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This conference has been created specially to celebrate the commitment of the remarkable teachers who are shaping young leaders on a daily basis, often in difficult circumstances.

Inspired Teachers recognizes and learns from the teachers who know how to light up a classroom; shares leadership lessons and inspiration with our teaching community and focuses on celebrating excellence in teaching.

“The best conference I have been on as an educator. Came away feeling totally inspired.” Christine Scrooby, Riverbank Primary Education


Keynote: The Toxic Mix: How to fix South African schools

Each day, we put the fate of 12-million young people in the hands of 385 000 teachers. Teachers deserve great honour and respect for such awesome responsibility, holding the fate of future generations in their hands. Graeme will look at what needs to be done to restore the profession and our faith in our education system.


Graeme Bloch is a graduate of UCT where he specialised in economic history. In 2011 he attained his second MA from Wits in creative writing. He is a visiting adjunct Professor at Wits’ Public and Development Management School (P&DM), a member of UCT’s Council, serves as director on Lafarge Education Trust and is a patron of Bitou10 in Plettenberg Bay. Before 1994, he was executive member of the National Education Crisis Committee and the United Democratic Front (UDF) and was detained and arrested numerous times and banned from 1976-81. Bloch has written and published widely, in particular on education, in both academic and more popular publications.


Keynote: Get Out and Stay Out: Overcoming Self-imposed Limitations

In this inspiring and insightful talk Professor Osiris uses his own story of 20 years in prison to show how one may be incarcerated without ever being arrested. For him, “prison is a metaphor for self-imposed limitations”. With piercing clarity he tells how to identify and overcome self-imposed limitations in order to create the life you want.


Professor Khalil Osiris is an internationally recognized expert on restorative justice practices and cognitive behavioural personal change. An American author and educator who spent 20 years of his life in prison, Professor Osiris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University while there. He transformed his life and emerged from prison with a deep understanding of how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self- improvement. In 2013 Professor Osiris launched the first PBIS School in Africa at Vuleka School in Johannesburg and has since established it as a PBIS Africa National Demonstration Site.



‘Foursight’ explores a High-school killing a year after the event and is told through the experiences of 4 characters. In attempting to understand how and why it happened the play cracks open the shell of school violence by investigating the roles of bullying in schools, the media, the teenage mind and the culpability of the absent parent.


Kate Liquorish studied a BA in Theatre and Performance at The University of Cape Town, graduating with honours in the degree in 2006. Since then she has been involved prolifically in Theatre, television and film. Theatre however is her greatest passion and she has appeared in no fewer than 17 productions in the last 5 years, including: RICHARD iii, MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, THE MISER and THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW DRESS.


Keynote: “Most teachers are frustrated actors” or is it “Most actors are frustrated teachers”?

Alan will reminisce on his experiences as a teacher, his experiences as a student and how similar the two professions are. This material has been specially written for The Inspired Teachers Conference!


Alan Committie is well known for his brilliant wacky characterisation of Johan Van De Walt, his epic performances in Defending the Caveman and has performed all over the world. However, what you may not know is he has a BA from UCT, a Performers Diploma AND his HDE in Education! He is first and foremost a TEACHER! Alan is one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comics, character comedian, award winning actor, comedy writer, Theatre director, Master of Ceremonies (MC), facilitator, and TEACHER (albeit a while ago) and other talents which cannot and must not be named for fear of losing the element of intrigue!! What more could you ask for from one man?


Panel Discussion: Teaching to light up a classroom

Simple and sublime ways to make our schools more dynamic, more engaging learning environments. (Including insights gained from our students)


CHAIR: Carol Fields studied at Rhodes and moved swiftly into the SA arts industry. She worked in the industry as an actress and writer and performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown before being enticed into teaching by her former Drama teacher. She is a passionate educator, former Naledi judge, one of the appointed IEB practical examiners and the Head of Department of Dramatic Arts at St Stithians Boys’ College. She is passionate about teaching, the performing arts and how to empower and engage young people in critical conversations.


Tim Allen trained as a teacher at the old JCE and completed his Honours at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Durban) in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching. His teaching career was based in KwaZulu Natal, at Kearsney College, as Head of English, Hillcrest High School (Head of English and HOD) and Kloof High School (Senior Deputy Principal and Acting Principal). He was appointed Principal of Crawford College Durban, a post he filled for eight years, before returning to Gauteng as Head of Academics for Advtech Schools.


John Luis is the Senior Deputy Head at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. After matriculating at Jeppe High School for Boys, John completed his B.Sc at Wits before receiving his Higher Diploma in Education with Distinction in 1994. He is currently completing his Honours Degree in Mathematics Education through UNISA. John began his teaching career at Sunward Park High School in Boksburg, joined Crawford College in 1996 and was appointed Principal of Reddam House in Bedfordview in 2003. He was National Subjects Coordinator for the 31 schools under the Advtech Banner before moving to OWLA at the end of 2009. John has been the National IEB Examiner for Mathematics since 2006.

Last panellist to be confirmed


Panel Discussion: The Classroom of the Future: How Technology is changing the face of education

Nothing can replace inspired, excellent quality teaching. But there are some awesome news tools for making the process more fun and interactive.


Barbara Mallison is the founder of Obami, a social learning platform that has been recognised as one of the most innovative technologies in the world, as well as one of the best start-ups in Africa by the likes of UNESCO, CNN, Forbes and the French Government. Over the past 5 years, Mallinson has presented her views on social learning, social media and social entrepreneurship across the globe. Mallinson is the only African that sits on the Advisory Board for the Mobile World Capital, an initiative run by the City of Barcelona and the GSMA.


Mmipe George Mokgehle, the deputy principal of Toronto Primary, is a passionate workaholic and an award winning ICT teacher dedicated to delivering high quality, innovative education. He is a firm believer in the power of Technology and believes it has revolutionised the profession and brought energy to the classroom. He has developed networks of support to deliver computer literacy outreach programmes for teachers. Some of his awards include: ISPA ICT Champion and ICT Top Teacher in Africa.


Lulu Berger, MD of Think Ahead Solutions, specialises in the integration of technology into the education sector. A key offering is iSchoolAfrica, which aims to bring the best available education technology and practices to schools, making Mac technology accessible to a broader range of schools.


Panel Discussion: For the Love of Learning: What would the ideal school look like?

This year we’ve introduced a platform for our students too, simply because they are the ones we want to inspire and shape. Learners from many different schools will chat openly about what works and what doesn’t in the classroom and what differences their teachers make in their lives.


CHAIR: Gillian Godsell holds a BA from Wits & a PhD from Boston University & lectures at the Wits Graduate School of Public & Development Management. She chairs the Wits Council of Education, is a past chair of the Governing Body of Parktown High School for Girls and in 2011 authored a short biography of Helen Suzman in the school history series They Fought for Freedom. On Tuesday mornings she hosts Jozi Today on community radio station Radio Today.



Bulumko Ngubo, Stuart Young, Jodie Dwolatzky, Shakeel Garda, Jason Fischer


Chair of The Inspired Teachers Conference


CHAIR Janet Baylis began her teaching career at St Marys Waverley after receiving her Honours Degree from Natal University in English and Drama. She has been teaching for over 30 years and began the Drama Departments at St Marys, Sacred Heart College and now at Crawford Sandton. She is the Chief Examiner of the GDE for Dramatic Arts and has facilitated teaching training in Drama for over fifteen years in the Department. Her passion for theatre led her to initiate the FEDA play festival eight years ago which has become a platform to celebrate young creative talent in Jhb. She now works as a facilitator for QualityLife and runs her own Studio.


Founder of The Inspired Teachers Conference


Debby Edelstein, passionate conversation creator, facilitator and joint-CEO of QualityLife Company, has discovered that collaborative learning is by far the most fun and effective way to learn. She believes that big questions require creative solutions, dialogue and leadership – the three pillars of all QualityLife conferences.


Whatever your interest in brilliant teaching, whether you’re

  • a facilitator keen to learn the best teaching methods available;
  • a teacher looking for inspiration;
  • a change agent committed to the future of our youth or
  • a parent who accepts that education is a community responsibility

don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the most inspired and inspiring teachers around.


When and where


DATE: Thursday 27 March 2014

VENUE: Victory Theatre, 105 Louis Botha cnr Osborne Rd, Houghton Estate

TIME: 8:00 am for 8:30am until 4pm

COST: Schools: R715. Corporate SA: R2800 (costs excl vat) including lunch and teas

BOOK NOW: Call Lizzy Mafalo on (011) 880-9749 or email Lizzy with your contact details, or register online.


Think Ahead Solutions Obami Education Southern Africa