Affinity Lecture Series : Dr Michele Bruniges AM – Secretary, Department of Education and Communities

In her speech Dr Michele Bruniges AM will discuss ‘Technology and the 21st century learning’. A short abstract of her speech as follows ;

“Learning in the 21st century happens anywhere, anytime. Children start school technologically literate and teenagers are adept at multi-skilling, switching between their phone, the internet and homework. In this world of instantaneous access to information, the role of the teacher is changing from the holder of knowledge to the facilitator of learning. Students now compete on a global stage and need new skills to address the challenges of the future. Education today is about ways of thinking that involve critical and creative approaches to problem-solving and ways of working  that include communication and collaboration and a good working knowledge of the subject areas.”

Few Highlights from the lecture :

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Dr Michele Bruniges AM

Dr-Michele-Bruniges.131846.102640Dr Michele Bruniges AM is currently the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and Communities. As Secretary, Dr Bruniges is one of the state’s most senior public servants and is responsible for all NSW public schools, vocational education and training, early childhood education and care. The Department also manages policy and services relating to Aboriginal affairs, volunteering, youth and community engagement.

Previously, Dr Bruniges held senior positions in the (former) Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).  Dr Bruniges has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Measurement, a Masters Degree in Education from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies and a Diploma in Teaching from the Goulburn College of Advanced Education. She is a Director on the Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

In 2012, Dr Bruniges became a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to public administration through executive roles, and her contribution to reform in the education sector at state and national levels. She also took up the role of Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales

Guest Facilitator – Dr Geoff Newcombe

GN_photoDr Geoff Newcombe was appointed Executive Director of AISNSW (AIS) in January 2005. Prior to this he held the senior position of AIS Director of School Governance and Industrial Relations.

Dr Newcombe commenced his teaching career in 1969 and held a number of positions of responsibility culminating in appointments as Headmaster in two independent schools for a period of over ten years.

He moved from the school sector to the tertiary sector lecturing in the Master of Educational Administration program at the University of New South Wales and in the School of Business at the University of Technology Sydney.

In 2009 he was appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to the Board of the newly formed Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and has published widely in the areas of school governance and management. In June 2011 he was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor to the School of Education at the University of NSW.

In July 2014 Dr Newcombe was appointed to the NSW Government International Education Advisory Board by the Honourable Andrew Stoner MP, Deputy Premier.