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Jubilee Trendsetter Panel and Alumni Reception

Early Childhood alumni at Macquarie

First row, from left to right: Professor Janet Greeley, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences, Dr Peter Whiteman, Head of the Institute of Early Childhood (IEC) and Professor Lori Lockyer, Head of the Department of Education. Second row, from left to right: Martin Mansfield, Emeritus Professor Bruce Mansfield and his granddaughter Emma Mansfield.    

Equip and Inspire: Education for the Future

On 21 October, over 130 guests from of the School of Education and Institute of Early Childhood (IEC) celebrated Macquarie's Jubilee with a special revival of the trendsetter panels of the 60s and 70s. The Jubilee Trendsetter panel brought together a handful of current academics and fellow alumni educational practitioners together to discuss and debate the key future trends that students need to know about in education.

The panel event informed and inspired its audience with the latest in professional learning and best practice ideas. Macquarie's significant capacity and ongoing developments in teaching practices and innovations was discussed including the University's new flagship, 'Opening Real Science' program. 

"The trendsetter panel is about what we are doing now to prepare our students for the world of the future and how we Equip and Inspire them to be ready for that future," said Professor Lori Lockyer, Head of the Department of Education.

The alumni reception which followed, provided the golden opportunity for colleagues and industry representatives to network, build and rebuild connections as well as improve professional practice.

The trendsetter panel for 2014 included Professor Lori Locker, Dr Peter Whiteman (Head of IEC) Mrs Karen Ahearn (Pymble Ladies College), Mr Matt Esterman (St Scholastica's College, Glebe Point), Dr Camilla Gordon (IEC, Macquarie University), Associate Professor Joanne Mulligan (School of Education, Macquarie University) and Ms Janet Robertson (Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre, IEC, Macquarie University.

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Flashback: Early Trendsetter panel from the early 70s

Early childhood alumni flashback

Second from left: Emeritus Professor Bruce Mansfield

Macquarie Trendsetters - (Highlights) Equip and Inpire: Educating for the Future