Heritance Kandalama was a hub of activity from 11-13 November as the Annual International Conference for Heads of Schools organized by TISSL –The International Schools of Sri Lanka got underway. The conference drew a large number of principals and school heads from the International, Private and State schools from Sri Lanka and the neighbouring countries. With ‘Spotlight on Powerful Practices in School” as the theme of this year’s conference, the highly interactive programme was welcomed by all participants.
The chief guest at the opening ceremony on 11 November was Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training. The Minister in his address, highlighted the need for the state and the private sectors in Sri Lanka to collaborate in imparting holistic education to the younger generation. The programme also included a key note address by Damien O Sullivan Chief Executive Officer, ICDL Foundation. The special invitees and delegates enjoyed the opportunity to network with their peers while at the same time being treated to some beautiful entertainment.
The agenda for the 12th of November included four powerful presentations by international speakers and was rounded off with a panel discussion during which time the delegates were able to interact with the speakers.
The morning session saw two eminent speakers Dr. Michael Phillip – Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University and Ms. Clare Gordon Buntic- Education Consultant, expounding on the theme “Understanding Powerful Digital Technology Practices in Schools” and “Leadership that leads to improved student outcomes: what really works” respectively. Both speakers shared practical, impactful and research-based leadership approaches that help enhance student achievement.
The afternoon session was led by Ian Bauckham whose presentation focused on “Using Cognitive Science to Build Teacher Capacity and Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement”.
Dr. Tristian Stobie the final speaker touched on a very relevant topic :“Learning How to Learn for the Journey of Life” Dr. Stobieis the Divisional Director of the Education Division at Cambridge International Examinations. His presentation enabled the audience to reflect on what we know about teaching and learning practices that foster life-long learning.
The interactive Panel Discussion led by Associate Professor Shelley Kinash – Director of Learning and Teaching at Bond University along with the speakers was a lively session where various concerns and queries with regard to powerful practises in schools were addressed.