This year's conference is inspired by Dr. Anita Heiss’ edited collection Growing up Aboriginal in Australia. The conference program centers the stories of Aboriginal people and how we can collectively learn from them to enrich our programs and practices.

Speaker Anita 

Dr Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and non-fiction. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing about Aboriginal literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.

Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards for her memoir Am I Black Enough for You? and she was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. Anita is a Board Member of the State Library of Queensland, and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, performing Master of Ceremonies, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a ‘creative disruptor’. Anita’s novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award, and latest book (as editor) is entitled Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.


Jessica Speaker

Jessica Staines

Jessica is passionate about reconciliation, sharing her culture and creating culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The Koori Curriculum has been a vehicle that has allowed her to support more services on their journey. As well as running the Koori Curriculum Jessica has a Certificate four in Training and Assessment and enjoys teaching Child Studies for various training providers including TAFE NSW.

In 2016 Jessica was sponsored by Educational Experience to participate in the Global Leaders for Young Children Program which is part of the World Forum Foundation. Since then Jessica has become the World Forum Foundations National Representative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

Jessica is also a current member of the Inner West Councils Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, a board member of the Social Justice in Early Childhood Group and the Boolarng Program Ambassador for Educational Experience.


Red Ruby Scarlet Speaker

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant, artist and academic. Red has been working in early childhood for over 25 years and is devoted to creative, imaginative, inclusive practices that promote dignity and integrity in early childhood. Red has developed curriculum and learning frameworks nationally and internationally. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and advocacy.

Red has published widely foregrounding the stories of the numerous ‘teacher-research’ projects she has lead and contributed to across the world. She is committed to raising the voices of early childhood teachers and educators through telling and writing their own stories. She has always been part of diverse educational communities. She is a highly sought leader and mentor in the early childhood profession.

Red is currently the Creative Director of MultiVerse – an organisation devoted to consultancy, creating professional development and resourcing for early childhood that is committed to inclusive and innovative pedagogical approaches to curriculum. Red is the Founding Chair of the Social Justice In Early Childhood Foundation.


Expressions of interest to present

This year we will offering an Expression of Interest for you to present your work. Requirements for expressions of Interest to present:
  1. Please supply name, affiliation, contact number and email
  2. A 30 minute presentation
  3. Written abstract of the workshop and its relationship with the conference themes (no more than 250 words)
  4. A 3 minute video of the people discussing the presentation abstract. This will be used for the review process as well as for social media relating to the conference
  5. A head shot of presenter(s) (separately if there are more than one presenter)
  6. 150 word biography and a list of previous/significant presentations
All of these elements must be submitted for your expression of interest to be considered. To be considered you must be registered for the conference. Due date: October 5th 2018 – Expressions of Interest received after this date will not be considered