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DRAFT Schedule 

(please note this is subject to change)

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Wednesday, November 15th 
08:00 - 18:00       Event Registration & Education Expo
09.30 - 10.30 Promoting Health & Wellbeing - stories from School
Lorraine Dempsey, Enda McGorman & Rachel Harper 
10.30 - 11.00 Education Expo & Refreshments 
11.00 - 13.00 Concurrent Seminars
12.30 - 14.30 Lunch & Education Expo
15.00 - 16.45 Plenary Session I 
Conference Opening - St. Joseph's PS Choir, Tipperary
Páiric Clerkin, IPPN CEO
Patricia Mannix McNamara (UL)
16.45 - 18.45 Education Expo 
17.45 - 18.45 Drinks Reception (available in Expo)
18.45 - 21.30 Dinner 
Thursday, November 16th
08.00- 09.00 Registration & Expo Viewing 
09.00 - 10.30 Plenary Session II
Marie Gleeson
Tomás Ó Ruairic, Department of Education 
10.30 - 11.00 Education Expo & Refreshments 
11.00 - 13.00 Concurrent Seminars
12.30 - 14.30 Lunch & Education Expo  
14.30 - 15.00  Passport Giveaway 
15.00 - 16.45 Pathways to Sustainable Leadership 
19.45 Conference Dinner 
Friday, November 17th 
10.30 - 12.00

Plenary Session III
Louise Tobin, IPPN President 
Bernie McNally, Secretary General, Department of Education
Conference Closing - Deirdre Kelly, IPPN President-Elect

12.00 - 13.30  Lunch 


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Seminar Synopsis

As a busy school Principal, you manage a wide range of areas in your school. While ICT and technical support are important areas, they are still just one of the many priorities under your responsibility. Given the range of ICT options from different companies, and the wide range of views from ‘experts’, it can be difficult to determine how to select, procure, deploy and maintain ICT to support teaching and learning in your school. The whole process can be demanding, time-consuming and stressful.

This seminar will focus on practical ways of assisting you as a school principal to review the areas of ICT infrastructure and technical support, provide clarity and advice in a number of key areas, and hopefully reduce the amount of time and stress involved in managing these areas in your school.

Seminar attendees will also have an opportunity to take our 'ICT Infrastructure Stress Test'.


About Deirdre 
Deirdre is Project Officer for ICT Infrastructure with PDST Technology in Education, where she provides information and advice on how fit-for-purpose ICT’s can improve schools’ ICT infrastructure / whole-school planning to support teaching and learning. This includes a wide range of technologies such as computing devices, presentation technologies, networking solutions - including Wi-Fi, servers, cloud-based applications, printing, technical support advice and other technologies relevant to schools. Deirdre worked for many years in a number of multi-national organisations, providing technical support and in IS administration roles. She subsequently worked in both primary and post-primary schools as an ICT co-ordinator as well as working as an ICT Advisor for the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools.


About Tom  
Tom is National Coordinator for Technology Integration in PDST Technology in Education,, and previously in the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). Tom has worked in a number of technical roles in Ireland, Canada, and the UK. He provides advice and support to schools on ICT infrastructure and technical support to help achieve improved learning outcomes. He also works on the Schools Broadband Programme in collaboration with the DES and HEAnet.

Seminar Synopsis 

The aim of this presentation is help schools compile a student support plan (SSP) for a pupil with HFA. It will include information on assessments, social skills development; learning style; NEPS problem solving process to include of a pupil with HFA in the mainstream class, and much more.


About Dr. Dunleavy

Dr Michele Dunleavy BA, PGCE (UK), PGD (Trinity), PGD (UK), M.St (SEN), D.Ed. (SEN)

Michele has a number of years’ experience teaching in a primary, special class and special school setting. Michele was seconded as an Advisor to the special education support service (SESS) .Michele also worked as a part-time and Guest lecturer in a number of College including NUIG, UCC, and Trinity College Dublin.
Michele now works as a Lecturer in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick where she lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Additionally, she supervises undergraduate dissertations and Masters and Doctoral Theses.

Michele has a particular interest in autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and inclusion. She completed her Masters and Doctoral research in these areas. Michele has presented at many International ad National conferences on the topic of ASD and inclusion and continues to conduct research in the area of special education.
Michele is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) holding many positions including that of Chairperson.

Registration & Further Assistance 

Wednesday    4.30pm - 9.30pm 
Registration Area Open only 

8.15pm - 7pm 
Registration, Education Expo & Networking 


8.15pm - 4.30pm
Registration, Education Expo & Networking


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