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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.



What’s new at the 2020 NEAS Management Conference?

So, you’re wondering what’s going to be new at the 2020 NEAS Management Conference? Here goes: VOX POP, NEAS’ 30-year celebration, Communities of Practice new workshops and more!

Vox Pop: the NEAS VOX Pop will be located in a prominent space at the 2020 NEAS Management Conference and will feature a competition about transformative experiences, trends and journeys in the ELT industry. Contact us if you would like to sponsor or participate.

NEAS’ 30-year celebration: we’re excited to be celebrating our 30-year anniversary in 2020 with a conference with heaps of pizzazz and excitement along with outstanding speakers, workshops, activities and events. Don’t miss out! Contact us if you would like to sponsor or participate.

Communities of Practice: Participate in one of our Communities of Practice at the 2020 NEAS Management Conference. Share your ideas, learn from your industry peers and spread the passion for your profession. Contact us if you would like to sponsor or participate.

Click here to for more information on the conference

NEAS Australia CEO Update March 2020

Dr Patrick Pheasant, CEO, NEAS Australia

NEAS’ role in supporting our members

The beginning of 2020 has certainly been a tumultuous start to the year for international education and training. In the face of the Australian bushfires and COVID-19, our thoughts are with our members, their staff and students as we all negotiate the difficult economic, political, social, emotional and educational challenges these two unforeseen and unprecedented events present.

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NEAS Australia CEO Update JAN 2020

Dr Patrick Pheasant, CEO, NEAS Australia

NEAS Turns 30 Years Old!

Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone for your support throughout 2019. On behalf of everyone at NEAS, we look forward to working with you throughout 2020. The year has started with several new initiatives from NEAS, some of which I would like to share with you.

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NEAS News – NEAS Australia appoints new Chair of the Board

NEAS Australia today announced that Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms Denise Taylor, will be stepping down from the role at the end of this year. Ms Tanya Buchanan, currently serving on the NEAS Australia Board, has been appointed to the position, effective 6 February 2020.

Ms Taylor commented, “The appointment of Tanya as Chair was the unanimous decision of the NEAS Australia Board of Directors, and I can think of no better person to take on this role. Tanya has been a NEAS Director since June 2019 and has made an outstanding contribution to date.”

Ms Buchanan brings a wealth of experience, having worked in the not-for-profit sector for most of her career. She is the current CEO of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and has also served on multiple boards. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation. Ms Buchanan holds an MBA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Tanya Buchanan
Incoming Chair
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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.

Read More…