WA Education Summit 2018

24th May – Optus Stadium

Solutions IT presents the WA Education Summit 2018, the first summit of its kind that brings together thought leaders in the education space sharing their insights and experience in 21st century learning.

Solutions IT presents the WA Education Summit 2018, the first WA based summit of its kind that brings together thought leaders in the education space sharing their insights and experience for 21st century learning.


Technological progress is an extraordinarily powerful force that rests with us, so how are schools responding to today’s increasingly complex world? Future thinking, and planning for the future, matters more now than ever before. Hear how progressive education and IT leaders understand the challenges and are harnessing digital tools and platforms to raise educational outcomes.  Learn how to develop a strategic mindset and set of behaviours to effectively lead improvement, innovation and change across the school.

Education Leaders…

  • How is Self Regulated learning changing education at Melbourne Girls Grammar?
  • What does research say about STEM learning?
  • How Ormiston College (Brisbane) is innovating across leadership and professional development?
  • What are today’s trends in education?
  • How are we assessing for future skills?

IT Managers…

  • What are the trends and implications for cyber security in education?
  • What do you need to know about the Data Breach Scheme?
  • How is your school enabling and securing your cloud infrastructure?
  • How do you design and manage a high availability environment?
  • What new technology is available to manage devices?

These are just some of the questions that will be addressed by our speakers. Find the answers by joining principals, school leaders, IT managers and educators from K-12 to hear how some of Australia’s most innovative Educators and IT leaders who are changing the way we teach, deliver and assess. Hear from Trent Ray (Collective Education Australia), Melbourne Girls GrammarOrmiston College (Brisbane), STEM Education Research Group (Curtin University),  Santa Maria CollegeMicrosoftWebrootVeeam and many more. With both a teaching & learning stream and a technical stream, delegates can choose which sessions are relevant to their role. See schedule below.

This is exactly the sort of event that Perth schools have been crying out for and we are very appreciative of the effort made by Solutions IT bring this altogether”     Rob Barugh, Director of ILT, Hale School


We are extremely excited to be able to bring together these remarkable speakers. Read more about who they are, and their sessions below.

Trent Ray

Trent Ray

Education Consultant - Collective Education Australia

Trent has teaching and leadership experience in both Primary and Secondary Schools in Australia. As founder of Collective Education he supports school leaders and teachers with school wide ICT transformation, designing professional learning programs to support curriculum innovation and coaching to ensure students are offered opportunities to build the necessary skills in readiness for the work environment of the future.

Trent's Sessions

Opening Session: The Future of Technology in Education
What skills will today’s learners need to be successful in their future? And how can teachers harness digital tools and platforms to support students to create the future with technologies, not just consume it? Launching our conference, Trent Ray, Microsoft Learning Consultant and award winning Microsoft Innovative Educator will showcase how technology can be harnessed to improve educational outcomes. Trent is excited about the future of education in the digital age and believes that, now with ubiquitous access to technology in schools, we have the platform to launch into exploring new ways to collaborate, create and innovate. Hear how advances in the space of Mixed Reality, the use of Big Data in Predictive Analytics, Gamification, AI and Cognitive Services will shape learning into the future.

Assessing Future Skills through the General Capabilities
With an imperative for today’s learners to be ready for Industry 4.0, many schools nationally have already introduced and explored frameworks that support teachers to design learning experience that provide opportunities for students to practice and develop future ready skills. With emphasis now placed on Collaboration and Critical Thinking in the Australian Curriculum the next step is to understand how we can assess ‘21st Century skills’. Through this presentation, Trent Ray will uncover a new resource supporting school leaders and teachers through a methodology, to not only design effective learning experiences for developing future ready skills, but how to assess and report to the General Capabilities (supported by evidence) with confidence and rigour.

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Tamara Sullivan

Head of Academics and Innovation - Orminston College

Tamara is the Head of Academics and Innovation at Ormiston College and facilitates the College's directions in 21st century teaching and learning. She understands the new and changing demands of the teaching profession and believes that building capacity is the cornerstone of a contemporary school. She is an innovator who leads e-learning, blended learning, curriculum development and the meaningful use of technology across the profession.

Tamara coordinates the College’s Learning Innovations Leadership Committee which was created to lead innovation, improvement and transformational change across the campus. She supports members to share their findings with the wider community through online forums, conferences and publications.

She is a well-known member in the global educational community and regularly conducts key note addresses, professional development workshops and online webinars. The presentations have a strong focus on shifting educators’ understanding of student learning in 21st century environments, and practical strategies on how to build a culture of innovation.

In 2016, Tamara was awarded the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in Queensland, and the Australian College of Educators Fellowship Award for her demonstrated leadership in implementing educational initiatives to improve outcomes for students in 21st century environments. In 2017, she was also awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders New Voice Scholarship for her contemporary leadership Australian education.

Tamara's Session:

Leadership Action Matter: It begins with you!

Today’s world is increasingly complex and fast-paced. This brings new and stimulating opportunities to enhance learning, while at the same time, it requires us to navigate the disruptions that come with phenomena such as globalisation, technological advancements, and the changing nature of work. The most effective schools have the capacity to respond to these shifts, reimagine the learning process and ensure that students are future ready.

This requires more than simply allocating resources for professional development programs, but rather, ensuring our teachers feel confident and passionate to lead initiatives, take risks and drive transformational change.

As leaders, how can we develop a strategic mindset and set of behaviours to effectively lead improvement, innovation and change in digital schools?

This presentation will outline the key steps for creating an innovative culture to improve student, teacher and community outcomes in 21st century environments. Drawing on the initiatives Ormiston College has implemented; this session will provide participants with practical techniques and strategies for developing and sustaining innovations in their schools.

Participants will:

• Reflect and examine the key attributes of an innovative culture
• Explore school wide initiatives to overcome barriers to innovation and technology integration through shared leadership
• Learn practical strategies to use in their schools for scaling initiatives in areas of STEM, digital technologies and entrepreneurship
• Explore a whole school framework for 21st century teaching and learning
• Learn new strategies for differentiating professional development to meet the diverse needs of all learners

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Christopher McNamara

Deputy Principal - Melbourne Girls Grammar

Chris McNamara joined the Melbourne Girls Grammar community in 2010 and currently works as Deputy Principal: Program Design and Development. Chris has worked across Catholic, Independent and International School settings at both Primary and Secondary levels. In his four years overseas, Chris was a member of the School leadership team charged with the responsibility of opening a new International Boarding School in Pune, India before moving to Vietnam to take on the leadership of the newly opened Thao Dien Campus of the Australian International School in Ho Chi Minh City.

In his 7 years at Melbourne Girls Grammar, Chris has been instrumental in the development of the new Years 5-8 Middle Years Program and the design and development of the new Senior Years Program. This new model for Schooling leverages technology to deliver a blended learning pedagogy that provides greater levels of personalisation and student control; allowing them to shape their day in accordance with their changing academic, wellbeing and physical goals and priorities.

Chris is passionate about School adapting to meet the needs of students and becoming more aligned with how students experience their world.

Chris' Session:

Designing school for student autonomy and agency; the MGGS Senior Years

- The Philosophical driver for the MGGS Senior Years
- Designing the structural blueprint – putting the student at the heart of the design
- Releasing the shackles of time that constrain the student experience of school and create the environment of control
- Wellbeing as the paradigm in which academics sit
- Acknowledging the need to diversify the workforce within Schools
- Transformational change and the need for collective action
- The expansion of expertise as the antidote to a period of consolidation

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Melissa Marshall

Head of Digital Learning/Head of Technology and Commerce, Santa Maria College

Melissa Marshall is the Head of Digital Learning and the Head of Technology & Commerce at Santa Maria College, located in Perth, Australia. She completed a Master of Education (ICT in Education) in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling) majoring in Information Technology from Charles Sturt University, New South Wales. Melissa has taught in three states (NSW, VIC and WA) as well as in San Diego, CA, and has a keen interest in implementing digital technology curricula in a way that resonates with students and adds value to their lives. Melissa's teaching expertise is in Computer Science and Applied Information Technology at a senior WACE level. Her passion is girls becoming excited about studying computing and other STEAM subjects. Melissa works to engage parents with digital citizenship practices and supports staff in integration of technology in the classroom. She has presented at conferences in Australia and is keen to meet educators who are passionate about games-based learning, enhanced learning programs, digital technologies, real-world digital solutions, apps, robots, drones and more.

Melissa's session

Gamification in Schools – with or without technology!
Virtual Reality is fiddly and expensive for many schools. How do we extract the best value from it and use some of its potential in low tech environments? Exploring how an effective VR setup (or just the best principles from one) can revolutionise how we do excursions, activities and document school events - and bring students into the creation process.


Professor P John Williams

Director: STEM Education - Curtin University

Professor P John Williams is the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he teaches and supervises research students in technology education. Apart from Australia, he has worked and studied in a number of African and Indian Ocean countries and in New Zealand, and the United States. His current research interests include STEM Literacy, PCK and electronic assessment of performance. He regularly presents at international and national conferences, consults on Technology Education in a number of countries, and is a longstanding member of eight professional associations. He is the editor of the Australasian Journal of Technology Education, advisory editor of the International Journal of Technology and Design Education, series editor of the Springer Contemporary Issues in Technology Education and is on the editorial board of five other professional journals. He has authored or contributed to over 230 publications, and is elected to the International Technology and Engineering Education Association’s Academy of Fellows for prominence in the profession.

John's Session:

What does research say about STEM in education?
The STEM movement began as a socio-economic response to workforce needs. It was predicted that the need for individuals with qualifications and expertise in the STEM areas would outstrip supply in the near future, and action was needed to rectify that imbalance. So the concept of how the STEM movement related to STEM education initially was rather nebulous, and represented a general amalgam of education, qualifications and careers.
Over time it was recognized that primary and secondary education had a role to play in achieving this agenda. The development of attitudes toward STEM, which may influence career choices, and then the development of appropriate skills, begins in school. Tertiary education then continues that skill development and provides a qualification for entry into the workforce.
The literature indicates that a range of vocational outcomes have been measured as goals for STEM programs – interest in STEM, subject choice, and career inclination. The question that this paper pursues is: Are vocational and workforce goals adequate for measuring success in STEM education? The research and the stated goals of STEM will be reviewed, and then alternative goals will be suggested.


Michael Richards

Security & Threat Management Specialist - Microsoft

Michael was born and raised in Perth and began his career in IT as a Systems Administrator in a Catholic school. After spending time living in Toronto, Vancouver, and Sydney, Michael has recently returned to Perth as a Security Specialist focused on Microsoft’s threat protection solutions. Prior to this Michael worked as a Senior Technology Specialist for Microsoft’s productivity services with a specific focus on online services security and compliance. Before joining Microsoft Michael implemented hosted learning gateway solutions based on SharePoint for education customers in Australia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. On a personal level, Michael is married and has two young daughters.

Michael's Session:

Securing a Microsoft environment in the cloud
In this session we will cover a broad overview of Microsoft’s security capabilities with a focus on options for protecting cloud-based workloads and services. Come and learn about capabilities across Office 365, EMS+S, Azure and Windows that you may not have realized you already own as well as new offerings that will help you improve your security posture and user experience.


Mary-Louise O'Brien

Chief Digital Officer - Melbourne Girls Grammar

Mary-Lou has had a very varied background that includes being one of Australia's internet pioneers when she started Australia's first online retail business in 1998. She then moved into education after obtaining a Masters in eBusiness and Communication and a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training. Mary-Lou has worked at Swinburne University as an eLearning Leader for the School of Business, a Course Convenor and lecturer of eMarketing, eCommerce, Change Management and eBusiness Systems. She moved to Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2009 to take up the role of Director of eLearning and since then, she and her team, have successfully transformed learning at MGGS by introducing online environments that extend the student's capacity to learn independently and collaboratively.

To complete the digital transformation at Melbourne Girls Grammar she has recently accepted the role of Chief Digital Officer, and whilst it will encompass what was previously eLearning, she now oversees the complete digital ecosystem to ensure it meets the School’s strategic intent and to fortify Melbourne Girls Grammars place at the leading edge of education innovation.

Mary-Lou's Session:

Pushing digital as a core company value
Ensuring that digital becomes a core company operational principle
Integrating digital philosophy to core company processes
Eliminating reticence to embrace digital strategies by negotiating with traditionalists
Leverage technology to truly lift learning in the school environment


Jason Byway

Modern Desktop Technical Solution Professional - Microsoft

Having worked as a Senior System Administrator for Hungry Jack’s Australia for 10+ years working across large, complex networks and handling a mixed Microsoft environment with both on premise and cloud services in Office 365. Joining Microsoft in December 2016 I spend my time working with a wide range of customers providing guidance on Windows 10 and Modern Workplace transformations.

Jason's Session:

Managing Devices
Empower teachers to unlock creativity, promote teamwork, and provide a simple and safe experience in a single, affordable solution built for education. Manage users, data, and devices with a single dashboard using the power of the Microsoft Cloud. Learn about some of the recent features in Microsoft 365 that allow you to quickly deploy devices ready for users on day 1 of school with minimum fuss.

Leigh Treacy

Leigh Treacy

Solutions Engineer, Fortinet

Fortinet’s National System Engineering Manager Leigh Treacy, has more than 10 years’ experience specialising in the network security space delivering cyber-resilient solutions to organisations. With a focus on Advanced Threats, and Artificial Intelligence to ensure organisations are enabled while ensuring their data is secure.

Leigh's session

The Australian Notifiable Data Breach

o Who, What, Why, How?
o Key aspects of NDB
o The Road to NDB Compliance
o State of the art Cyber Security

Leigh will be joined by a Lawyer from Lavan who will be able to advise on legal aspects of NDB

ames Manson

James Manson

Systems Engineer, Webroot

James has five years’ experience in the cloud security industry, supporting and implementing Webroot solutions across all different verticals and market segments. James has a deep understanding of the threat landscape and has experience in various different technical roles within Webroot. James has worked in Currently as Senior Solutions Engineer, he is the key technical specialist for Webroot within the APAC region

James’ session

Cybersecurity Key Trends and Implications

- The Global Threat Landscape, trends and analysis
- Phishing attacks on the rise, the dangers of social engineering
- Prevalence of Ransomware
- The risks of BYOD
- How to stay protected online
- Security best practices

Spiteri Anthony

Anthony Spiteri

Global Technical Evangelist, Veeam Software

Anthony focuses on Veeam’s Service Provider products and partners in his role as Global Technical Evangelist.

Anthony is a six-time VMware vExpert, and his experience includes evangelistic roles at roadshows and events, presenting sessions and community talks on leading technologies locally and overseas.

Anthony’s specialties include: vCloud Suite specializing in vCloud Director and vSphere; Network Virtualization Technologies working with VMware NSX; Hyper Converged Technologies Design and Implementation; Virtualization Technologies Design and Implementation; Virtualization and Automation Management Platforms; Cloud Management Platforms and Automation Technologies; Storage Area Network Technologies Design and Implementation; Backup and Replication Products.

Anthony's session

Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available School

Hyper-availability and non-stop continuity is the new expectation for data in schools today. Data must move to a new state of intelligence, securely move across multi-cloud infrastructures and meet the expectations of our mobile, always-on world. Ensuring the hyper-availability of data requires an Intelligent Data Management Strategy. Join our session to hear how Veeam is helping schools become Hyper-Available and provide their communities with confidence in their digital lives.


Delegates can choose from two streams: Education Leadership and Technology. Please note that times are subject to change.

Education Leadership Program

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome
8:45 – 9:35 Trends in Education – Trent Ray, Collective Education Australia
9:40 – 10:30 Leadership Action Matter: It begins with you! – Tamara Sullivan, Ormiston College
10:30 – 10:50 Morning Tea
10:50 – 11:40 Gamification in Schools – with or without technology! Melissa Marshall, Santa Maria College
11:45 – 12:35 What does research say about STEM in education? – Prof. John Williams, Director: Stem Education Research, Curtin University
12:35 – 1:25 Lunch
1:25 – 2:15 Designing Schooling for Student Autonomy, The Melbourne Girls Grammar Senior Years – Christopher McNamara, Deputy Principal Melbourne Girls Grammar
2:20– 3:10 Assessing Future Skills through the General Capabilities – Trent Ray, Collective Education Australia
3:15 – 3:30 Closing and prizes*
3:30 – 4:30 Drinks and Networking sponsored by Lenovo

Technology Program

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome
8:45 – 9:35 Cyber Security Key Trends and Implications – James Manson, Systems Engineer, Webroot
9:40 – 10:30 Pushing digital as a core company value, Mary-Lou O’Brien, Chief Digital Officer, Melbourne Girls Grammar
10:30 – 10:50 Morning Tea
10:50 – 11:40 Managing Devices – Jason Byway, Modern Desktop Technical Solution Professional, Microsoft
11:45 – 12:35 The Australian Notifiable Data Breach Scheme – Leigh Treacy, Fortinet and Lavan Lawyers. Includes panel discussion.
12:35 – 1:25 Lunch
1:25 – 2:15 Securing Microsoft Environment in the Cloud – Michael Richards, Security and Threat Management Specialist, Microsoft
2:20 – 3:10 Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available School  – Anthony Spiteri, Global Technical Evangelist, Veeam Software
3:15 – 3:30 Closing and prizes*
3:30 – 4:30 Drinks and Networking sponsored by Lenovo


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