2019 International Confederation of Principals Convention

23 - 25 October | East China Normal University | Shanghai, China

Conference Program

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Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration at East China Normal University Gymnasium Stadium

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019

LocationEast China Normal University Gymnasium Stadium

8:00 am – 8:30 am


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Opening Ceremony

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

Minister of Education

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Opening Remarks

ECNU President

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Opening Remarks

Alta Van Heerden, ICP President

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Keynote Presentation

Jack Ma, Founder of Jack Ma Foundation, United National Sustainable Development Advocate, Partner of Alibaba Group

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Keynote Presentation: Finding Your Leadership Edge

Michelle Gibbings, Managing Director, Change Meridian

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: Time to Invent a New Paradigm of Education: The Trap of Global Borrowing in Education

Professor Zhao Yong, Foundation Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas

3:00 pm - 3:45 pmCoffee Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Workshop Session 1

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Our Principals Wellbeing – Making A Difference

Michael Battenally and Michael Hall, Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (AUS)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Failure Is No Option

Daya Chetty

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Educational Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Minding the Perils in Developing Countries Like Eswatini

Welcome Mhlanga

Connecting Leaders Workshop

The Keys to Positive Leadership

Mike Buchanan, HMC (GBR)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

The Role of Professional Associations in Connecting and Enabling School Leaders

Craig Peterson, NSW Secondary Principals' Council (AUS)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Equity and Excellence - University of NSW: Gonski Institute of Education

Lila Mularczyk OAM, Immediate Past President NSW Secondary Principals' Council (AUS)

Creating the Future Workshop

Unlock Your Authentic Personal Power – Neuroscience Perspective On Leadership

Dr Melodie De Jager, Mind Moves Institute (ZAF)

Creating the Future Workshop


Creating The Future Through An International Understanding Of Ethical Leadership

Dr Peter Kent, ICP (UK)

Creating the Future Workshop

Leading Schools For The Future: The Co- Existence Of Transformational And Shared Instructional Leadership

Dr Manuj Gokul and Mr Terry Heath, Yeronga State High School (AUS) 

Creating the Future Workshop

The Mind of the Educational Leader: Capturing Creativity and Innovation of Wellness For School Leaders To Embrace Principalship Now and Beyond

Denise Lofts, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (AUS)

The Chinese Model of Schools with International Competitiveness

Ye Cuiwei, Hailiang Education Group (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Courageous Leadership: Deconstructing Education Practices To Inspire Our Future Citizens And Develop Education Leaders.

Damian Howard, St Raphael’s Primary School (AUS) and Frank Dullard, St Liborius Primary School (AUS)

Creating the Future Workshop

Paving Roads, Chasing Dreams - the Pursuit of Fair and Quality Education Ideals

Xu Jun, Shanghai Yan An Middle School (CHN)

Improving the Quality of Regional Education - The Practice and Thinking of Fangzhuang Education Cluster

Guan Jie, Beijing No 18 High School (CHN)

6:30 pm – Late

Conference Dinner at Hongqiao Jin Jiang Hotel

Thursday, 24th October, 2019

LocationEast China Normal University Stadium

8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Principled, Invitational and Imperfect Leadership

Dr Steve Munby, Internationally Renowned Researcher in Leadership and Structural Reform

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Keynote Presentation: Uncommon Leadership: Catalysing Innovation

Vicki Phillips, CEO, Educurious and Founding Partner, Teaching Partners

11:45 am - 1:00 pmLunch Break

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Keynote Presentation: The Future Has Arrived: Education is Experiencing a Great Revolution

Professor Yuan Zhenguo, East China Normal University
2:15 am - 3:00 pmCoffee Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Session 2

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Focusing On Contemporary Pedagogical Practices In Change, Sustainability, Inclusiveness And Diversity.

Kalpana Chaudharym NH Goel Word School (IND)

Questioning, Thinking, Leading - To Teach is to Touch Lives Forever

Li Ming, Huaibin Senior High School, Henan (CHN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Sustainable Leadership: Ideas From The Field.

Dr Sharon Parkes, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (AUS)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Lead Now - Lead Next

Dr Fiona Forbes, ICP (AUS)

The Power of Integrating Eastern and Western Methodologies:  The Evolution of Nanjing Hankai Academy

Wang Zhanbao, Nanjing Hankai Academy (CHN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Raising the Status of Teaching: What the Chartered College of Teaching Do For You?

Mike Buchanan, HMC (GBR)

Meet the Cadenza, Overwatch the Future

Xang Xianghui, Lanzhou Overseas Chinese Experimental School (CHN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

From Good to Great in our Education System - How the English System of Education is Facing the Challenge

Carl Ward, Association of School and College Leaders (GBR)

Strive to Cultivate People with Outstanding Ability for the Future

Li Guangyao, Jiangsu Taicang Senior High School (CHN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Great Love and Complete Sincerity: School Culture Nourishes the Development of Teachers and Students

Sun Qingxin Shenyang, Tongze High School (CHN)

Education:  The Search, The Goodness and Perfection

Shi Yanmei, Guiyang No 3 Experimental High School (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Principalship Ready: Preparing School Leaders. What We Can Learn From Each Other?

Associate Professor Rob Nairn, ICP (AUS)

Potential Education:  Enables Students to Foresee Their Best Potentials

Lin Chunhui, Shanghai Fengxian High School (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Well-Being As The Future Focus Of Schooling

Dr Jennifer Moore, Moore Well-Being (USA)

Creating a Suitable Education for Students

Tang Xinhong, Hangzhou No 14 High School, Zhejiang Province (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Are You A Future School’s Leader?

Dr Doug Thomas, Claremont College (AUS)

'Spirit' and 'Entity': Cultivate a Unique Public School

Li Baiyan, Shanghai Jianping Experimental Middle School and Pudong Junior High School Education Guidance Centre (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

School Promotion and Research of Aptitude-Based Learning (SPRAL)

Dong Junwu, Shanghai Shixi High School (CHN)

The Sustainable Development of a Harmonious and Prosperous School Through Cooperation and Cohesion

Wang Honghua, Tianjin No 4 High School (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Job Crafting: How Connecting Our Work With Meaning Helps Us To Lead Through Diversity

Angela Falkenberg, South Australian Primary Principal’s Association (AUS)

Seeking for Eternity in Change:  Reflections on Teachers' Professional Development

Chen Zhaoxing, Guangzhou Haizhu District Education Development Centre (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Empowered Leaders Creating The Future

Margaret Charlton, NSW Primary Principals’ Association (AUS)

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm

Move to Next Session

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Workshop Session 3

Connecting Leaders Workshop

How To Realise The Dream Of Online Learning For Principals: Lessons Learned

Dr Andy Scott, International School Leadership (CAN) and Robert Jackson, Ontario Principals' Council (CAN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Developing Leadership Capacity: Renewing Enthusiasm For The Role

Dr. Indu Khetarpal, Salwan Trust (IND)

The Principal is a Person Who Inspires the Vitality of Teachers

Peng Jianping, Guangzhou Middle School (CHN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

The Flourish Movement – From Coping To Flourishing – How The Flourish Movement Is Improving Mental Health And Wellbeing Of Principals.

Bob Willetts, NSW Primary Principals’ Assocation (AUS)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

'Old, New, Borrowed and Blue...Creating the First Finnish High School Abroad

Ari Pokka

The Course on Cultivation of Innovative Literacy and Cooperative Link

Ji Hongxu, Shanghai Jinyuan Senior High School (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Education Digital Transformation and Microsoft Showcase School

Rick Wang, Microsoft China (CHN)

Connecting Leaders Workshop

Practice and Thinking of Career Education:  Beijing No 11 High School

Cui Chumin, Beijing No 11 High School (CHN)

Potential Education:  Makes Life Full of Idea and Vitality

Wang Baoqing, Tianjin No 7 High School (CHN)

Creating the Future Workshop

Coaching Leadership: A Transformative Approach To The Growth And Development Of Leaders For The Future

Dr Lesley Murrihy, Amesbury School (NZL)

Professional Growth for Teachers:  Find Yourself in a Better Light

Liu Yan, Fuzhou Overseas Chinese Middle School, Fujian

Creating the Future Workshop

A Glance In The Rearview Mirror- A Backwards Glance Towards A Forwards Vision

Gavin Fish, Fish Hoek High School (ZAF)

Creating the Future Workshop

Educating For Wellness. Too Optimistic Or Just Realistic

Magnus Thorkelsson, Flensborg College (ISL)

Creating the Future Workshop

A Futurist’s View Of Leadership – What Are The Challenges And Opportunities Of Social, Economic And Technological Change? How Can School Leaders Respond To Them

Carl Ward, Association of School and College Leaders (GBR)

Creating the Future Workshop

Utilising The Student Experience Of Learning And Teaching (SELT) To Respond To Student Learning Needs In Secondary Schools

Dr Paul Hine, St Ignatius’ College (AUS)

Creating the Future Workshop

From Scratch: Leadership Experiences In Establishing A New And Future Focused Primary School In Sydney

Thomas Moth, North Kellyville Public School (AUS)

6:30 pm 

President Welcome Reception

Friday, 25th October, 2019

LocationEast China Normal University Stadium
8:00 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation: In School and Out of School Learning:  Synergies, Competition and Responsibilities in Increasingly Marketised Environments

Professor Mark Bray, East China Normal University and Emeritus Professor of The University of Hong Kong

9:30 am – 10:30am

Educating Students For Their Future, Not Our Past – Lessons From PISA

Andreas Schleicher, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Panel Discussion

Facilitated by Steve Munby

11:15 am - 11:45 am
ICP Business

2021 ICP Convention

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Closing Ceremony and Farewell

12:15 pmLunch Break
12:30 pm - 5:00 pmSchool Visits


  • All conference activities and schedules are subject to change without notice. 
  • For any questions about the conference schedule please see the Registration Desk throughout the Conference.
  • Session attendance is on a first come, first served basis.