An invitation from Chris Ivey, AHISA National Chair

It is with a tremendous sense of anticipation and excitement that I invite you to AHISA’s 2021 Leading, Learning & Caring Conference (LLC2021) in Melbourne.  While COVID-19 succeeded in shifting the Conference from 2020 to 2021, it has also delivered one of the most powerful reasons for us to come together for professional learning and sharing: the unprecedented disruption of how we deliver school education in Australia, and globally.

From my AHISA colleagues, I hear again and again that this disruption has fast-tracked transformation.We will have much to share in April 2021. For school leaders there will be ‘war stories’ that will offer rich insights into crisis management. There will be insights into change management, communications and community engagement. There will be fresh understandings about student engagement and how to engage parents in their children’s learning. There will be new information about the wellbeing of students and their pastoral care. Importantly, there will be the opportunity to learn how our colleagues are implementing these insights to improve outcomes for students.Supporting excellence in school leadership and amplifying leadership impact are key strategic objectives for AHISA, and conferences are a key part of how we achieve them. The LLC conference committee has selected excellent speakers and presenters for us, covering each of the themes of Leading, Learning and Caring within our overarching conference theme of ‘Learning to Grow. Growing to Learn.’2020 has been a profound year of learning and growth for educators. LLC2021 is an opportunity to take time out of our schools and connect with colleagues from independent schools from around Australia. It will be a time in which we can consider the key elements of education and educational leadership and reinforce both personal and professional relationships with those who share our interest in the importance of autonomous and creative school leadership.  Set against the backdrop of Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, the LLC2021 conference promises to be an unmissable event and I look forward to seeing you there. 


Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Set in the heart of the city, the Convention and Exhibition Centre is Melbourne's premier event location.


Meet our keynote speakers


Dr Simon Breakspear

Breakspear Learning
Executive Director

Simon is a researcher, advisor and speaker on educational leadership. His educational frameworks make complex ideas easier to understand. Simon will present a keynote and workshop on Wednesday 14 April.
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Lee Watanabe-Crockett

Wabisabi Learning
Founder, award-winning author

Lee is an author, inspirational thinker and creative force behind some of the most exciting transformations in the education space.
Lee will present a keynote and workshop on Thursday 15 April.
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Ian Gilbert

Independent Thinking
Author, Founder

Ian has built a global reputation as an educational thinker, innovator, entrepreneur, and award-winning writer.
Ian will present a keynote and workshop on Thursday 15 April.
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Michael Bungay Stanier

Box of Crayons
Founder

Michael champions coaching as a force for leadership development and culture change. His latest book, The Coaching Habit, is a New York Times bestseller. 
Michael will present a keynote on Friday 16 April.
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Kristen Douglas

headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation)
National Manager - schools

Kristen works with staff, communities and leaders of our schools to enhance and strengthen mental health literacy, self-care, resilience and help seeking.
Kristen will present a keynote on Friday 16 April.
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Register today!

Early bird registrations are now available. Register before 31 December 2020 to secure the special discounted rate.

Registration is open to all AHISA Members and the staff of our members' schools.
Book via the portal for a one stop shop for your conference registration, pre-conference options and accommodation.
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