Speakers 2018

NAPD Conferences are renowned for the excellent line-up of speakers that present each year.

Minister of Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton TD

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Richard Bruton TD was re-appointed Minister of Education and Skills on 15 June 2017.  He was first was appointed Minister of Education and Skills on 6 May 2016.  He previously served as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation from March 2011 to May 2016.

Minister Bruton was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Dublin North Central in 1982. He has served a number of terms as a member of Dublin City Council.

Minister Bruton was Minister for Enterprise and Employment from 1994-1997 when 1,000 jobs a week were being created in Ireland.

He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce, 1986-87.

Minister Bruton worked as an economist before entering politics in the private sector and with the ESRI. He acted as Policy Director for Fine Gael and authored numerous policy papers on finance, education, employment, and the public service, including Fine Gael’s “Reinventing Government” to reform politics and reinvent the public service.

Richard is married to Susan Meehan and they have four children.

Mike Hughes – The Magenta Principles™

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 09.31.49First and foremost, Mike is a teacher having taught in secondary for 18 years, most recently as a secondary Head. Indeed, anyone who has read his books or attended one of training sessions can immediately see that he has spent a considerable amount of time in the classroom. Not surprisingly, he has a widespread reputation for being both practical and realistic.

In addition to teaching, Mike has also found time to:

  • Work in an advisory capacity for Gloucestershire LEA (teaching and learning)
  • Facilitate on the New Visions programme for recently appointed headteachers
  • Work as an NPQH trainer
  • Be a PGCE course leader
  • Train as an Ofsted inspector
  • Write an extensive range of educational publications and resources
  • Provide training and support to a huge number of teachers and schools both in the UK and abroad

Mike’s work is hugely varied and tailored to fit the needs of the individual school / teacher.  The areas below will give you a flavor of his work;

Leadership for learning

  • Keeping the focus upon learning
  • Creating a learning culture
  • Teachers as learners
  • Promoting professional dialogue

Leading CPD

  • From event to process
  • Making CPD effective
  • Making the most of internal expertise
  • Using video as a self-reflective tool

Leadership styles

  • The leadership spectrum; red, blue, purple
  • Done to done by done with
  • Achieving the carrot/stick balance
  • Style for context

The leadership skill-set

  • Coaching for leaders
  • Challenge and support
  • Avoiding the ABC
  • Developing leadership skills – listening and language

Creating effective leadership teams

  • From group to team
  • Developing leadership throughout the organisation
  • Developing the key middle leadership tier

Steven Duggan – Director, Global Partnerships, Microsoft Corporation

StevenDugganSteven Duggan is Director of Global Education Partnerships at Microsoft Corporation. A former secondary school teacher, Steven has worked in education for more than 30 years and has a passionate interest in teaching and learning and in the ways in which technology can transform student outcomes, with a particular interest in the needs of underserved communities.

A member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) his views on education have featured in press and radio and in a variety of publications.

Steven presented at the NAPD ICT Conference on CPD 17 November 2017, in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 2.

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Dr Karen Edge – UCL Institute of Education, University College London

KEKaren studied Biology and Environmental Science (BSc 1993) and Higher Education Policy (MA 1998) prior to pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto in Educational Policy and Administration (PhD 2005). Before joining UCL IOE, Karen worked in senior advisory roles for the Minister of Education (Ontario) and the Centre for Educational Leadership at UC-Santa Barbara. She also worked as a Research Fellow at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Karen is actively involved in Public Engagement and consistently involves policy and practice leaders in her research studies. The Global City Leaders Project established city-based Advisory Panels to engage diverse stakeholders including senior policy and practice leaders from fast-track leadership development organisations, relevant government departments, school districts and schools. In 2015, Karen was awarded the UCL IOE Director’s Prize for Public Engagement.

Karen consults domestically and internationally for organisations on a range of strategy, leadership and research topics. Partner organisations include Local Authorities, the Department for Education (UK), ActionAid/Gates/ Hewlett Foundations and STIR Education. Karen also regularly delivers keynotes and workshops for academic and professional audiences related to leadership, knowledge management, talent spotting, retention and organisation and system-level reform.

Karen is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and Danish Strategic Research Review Panels and the Executive Board at UKFIET. Karen is the Past Editor-in-Chief of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability and an Editorial Board member of School Leadership and Management and Leadership and Policy in Schools. Karen has held recent Visiting Academic appointments in Canada, Chile and Malaysia. Karen sits on the international advisory panel for the International School Principal Program in Ontario, Canada. More locally, Karen is a community governor at Martin Primary and Octavia House schools in London.

Fiona O’ Brien – JCT, B.Ed, M.Ed.

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Fiona O’Brien is Team Leader for School Leadership at Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), a Department of Education and Skills schools’ support service. Fiona has been seconded to JCT since 2016 and prior to this she was Principal of Killarney Community college between 2007 and 2016,  and Deputy Principal at Deansrath Community College, Dublin between 1999 and 2007. A qualified Home Economics teacher, Fiona has over 16 years’ experience in school leadership and led her school teams to implement significant educational change.

A key aspect of Fiona’s responsibility within JCT is to support school leaders nationally in deepening their understanding of the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015). The full implementation of the new Framework has significant implications for how each school makes their key decisions, as well as how it embarks on its strategic planning. The JCT leadership team supports schools in successfully making these changes. They help make connections between the school self-evaluation process, junior cycle reform and the quality framework as schools embark on the journey of embedding these changes into their culture of teaching, assessment, learning and reporting.