PESA 2018

April 11 (4pm) - April 14 (4pm) • Geelong Grammar School
The Positive Education Schools Association and Geelong Grammar School have collaborated to bring you a retreat style conference unlike any other. Delegates of the PESA 2018 National Conference will have the opportunity to connect with thought-leaders and educators from around the world to learn about Positive Education, collaborate and share their experience, enhance their own wellbeing and work together to create flourishing schools and communities. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an extraordinary event! This website and conference app (download below) will be updated as we continue to partner with keynotes, finalise our masterclasses and workshops, confirm our panel presentations and complete our schedule. Scroll down to view more.
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Schedule

  • 11 April
  • 12 April
  • 13 April
  • 14 April

Arrival and registration

04:00 PM 06:30 PM

Tour of Geelong Grammar School Campus (optional)

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Dinner

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Welcome and activity

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Keynote TBD

07:45 PM 08:30 PM

Retire to on-site accommodation

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 07:00 AM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Traditional Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony

08:45 AM 09:00 AM

Official Opening of Conference

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - Martin Seligman

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Dr. Martin  Seligman

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - TBD

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Dr. Tony Fernando

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Streams 1 - 5

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Panel Discussion

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Day One Reflection

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Networking Drinks and Dinner

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

PESA CEO Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Learn, Live, Teach, Embed

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Panel Q&A

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Day Two Reflection

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Conference Dinner

06:30 PM 08:00 PM

Fireside Chat and Movie Option

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

Student Welcome

09:00 AM 09:05 AM

PESA Recognition from Martin Seligman

09:05 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote

09:15 AM 10:05 AM

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Workshops

01:15 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:15 PM 03:00 PM

Final Panel Discussion and Q&A

02:45 PM 03:30 PM

Conference Acknowledgments

03:50 PM 04:00 PM

Conference Close

04:00 PM 04:00 PM

Sponsors

Workshops

Exhibitors

Speakers

Dr. Martin Seligman

University of Pennsylvania
Psychologist, educator, and author.
Martin Seligman is globally recognised as the founding father of Positive Psychology. He is the Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology, and Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP).
Martin Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books. Dr. Seligman's books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are Flourish, Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, The Optimistic Child, Helplessness, and Abnormal Psychology. His book Character Strengths and Virtues: A handbook and classification, was co-authored with Christopher Peterson.

In 1998, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association. His primary aim as APA President was to join practice and science together so both might flourish - a goal that has dominated his own life as a psychologist. Since 2000, his main mission has been the promotion of the field of Positive Psychology. Dr. Seligman is expanding Positive Psychology to education, health, and neuroscience, and has applied his research to groups like teachers and students, the U.S. Army, athletes, and every-day people. His goal is to make the world happier.

Dr. Seligman was born in Albany, NY and received his B.A. from Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude (Philosophy), 1964; Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), 1967; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1989; Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris causa, Massachusetts College of Professional Psychology, 1997; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Complutense University, Spain, 2003; and Ph.D., Honoris causa, University of East London, 2006.
Martin Seligamn is an American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Since the late 90s, Seligman has been an avid promoter within the scientific community for the field of positive psychology.[1] His theory of learned helplessness is popular among scientific and clinical psychologists.[2] A Review of General Psychologysurvey, published in 2002, ranked Seligman as the 31st most cited psychologist of the 20th century. 

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Prof. Lea Waters

IPPA & The Melbourne of University
Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D.) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is the first Australian to be appointed a Professorship in Positive Psychology and has held an academic position at the University of Melbourne for the 20 years.

Lea is the current President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and a Professor and Founding Director of Positive Psychology Centre, the University of Melbourne.

Lea is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a full member of the College of Organisational Psychologist (APS).

She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan, as well as the Well-being Institute, Cambridge University.

Lea is an Advisory Board member of the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute, and the Ambassador for the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA).

She was names as a Westpac 100 Women of Influence winner 2015.

Georgie Harman

CEO
Beyond Blue
Ms Harman was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014. She has significant and broad-ranging policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

From 2006-2012, Ms Harman worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health where she had national responsibility for Australian mental health, suicide prevention and substance misuse policy and programs, including those targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She was one of the architects of the 2011 cross-portfolio National Mental Health Reform Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the early strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.

Ms Harman has also worked in the community sector and in private enterprise. She came to Australia in 1999 to be the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney – Australia's first and largest independent HIV/AIDS charity. She has also worked extensively overseas, particularly in non-government organisations in London.

Mark Collard

playmeo
Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author, and director of a small professional development business called ‘playmeo.'

He is an expert at helping teachers and experiential educators learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate students to participate and get along.

He has written three top-selling activity publications including 'No Props,' 'Count Me In' and 'Serious Fun' which are sold worldwide. As the founder of playmeo.com, Mark has developed the largest online resource of 330+ group games and activities which are specifically designed to invite students to have fun, share, trust and build other critical interpersonal skills.

Dr. Lucy Hone

The 100% Project

Lucy Hone combines academic research through AUT’s Human Potential Centre with professional training/consultancy in the science of wellbeing and resilience as a co-founder of  The 100% Project. The widespread and international success of her blog attracted a book deal in 2015 and What Abi Taught Us (a practical guide to resilient grieving) is now available in all good bookshops.
Lucy trained with the field’s leading academics (Martin Seligman, Karen Reivich, Chris Peterson, Angela Duckworth, Barb Fredrickson, George Vaillant, Roy Baumeister, and Ed Diener) in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Toni Powell

Author, Speaker, Wake Up Artist, Educator
Toni is a passionate enquirer about what makes people tick, why good relationships work and how to maintain happiness. Her interest and extensive research into these areas form the basis of her memorable and practical workshops and keynotes.

Toni is the author of two books: ‘What A Feeling’ – a surprising and eye-opening book on relationships and The Yellow Car, a short picture book on the subject of worry.

Her varied background includes parenting 5 children and 3 small businesses; designing and managing large events; award winning filmmaking; and volunteer work with youth.

In 2006 Toni was the subject of a feel-good episode of ABC’s Australian Story called ‘Let There Be Light'

Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett

Orange Sky Laundry
Young Australians of the Year 2016
Orange Sky Laundry is the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless. A crazy idea in 2014 to put two washing machines and two dryers in a van and wash and dry clothes for free. Starting in the streets of Brisbane, Orange Sky has now grown to 20 services across Australia. 

Anne Johnstone MAPP

Principal
Ravenswood School for Girls
Anne is Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls, a leading independent girls’ school in Sydney, Australia. Anne is also Deputy Chair, and a founding board member, of the Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA).

Anne has a rich and diverse academic background, holding a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees (with Honours) from Macquarie University, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England. She has been the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship, the focus of which was the exploration of ways to foster resilience in learning. She conducted this study whilst based at Cambridge University in England.

Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practised as a lawyer, specialising in commercial litigation. She has also worked as a consultant advising schools and law firms in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, leadership and communication skills, and has lectured at Macquarie University in Modern Corporate Governance and Labour Law.
Anne is Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls, a leading independent girls’ school in Sydney, Australia. Anne is also Deputy Chair, and a founding board member, of the Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA). Ravenswood has approximately 1,200 girls, of which a number board with the school from Australia and overseas.

Before pursuing her passion for teaching Anne practised as a lawyer. She has also worked as a consultant advising schools and law firms in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, leadership and communication skills, and lectured at Macquarie University.

Dr. Tony Fernando

University of Auckland
Tony is a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his psychiatry and sleep training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education. In 2015, he received the Chair’s award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician wellbeing. In January of 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying compassion in medicine. More recently, he started a weekly mindfulness and emotional balance programme for inmates at Mt Eden Correctional Facility in Auckland.

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Dr Helen Street

Education Consultant and Applied Social Psychologist
Applied social psychologist and education consultant, Dr Helen Street, founded and developed the Positive Schools movement in 2008 with her partner, Neil Porter. Over the past ten years, the Positive Schools Conferences, and online magazine ‘The Positive Times’, have grown from strength to strength in Australia and more recently in Asia and Europe. She is an honorary fellow at The University of Western Australia and a research consultant for the WA Healthy Department’s Centre for Clinical Interventions and for the WA Association for Mental Health. She also writes regularly for educational magazines and has authored three books on mental health and wellbeing in addition to many academic chapters and papers. Helen lives in Western Australia with Neil, their three daughters and two vegetarian cats, commonly known as rabbits.

Cam Greenwood

Founder
Monsta Surf
Cam is a born-and-raised Aussie guy with nothing more than passion for life, love for people and a spirit of adventure.

He is proud to have created Monsta Surf, a socially conscious brand that has reached thousands.

Cam's vision for his life and ventures is to use it as a platform to connect with people and ultimately empower them to adventure beyond fear with a positive, powerful influence to discover more for humanity.

He is blessed to have an amazing tribe around him that has taken ownership of his vision and spread it into their own communities which now spans over 40 countries around the world. Cam has also dreamed the Monsta Foundation into existence which has been utilised to simply love people and make a difference to those in need in Kenya, across South East Asia and locally in Australia.

Dan Haesler

Director
Cut Through Coaching & Consulting
Dan Haesler works with individuals and organisations around issues of leadership, engagement, mindset and wellbeing.

As Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting he consults to publicly listed companies, government education projects, schools, professional associations and not-for-profit organisations.
Dan is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside well-known thought leaders and industry experts, as well as Olympians and even the occasional Oscar winner.

He regularly features in the media and is passionate about equity and social justice. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is now available with all profits donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Janet Etty-Leal

Meditation Capsules
Janet is an author, speaker and Mindfulness Educator. Her consultancy, ‘Meditation Capsules’ has provided Mindful life-skill programs for organizations in Victoria, interstate and overseas. She has worked across a diverse range of sectors; including education, health, the corporate sector, sport and community wellbeing.

Janet’s key focus is to bring Mindfulness to life in Education, with heart, mind and hands-on practices! Her creative Mindful Meditation programs have enhanced curriculum for thousands of students from ELC to Year 12. She has facilitated staff training and courses for Government, Private and Special Schools, and educational organizations.

In 2010 she published ‘Meditation Capsules: A Mindfulness Program for Children’. Studies based on this Program have been undertaken by Masters/PhD candidates in Universities in W.A., S.A., Victoria, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the US and Puerto Rico. In 2015 Janet developed Primary and Secondary nature based Mindfulness curriculum for ‘Cool Australia’/ ‘Planet Ark’.

Janet is Secretary of the Board of the Meditation Association of Australia and a member of the ‘Confluence’ Committee with the University of Divinity, which aims to promote dialogue between Meditation traditions.

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Sponsorship applications are open to all. Supporting this event will signify sponsors’ commitment to student and wider-community wellbeing. Various sponsorship packages are available.

Click here to enquire about sponsoring this event or email mhayesbrown@pesa.edu.au. 

Applications close Dec 31 2018. 

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We are calling for open submission of abstracts. Applications will close Feb 4 2018.  Click here to apply.

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The PESA National Conference 2018 will have a heavy focus on wellbeing and education as will the chosen exhibitors. Click here to enquire or email cesler@ggs.vic.edu.au. Applications close Feb 14 2018. 

Arrival and registration

04:00 PM 06:30 PM Geelong Grammar School

Tour of Geelong Grammar School Campus (optional)

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Dinner

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Dining Hall

Welcome and activity

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Keynote TBD

07:45 PM 08:30 PM Dining Hall

Retire to on-site accommodation

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 07:00 AM Handbury Wellbeing Center

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Dining Hall

Traditional Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony

08:45 AM 09:00 AM

Official Opening of Conference

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - Martin Seligman

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Speakers

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - TBD

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Speakers

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Streams 1 - 5

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

- Wellbeing Center is open fo ruse (Pool, Gym, Studio etc) 
- An optional tour of GGS will run in this Lunch break also 

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM Dining Hall

Panel Discussion

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

A panel of experts will discuss a topical question relating to Positive Education 

Day One Reflection

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Networking Drinks and Dinner

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM Dining Hall

PESA CEO Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Learn, Live, Teach, Embed

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM Dining Hall

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Panel Q&A

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Day Two Reflection

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Conference Dinner

06:30 PM 08:00 PM

Fireside Chat and Movie Option

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

Student Welcome

09:00 AM 09:05 AM

PESA Recognition from Martin Seligman

09:05 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote

09:15 AM 10:05 AM

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Workshops

01:15 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:15 PM 03:00 PM

Final Panel Discussion and Q&A

02:45 PM 03:30 PM

Conference Acknowledgments

03:50 PM 04:00 PM

Conference Close

04:00 PM 04:00 PM