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Teachers’ Big Days Out

Adelaide, South Australia

15-17 JANUARY 2020

About the Event

Teachers’ Big Days Out (TBDO) is a professional learning event for educators presented by South Australian cultural organisations with the support of the Department for Education. The program includes over 90 sessions across multiple learning areas and year levels, aligned to the curriculum.

Our collective aim is to provide you with insights into the collections, resources and expertise within our organisations, practical strategies to incorporate in your learning programs and opportunities to share ideas and network with colleagues.

Sessions across the three days align with the Australian Curriculum and professional learning certificates aligned with AITSL standards are provided for each session.

TBDO is a three day conference style event which allows you to tailor your experience to suit your availability and interests. This means you can opt to attend one or more sessions on one, two or three days, with one affordable registration fee. Teachers who attended the inaugural TBDO in January 2019 told us they loved the flexibility offered across the three days.

There are two options for you to choose from:

  • Standard TBDO package: includes opening and Michael McQueen keynote (session 1) selections for sessions 2-8, and the closing event.

  • Upgraded TBDO package: includes all of the above in addition to the Michael McQueen workshop. 

What can I expect from the sessions?

  1. Some sessions are programs that are on offer to class groups in 2020. These tailored sessions give you a taste of what’s included, enable you to ask questions, share ideas and help you plan the year ahead.
  2. Others are special one-off sessions designed to provide inspiration, and super-charge your knowledge and skills, such as a behind the scenes tours, sessions with experts or hands-on workshops.


Use this website to learn about the event, register and book sessions.

Participating organisations and venues

Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is passionate about connecting children and young people with plants and the natural world. We have a full-time experienced and qualified educator at the Botanic Gardens, who develops and delivers our education program, offering a variety of inquiry-based learning programs from preschool to senior secondary.

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Adelaide Botanic High School

Adelaide Botanic High School showcases the best of public education and 21 Century learning, catering for the learning needs of all students through its extensive curriculum offerings. Grounded in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), local partnerships and research, our future leaders will also be agile, cooperative, flexible and imaginative.

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Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide Festival Centre’s learning program, centrED provides exciting and comprehensive experiences for teachers and students to engage with and access performing and visual arts learning experiences in South Australia’s premier performing arts centre.

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Adelaide Gaol

One of the oldest remaining buildings in the State, and South Australia’s very first Gaol, the Adelaide Gaol is steeped in local history. Open for business from 1841 to 1988, Adelaide Gaol was one of Australia’s longest continuously operational prison facilities.

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Adelaide Oval

Part of Adelaide’s social fabric since the 1870s, Adelaide Oval remains a State icon. It is regarded for its cricket history but has also played host to a wide range of other sports and events and now provides a refurbished entertainment hub for the city.

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Adelaide Zoo

Zoos SA provides digital learning experiences that engage students with the real world of zoos, conservation and animal welfare through science technologies (design & digital). The Zoo Learning team is committed to engage and inspire students and teachers with the knowledge and skills to save animals from extinction and take action for conservation.

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Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia offers dynamic education programs that engage students and teachers with works of art. Visits to AGSA’s permanent collection and most temporary exhibitions are free. Experience the Gallery through an independent self-guided visit supported by our Curiosity Cards that promote critical and creative thinking.

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Australian Electoral Commission

The AEC delivers the franchise: an Australian citizen’s right to vote. It conducts federal elections and referendums and maintains the Commonwealth electoral roll. The AEC also informs Australians about enrolling and voting. AEC for Schools provides free educational resources and programs for teachers and students.

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Ayers House Museum

Visiting Ayers House Museum gives students the opportunity to feel as though they have stepped back in time. Because we know that people like to be part of a story many of our programs are scenario based. We run servant training programs, dancing and deportment lessons and teach children how to play endangered games! We cater for students of all ages and welcome collaborating with teachers.

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Carclew’s mission is to embed creativity in communities, schools and careers. As the largest youth arts organisation in South Australia, we bring the very best of multi-art programming to children, teenagers and emerging artists across the state, especially those with the least access.

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Centre of Democracy

The Centre of Democracy, a collaboration between SLSA and the History Trust, showcases the evolution of democracy in South Australia. Discover the people and ideas that have shaped our past and explore the role we have in determining the future.

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Lot Fourteen (Renewal SA)

Situated in the heart of the city, surrounded by our famous parklands and Adelaide Botanic Garden, Lot Fourteen is Adelaide’s new neighbourhood for current and future generations to discover the excitement and unlimited opportunities of innovation.

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Migration Museum

The Migration Museum tells the stories of South Australians and celebrates cultural diversity. We research, collect and share the state’s history through exhibitions, education programs and community and digital engagement. The education programs offered cross a variety of year levels and learning outcomes.

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MOD (Museum of Discovery)

MOD at UniSA is a futuristic museum of discovery. It’s a place to be and be inspired. We want to inspire young people about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world around us to inform our futures. We design for 15-25 year olds, but our exhibits should inspire something in people of all ages.

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National Motor Museum

As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. It is a social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.

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Parliament House

Parliament House is the home of South Australia’s two parliamentary chambers, the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.  Visiting Parliament House is an exciting way to take in South Australian history, and learning about the functions and proceedings of Parliament is an ideal way to explore the HASS – Civics & Citizenship component of the Australian Curriculum.

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SA Water

SA Water is committed to continued investment in the South Australian community and offers a range of free services for schools.

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South Australian Maritime Museum

The South Australian Maritime Museum is an ideal learning environment for students to explore South Australia’s unique history, our relationship with maritime culture and the marine environment. The museum offers exciting and varied exhibits in the historic Bond Store, an original lighthouse and Port River cruises on-board the Archie Badenoch.

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South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum is place for all South Australians to explore and learn about Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific cultures and Earth and Life Sciences. We welcome education group visits and offer a range of Australian curriculum-linked learning opportunities in across the Museum that can either be self-guided or volunteer facilitator-led in our galleries or new flexible Learning Space.

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State Library of South Australia

The State Library is a special place where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn, research, unlock their imaginations and engage with South Australia’s cultural heritage. The State Library Learning Programs are designed in line with the Australian Curriculum and the ‘Teaching for Effective Learning Framework’. Our Community Learning team collaborates with learners and educators to co-design exciting, quality learning experiences.

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University of Adelaide

At the University of Adelaide, a science degree will give students the power to tackle real-world challenges on a global scale. Whether it’s extending life, eradicating world hunger, curing cancer or turning around the effects of climate change, by studying alongside our leading researchers, world-class educators and industry partners, students will graduate ready to make an impact.

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Windmill Theatre Company

At Windmill Theatre Co, high quality learning outcomes are at the core of our company ethos. Each year we present a wide range of theatre, film and education experiences for schools, kindergartens and childcare centres in Adelaide.

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“Thank you for your generosity. Inspiring! I’ve planned the next two years of classroom work. Loved it! Just so much fun!”


attended Teachers’ Big Days Out, 2019

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Keynote Speaker


Social researcher, professional speaker and bestselling author

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of 8 books, including the recently published Teaching for Tomorrow.

With 7 years of experience working with over 100,000 educators around the globe, Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on TV and radio.

Having been recently named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Teaching for Tomorrow

Students in classrooms today will enter a world very different to the one their teachers and parents have known.

In light of the uncertainty that lies ahead, it is more important than ever that educators keep their finger on the pulse of technological and societal trends in order to help students prepare for them.

In his research-rich & compelling keynote presentation, Michael will cover:

  • The key SOCIAL and TECHNOLOGY TRENDS that will shape the future including Artificial Intelligence, robotics and automation
  • The SKILLS and COMPETENCIES that young people will need in order to be future-fit
  • Why and how EDUCATION PRACTICES and PARADIGMS must evolve in the coming years

Cultural institutions offer valuable experiential learning experiences for teachers and students, but how might they evolve to cater for the challenges ahead? How can educators and institutions work together to foster the development of these skills and competencies, develop new paradigms and innovative practices?

Teaching for Tomorrow: WORKSHOP

Suitable for educators and leaders

In the workshop, Michael will expand on the elements and disruption pieces he talks about in his keynote, and explore two key strategies for cultural institutions, schools and educators to work together. The session will include exercises, discussion time, case studies and Q&A. 

You will be able to develop a clear action plan to engage today’s students while equipping them for tomorrow.

Hear what others have said about TBDO

“I feel I could write an essay on how good this has been. I think the timing is brilliant the week (-1) before school returns is great – we are thinking about the year/planning etc and this has definitely planted many exciting seeds in my brain THANK YOU SO MUCH X”

“Thank you very much to all the organisers/staff involved. You have truly brought together a wonderful event which I hope happens every year. Thank you. BRILLIANT”

“Had many teachers say “oh I wish I’d booked “ – they will be super keen for next year!”

“Heard so much positive feedback, many teachers said this has been the perfect positive start to their year”

TBDO Event Committee

Sharon Morris
Education Officer, State Library of South Australia

Karina Morgan
Education Support Officer, Art Gallery of South Australia

Kylie Neagle
Education Officer, Art Gallery of South Australia

Marianne Norman
Project Officer, Cultural Institutions, Learning Improvement, Department for Education

Tom Readett
Tarnanthi Education Officer, Art Gallery of South Australia

Leanne Wheaton
Education Program Manager, South Australian Museum

Eva Wilson
Aboriginal Education Program Coordinator, South Australian Museum

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM


Registration: University of Adelaide (Scott Theatre)

8:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Session 1

Opening, keynote by Michael McQueen and morning tea

11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Session 2 & 3

Various venues (refer to program for session times)

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Sessions 4, 5 & 6

Various venues
(refer to program for session times)

Friday, 17 January 2020

Session 7 & 8

Various venues
(refer to program for session times)

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Session 9

(Learning showcase/event close – venue: Adelaide Botanic High School)

Registration fee schedule

Upgraded TBDO package:

including keynote and workshop by Michael McQueen
  • $230 | early bird special
  • $270 | full rate (after 12th November)
  • $200 | pre-service discount

*Early bird rate applies until midnight 12 November

Both rates enable you to attend the 3 days of TBDO 

Ready To Get Started?

Registration Instructions

Step 1:
PLAN your Big Day Out sessions before registering. If you have colleagues who would also like to attend, you may like to plan your TBDO sessions together before registering. There are limited places for each session. For more information about the sessions, click on the icon next to the session titles. You can also download and print the detailed program here.

Step 2: Register for the event (Eventbrite link).

  • Be sure you have decided which activity/venue you wish to attend before you start the registration process
  • When you register for the event, you are automatically booked for session 1 (opening, keynote and morning tea).
  • You will need to select an activity for each of the sessions 2-8. There is an option to select “I do not wish to attend this session” if you are not able or do not wish to attend all sessions.
  • Session 9 is the closing event – you can choose to attend or not.

Step 3: Check your email inbox…you should receive an email from Eventbrite that includes your ticket and sessions.

Step 4: Save your ticket to your mobile device and bring with you to the event. (If you don’t have a mobile device, print your ticket and bring that with you)

Step 5: Stay in touch for updates…..follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram and share! Use #teachersBDO

You can change your sessions selections using your Eventbrite login no later than 7 days prior to the event if places are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t want to/am not able to attend the whole three days of Teachers’ Big Days Out
Can I attend one or two days and pay less?
We have a flat registration fee for the event, with discounts for early bird registration and pre-service educators. There are no single or two day rates. We believe the registration fee offers excellent value for money, considering the number of sessions offered and the calibre of experiences.
What do I do if I can only attend one or two days?
Select which sessions you want to participate in, and if you can’t attend a session at a particular time, select the option “I will not be attending this session”. This allows you flexibility if you have other commitments throughout the three days.
Can I share my registration with another person?

No, registration applies to one person only.

Is this event accessible?

We welcome all educators. We will endeavour to support you in our individual programs. 
To help us to make your experience great, please contact AGSA:Education: about your access requirements.

Is this event Auslan accessible?

Auslan access is available by request, we will do our best to cover your selected sessions.
Please email us AGSA:Education: for interpreter support coordination.

Will I get a refund if I register to attend and have to cancel?
No refunds will be provided, but you can transfer your registration, see below.
Can I transfer my registration to a friend or colleague if I am unable to attend?
Your registration can be transferred to someone else, but no later than the 5pm on 7 January 2020. Please contact us via email. (hyperlink)
I want my school to pay for my registration and this need to be completed by the administration office. Is this possible?
Yes, however you will need to instruct them to register using your details including your email address so that you receive the confirmation and session bookings link. If the school is completing registrations for more than one person, they need to complete one registration at a time.
Can you invoice my school for my registration fee?
We only accept credit card bookings. Keep your Eventbrite receipt to be reimbursed by your school, or to claim in your tax return.
Can I change my sessions after I have registered?

We encourage you to make your selections before you register on Eventbrite. If you wish to attend with your colleagues, we suggest planning your three days together beforehand.

You can change your sessions selections using Eventbrite no later than 7 days prior to the event if places are available.

Refer to our Terms & Conditions for more information

Sponsors and Partners

LOT Fourteen logo
The University of Adelaide logo
Adelaide Botanic High School logo
Credit Union SA logo
Art Gallery of South Australia logo
South Australian Museum logo
State Library of South Australia logo
Centre of Democracy logo
Adelaide Festival Centre logo
Adelaide Botanic Garden logo
Adelaide Zoo logo
Windmill Theatre Company logo
Australian Electoral Commission logo
Parliament House logo
Carclew logo
Adelaide Gaol logo
SA Water logo
Adelaide Oval logo
National Trust of South Australia logo
MOD (Museum of Discovery) logo
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