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ANZELA National Conference 2014

The 2014 ANZELA Conference was held in Adelaide during the October school holidays. Key note speakers included His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le and Dr Robyn Layton QC. Five teachers were sponsored by the Teachers Registration Board to participate in the conference and each teacher wrote a report about their conference experience.

Read the conference reports below:

“While being extremely pleased to be sponsored by the Teachers Registration Board of SA to attend this conference, and despite viewing conference information, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However, this conference proved to be thought-provoking, interesting and stimulating. The breadth of topics was unexpected and it was difficult to make decisions about which sessions to attend. The theme “Walking the tightrope - Getting the Balance Right: Issues and Challenges in Education Law” was apt and possibly a call for mindfulness for all our work in schools.”

Ann Watkins, Angaston Primary School     


“Teachers as professionals are highly passionate individuals dedicated, not just in providing learning opportunities for others, but also to participating in professional learning themselves. As an early career teacher I embrace every opportunity to learn new concepts related to my classroom practices, but also beyond, in our professional world. The ANZELA 2014 Conference incorporated both aspects, pedagogical and professional knowledge. The information I attained from the many speakers I observed will assist me in providing high quality learning opportunities for my students, colleagues and the wider community. The opportunity to reflect during these workshops and relate speakers’ experiences and words of wisdom to my own professional world was invaluable. The provision of such professional development opportunities from our board is a privilege for educators involved and a credit to your commitment with providing South Australian educational institutions with skilled and well-informed teachers. I am most grateful and appreciative for the opportunity that I otherwise would not have had.”

Deana Cuconits, Parafield Gardens R-7 School


“As a senior secondary science teacher and a law student, the ANZELA conference seemed like the perfect place to learn more about how what I am currently studying in law directly applies to my role as an educator. Through the generous support of the Teachers Registration Board, I was fortunate to attend the ANZELA Conference during the October school holidays. As an educator, most of my previous professional development has focussed on curriculum design. The ANZELA conference allowed me to gain a better understanding of the legal framework in which I operate every day. The conference theme of ‘Walking the Tight Rope’ provided many opportunities to explore the delicate balance of meeting legal obligations while still providing a high quality education to our students.” 

Anne Mignone, Australian Science and Mathematics School


“The conference session I was most interested to attend focused on cyber issues. It involved a panel discussion … it was an incredibly relevant, informative and captivating discussion. The microphone was passed through those in attendance and people raised questions not only on behalf of educators trying to adhere to current laws in place, but also as parents of students in this cyber dominating generation. It was clear to everyone that future projection is vital.”

Amy Dalton, currently on leave from Sunrise Christian School


“The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton’s keynote address on racism continually being omnipresent in various guises and the associated psychological impact is not just perceived, but a reality that is reflected in covert and overt attitudes. It was a timely reminder in educating young people that “racism” has no place in society, at school and in workplaces.   After all if one is to predict the future of Australian society, one has to only look at the culture and climate of the school yard today and project that into the future. (R Layton)”

Scarlett Lucero, Christian Brothers College