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Tuesday 18 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr Daryl Greaves, Educational Psychologist, SPELD Victoria


9:00 KEYNOTE | A Brave New World: The resurgence of evidence-based teaching

What is EBT? What are the key themes of this latest carnation of educational theory? Most pertinently, what does it mean in regard to current classroom practice, teacher development and the future of teaching, across all age-groups?

Prof Angela Carbone, Director Education Excellence, Monash University

9:45 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Applying a data-driven approach in the classroom

With data at the heart of effective evidence-based teaching, what does it mean to be data-driven? An outline on the benefits of analysis and being informed by data and how teachers can adopt it in the classroom.

Dr V. Darleen Opfer, Director & Distinguished Chair in Education Policy, RAND Corporation, USA

10:30 Networking and refreshment break


11:00 Fit for purpose - Evidence Based Teaching

EBT should be our guiding pathway to student and teacher growth. What is evidence that works for teachers and what is the nature of learning that we should seek to capture?

Chris Ramsden, Educational Consultant, Mind Lab Australia

11:30 Teacher pedagogies

What (we know) works. Identifying key features of effective practice including what the evidence actually says about class sizes.

Dr David Zyngier, Senior Lecturer (Curriculum & Pedagogy), Monash University

12:00 Lunch and networking break


13:00 What role does job security play in teacher pedagogy?

With EBT being such a success, relying predominantly on the datadriven expertise of staff, what role does job security and longevity play? With short term contacts being supplied to a number of teachers, especially young teachers, is there an impact in the consistent quality and administration of particular methodologies, such as EBT?

Dr Philip Riley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

13:30 The nature of assessment within the classroom

There always seems to be a battle amongst all classrooms. A face/off between the formative and the summative. Although teachers have mastery over both methods, how can these concepts best service learner? How can evidence-based assessment be used to bring out the best of all students? Maths Pathway, an exciting and innovative initiative, believes they have the answer.

Justin Matthys, Founder, Maths Pathway

14:00 PANEL | Are policy and practice truly that separate?

A panel discussion exploring key question, such as;

  • How does policy need to change in order to encourage EBT to be widely adopted?
  • Should teachers be accepting EBT as a 'gospel' schema for raising progress and attainment?
  • Is there a gulf between the attitudes of school and the prerogative of government?
  • Is this the time for a pedagogical revolution or simply an adaptation of current policies?
  • What role does funding have to play in current schools?
  • Are we in a constant trade-off between resources and spending against ineffective strategies?

Justin Mullaly, Vice-President, Australian Education Union Victoria

Dr Peter Goss, School Education Program Director, Grattan Institute
Dr Kevin Donnelly, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University
Jo Prestia, Educational Consultant, Jo Prestia Consultancy

15:00 Networking and refreshment break


15:30 The value of including positive psychology in education

What is positive psychology and mindful learning? What are the schools of thoughts surrounding both theories? Most importantly, what value might they add to improving the learning of children and efficacy of teachers?

Dr Peggy Kern, Senior Lecturer (Centre for Positive Psychology), Melbourne Graduate School of Education

16:00 CASE STUDY | What does it mean to overhaul pedagogy and accelerate learners? - Southport School, Gold Coast

What are the results seen by those actively using data to drive the progress and attainment of their learners?

Jeff Symms, Deputy Head-teacher & Head of Preparatory School, The Southport School

17:00 CASE STUDY | An exploration into 'positive education'

What is positive education? Using the pinciples of positive psychology, hear the experiences a number of schools, both national and international, as they continue to practice their positive education ethos.

Janis Coffey, Director, PESA (Positive Education Schools Association)

17:30 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:35 Networking drinks

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
Marj Horne, Immediate Past President, Mathematical Association of Victoria


9:00 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Where is EBT showing the greatest success?

Canada as best international practice. What can be learnt from a global leader in EBT? Canada has no national education department decreeing where funding should be distributed; could this work for Australia? Is state/school control the earmark of a progressive and successful system?

Ron Canuel, CEO, CEA (Canadian Education Association), Canada

9:30 26% and rising...

Daffydd Weisner-Ellix of CBD Strategic talks through three perspectives:           

  • Creating “R.E.A.L.” Engagement on the C21+ Learn~Scape
  • Pedagogy versus Andragogy – The importance of Intellectual Autonomy
  • “Imagination in more important than knowledge” – Einstein, Cultural DNA and demonstrating that Visible and Invisible Learning are Indivisible!

Daffydd Wiesner-Ellix, Senior Associate, CBD Strategic

10:00 Networking and refreshment break


10:30 Teacher effects on student outcomes; What we know from Australian and Overseas studies

A discussion on the importance of teacher criticism and progression as well as rewarding teacher excellence. With innovation taking such a dominant space in the current national rhetoric, many experts claim that nothing kills creativity like cash; Is this the same in teaching?

Dr Gary Marks, Office of the Director of Government Policy and Strategy, Australian Catholic University

11:00 What makes a good teacher?

How can Australia ensure that young talents are entering the teaching professions and teacher attitudes toward new research is positive? Is Australia utilising its resources correctly to encourage continual progression of high quality teaching & teachers?

Prof. Tania Aspland, Director, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

11:30 The economics of education; The science for strong leadership

Hear from the University of Melbourne's Dr Michael Coelli as he divulges his research into the economics of 'what makes a good principal?' Dr Coelli's research strives to quantify the importance strong leadership in school and how this impacts on the progress and attainment of pupils. This work collates the importance of a scientific approach, the need to incorporate & understand the qualitative nature of teaching and the necessity of perceiving influence as a collective process, trickling down from leadership.

Dr Michael Coelli, Senior Lecturer (Department of Economics), University of Melbourne

12:00 Lunch and networking break


13:00 CASE STUDY | What does evidence-based teaching of literacy look like?

Despite the increasing use of the term evidence-based teaching in review and education policy documents, it is often ill-defined. This presentation will note some of the differences between approaches to literacy instruction with a strong evidence base and those without.

Dr Kerry Hempenstall, Educational Psychologist & Literacy Researcher

13:30 STATE GOVERNMENT ADDRESS | Victorian Government

How does the Victorian Government perceive evidence-based teaching? Is this a methodology of the times or a fundamental process to the development of all learners? Is the evidence there to prove that evidence-based teaching is really working?

Gene Reardon, Executive Director (Professional Practice and Leadership), Department of Education and Training
Louise Stewart, Manager (Strategic Projects, Performance, Practice and Workforce), Department of Education and Training

14:00 The multi-screen world; Is it time for the gamification of education?

This talk will explore the data and research around whether or not games can teach, discussing Evidence Centred Design and 'stealth assessment' in video games as well as some practical examples of how games can be used in an Australian Curriculum classroom.

It will look at Indigenous education and the current 'education gap' and explore using video games as a tool to address this. Osborne et al's (2013) data around 'Red Dirt Curriculum' explains that Indigenous families want to participate in their children's education, but that their values and educational priorities align differently to that of the Australian Curriculum.

Using Evidence Centred Design principles, we can work with Indigenous communities to co-create video games that not only engage students in their learning, deliver Australian Curriculum outcomes, and incorporate traditional Indigenous educational priorities and teaching methods, allowing families to engage with their children's learning

Susannah Emery, Sessional Academic, Curtin University

14:30 Evidence for learning: helping great education practice become common practice

Evidence for Learning builds, shares and encourages the use of evidence to strengthen school decision-making, for improving students’ educational outcomes. Educators face many challenges to make the best decisions about which approaches will have the greatest learning impact for students. Evidence for Learning exists to support educators by unlocking evidence availability, accessibility, and use within schools over time – and ultimately, to improve educational outcomes in Australia

Dr Tanya Vaughan, Associate Director (Education), Social Ventures Australia

15:00 Networking and refreshment break


15:30 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | University of Canterbury, NZ

What really works? What are the practical, take-home strategies that can be easily enforced in the classroom to encourage a data-driven, evidence-based approach?

Dr David Mtichell, Adjunct Professor (College of Educational Studies and Leadership), University of Canterbury, NZ

16:00 KEYNOTE | Evidence-based teaching & special education

Special education is often held-up as the best practice for innovative teaching methods. Incredibly in-depth knowledge of educational needs and flexible strategies are essential. How does EBT fit within the realm of special education? Can you apply a data-driven approach to an environment that has such a huge deal of variables?

Radmila Harding, Education Consultant, Radmila Harding Consultancy

16:30 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:45 End of conference

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