacy skills and know-how.
Simon Moran
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).Download the Presentation paper PDF – 240 kB
Working the web
Lisa Kuhne
Central Gippsland TAFE, VIC.
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Download the Related links Document – 48KB
What makes a sustainable program: Lessons from Victoria.
Peter Cole
PTR Consulting, VIC.
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Mentors, mentors everywhere but what difference do they make?
Megan Moore
Marist Transition School, QLD.
Jan Noake
Plan-It Youth NSW.
Australia is not an island: Learning from international experience.

Dale Murray
Centre Education Programme, QLD.
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Russell Kerr
Hands on Learning, VIC.
What Works: Issues around learning and training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Muriel Eddleston
IETA (Indigenous Education & Training Alliance)Cindy Hales
Learning and Engagement Centre, Education QLD.


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