*Growth Trajectories  *Environmental Factors  *Support Networks
*Timely Interventions  *Life/Work Skills   *Earning Pathways
Why are young people like they are?
What can we do so they can do better?
Making a positive difference to the life outcomes of individuals by understanding key developmental and environmental factors and identifying potential path changers in the journey from infancy to adulthood.

“Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?
What’s the matter with kids today?”   Bye Bye Birdie



CONTRIBUTORS as at 02/05/17

Education Leaders Forum 2017 LIFE PASSAGES & LEARNING PATHS will be held on 23 & 24 August at the Millennium Hotel in Rotorua.

Life Shaping Factors
ELF17 is about making a positive difference to individuals and their communities by understanding life shaping developmental and environmental factors and path changers in the journey from infancy to adulthood.

It will pick up on the Dunedin and other New Zealand longitudinal  developmental studies and the intersection with fast changing environmental factors, with a focus on rapid changes in how people learn and work.

Cross-Sector Collaboration
Speakers from different sectors explain how collaboratively we can help influence the choice of individual learning and earning pathways for the better anddraw on support networks if intervention is needed at different life stages. Better learning and earning trajectories, based on individual talents, passions and personalised goals, add up to better outcomes for individuals and their communities.

Who Should Attend?
The 2017 forum will be the eleventh in an annual series involving Education leaders and aspiring leaders from across the learning spectrum from early childhood to post-tertiary education. It will also be highly relevant for those  working with children, youth and families in Social Welfare, Health and Justice.
See more on ELF17 Theme and Strands….

Dr Phil Silva
Founding Director,
Dunedin Longitudinal Study

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore
Co-Director, National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR),

Ass. Prof. Susan Morton
Director, Centre for Longitudinal Research, University of Auckland

Dr John Langley ONZM
Strategic Lead, Evidence Informed Practice,
ORANGA TAMARIKI (the Ministry for Vulnerable Children)

Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee
Chief Education Advisor,
Ministry of Education

Ass. Prof. Nicola Atwool
Social Work Programme, Dept of Sociology, University of Otago

Dr Craig Jones
Dep. Sec. Evidence, Data and Knowledge, Ministry of Education

Dr Annelies Kamp
Associate Professor, Leadership College of Education, UC

Dr Gaye Tyler-Merrick
Coordinator: PGDip.Ed (endorsed in Positive Behaviour Support), UC

Dr John Boereboom
Director,  CEM (NZ) – Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring

Sue Blair
Director ,
Personality Dynamics Ltd

Val O’Reilly

Jackie Talbot
General Manager, Secondary-Tertiary, Ministry of Education




"Thank you Lyall and team for a terrific conference.... it is a world-class event..." "I think this was one of the best ‘conferences’ that I have been to." "I have attended numerous conferences around the world and wish to compliment all concerned as this has to be as good as I’ve seen, both in terms of focus and of content." "Best organised conference I have ever attended." "Brillant event. Innovative, fun and refreshing." "Congratulations on a conference well organised and received." “Many thanks, nice diverse crowd” A wonderful opportunity to network with leaders and think about new ways of learning for the future. Great to have a cross-sector conference Very inspiring with a diverse yet connected group of presenters. I will certainly recommend this as a most relevant conference to my colleagues “This year’s was the first I have attended and the information was so valuable. Thank you.” Career Education Advisor

Educators are in a pivotal position to apply developmental insights from several renowned New Zealand longitudinal studies.

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ELF 17 Contributors

Take a look at who will be contributing at ELf17    

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