Rural Education Conference

By August 12, 2013Bush voices

Recently numerous educators from across rural Victoria converged on the Moonee Valley Racecourse to be involved in two days of quality professional learning and sharing as part of the Rural Education Conference.

Such a conference for rural educators had not be held for a number of years, and through the facilitation of CEP, this event provided the opportunity for rural educators to be challenged by internationally outstanding keynote presenters; participate in discussion forums on issues relevant to rural education; and hear of some of the great learning programs occurring across rural Victoria.

“I hope you reproduce the experience next year. It will definitely have my number one priority in terms of PD and making relevant connections with like minded people. Thanks again you were all terrific. In terms of what is offered I think you only need to delete a couple of activities and replace them with something that would value add. eg more examples of successful initiatives on a state level, cluster level etc. Congratulations again on an excellent engaging program”   (conference participant)

Sir John Jones and Colin Pidd, both recognized for their work in education internationally, provided engaging and challenging presentations on the powerful role that education providers have in engaging our young people in meaningful and worthwhile learning in today’s world.

They were supported by Laura Moore and the 2012 Rural Youth Ambassadors who provided focused input on the future role that rural education plays in supporting young people within rural communities, and the broader role of sustaining our rural communities.

Links to the presenters can be gained by linking to the following:



Conference participants had the opportunity to be involved in numerous interactive discussion forums lead by quality education leaders on a number of key areas relevant to rural education. These forums included:

  • Effective leadership within a rural community
  • Learning Communities and Collaborative Autonomy
  • Recruiting and retaining quality educators
  • Student voice
  • 0-18 Years Learning
  • Blended learning – the new essential element
  • Mental well being of our rural young people
  • Rural education leading rural sustainability.

A range of workshops provided the opportunity for conference participants to celebrate and share the variety of high quality learning programs and initiatives that are happening within our rural learning communities – some of which will be shared in future Bush Voices editions.


While the conference was a very busy two days, participants were also provided with the opportunity to network and celebrate rural learning through the conference reception and dinner  – a great opportunity to meet with other like minded educators from across the state.

These times were further enhanced by the musical talent of  Phil Begg from Poowong Primary School who provided high quality entertainment through music.  Thanks Phil.

Based on the feedback we gained from the participants there is much interest o ensure that a similar professional learning opportunity is provided again next year.

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