Thursday, January 24th 
08:15 - 10:00   Registration, Education Expo Viewing & Networking Sessions
10:00 - 12:00 Leadership Pathways' Seminars 
12:00 - 14:30 Lunch & Education Expo Viewing 
14:00 - 16:00 Concurrent Seminars
17:00 - 18:30 Plenary Session I - Official Conference Opening 
18:30 President's Reception 
Friday, January 25th 
08:00 - 09:00 Late Registration, Education Expo Viewing & Networking Sessions
09:00 - 10:45 Plenary Session II 
10:45 - 11:30 Refreshment Break  & Expo viewing

11:30 - 13:00

Plenary Session III
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch & Education Expo Viewing 
14:30 - 16:30 Concurrent Seminars
16:45 - 17:45 Plenary Session IV 
20.15 Gala Dinner 





CarmelKeaneCarmel Kearns is Head of Teachers’ Learning and Research in the Teaching Council. She supports the work of the Council’s Education Committee, and has played a key role in the development of a range of landmark policy documents, including the first Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers, the Council’s Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education and Droichead, An Integrated Induction Framework. She was instrumental in the development of the Council’s professional accreditation criteria for reconceptualised ITE programmes, and led the process by which all programmes in Ireland were reviewed for accreditation purposes for the first time. More recently, she has supported the development of Cosán, the national framework for teachers’ learning in Ireland, and she is currently supporting a four-year development process whereby the framework can be further refined by teachers and other stakeholders. She is also responsible for the implementation of the Council’s research strategy, including a comprehensive annual programme aimed at enhancing the connections between research, policy and practice.


Maria Doyle, IPPN PresidentMaria Doyle Web

Maria graduated from Mary Immaculate College of Education with a B.Ed and started her teaching career in Holy Family Junior Mercy Primary School whereshe taught until 1995. That same year she was appointed to the senior section of the Mercy School and became the first lay principal at Our Lady of Mercy Waterford City, a DEIS Band 2 Senior Girls school in a RAPID Area.

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David Ruddy, IPPN Deputy PresidentDR 2014b

David was elected Deputy President/President Elect by the IPPN National Council in June 2015. David is principal of Talbot Senior National School in Clondalkin, Dublin, a co-ed school. He has been the author of the 
Legal Diary since Leadership+ was first launched in 2000.

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Declan CoyleDeclanCoyle3

Declan is one of Ireland’s most internationally experienced Leadership Training & Development consultants. He has delivered specialist programmes on leadership, management and organisational development to clients in Ireland and across the globe.

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Dr Joe O’ConnellJoe OConnell

Joe O’ Connell is the former Director of Limerick Education Centre, he has also served as a post-primary school principal and held the position of Director of St. Senan’s Education Office, the education secretariat for the Catholic Dioceses of Limerick, Kerry and Killaloe. He currently lectures in the Master’s Course in Christian Leadership in Education in Mary Immaculate College and is advisor to the LCETB programme, which focuses on leading teaching and learning across their post-primary schools. 

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