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Keynote Speakers

Professor Stephen Lamb holds the Research Chair in Education at Victoria University (VU) and is Director of the Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES). He has a distinguished record of contribution to educational research and policy over the last 30 years achieved through an extensive research program and a strong publication record. His research is concerned with how well schools and education systems work, for whom and why. Stephen has undertaken a range of high-impact policy research projects for governments, systems and schools and has extensive experience on a wide range of international and national projects on school funding, performance of schools and school systems, influences on student achievement and outcomes, quality of school programs, and school to work transition.

In his keynote on Day 1 of the Summit, Stephen will present the findings of a major analysis of educational opportunity in this country, outlining who is benefitting from education at key stages, who is missing out, and the long-term practical and policy implications of educational inequality for Australia.


Professor Russell Skiba is Director of the Equity Project, a consortium of research projects offering evidence-based information to educators and policy makers on equity in special education and school discipline in the United States, and Professor in Counselling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. He has worked with schools across the USA, directed numerous federal and state research grants, and has published extensively in the areas of school violence, school discipline and classroom management, zero tolerance and equity in education. His work has been cited in numerous national media sources, including USA Today, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Nightline, and he has testified before the United States Civil Rights Commission and both Houses of the U.S. Congress on issues of school discipline and school violence.

In his evening keynote lecture on Day 1 of the Summit, Russ will draw upon his extensive research of the many different approaches to classroom management and school discipline policies that have been trialled in the United States.


Mr Peter Hutton is Principal of Templestowe College in Victoria. Now known as “TC”, this 7-12 public high school, was in danger of closure due to falling enrolments; a situation faced by many schools experiencing demographic and social change. Together with students, parents and teaching staff, the school leadership created a new vision for the school which focussed on engaging students through personalised learning underpinned by curriculum innovation. TC has since gone from strength to strength with 63% enrolment increase between 2009 and 2015. The school is beginning to receive a lot of media attention due to changes in school times, year level structures and curriculum options, together with a genuinely consultative approach to students. TC aims to become a student-led learning community; one that promotes independence and trust where students take control of their own learning.

In his keynote on Day 2 of the Summit, Peter will explain what TC did to engage their students by providing curriculum choice and how all schools can drive achievement by transforming attitudes to learning.