Growing Young Minds Conference – 2021

Have you ever asked yourself how can we better equip young learners with the skills to adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world?

Or how do we as educators successfully respond to the growing mental health crisis and youth anxiety?

Presented by Elevo Institute and ThinkPlus Schools, this event will help resolve these important questions by exploring how integrating the science of learning, mindsets and emotional resilience into the curriculum can have a transformative, positive effect on both student’s welfare and their academic outcomes.

Our keynote speakers so far include:

Professor Lisa Gibbs, a global expert on child health and disaster resilience from Melbourne University, she advises schools, parents and governments how to respond to catastrophe and plan for the unknown future. Prof. Gibbs will explore with principals and teachers how schools can better equip young learners with the skills to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world impacted by eco-anxiety, disaster and “catastrophic” events?

Dr. Jared Cooney-Horvath, a classroom teacher, academic, neuroscientist and author of ‘From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Translating Science of Learning for Teachers’ and ‘Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights From Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick’. Dr. Cooney-Horvath will unpack The Coder and constructing emotions to demonstrate why neuroplasticity is a fundamental concept to be understood for proficient learning and teaching.

By integrating the science of learning, mindsets and emotional resilience into any curriculum, you can have a transformative, positive effect on both students’ welfare and their academic outcomes.

Our knowledge-building program will feature leading educational experts including:

• Well-being specialist and clinical psychologist Dr. Andrew Fuller

• Neuroscientist Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath

You will be taken through multiple interactive sessions and practical workshops gaining skills and tools to take straight into your classroom including a selection from the ThinkPlus experience.


This conference is ideal for all teachers and educators eager to help build their students’ emotional resilience, as they lay down the important tracks taking them forward to a rewarding and fulfilling career and life.


Attendees will learn how to harness theory and practitioner expertise in Neuroscience so that emotional resilience skills can be built in your classroom through the day’s sessions.

Attendees will also receive the ThinkPlus online Starter Kit – exclusive access through the ThinkPlus learning portal to teaching resources, activities and lessons from Years 1 – 7 covering neuroplasticity, mindsets and the science of learning.

Growing Young Minds 2020 is a professional development (PD)event. Attending this event will contribute 6 hours of PD addressing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining VIT registration in Victoria.

This conference will support professional learning in the following Australian Professional Learning Standards for Teachers:

• 3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or learning sequences that engage learners and promote learning

• 3.6 Evaluate personal teaching and learning programs using evidence including feedback and assessment, data from learners, to inform planning.

• 5.1 Assess Student learning

• 5.2 Provide Feedback to students on learning

• 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

• 6.3 Apply professional learning and improve student learning


Elevo Institute is a not-for-profit research organisation that seeks to improve teaching and learning through the development of well-researched and tested methodologies and to incubate new ideas – taking them from thought leadership to the school and classroom.

We also conduct Educational Design Research to develop new approaches that will make a marked difference in the lives of young Australians.

Kingswood College is proud to have implemented Elevo Institute’s metacurriculum ThinkPlus and is home to the dedicated ThinkPlus Centre.

The cost of tickets to Growing Young Minds is subsidised by Elevo Institute.