Education might be fraught with challenges. But from challenging times emerge some of the best opportunities for innovation and creativity.

We’ve designed this conference specially to showcase some of the most exciting and cutting edge trends happening in education right now. Prepare to be inspired, shaken and stirred

Whatever your interest in brilliant teaching, whether you’re:

  • a facilitator keen to learn the best teaching methods available;
  • a teacher looking for inspiration;
  • a change agent committed to the future of our youth or
  • a parent who accepts that education is a community responsibility

To book: Call Lizzy on 011 880 9749, or click here

Chair: Inspired Teachers Conference

Debby Edelstein is the passionate host of exciting conversations, facilitator and serial entrepreneur, has discovered that collaborative learning is by far the most fun way to learn. This is one of the reasons why she hosts conversations whenever she identifies social problems that require creative solutions. Her ongoing commitment to teaching leadership development as well as the education of her two children helped her to identify teaching as the next area in which she felt compelled to host QualityLIfe’s most recent conversation: The Inspired Teachers Conference.

09h00 – 09h15 Welcome

09h20 – 09h50 Panel Discussion: For the Love of Learning: What would the ideal school look like?

Thori Rampedi was appointed Head Girl of Mitchell House in 2012. Since joining the school in 2005 she has held a position in the top three for four years running and received academic awards in Maths, Science and Accounting. Thori has played hockey and netball for the first team and has half colours in Hockey. She has helped organize different functions at Mitchell House including “Mitchell Has Talent”.
Lele Kgole, a prefect at Mitchell House has been at the school since January 2011. He has been in 4 separate schools in his college years. He was expelled from his last school for bad behaviour and poor academic performance. “Mitchell House gave me the chance to transform my life without judging me for my past. I am from a family of five siblings and everyone has a tertiary education, they are all working in different professional fields.”

 

09h55 – 10h45 Mini-Workshop: Twitter for Teachers: Unleashing the power of 140 characters in the classroom

 

Maggie Verster (@maggiev) is a passionate School 2.0 (social media) activist for teaching and learning who believes that educators need to incorporate social media tools into their teaching strategies in order to effectively engage a new generation of learners. She’s involved in various ICT training initiatives for teachers and lecturers and consults to the Department of Education, schools and various Universities. She’s currently developing ICT e-learning materials for the Commonwealth of Learning.

 

10h45 – 11h15 Tea

 

11h20 – 11h50 Keynote: Innovation in Education: Lessons from a rubbish dumpFrom teaching a community to grow vegetables, to her teach a teacher about IT campaign, this educator is all about creativity and empowerment.
Phuti Ragophala, the celebrated principal of Pula Madibogo Primary School in Limpopo, is passionate about changing the lives of her community and improving the skills of her learners. A teacher by default, she loves every moment of it and has won numerous awards recognising her leadership skills and commitment to education. She recently received the 2012 SA Teacher of the Year award in recognition of the radical change she has made in the Dept of Education, redefining what a Primary School is. Phuti is a proud grandmother and mother to three successful daughters.

11h55 – 12h45 Panel Discussion: The Classroom of the Future: As we move rapidly from the industrial age to a new digital age, what are some of the most exciting ways technology is changing the face of education?

Mmipe George Mokgehle, the deputy principal of Toronto Primary, Limpopo is a passionate workaholic and an award winning ICT teacher dedicated to deliver high quality, innovative education. He is a firm believer in the power of Technology, that it has revolutionised the profession and brought energy to the classroom. He has developed networks of support to deliver computer literacy outreach programmes for teachers. Some of his awards include: ISPA ICT Champion and ICT Top Teacher in Africa. Last year the National Department of Education recognized his 33 years of professional excellence awarding him the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Maggie Verster (@maggiev) is a passionate School 2.0 (social media) activist for teaching and learning who believes that educators need to incorporate social media tools into their teaching strategies in order to effectively engage a new generation of learners. She’s involved in various ICT training initiatives for teachers and lecturers and consults to the Department of Education, schools and various Universities. She’s currently developing ICT e-learning materials for the Commonwealth of Learning.
Judy McDougall holds a BSc and HDE(PG) from Wits, and has 16 years’ experience in teaching Gr 8 – 12 Natural and Physical Science. She is currently director of Learning to the Max Foundation, a Non Profit Company committed to making learning accessible, simple and relevant. The Foundation’s main thrust is the provision of QuizMax on MXit.

 

12h45 – 13h00 Sithembiso Khumalo Standard Bank Provincial Sales Manager

13h00 – 13h45 Lunch

13h45 – 14h05 Stone Aged Souls arts ensemble

Stone Aged Souls is an arts ensemble growing roots for the Afrikan diaspora. Singer- songwriter Joel Karabo Elliot, sand-sketcher Tawanda Mhandu and singer-poet Dennias Mashegwane re-imagine history on a river of music, visuals, poetry and drama. The drums, the guitar, the pennywhistle, the trombone, and then a man’s fingers brushing through the sand, creating illuminated, story-driven images in constant metamorphosis.

14h05 – 14h50 Panel Discussion: Insights from the Arts to enliven your classes

Nobulali ‘Lali’ Dangazele is a social ARTrepreneur. She has a Masters degree in Dramatic Arts which she obtained as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She majored in Drama in Education and Theatre for Development. She established a company to make Shakespeare and prescribed school books easy to understand. She has worked with various schools to develop literature comprehension, study skills, team learning, litigation command, curriculum development and strategic planning.
Renos Nicos Spanoudes is a teacher, actor, radio- and television presenter and award- winning writer. Born in SA of Greek-Cypriot parents, Renos graduated from Wits with an MA in Education. Renos teaches Maths, Drama and English at King David & Saheti High Schools in Johannesburg. He’s a regular face on TV, appearing in commercials, presenting on The Mindset Channel and performing in locally produced series.

Close: Me Mita Koebe, Provincial Head: Limpopo, Standard Bank

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Inspired Teachers

Conference to connect teacher's who light up the classroom presented by Quality Life Company. 'Shaping leaders, igniting passion, changing lives'