The Evidence Based Teaching in Schools conference will explore how schools can use the evidence available to them, collect new high-quality evidence of student learning and engage teachers to develop evidence informed practices in the classroom to sustain continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
You will learn how to
- Collect high-quality, useful data and manage this data effectively in a central student database
- Analyse and translate data to inform whole of school strategy and classroom practice
- Use data from student feedback to create a positive learning environment
- Make data accessible for teachers and build a community of practice to empower action research
- Evaluate the impact of evidence-based practice in the classroom and on learning
Principals and senior school leadership with responsibilities for:
- Professional Development
Attend to learn:
- Collect & analyse robust student data to develop school & classroom teaching strategy
- Using student data to better tailor & differentiate learning
- Tracking & measuring the impact of evidence-based teaching
- Building data literacy & teacher efficacy for evidence-based practice
St Andrew's Cathedral School
Brad was appointed as Deputy Head of School at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in 2013.
St Andrew’s is a coeducational Anglican day school of over 1250 students situated in two high rise buildings in the heart of Sydney CBD. It is an innovative school known for its academic results, use of technology, caring staff and its creative and performing arts. It has offered the IB Diploma since 2009 and offers MYP to Year 7 and then onwards from 2016. Originally established in 1885 to teach the choristers of the Cathedral, the school opened its doors to Year 10-12 girls in 1999 and then K-12 in 2008. In 2007 it established the Gawura School, a K-6 school offering scholarships to local aboriginal children focussing on improving literacy and numeracy and teaching indigenous language, art and culture.
Brad is responsible for academic, wellbeing, policy and staffing for the Middle School (Years 7-9) and Senior College (Years 10-12). Brad works with the senior executive team on vision development, alignment and strategy and is involved in cocurricular, risk management, marketing and budgetary planning.
Catholic Schools Office Lismore
Samantha Donoghue is an Education Officer for the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore, and has extensive teaching experience within primary education. She is also an active Peer to Peer observer and her action research article “Will my mum see this?” was published with the Australian Educational Leader journal in 2013. Samantha’s work with both students, teachers and leadership continues to promote and enhance quality teaching and learning across the Diocese.
Independent Schools Queensland
I started my career as an early childhood teacher, teaching most of my early career in classrooms from Prep to Year 2 for Education Queensland. In 2009 I was offered the position of Literacy Coach as part of the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnerships Funding.
In addition to the role of Literacy Coach, in 2010 I was offered a position in a small state school in a low socio-economic area as a learning support teacher, combining the work I was already delivering through coaching with learning support.
In 2013 I accepted a position in one of Queensland’s largest Independent Schools as a coach in their learning enhancement department, where I eventually became Head of Learning Enhancement. I lead a team of teachers from Kindy to Year 12, delivering support through coaching. I then accepted a position as a Curriculum Leader leading curriculum through coaching.
I now work for Independent School’s Queensland as an Education Services Officer, responsible for the development and delivery of programs in the Teaching and Learning Team. The programs I currently work with schools on are Data Informed Pedagogy, Coaching Partnerships and Middle Leadership. In addition, I am responsible for literacy support including module development and am a member of the Reading Centre Advisory Group for Queensland.
I have an interest in literacy and coaching and am passionate about supporting all learning, regardless of background or learning needs.
Dandenong High School
Susan Ogden was born in the North East of England and emigrated to Australia when she was 18. After completing her education at Melbourne University, she was employed as a graduate teacher at Dandenong High School, a large Year 7-12 coeducational High School in Melbourne. She has been a staff member with the school for over 28 years holding a range of different leadership positions. She was appointed Principal in 2012 and has been leading the community through a period of intense change and school improvement. Susan is a committed and innovative educator who is driven by a passion to make a difference within her disadvantaged community and ensure the school, one of the most diverse in Victoria, provides an environment where all staff and students achieve success and strive for excellence.
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- Replace the typical plethora of uncoordinated spreadsheets and give teachers a single, accurate and up-to-date source of critical student information, allowing for more informed teacher judgements.
- See assessment data results comparison between students, distribution of results, progress and growth over time, cohort effect size, quadrant charts and more, in both colour-coded tabular and graphical format, against school, state and/or national benchmarks.
- Triangulate outcomes by subject for any cohort of students to identify students or cohorts falling behind or exceeding expected levels.
- Create your own assessment types and colour-coding schemes or use any of the hundreds of built-in assessments.
Complements existing School Management Systems and Learning Management Systems
- GradeXpert has built-in SMS features such as Attendance, Welfare & Behavioural Notes & Incidents, Student Reports and Parent Communications
- Works alongside existing SMS’ such as Synergetic Compass, Seqta, Sentral, Accelerus and others – providing teachers with unparalleled assessment data tracking and analytics.
- Complements LMS’ such as SchoolBox and Firefly.
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What People Are Saying
“An inspirational 2 days with passionate presenters who were proud of the work they have achieved in their schools, sharing their experiences and resources with others.”Primary Integrated Studies, Aitken College
“The conference was well organised, with engaging and experienced presenters who provided valuable insights from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary contexts.The value of creating a positive staff and student learning culture in schools was reinforced through a variety of methods with a common theme, accessing relevant data and using it to inform quality learning.”Director of Studies Knox Junior Academy, Knox Grammar School
“I came away from the conference with lots of new ideas and insights to enrich projects I am already working on, and inspiration for lots of new ones!”College Head of Learning, Aitken College
“The collection of speakers offered highly relevant material with tangible evidence as to how schools can effectively embed evidence-based practices. As a collection, the breadth of their expertise and focus were varied and complementary, while remaining connected to the guiding principle of the conference.”Head of Humanities, Ivanhoe Grammar School & Past Delegate at Evidence-based Teaching in Schools Conference, Melbourne 2018
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