This Years Conference

Innovative Teaching - Moving Through the 21st Century

Alpine Children's Services (ACS) is a proud not-for-profit organisation that provides quality early childhood services throughout the Alpine Shire. The 2016 conference “Innovative Teaching – Moving through the 21st Century” will link Early Childhood Educators, Teachers and health professionals throughout North East Victoria with a group of high calibre speakers and Early Childhood experts.

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Key Speakers

Hugh van Cuylenburg

Hugh has been working in education for over 12 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position with Cricket Victoria as a development facilitator working with disengaged adolescents. The highlight of his teaching career, however, was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form.

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Kathy Walker

Kathy Walker is one of Australia’s leading parenting and education experts, public speakers and authors. In 2014 she was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM). She has received many other awards and Fellowships throughout her career and has also been nominated for Australian of the Year on two occasions. She is the Founding Director of Early Life Foundations one of Australia’s leading parenting and education consultancies in areas of research and consultation in education and parenting. Her expertise in these areas spans over 30 years.

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Louise Doratt

Louise has extensive experience in managing early year's services- from Family Day Care to Inclusion Support. She assisted in the set up of the first Victorian Bush Kinder and has taught the Bachelor of Education at a number of Universities including the Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) at Deakin. She is contracted by organisations such as Federal and State Governments, Children’s Ground, ELAA, Child Australia and Gowrie to deliver training across Australia. Louise's background in theatre provides sessions that are at once engaging and entertaining. (MEd, BTeach, Dip SSc)

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Meredith Lane

Meredith is a certified Practising Speech Pathologist who graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 2014.

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Sally McNamara

"Sally grew up in the Myrtleford area and completed her occupational therapy degree at Charles Sturt University in Albury. She started her career in paediatrics by taking two positions in the Gold Coast/South Brisbane area; one with the Family & Early Childhood Services Team at Disability Services Queensland, and the other as part of the Developmental Assessment Team at Community Child Heath (part of the Gold Coast Hospital).

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Tash Treveton

Natashja Treveton feels strongly about children's rights to a REAL childhood, of imaginative play in open ended environments. She is particularly passionate about children connecting with nature and her focus tends to drift to those areas.

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