Education State
Principals Conference 2022

Reflecting on the power of Principal leadership on disability inclusion – how to create inclusive school cultures for all students

Reflecting on the power of Principal leadership on disability inclusion – how to create inclusive school cultures for all students

Outline

With the I CAN program as a showcase, this workshop is a space for principals to work with each other on how to lead their teams to create inclusive school cultures for all students, including diverse learners. Topics in focus will be evidence-based peer-to-peer mentoring, and Year 7 and post-school transition.

Chris Varney
Founder and Chief Enabling Officer
, I CAN network

Chris is an Autistic law graduate and a pioneer of Autistic-led service provision in Australia.

Chris has a background in children’s rights and youth programs, having been 2009 Australian Youth Representative to the UN and World Vision Australia’s Manager of Youth.
Chris founded I CAN Network in 2013 and as Chief Enabling Officer has grown it into Australia’s largest Autistic-led organisation with 60 Autistic staff and 1,500+ students in the program nationally.

Chris was a 2018 Victorian Australian of the Year Finalist and recipient of the 2017 Supreme Court of Victoria’s Best Achievement in Human Rights Award. He also serves as National Patron of the Australian Association for Special Education and is on the Advisory Board of Learning Creates Australia. Chris married his wife Karen in 2019 and is a proud father to son, George.

Kate Andrews
Regional Manager
, I CAN Network

Kate Andrews is a Regional Manager of the I CAN Network.

James Ong
Regional Manager
, I CAN Network

James Ong is the Evaluation Manager and Policy Analyst of I CAN Network. He has 8 years’ experience planning, conducting and reporting on evaluations of I CAN Network’s school and online mentoring programs. James works with I CAN Network and various funders to provide reports on the social impact of I CAN Network’s mentoring programs. Most notably, he writes and publishes I CAN Network’s annual Social Impact Report which is available to the public through I CAN Network’s website.

Melissa Smith
Assistant Principal
, St Leonards Primary School

Melissa Smith is the Assistant Principal of St Leonards Primary School.

Meagan Cook
Principal
, Cranbourne East Secondary College

Meagan Cook is the Principal of Cranbourne East Secondary College.

Cate Eddy
Principal
, Numurkah Secondary College

Cate Eddy is the Principal of Numurkah Secondary College.