HALT Summit 2020

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. 

We recognise the key role of school leaders in the success of teacher certification and this year, for the first time, HALTs attending the Summit can invite their school leader to join them.

Places are strictly limited. Register early to secure your spot.


The times below are provided to assist you with planning to attend HALT Summit 2020. A detailed program will be available in term one, 2020. 

Optional school visits

Wednesday 20 MayRegional school visits

Thursday 21 MayBrisbane school visits

Welcome reception

Hosted by AITSL

Evening of Thursday 21 May

Please join AITSL and HALT Summit delegates at a special event to kick off Summit 2020

Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Summit

Hosted by AITSL

Venue W Brisbane Hotel

Day 1Friday 22 May 9.00am - 5.00pm

Day 2Saturday 23 May 8.30am - 3.30pm


Dan Haesler

Back by popular demand, Dan Haesler will be joining us again for HALT Summit 2020. Dan 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.

Jennifer Abrams

Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach in Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, California), Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant and author who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces. Some of Jennifer's publications include: Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and her newest book, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.

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 we will be back at Summit 2020 to work with HALTs through various workshops and discussions. 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 imporve 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.