The 9th conference in our STEM series will go beyond the surface level to investigate what STEM means today and address the deeper questions that students need to answer in contemporary learning. The 9th Improving STEM Education & Future Skills conference will focus on developing a whole of school culture to embedding STEM across the curriculum, investigate the best pedagogical approaches to implementing STEM and foster authentic links in STEM learning through industry partnerships and future skills.
The conference will feature primary and secondary school tailored streams. However, attendees will have the freedom to move between streams to attend the session that is right for you.
This conference will focus on
- The evolution of STEM education
- Authentically embedding STEM & digital technologies
- How to teach STEM through the latest pedagogical approaches
- Developing a contemporary learning program that works in your school’s context
- Creating authentic learning through industry partnerships
- Practical strategies to teach & measure future skills
Who will attend?
- 60% Heads of: Science, Math, Technologies
- 15% Heads of STEM
- 10% Curriculum Coordinators
- 10% Principals & Deputy Principals
- 5% Teaching & Learning
Attend to learn:
- Drive an integrated approach to STEM
- Equip students with skills for the future
- Embedding future skills through industry partnerships & authentic learning
- Enhance the pedagogical approaches to STEM
Hillcrest Christian College
Darren is a passionate educator who strives to find innovative and engaging ways to use technology to drive student learning in the 21st Century. He has extensive experience leading digital pedagogical change within schools, having worked across the Gold Coast for over 20 years. Some highlights include supporting Microsoft Sweden to drive digital transformation in Stockholm schools in 2013, receiving the Science Innovation Champion Award from the Queensland Government in 2014 for work in 21st Century learning, working with the Teacher Centre of Excellence to provide training for STEM undergraduate students from Griffith University over the past three years, and recently being one of only 27 educators from around the world to be invited to the Microsoft Surface Summit in Redmond, Seattle.
Lauriston Girls School
Susan Just began her teaching career in government schools in Queensland and has been an educator for more than 20 years. Since then Susan has had extensive teaching and leadership experience in the independent school sector in Australia. She has been the Principal of three independent girls’ schools in Queensland and Canberra, and currently Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne. Susan holds a BA (UQ), Dip ED (UQ), M.Ed Admin (UNE), Advanced Management Course (Harvard). Susan’s strong areas of interest have been in curriculum and teacher development, and this has led to her participation on a number of peak educational bodies, committees and taskforces. She has been actively involved in the Australian Heads of Independent Schools’ Association, the Association of Independent Schools both in the ACT and New South Wales, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia and the Association of Australasian International Baccalaureate Schools.
Susan’s interest in the enhancement of STEM in the education of young people has resulted in Lauriston Girls’ School establishing the first Fablearblab in Australia and a working relationship with Stanford University in California. Students from Prep to Year 12 have access to the digital fabrication laboratory. The school’s Lead teacher- Digital Fabrication and Lead teacher- Digital Tools, work with staff to develop learning activities and students in Years 7, 8 and 10 have access to the digital fabrication laboratory through Signature Projects. Lauriston Girls’ School ran its inaugural Fablearn Australia Conference for educators in 2015 with the aim of sharing best practice in digital fabrication, hands-on learning and making. The School has run two such conferences and a Hackathon for educators.
The Geelong College
James Colbert is a Year 5 Learning Mentor at The Geelong College Middle School in Victoria. James currently teaches in team of 3 teachers with 65 students in an open planned classroom. The theme of the Year 5 curriculum is Designing the Future, where students are immersed in the Maker-Centred philosophy. The Year 5 team have recently toured the United States where they connected with World Leaders in Maker- Centred learning and had the opportunity to attend the world renowned Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute facilitated by Dr Gary Stager. James has completed online study through The Harvard School of Education specifically around Maker-Centred learning an
Melbourne Girls Grammar School
Mrs Kellie Morgan joined Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2014. She is the Director of Early Learning and Junior Years at Melbourne Girls Grammar. With over twenty five years experience in early childhood and primary education including a variety of leadership roles, Kellie remains passionate and inspired by the way children learn. She is an exemplary teacher whose knowledge of contemporary curriculum and child development is very strong. Kellie is a committed educator, who is passionate about nurturing the learning, development, and wellbeing of girls.
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Student learning comes first
Our five core beliefs form the foundation for everything we do:
- Courses should be structured primarily around effective student learning
- Maths learning should not just tick off the dot points on the curriculum
- Teachers’ impact on student learning is not limited to content delivery
- Students should build a deep understanding of the mathematics they learn, rather than just rote learning
- Students have a diverse range of learning needs
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We’re striving to empower the next generation with a deep understanding and appreciation of maths. In pursuit of this goal, we’re committed to:
- Creating and curating learning activities, resources and assessment frameworks for individual students, small groups, classes and entire schools.
- Reimagining course structures, workflows and student practices – implementing these effectively to ensure high quality and long-lasting learning.
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