Tailoring teaching approaches to achieve improved student outcomes
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25th & 26th March 2020
Location
CQ Functions Melbourne
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Day 1 - Wednesday 25th March, 2020

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Embedding differentiation into practice through a whole of school approach
8:40
KEYNOTE: Exploring the role of learner agency in differentiation
  • Understanding and using learner agency to inform differentiation
  • Maximising student interaction for improved learning outcomes
  • Outlining the research on students’ learning preferences and how this impacts teaching approaches
Professor Deborah Corrigan
Professor of Science Education & Director of Education Futures & Former Council
Monash University & Victoria Institute of Teaching
9:20
Leading to meet the needs of the 21st century through differentiation
  • Understanding what differentiation done right looks like
  • Going into the value created by differentiation and what this means for schools and students
  • Developing a differentiation strategy for improved learning outcomes
Sue Dalton
Principal
Miami State High School, QLD
10:00
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, and set up valuable conversations for the rest of the event

10:30
Morning tea & networking
Strategically assessing & identifying student capability & knowledge
11:00
Identifying student capabilities & needs for differentiated approaches
  • Exploring the use of modern assessment techniques for identifying student needs
  • Implementing differentiation strategies in the classroom
  • Using the CARR Model to differentiate teaching approaches
Jessica Sargeant
Associate Principal Teaching & Learning
Ballarat High School, VIC
11:40
Applying adaptive teaching frameworks to account for differing needs
  • Delving into students’ diverse needs and what this means for teachers
  • Adapting to students’ needs through an enquiry based teaching and learning framework
  • Ensuring that differentiation is based on best practice
Matthew Hill
Director of Research in Learning
Barker College, NSW
12:20
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Exploring best practice assessment & its role in differentiation
  • Reviewing the research on assessment techniques and how they inform differentiation
  • Differentiating into through the usage of group data
  • Using the Guttman chart to differentiate teaching approaches
Patrick Griffin
Emeritus Professor
University of Melbourne
1:00
Networking lunch
2:00
CLASSROOM CASE STUDY: Developing accurate & differentiated assessment techniques
  • Maximising the use of strategies that accurately measure learning outcomes
  • Breaking down how students need to be assessed at all stages
  • Transitioning to assessments that reduce impact on student wellbeing
  • Balancing the use of formative and summative assessments
Elizabeth Cahill
HSIE Teacher
St Matthew's Catholic School, NSW
Analysing assessment data to understand student needs & create a differentiation strategy
2:40
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Unpacking the challenges to assessment data analysis
  • Examining where schools are up to with data analysis
  • Balancing effective use of data while maintaining strong relationships and feedback with students
  • Applying technology to extract the best value from your data
3:20
Afternoon tea & networking
3:50
Examining how data is needed to inform differentiation
  • Identifying key data and its impact on differentiation strategies
  • Improving the use of assessment data
  • Adjusting the use of assessments to obtain data that best identifies students’ needs
Adam Kruger
Head of Learning, Mathematics
Wesley College, VIC
Scott Rumble
Senior School Leader
Parkdale Secondary College, VIC
4:30
Translating data to a differentiated pedagogy
  • Understanding how teaching approaches need adjustment
  • Integrating differentiation into teaching approaches through adaptive testing
  • Developing data driven approaches to modern pedagogy
Kerri Batch
College Head of Learning
Aitken College, VIC
5:10
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
Workshop B: How to use data to inform differentiated teaching approaches
Wednesday 25th March 2020, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The use of data is of critical importance as schools look to ensure that their teaching strategies are based on accurate and relevant feedback on student’s capabilities and knowledge. To do this, appropriate assessment techniques that gather relevant data will need to be utilised, and data sufficiently analysed and incorporated into teaching approaches. Maximising the use of this data and working to develop systems to make this understandable and accessible to teachers will be of paramount importance as schools look to ensure the best learning outcomes for their students.

This interactive workshop will unpack how schools can better address the challenges with gathering relevant data and using it to inform pedagogy. Attendees will learn how to identify desired outcomes, use best assessment techniques and use this to shape teaching strategies.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Clearly identify required learning outcomes required and how data can inform this
  • Utilise data to develop teaching strategies
  • Assess students at various stages to track their progress and growth
  • Strategise to fill in the gaps in learning and understanding

What you will take away by attending

  • An understanding of how to best use data to inform differentiation
  • Practical tips to use data to identify results, strengths and weaknesses
  • Guidance to ensure that students are accessing tasks and challenges at their level and pace

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $399 + GST

Adam Kruger
Head of Learning, Mathematics
Wesley College, VIC
Scott Rumble
Senior School Leader
Parkdale Secondary College, VIC
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Day 2 - Thursday 26th March, 2020

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
8:40
KEYNOTE: Strengthening systems & initiatives to transition towards differentiated instruction
  • Unpacking the systems that schools need to differentiate
  • Enhancing student engagement through personalised teaching approaches
  • Optimising differentiation through flexible grouping and team teaching
Bill Weigal
Assistant Principal Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting
Radford College, ACT
Jane Smith
Head of Student Support
Radford College, ACT
Making data accessible to teachers to enable differentiated approaches
9:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Strategic challenges to engaging teachers to differentiate
  • Outlining how schools can support and engage teachers
  • Understanding the common challenges of making data more accessible
  • Bridging the gap between strategy and implementation in the classroom
Sue Dalton
Principal
Miami State High School, QLD
Jessica Sargeant
Associate Principal Teaching & Learning
Ballarat High School, VIC
Kerri Batch
College Head of Learning
Aitken College, VIC
10:00
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity for reflective discussion with other delegates and discuss key takeaways from the conference so far

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Upskilling & engaging teaching staff to best utilise available resources
  • Making data easily available and accessible to teaching staff
  • Upskilling staff to analyse data provided by assessment
  • Bridging the gap between data analysis and implementation in the classroom
Emma Agius
Head of Learning Area - Humanities & Social Services
Ivanhoe Grammar School, VIC
11:40
Ensuring that teaching staff are equipped to differentiate
  • Integrating frequent and relevant training for teaching staff that require it
  • Supporting teaching staff as they move towards flexible teaching approaches
  • Resourcing teachers to achieve the best learning outcomes
Kristie Barber
Head of Teaching & Learning
Melton Christian College, VIC
12:20
Networking lunch
Implementing tailored, high impact approaches to teaching & learning for better student outcomes
1:20
Developing differentiated teaching strategies for diverse learners
  • Understanding how and in which circumstances it is best to differentiate
  • Differentiating through collaborative learning and group work
  • Exploring the competencies required to successfully adapt teaching approaches
Kelly Ryan
Director of Learning
St Francis Xavier College, VIC
2:00
CASE STUDY: Differentiating to meet the needs of high achieving students
  • Why differentiation drops off at the top end
  • Going into the value of differentiating for high achieving students
  • Challenging bright students through regular activities and focus groups
Simone Brown
Director Student Learning Opportunities
Illawarra Christian School, NSW
2:40
Afternoon tea & networking
3:10
CASE STUDY: How Killester College has enhanced student outcomes through a tailored teaching program
  • Enabling differentiation across a wide range of disciplines
  • Developing a flexible learning environment
  • Successfully implementing a tailored program
Steven McPhail
Head of Teaching & Learning
Killester College, VIC
3:50
Adapting a curriculum for learners of all levels
  • Identifying when a curriculum needs to be adapted
  • Adjusting content without widening the learning gap between students
  • Examining the ways in which content can be adjusted
Dionne Juillard
Head of Curriculum - Teaching & Learning
Brisbane Christian College, QLD
4:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of the conference
Workshop C: How to develop a differentiated teaching strategy
Thursday 26th March 2020, 4:45pm – 7:45pm

Developing personalised, targeted teaching approaches that take into consideration students’ needs is a challenge that has emerged for schools as they look to ensure that they are implementing tailored, high impact approaches to teaching and learning. In order to do this, it is essential that schools have a clearly outlined differentiated teaching strategy to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.

This interactive workshop will facilitate a discussion on how schools are developing strategies to embed differentiation into their ethos at all levels for a consistent approach to differentiation. It will unpack how a strategy can help develop a whole of school approach to differentiation and explore the resources that staff require to succeed.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand how to consistently communicate a clear definition of differentiation across all disciplines and levels of hierarchy
  • Break down how a whole of school approach to differentiation can be achieved
  • Equip yourself with the resources required to differentiate in the classroom
  • Explore how differentiation can be embedded in school culture and ethos

What you will take away by attending

  • An understanding of how to consistently emphasise the value of differentiation organisation-wide
  • Tools to ensure that you have a practical plan of action to differentiate for students at all levels
  • Practical guidance as to how resources can be best utilised in different circumstances

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $399 + GST

Jessica Sargeant
Associate Principal Teaching & Learning
Ballarat High School, VIC
Register Now
Workshop A: How to identify student capabilities for improved differentiation
Tuesday 24th March 2020, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Identifying student abilities and assessing their achievements is just the beginning. What happens with the knowledge we have of our students is what really matters. With an increased focus on differentiation and the need to document our adjustments, often linked with funding, it is easy to focus solely on the need to differentiate for those students who may struggle. What about those students who are highly able, who find learning easy or who are topping our classes?

This interactive workshop will break down the need for differentiation in the classroom. It will provide a practical, interactive discussion on how schools can understand the abilities of students through pre-testing, anecdotes, formative and summative assessments. It will look at what it takes to engage our highly able students, ensuring that they too are being challenged and that their potential is being tapped.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand the need for differentiation at the top end
  • Explore methods of assessment that effectively identify student learning needs
  • Discuss what it is like for a highly able child in the regular classroom
  • Delve into methods of differentiation that truly engage highly able students

What you will take away by attending

  • An understanding of the need to differentiate at the top
  • Exploring a whole-of-school approach to differentiation
  • Tools to develop accurate and differentiated assessments that identify progress
  • Practical guidance to ensure that you are equipped to differentiate based on students’ different capabilities and needs

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $399 + GST

Simone Brown
Director Student Learning Opportunities
Illawarra Christian School, NSW
Register Now
Workshop B: How to use data to inform differentiated teaching approaches
Wednesday 25th March 2020, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The use of data is of critical importance as schools look to ensure that their teaching strategies are based on accurate and relevant feedback on student’s capabilities and knowledge. To do this, appropriate assessment techniques that gather relevant data will need to be utilised, and data sufficiently analysed and incorporated into teaching approaches. Maximising the use of this data and working to develop systems to make this understandable and accessible to teachers will be of paramount importance as schools look to ensure the best learning outcomes for their students.

This interactive workshop will unpack how schools can better address the challenges with gathering relevant data and using it to inform pedagogy. Attendees will learn how to identify desired outcomes, use best assessment techniques and use this to shape teaching strategies.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Clearly identify required learning outcomes required and how data can inform this
  • Utilise data to develop teaching strategies
  • Assess students at various stages to track their progress and growth
  • Strategise to fill in the gaps in learning and understanding

What you will take away by attending

  • An understanding of how to best use data to inform differentiation
  • Practical tips to use data to identify results, strengths and weaknesses
  • Guidance to ensure that students are accessing tasks and challenges at their level and pace

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $399 + GST

Adam Kruger
Head of Learning, Mathematics
Wesley College, VIC
Scott Rumble
Senior School Leader
Parkdale Secondary College, VIC
Register Now
Workshop C: How to develop a differentiated teaching strategy
Thursday 26th March 2020, 4:45pm – 7:45pm

Developing personalised, targeted teaching approaches that take into consideration students’ needs is a challenge that has emerged for schools as they look to ensure that they are implementing tailored, high impact approaches to teaching and learning. In order to do this, it is essential that schools have a clearly outlined differentiated teaching strategy to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.

This interactive workshop will facilitate a discussion on how schools are developing strategies to embed differentiation into their ethos at all levels for a consistent approach to differentiation. It will unpack how a strategy can help develop a whole of school approach to differentiation and explore the resources that staff require to succeed.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand how to consistently communicate a clear definition of differentiation across all disciplines and levels of hierarchy
  • Break down how a whole of school approach to differentiation can be achieved
  • Equip yourself with the resources required to differentiate in the classroom
  • Explore how differentiation can be embedded in school culture and ethos

What you will take away by attending

  • An understanding of how to consistently emphasise the value of differentiation organisation-wide
  • Tools to ensure that you have a practical plan of action to differentiate for students at all levels
  • Practical guidance as to how resources can be best utilised in different circumstances

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $399 + GST

Jessica Sargeant
Associate Principal Teaching & Learning
Ballarat High School, VIC
Register Now
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Key Speakers

Sue Dalton
Principal
Miami State High School, QLD
Bill Weigal
Assistant Principal Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting
Radford College, ACT
Professor Deborah Corrigan
Professor of Science Education & Director of Education Futures & Former Council
Monash University & Victoria Institute of Teaching
Steven McPhail
Head of Teaching & Learning
Killester College, VIC