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NEAS News – Innovations in NEAS Professional Development

NEAS’ Professional Development supports the ELT community through advancing best practices to all areas of ELT delivery and support.  Our PD supports all individuals working with and alongside ELT institutions to help them meet their quality goals as well as expand their PD capacity. 

Our 2020 Professional Development suite continues to evolve in order to provide the support needed by the ELT community.

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Update on the 2020 NEAS Management Conference

Due to the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 outbreak, NEAS is investigating the risks involved in staging the event in May 2020.

We are monitoring the situation closely, meeting with our venue, vendors and other stakeholders and looking at ways of minimising risk.

An announcement will be made following a scheduled meeting of the NEAS Board later this week.

NEAS’ primary concern is the safety and well-being of its members, stakeholders and wider ELT community and we apologise for any inconvenience at this time.

Transformational Journeys through Communities of Practice

NEAS is providing opportunities for Academic Managers, Coordinators and other ELT Professionals to connect with others who share common interests in particular areas of our industry with the aim of addressing current issues, improving skills, and learning from each other’s experiences.

The 2020 Conference is hosting these Communities of Practice:

  • Schools
  • Online and Blended
  • ELT Qualifications
  • Education Agents
  • Foundation

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Be involved. Be passionate. Be part of a Community of Practice.  Register for the 2020 NEAS Management Conference.

PD and lifelong learning

How much PD do you organise for your staff?


Teachers are lifelong learners. All staff who work at an education provider value and engage in learning and teaching on a day to day basis. NEAS recognises that professional development of all staff is an essential element in the continuous improvement of an educational provider.

Professional development gives teachers and professional staff the opportunity to reflect on their practices, skills and knowledge. It also challenges ones long-held assumptions and beliefs, providing fresh ideas and introducing innovations in an environment which never stands still. As part of our quality assurance services to the ELT community, NEAS offers a range of Professional Development services for all staff including our annual Conference, NEAS Online and QLS workshops and webinars.

In addition, our experienced team are happy to deliver customised workshops at your centre. For more information, visit our professional development page or contact us

Introducing our Academic Plenary for the 2020 NEAS Management Conference

Professor Peter O’Connor is an internationally recognised expert in researching and making applied theatre and drama education. He has created theatre in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, earthquake zones and with the homeless. He was the founding director of Everyday Theatre, a national theatre based education programme focusing on the prevention of family violence and child abuse.

Following the series of earthquakes, his work in Christchurch schools led to both UNESCO funded research and program development, and the development of the Teaspoon of Light Theatre Company. In 2012 he was named the Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year. Peter’s most recent research includes multi and interdisciplinary studies on the creative pedagogies and the arts, the nature of embodied learning and the pedagogy of surprise.

In 2019, a play he directed with the Hobson Street Theatre Company (New Zealand’s only theatre company for people who are or have been homeless), won the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award. He has continued his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles with the Skid Row Housing Trust.

Peter supervises Doctoral and Masters students using arts based methodologies with a social justice focus and is an experienced supervisor of the PhD with creative component.