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Leading and Teaching Distracted Minds Virtual Conference
Event Details
Saturday, 28 August 2021
10:00 - 14:00
SAPA WC Members: R450,00
Non-Members: R550,00
Please note that the date has been moved to the 28 August 2020
SAPA WC has put together a dynamic Online Virtual Conference for Leaders and Teachers.  The input is not to be missed.  In a dramatically different world, we need to navigate strategies in leading and teaching that will achieve.  The new Blooms concept of giving the most focus to ACE - Analysing, Creating and Evaluating is a tall order when dealing with distracted minds.  Join this virtual conference and be empowered by a group of outstanding presenters who will not only inspire you, but equip you to achieve the task of leading students on a road of uncertainty.  

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Our Speakers

James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D'Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which are Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It (Basic Books, 2020), Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) and Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008).

Jim writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time. He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press.

A dynamic and highly sought-after public speaker, he has delivered conference keynotes or conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than a hundred colleges or universities in the United States and abroad.
Professor James M. Lang
Leading and Teaching
Distracted Minds
He has consulted with the United Nations on a multi-year project to develop teaching materials in ethics and integrity for high school and college faculty. Jim writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time. He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press.

Jim lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his wife Anne, a kindergarten teacher in the Worcester public schools. They have five children, ranging in age from their teens to early 20s. Jim and his wife formed and lead the Lang Family Foundation, to which he donates a significant portion of his writing and speaking income. The Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, support for the environment and the arts, and funding for libraries and public education. Recent grant recipients include the INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF GREATER WORCESTER, a homeless shelter for families with children; the WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION, which raises funds in support of the library; and ABBY'S HOUSE, a shelter for homeless, battered, or low-income women in need of housing and support services.

As a young woman Melodie de Jager learnt that if you want to influence a child's development you need to do so before 6 years of age. This prompted her studies to become a nursery school teacher. In 1982 she qualified as a nursery school teacher and became principal of a nursery school in 1984. During this time Melodie started to observe a strange phenomenon despite great teachers, curriculums, facilities at school and involved parents, some children really battled to learn and become school ready. This observation triggered a deep curiosity within her and inspired a series of studies. During the next 4 years, Melodie gave birth to 3 babies, started her studies in Educational Psychology and bought a private nursery school, which she ran until 1990.

From here on Melodie explored the psychological aspect of the human mind and qualified to present corporate training which included: mentorship, motivation, communication, customer care, profiling, motivational speaking, goal setting and the role of passion. But still, Melodie kept hearing the same question she encountered as a nursery school teacher: What enables some people to learn and prevents others from learning? After completion of her psychological studies; many questions were answered but she still hadn't found the answer to her question, so she refined her question to ask: What happens INSIDE the child to enable learning, and to be receptive to learning?
Dr Melodie De Jager
Body Readiness
Melodie studied the work of many researchers who explored the role of physical movement in developing the ability to learn. Using movement as therapy made sense to her as many therapists use baby milestones as an indicator of development, and one's ability to learn. She was intrigued and she continued to study for many, many years, and it was while she was informally studying neurology and the innate reflex system that Melodie had finally found her answer. When conception and development progressed naturally, learning almost always followed spontaneously. She was ecstatic!

Her first book was published in 2002, and her first book that focused specifically on the learning child, was published in 2006. Three glorious books were written for the school going child namely, Mind Moves -removing barriers to learning (2006), Mind Moves - Moves that mend the mind (2009), and What does controlled movement have to do with learning? (2012). Her first book sparked so much interest that talks, workshops, training and the formal establishment of the Mind Moves Institute (2007) followed. The success of the programme resulted in a great demand for Mind Moves and as such Advanced Mind Moves Instructor Training was born. Over the years Melodie has added a number of books to her list and has developed the Mind Moves programme to include School Readiness assessments, Reflex assessments, Mind Dynamix Profile assessments, Study Fitness programmes, as well as the ever popular Mind Moves Booster Workshops. All of these services have the wellbeing of the child at heart whilst educating the parents aod teachers, and most importantly empowering the child.

Over the past 10 years, Melodie has broadened her scope of work to include babies, pre-schoolers, students, adults, professionals and senior adults who want to improve themselves either physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually. Having many different titles, Dr Melodie de Jager aboreviated her title to Development Specialist.

Schools must be places where all students; parents and staff feel they can truly Belong. As microcosms of our society, it is important that schools educate and promote social and psychological Inclusion and create safe spaces for Dialogues IN Diversity. It is through advocating for social justice in school communities that we begin to promote equity, access, and FULL participation for all in our society.

Sheillah Muchauraya is an educator by profession with 19 years of experience in both Independent and Non-independent schools in South Africa. This experience has seen her teaching in Monastic; Co-educational; Senior and Junior schools. Sheillah holds a Bachelors' degree in Humanities and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Rhodes University. In addition, she also holds an Honours degree from the Witwatersrand Centre Of Diversity Studies with her research studies based on the importance of Diverse Leadership in Schools. Sheillah's experience in schools also includes responsibilities in leadership roles and executive management. As an associate consultant responsible for Cohesion Collective (COCO) schools, her role includes training and facilitation of students and staff in schools as well as leading the curriculum development for the 'COCO' schools.
Sheilah Muchauraya
The Value of Diverse Leadership in Schools
"The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation. Our previous system emphasized the physical and other differences of South Africans with devastating effects. We are steadily but surely introducing education that enables our children to exploit their similarities and common goals, while appreciating the strength in their diversity" (Nelson Mandela)

Over 2 decades of traversing the slopes of some of the world's great peaks including 2 attempts at Mt. Everest - gives Deshun a valuable perspective on what high performance means to individuals and teams.

As a certified lnnerGame® Coach, she brings practical application to the requirements of High Performance in Organisations. As an International Speaker, Deshun has worked at more than 1000 conferences in over 15 countries. Deshun is the CEO of GoPeak International Pty(Ltd) - Key Performance Insights and People Analytics.

She also holds the following positions:
• Executive Director- Effective Human Intervention (EHI Africa)
• Board of Trustees - Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (SA)
• Non-Exec Board - Endurocad - Endurance Sports Academy (SA)
• Non-Academic Faculty - LIMAK Austrian Business School (Austria)

She lives in Johannesburg with husband, Charles Bester & Children Edward (9) and Judith (6)

Deshun Bester
Tackling the Summit - Navigating Change Effectively

Professor VA Lawack is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at the University of the Western Cape. She is also a Professor of Law in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law in the Faculty of Law at UWC and serves on a number of boards and councils, including being chair of the Moravian Church Trust, a member of the South African Judicial Education Institute Council and a member of the Kepler Institute Board and Kepler College Board (Rwanda). Professor Lawack holds a BJuris (cum laude), a LLB (cum laude) and a LLM from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. She also holds a LLD from UNISA. She is an admitted, non-practicing advocate of the High Court of South Africa.Professor Lawack began and advanced her legal career by spending a number of years at the South African Reserve Bank in various capacities, including senior payment system analyst, senior legal consultant and legal consultant and as Senior Legal Counsel for Strate Limited, South Africa'scentral securities depository. In 2008, she moved to the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth where she served as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law.

Professor Lawack joined UWC on 1 April 2015 and in her capacity as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UWC, she is currently leading UWC's academic project in relation to its learning and teaching activities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Professor Vivienne Lawack
Transitioning from High School to University in a Pandemic
She is an expert in law, economics and the intersection of the two fields, both at an international level and in the South African context. She also has contract, policy and legislative drafting experience.

As regards her academic career, Professor Lawack has published extensively, including numerous articles, reports and contributions to chapters in books. She has also delivered papers at conferences, both locally and internationally. Professor Lawack has also supervised a number of masters and doctoral candidates and continues to do so. Her field of academic research is in the legal and regulatory frameworks pertaining to the payment system, banking system and financial markets in South Africa. Professor Lawack is highly engaged in her community, regularly chairing and/or participating in various committees in the legal, financial and education sectors, leveraging her expertise to add value and push her community to greater heights.

Glen was in a primary school education with holy cross nuns and high school education with Christian brothers. After graduation from university, he started teaching Mathematics and Physical Sciences in 1983 at Groenvlei High School in Hanover Park/Lansdowne. He Left the school in 1996 to join the post-apartheid Western Cape Education Department as senior subject advisor for Physical Sciences.

Towards Glen's pursuit for Education development, he was appointed as Curriculum Manager in 2001 in Metro South Education District based in Mitchell's Plain. His impact in the Education sector continued to expand with his appointment as the director of Metro South Education District in 2012.

After a rich Journey of impacts, leadership, and development in the Education sector, Glen retired from the WCED in 2018. His passion for education development, however, once again drove him to the sector and he joined the PGCE lecturing staff at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) from 2019 to 2020 .
Glen Van Harte
Classrooms as Critical Spaces
for Creative Thinking

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