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The School of Education and Professional Studies in partnership with the Queensland Council of Deans of Education (QCDE) and the Queensland College of Teachers recently hosted a one-day Summit focused on HPE relating to initial teacher education. Watch our highlights video.


The Summit Model
Each year as our major collaborative event, the School of Education and Professional Studies joins with the Queensland Council of Deans of Education (QCDE) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) to create a one-day Summit focusing on an area of interest to these collaborators related to initial teacher education. The first Summit, held in 2015, had a focus on numeracy and the second, in 2016, investigated digital technology. This year we chose HPE with a particular nod to physical activity to connect the event to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and hence to contribute to the legacy of the Griffith University Partnership of the Games. The Summit Series is recognized externally as a major event in the education calendar, building reputation and impact for both the freshness of the model and the willingness to address challenging aspects of Initial Teacher Education.   

About the day
On Wednesday October 25, 150 delegates from around South East Queensland attended the summit. Reflecting the broad range of subject matter that makes up the HPE learning area, the summit attracted a diverse group of delegates from across the health, sport and education sectors. Among those present were ITE students, HPE teachers and HPE teacher educators, as well as representatives of state and national sporting organisations, relevant health agencies and education authorities like the Queensland College of Teachers and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Throughout the day, the delegates listened to keynote presentations from Natasha Doherty (Deloitte Access Economics), Professor Stewart Trost (Queensland University of Technology) and Dr Louise McCuaig (The University of Queensland). They also enjoyed a panel discussion featuring Australian athlete, Sally Pearson, para-athlete
(and HPE teacher), Kobie Donovan, and their high school HPE teacher and coach, Brett Green, and a question and answer session between MC, Nicole Livingstone, and CEO of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, Mark Peters.