Flip the System Australia: Book Launch

You are invited to a Perth-based launch event of the education book, Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education. Join Fogarty EDfutures, the Innovation Unit, the book’s Western Australian editor Deborah Netolicky, and local authors Keren Caple, Tomaz Lasic and Ben Lewis, for an exciting evening as we ask: What matters in education?

Join us at The Platform, 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start.

Building on the work of other Flip the System books, this book was conceptualised and edited by three Australian educators with more than 60 years of teaching and school leadership experience between them: Deborah Netolicky, Jon Andrews, and Cameron Paterson. With 27 chapters by 39 authors (including 15 chapters that have authors who are currently teachers or school leaders) it brings together the voices of teachers, school leaders and scholars in order to encourage dialogue and to offer diverse perspectives, important challenges and hopeful alternatives to the current education system. It tackles issues of inequity and democracy in education, and argues that professionals within schools should be supported, empowered and welcomed into policy discourse, not dictated to by top-down bureaucracy. It advocates for a flipping and democratising of the education system, in Australia and around the world.

Since its release in December 2018, teachers have been sharing their views of the book on Twitter, saying that is “the best Australian book about education out there: inspiring, thought provoking, revolutionary” and calling it “a must-read book for every educator regardless of experience, level of leadership and sector.” Come along to this event, buy a book at a discounted price and hear from the WA contributors. Let’s explore together how those of us in education might flip and democratise the education system.

Follow the book’s editors on Twitter at @flipthesystemoz

Deborah Netolicky

A researcher, school leader, and teacher, Deborah has 20 years’ experience in teaching and school leadership in Australia and the UK. A boundary-spanner with a PhD in education, she is currently Dean of Research and Pedagogy at Wesley College, Perth, and Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University. Deborah blogs at theeduflaneuse.com, tweets as @debsnet, and is a co-Editor of Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education.

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Keren Caple

Keren leads Innovation Unit (IU) in Australia & New Zealand and its education practice globally. Keren currently co-leads IU’s work with Goodstart Early Learning, working with families and early learning professionals to co-design new models of early learning and care at scale across Australia and IU’s School Design Lab, redesigning learning and schooling in partnership with systems, sectors and schools across the country, Prior to joining IU, Keren was general manager of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Here she led the development of both the Australian Principal and Teacher Standards and Learning Frontiers, Australia’s first large scale education innovation project. Keren proudly began her career as a teacher, school and system leader in the WA Department of Education and continues to work in a Western Australian school.

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Tomaz Lasic

Tomaz Lasic is a Humanities and Design & Technology teacher of close to 20 years, most of it working in low-socioeconomic areas of metropolitan Perth. Recently, he started working with early career teachers as a Teaching and Learning Coach with the Department of Education WA. Tomaz has always been interested in how students and teachers understand and shape schooling and how they are shaped by it. Regular tweeter, blogger, questioner.

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Ben Lewis

Ben is currently a Director at St Catherines College at the University of Western Australia, overseeing the Dandjoo Darbalung Indigenous Program. He was the Indigenous Program Coordinator at Wesley College for 7 years previously and a member of staff at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle for their Working with Indigenous Students course.  Previously he was a secondary teacher and a Program Coordinator for the Graham Polly Farmer Foundation in Newman in the Western Australian Pilbara region. Ben works closely with local Elders and the Nyoongar community to facilitate authentic and engaging cultural experiences that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.