High Resolves and Swinburne University were excited to welcome education leaders to Ed Summit 2019: Lead the Change which was held on Friday, 2 August in Melbourne. Ed Summit focussed on one of the most pressing questions for our sector:

Global citizens are made not born, so how do we reimagine our schools to ensure young people are globally competent?

The prioritisation of global competence as one of the key pillars of learning required for the 21st century is being recognised by education systems globally. Ed Summit explored how schools can design a rigorous model for building these requisite competencies and looked at which content and pedagogical techniques should be deployed to ensure students gain real mastery in these domains.

Ed Summit 2019: Lead the Change brought together global thought-leaders, trail-blazers and disruptors from the education sector and beyond to look at the evolving face of education and provide education leaders with the tools they need to create an action plan based on best practice from around the world.

 

Attendees of Ed Summit 2019 walked away with:

A Global Perspective

With speakers from around the globe sharing their own stories and best practice, attendees picked up actionable insights to inform the strategy for their school. Attendees learnt how to enhance the culture of learning for global competence by examining this international perspective through a local lens. 

Innovative Solutions

Attendees were given a sneak-peak into the “Composer”, a leading-edge project funded by several American philanthropies. The Composer empowers schools to search, create, share, and deliver powerful sequences of global competence education, and measure the impact of this learning through micro-assessments embedded in actual curriculum. No tests. No marking. Just formative advice at your fingertips in near real-time. 

An Action Plan for Change

Ed Summit 2019 not only inspired but gave attendees real strategies, resources and tools to implement at their schools right away. We hope all attendees felt empowered the national movement to reimagine the way we educate young people for the 21st century.

Speakers

We are excited to bring you a program of inspiring speakers from around the world in 2019.

Hope Azeda

Hope Azeda

Hope Azeda is the Founder and Curator of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival and Organisation based in Rwanda. The Ubumuntu Arts Festival supports national and international peace-building by providing a platform for performing arts that deal with the social trauma of violence in all its forms.

The festival has sparked elaborate studies in using art to deal with societal division, mental illness, and creating lasting solutions for struggling communities.

Join Hope as she talks about her personal journey from refugee to a leader of social change who is successfully using the arts as a path to community resilience.

Christian Picciolini

Christian Picciolini

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist.

After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth in the 1980s and 90s, Christian’s life has been dedicated to helping others overcome their own hate. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion.

May Samali

May Samali

Based in San Francisco, May Samali is passionate about investing in people and ideas that can change the world. As COO, New Ventures at High Resolves, May is leading a new initiative to build a technology platform and ecosystem for citizenship education across the US.

May has a decade of extensive experience advising technology start-ups and nonprofits across the US and Australia. She is currently a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture capital firm. She was formerly an investor at the Urban Innovation Fund, a Director at Tumml, and a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney.

May holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelors of Laws and Economic & Social Sciences with First Class Honors and the University Medal from the University of Sydney. She is a John Monash Scholar and an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue Fellow. She was a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow and a New World Social Enterprise Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

Mehrdad Baghai

Mehrdad Baghai

Mehrdad Baghai is a world-renowned strategy and leadership expert and is the author of three international management bestsellers. He is the chairman of Alchemy Growth, a boutique advisory firm. Previously, he completed a three-year term as an Executive Director of the CSIRO and before that, he was the co-leader of the worldwide growth practice at McKinsey & Company.

With his wife Roya, Mehrdad founded High Resolves, an international not-for-profit that has empowered over 200,000 Australian teenagers to be purposeful global citizens and leaders. Mehrdad has reduced his business interests to serve as CEO of High Resolves and to drive its expansion into Canada, the U.S., Brazil and China.

Mehrdad earned an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. with high honours at Harvard Law School, as well as a B.S.E. with highest honours at Princeton University.

Hamish Curry

Hamish Curry

As the Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) at Asialink, Hamish Curry collaborates with an incredible team to develop the intercultural knowledge and skills of Australian students and educators. The AEF co-designs and delivers intercultural professional learning, youth forums, digital services, and uses extensive networks throughout the Asia-Pacific region to involve schools in reciprocal experiences.

Hamish has a rich background in leading education and design learning. Previously based with the international design thinking firm, NoTosh, Hamish worked closely with schools, businesses, and cultural organisations around Australia and Asia in designing better learning through immersive processes and prototyping. Hamish has also worked at the State Library of Victoria as the leading Education Manager where he developed numerous successful and award-winning learning programs for education and public audiences alike. Hamish started his career as a classroom teacher working in the UK, Japan, and leading a Year 9 Melbourne city campus program.

Louise Dube

Louise Dube

Louise Dubé serves as the Executive Director of iCivics. Louise discovered the power of education in the early 1990’s as a co-founder of CASES, a New York alternative-to-incarceration program where education helped re-shape lives.  Inspired by a deep commitment to learning, she has devoted her career to ensuring that all students are prepared for active and thoughtful citizenship and life.

Louise has successfully led growth organizations that make and deliver engaging educational technology.  Most recently, she was the Managing Director of Digital Learning at WGBH.  At WGBH, Louise helped launch PBS LearningMedia, a platform reaching over 1.5 million educators.  Previously, Louise served as President of Pangea Tools, an educational software start-up successfully acquired by Houghton Mifflin.  As President of Soliloquy Learning, Louise structured the sale of the company to Scientific Learning where she served as Vice President and General Manager of Speech Products.

Louise began her career as an attorney in Montreal, Canada, and holds a law degree from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Yale University.   Louise has been recognized as a Draper, Richards, Kaplan Social Entrepreneur.  During her tenure, iCivics won the MacArthur Foundation’s Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Anthony Mackay AM

Anthony Mackay AM

Anthony Mackay AM is CEO / President of the Washington DC based National Center on Education and the Economy.

Anthony is Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research, Deputy Chancellor Swinburne University, Melbourne and Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Education Council. He is Board Chair of The Song Room, Board Director of High Resolves and Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, and Consultant Advisor to CSE.

 Anthony is an expert consultant to OECD,  Senior Fellow IBE UNESCO, Council Member of the Center for Global Education,  Co-Chair Global Education Leaders Partnership, and Board Director of the Innovation Unit UK.

Anthony is moderator of the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession and the Annual Global Education Industry Summit. He was Inaugural Chair of AITSL and the Inaugural Deputy Chair of  ACARA.

Hayley McQuire

Hayley McQuire

Hayley is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander.

She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous social justice and ending education inequality. She is the National Coordinator and Co-Founder of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, which is focused on asserting Indigenous rights to education.

She is a firm believer of authentic youth engagement and representation and is a former Australian Representative on the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group.

Prof. Lucas Walsh

Prof. Lucas Walsh

Professor Walsh is Interim Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Having worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. As Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies, his work explores responses to the questions: what does the world beyond school look like for young people and what types of education and training do they need to navigate it? He has collaborated  with universities, NGOs, the private sector and governments at all levels and is currently co-chief investigator on The Q Project (Quality Use of Evidence Driving Quality Education) funded by The Paul Ramsay Foundation. Recent books include Educating Generation Next (Palgrave), and with Rosalyn Black, Rethinking Youth Citizenship after the Age of Entitlement (Bloomsbury) and Imagining Youth Futures: University Students in Post-Truth Times (Springer).

Rana Hussain

Rana Hussain

Rana Hussain is an emerging leader making important inroads into Australian sporting culture and the community at large. One of a handful of women of colour working in the Australian Football League, Hussain is a pioneer and a passionate advocate for social inclusion and reducing discrimination through the vehicle of sports.

Hussain’s desire to see more diversity in both media and sport sees her freelance writing, podcasting and presenting. Rana has been published in leading media platforms such as The GuardianVice and Mamamia and writes regularly for the Richmond Football Club. Rana is co- presenter of the podcast Our Stripes and regularly features on podcasts the Outer Sanctum and ABC Melbourne radio. Rana works with All Abilities, CALD and LGBTQIA+ communities through the Richmond Football Club to diversify the sport and create space for marginalised communities in the AFL.

Rana is a proud Muslim woman of Indian heritage born and raised on Wurundjeri land.

Prof. Con Stough

Prof. Con Stough

Professor Con Stough is a Professor at the Swinburne Centre for Human Psychopharmacology and Professor of Psychology. He has an extensive track record in research and consulting and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed international expert papers in the area of psychology. He has also attracted more than 30 million dollars in research grants from National and International government and Industry sources. Professor Stough has been on the advisory panel for the International Society for Intelligence Research, editorial board for the journal Intelligence and several other journals, panel member for NHMRC and a member of the Psychology group for the World Economic Forum. Many of Professor Stough’s publications are in the area of human intelligence.

Professor Stough with Ben Palmer co-developed Genos Emotional Intelligence and has an expensive network of colleagues and students studying how emotional intelligence relates to important work-related behaviours and organizational outcomes such as leadership, workplace behaviours, occupational stress, cross-cultural aspects and the biological basis of emotional intelligence.

Professor Stough has also developed other psychological instruments such as the IQ test for the Channel 9 television shows Test the Nation IQ with Eddie Maguire, as well as leadership and other tests for Holden, Onesteel and the Australian Rugby Union. Professor Stough has also consulted with many of Australia’s top companies including ANZ, Holden, Australia Post and many others. Over the last ten years, Prof Stough has worked with Australian and NZ schools to help improve and embed EI within the school curriculum and to reduce occupational stress in teachers using the Swinburne University developed Aristotle Emotional Intelligence programs. More than 25 schools throughout Australia and New Zealand use Aristotle measures and programs to build emotional intelligence and resilience in school children and adolescents.

Jake Cawfield & Kai Van Leeuwen

Jake Cawfield & Kai Van Leeuwen

Jake and Kai began making short films in 2017 and their films have since been used by the Salvation Army, screened at the Arts Center Melbourne,  ACMI and Village Cinemas.

One of their big breaks came in 2018 when their short ‘A Home Without Love’ won High Resolves’ Videos For Change and aired on Channel Ten’s The Project. The short focuses on youth homelessness in the LGBTQI+ community, a subject not frequently touched upon. They have received extensive positive feedback from the community and were invited to speak about their film on a panel at the Telstra Theatre in Sydney.

While the two are currently completing their year 12 studies, Jake aims to pursue a career in directing and Kai seeks to break into the world of screenwriting.

Andrew Pierpoint

Andrew Pierpoint

Andrew Pierpoint is President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association – the peak
body for School Leaders across Australia. He previously was President of the Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association for four (4) years.

Andrew has had extensive experience, over 35 years, in High Schools as a science teacher, Head of Department (Science), Deputy Principal and Principal as well as having several system positions in the support of Principals. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked in complex rural and remote communities through to large regional and metropolitan schools.

He has led communities and reference groups at district, regional, state and national levels.
Andrew’s special interests are the provision of high-quality professional learning for school leaders, school leader wellbeing and is personally highly active in school sport – particularly cricket and golf.

Andrew has demonstrated a passion for State education in Queensland for many years and possesses an excellent understanding of the Principalship from first-hand experience. Most importantly, Andrew has a genuine desire to make a meaningful difference for school leaders in the application of their ever increasing, complex roles in schools and the broader communities they work in.

Diane Robinson

Diane Robinson

Diane Robinson is a seasoned executive and educator who brings over 20 years of national and global experience leading and scaling organizations, building partnerships in the public and private sector and coaching and developing senior leaders.

Diane currently works as the Global Partnerships Lead for Teach For All, a global network of 50 independent organizations all working to develop collective leadership. In this role, she builds partnerships to help raise a $25 million annual budget for the organization and to direct financial resources to partners around the world. Diane also coaches senior leaders in the Teach For All network in leadership development and is working to build partnerships with non-profits and private sector leaders around the world to develop the leadership and global citizenship of students.

Diane began her career in education as a first-grade bilingual teacher and taught for four years before assuming local and national leadership roles for Teach For America. During her almost ten year tenure with Teach For America, she raised over $10 million dollars, started new district and university partnerships, managed successful programs and helped scale the organization’s impact. Diane has also held senior leadership roles with organizations like the KIPP Foundation and Global Nomads Group.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Vassar College, a Master of Arts in multicultural education from California State University and a Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D) from Harvard University. Diane is an Aspen Pahara Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Anne-Marie Fitzgerald

Anne-Marie Fitzgerald

Anne-Marie is the Chief Operating Officer at Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization, that engages students in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

She oversees all operations for the organization’s headquarters, as well as its eight satellite offices in the US, Canada and the UK. She manages execution of the organization’s strategic plan, which aims to triple Facing History’s programmatic reach during the next five years. She supports programmatic delivery, fundraising, communications, human resources and financial management.

Prior to joining Facing History, she was the National Executive Director for Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization which promotes early literacy and school readiness for young children and their families, in pediatric practices throughout the US, reaching more than 4 million at-risk children each year.

She has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector working in education, the arts and politics. She has led significant organizational capacity growth, created and implemented many strategic growth plans, and worked closely with local and field staff to make sure they were supported to achieve those goals.

Roya Baghai

Roya Baghai

Roya has a degree in architecture but has worked in many different design fields, from graphic and object design to typography. Throughout all her work, she has been passionate about creating transformative experiences through design.

Her commitment to creating positive social change and empowering young people to do the same was the inspiration and driving force behind the co-creation of High Resolves in 2005 and her deep involvement since.

Over the last three years, she has also been the Executive Director and Founder of Videos for Change: a powerful platform that is amplifying the voice of young people who have creatively engaged with social issues and are catalysing positive change in the world.

Donna Hutchison

Donna Hutchison

With over 15 years of experience in design, strategy, corporate finance and transformation, Donna is a business leader who loves helping people solve complex problems.

As CEO of High Resolves Australia, Donna is focused on growing the program to reach more than 50% of Australian teenagers over the next five years. 

Photos from Ed Summit 2019

Ed Summit 2019 was held at the Advanced Technologies Centre, Swinburne University, 427-451 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Melbourne, VIC.