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Sharing our passion for the Science of Learning – Teaching Matters National Summit

Apr 2023

Over 300 educators from across Australia gathered in Hobart to learn from leading researchers and experts in the Science of Learning at the inaugural Teaching Matters Summit, hosted by Catholic Education Tasmania and Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn.

The Teaching Matters Science of Learning National Summit comprised three days of professional learning for educators from across Australia to learn from leading researchers and experts how the science of learning and high impact teaching practice impacts student learning.

The three day schedule was pack with engaging keynote sessions, panel discussions and opportunities to network, including at the Gala Dinner and the Breakfast with the Experts.

Endorsed by the Tasmanian State Government, the summit welcomed Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP as a speaker on the program, alongside esteemed education experts including

  • Professor Pamela Snow, Professor for the School of Education at La Trobe University
  • Dr Lorraine Hammond AM, Associate Professor School of Education, Edith Cowan University
  • Dr Jenny Donovan, CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation
  • Noel Pearson, Founder of Good to Great Schools Australia and Cape York Partnership
  • And many more

As part of his address to delegates, Premier Rockliff congratulated Catholic Education Tasmania on the strides made in using direct instruction and the Science of Learning and Reading in classrooms. Premier Rockliff explained his regret at not being able to attend the Summit in its entirety, talked about how passionate he is about education, and reflected on his time as Education Minister for Tasmania.

Key Moments

Dr Gerard Gaskin shared how curriculum and education practices have influenced student outcomes over time, and what he believes works best in practice – Explicit Instruction.

The Gala Dinner provided an opportunity for attendees to network with fellow delegates and presenters from the Summit, and to share their thoughts on the keynote presentations that took place throughout the day.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Noel Pearson was unfortunately unable to attend the Dinner in person as planned. Mr Pearson provided a pre-recorded speech and was as captivating as ever as he credited Catholic Education Tasmania and Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn for their work within the Science of Learning through their respective projects, Insight and Catalyst.

Mr Pearson highlighted effective instruction as a means for providing social justice. If educators can use effective instruction it will provide better opportunities for young people around Australia to learn no matter their background or where they live.

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