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HALT Summit 2019 EXPANDING OUR IMPACT 24-25 May 2019 – Darwin Convention Centre Presented by Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

About the Summit

The Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Summit is a free event for nationally certified teachers from across Australia. The Summit provides an opportunity for HALTs to work with leading thinkers from Australia and internationally, develop skills that equip them to lead and inspire colleagues, and collaborate with other Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers.


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Wednesday 22 May

Katherine regional visit 
Katherine is the Territory’s fourth largest community, it’s roughly around 10,000 people with a rich and diverse culture and myriad of wildlife and landscapes in the heart of Jawoyn country. This trip will include a visit to Casuarina Street Primary School. There are still spaces available on this trip. 


Gunbalanya Community visit
Gunbalanya School (Families as First Teachers to Year 12) is an Independent Public School in West Arnhem Land, 320 kilometres east of Darwin. It is accessible by road in the dry season through Kakadu National Park, and via air charter in the wet season. This is an opportunity to share a day in the life of Gunbalanya School staff and students, and engage with experienced remote educators at the Children and Families Centre, and Primary School and Secondary Campus. This trip is now full. 


Jabiru Area School visit

Jabiru Area School is a Government school located in the town of Jabiru in the Kakadu National Park, 250km from Darwin. This trip will include a welcome to country by the schools’ Indigenous educators and students; student guided tours on country (Nourlangie); and a guided tour of the school showcasing the school’s Kakadu curriculum implementation. There are still spaces available on this trip. 

All trips depart Darwin at 6am, returning after 7.30pm and include transport and lunch. 

Thursday 23 May

Darwin School visits

Schools in Darwin are offering to showcase best practice across a range of contexts.

Morning and afternoon school visits are available. The Darwin school visits are now full. 

Welcome Reception

The Northern Territory Department of Education welcomes HALT Summit 2019 guests to an evening welcome reception The welcome reception provides a networking opportunity whilst enjoying a beautiful Darwin sunset.

Where: Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay 

When: 5.30pm - 7.00pm

The Darwin Trailer Boat Club is located 4.7km from the city centre. Complimentary courtesy buses will be available to transport registered guests and family to and from the event. Buses will depart from the following hotels at the times below:

  • Adina Apartments and Vibe Hotel - 5.00pm
  • Oaks Elan - 5.00pm
  • Mantra Pandanas - 5.10pm

Buses will depart from the Darwin Trailer Boat Club to return guests to their hotel from 7.15pm. Guests will also have the option to be dropped off at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

Friday 24 May

Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Summit - day one

Arrival from 8.15am

9.00am - Welcome

Keynote - Dr Lyn Sharratt

Masterclasses from keynote speakers

Sharespace and Strategic Planning session

5.00pm - Close 

Networking drinks

Wharf One, Darwin Waterfront 

5.15pm - 6.45pm 

Saturday 25 May

Highly Accomplished and Leader Teacher Summit - day two 

8.30am - Welcome

Keynote - Laureate Professor John Hattie

Expanding our Impact workshops

Jurisdictional breakout sessions

3.15pm - Summit close



Dr Lyn Sharratt

Dr Lyn Sharratt is a talented practitioner, researcher, author, and presenter. She coordinates the doctoral internship program in Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. A previous teacher and school leader, Lyn combines academic theory with hands-on educational leadership experience. Lyn’s work is focused on increasing achievement for all learners by improving teachers’ assessment and instructional practices. Lyn is a lead author of many books and papers including ‘Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders do!’ with Micheal Fullan and her most recent book: ‘Clarity: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching and Leading’ (Corwin, 2019).

Dan Haesler

Dan Haesler works with individuals and organisations around issues of leadership, engagement, mindset and wellbeing. As Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting he consults to corporate business, the education sector, elite sporting organisations, as well as the The Black Dog Institute and other not-for-profit organisations. Dan is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside well-known thought leaders and industry experts, as well as Olympians, Oscar winners and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He regularly features in the media and is passionate about equity and social justice. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is now available with all profits donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Laureate Professor John Hattie

Laureate Professor John Hattie has been a champion of HALTs and the HALT Network from the very beginning. He first wowed HALTs at the inaugural HALT Summit in 2016 and will be back to deliver a keynote and work with HALTs at Summit 2019. John’s work is internationally acclaimed. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors that improve student learning. Through his role as Chair of the AITSL Board, John is able to provide national leadership in promoting excellence so teachers and school leaders have maximum impact on learning.

Renez Lammon

Renez Lammon is a nationally certified, Highly Accomplished teacher and an impact coach at Casuarina Street Primary School in Katherine in the Northern Territory. In 2016, Renez was named the Northern Territory Indigenous Educator of the Year and in 2018 was appointed as a Director on the AITSL Board. Renez is passionate about unleashing the expertise already in place in schools across the country and the importance of evidence and the Teacher Standards in supporting teachers to recognise and articulate the difference they are making to their colleagues, their communities and most importantly, their students.

Summit details


This is an exclusive free event for nationally certified teachers. There is no fee to attend Summit 2019 for nationally certified teachers.


Transport costs are the responsibility of the individual attendees. Flights to Darwin from all capital cities are currently very low and are expected to rise significantly. Attendees travelling from interstate are encouraged to book flights as soon as possible.


Accommodation costs are the responsibility of the individual attendee. Discounted rates have been negotiated for delegates with nearby hotels by Summit conference organiser ICMS. Accommodation can be booked through the registration form. If you have any questions about accommodation options and bookings, please contact ICMS on [email protected] or 1300 792 466.

Principal endorsement

In completing the Summit registration attendees are required to indicate that they have the endorsement of their principal. Although there is no fee to attend the Summit this is to ensure principal support for involvement in the Summit.