Knox to host First Australian Positive Education Conference


Knox Grammar will host the First Australian Positive Education Conference on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April 2013.

This is a joint initiative of Knox Grammar School, PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) and The Positivity Institute (PI).

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About the conference

The aim of this conference is to foster the development of Positive Education in Australia and globally and to provide a forum for Positive Psychology researchers, teachers, students and practitioners.

  • Day 1 of the conference will have a focus on the Science of Positive Education (with networking drinks from 4pm)
  • Day 2 will focus on the Practice of Positive Education (with a fun, hands-on drumming workshop to start the day)

Confirmed keynotes

Day 1
  • Professor Herb Marsh, Centre for Positive Psychology and Education, University of Western Sydney - 'Self-concept: The Cornerstone of the Positive Psychology Revolution'
  • Dr Dianne Vella-Brodrick,  University of Melbourne - 'Research in Positive Education'
  • Dr Lindsay Oades, Sydney Business School University of Wollongong - 'Wellbeing and Health in Education'
  • Associate Professor Lea Waters, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University - 'Evidence of the effects of gratitude on the wellbeing of students, teachers and school leaders'
  • Professor Vijaya Manicavasaga, Black Dog Institute - 'Research on adolescent online positive psychology programs'

  • Day 2
    • International keynote Dr Christian Van Niewerburgh, Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, University of East London - 'Coaching in education'
    • Dr Mathew White, Director of Well-Being and Positive Education, St Peter’s College, Adelaide - 'The growth of Positive Education in Australia'
    • Dan Haesler  Education Consultant - 'Positive Psychology – A Teacher’s Perspective'
    • Dr William DeJean -‘Identity and wellbeing'
    Other presenters
  • Michele McQuaid, organisation consultant - 'Using an appreciative approach in Schools'
  • Andrew Stainer, Helmsman Project - 'Helping disadvantaged students using Positive Education'

Abstract invitations

Abstracts are invited from researchers and practitioners of Positive Education by Friday 1 March. All enquiries, including requests for an ‘Abstract Submission Template' to:

Dr Suzy Green, The Positivity Institute –
Dr Steve Zolezzi, Knox Grammar School –

For further booking enquiries, please call Mrs Gillian Jolly on +61 2 9487 0119 or