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Monday, May 13 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Leading support for students with a disability in diverse settings

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How can leaders lead to deliver equitable outcomes for students with disability in a system spread across a huge, decentralised geographic area? Like Alberta, Queensland is a state with a huge geographic footprint with great diversity of educational settings. This workshop looks at some key principles underpinning support for students with disability, and how leaders can enact these across diverse settings.

Our pitch:

Instructional and relational leadership interact to do what needs to be done to allow staff and students to reach their full potential. With students with a disability representing 30% of our student population (verified by national data), Queensland has been plunged into an explicit inclusion agenda over the past year. The experiences of leaders at the system and school level will inform actions for principals in many systems in leading teachers and learners down a new path of expectations not always supported by resourcing.


Kevin Bates

Kevin is the President of the Queensland Teachers’ Union. He has portfolio responsibility for disability support and education among a wide range of policy areas. Kevin brings perspectives from systems leadership to the discussion of the role of principals in leading an inclusive... Read More →

Rebecca Hack

Rebecca is the Queensland Teachers' Union's Professional Development Officer. She has a long history as a primary school principal in the provincial city of Rockhampton, Queensland.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew is a senior principal and rank-and-file union leader. His career has been dedicated to working with students with disability in special schools across Queensland.

Monday May 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Ivor Petrak Room