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Teaching Matters Summit: Day One delivers rich insights and invaluable content

Mar 2024

The first day of the Teaching Matters Science of Learning National Summit got off to a spectacular start. Catholic Education Tasmania (CET) Executive Director, Dr Gerard Gaskin, commenced proceedings welcoming over 400 educators and leaders from around the country to engage with global experts in the best practice teaching methodologies founded in the Science of Learning.

Professor Pamela Snow kicked off the keynote presentations, speaking on the importance of reading and its distinction from literacy. She illustrated the benefits of applying public health principles to education and reading instruction and what Response to Intervention looks like. Professor Snow emphasised why progress monitoring and evidence needs to underpin the education system to the benefit of society.

Pamela Snow, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, La Trobe University

Ross Fox, Director of CECG

Professor Snow was followed by an insightful opening address from Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) Director, Ross Fox. With three years’ of evidence-based High Impact Teaching Practice in the classroom throughout the system of 56 schools across NSW and ACT, Ross provided tangible data illustrating the significant improvement in student performance since the inception of Catalyst.

Dr Gerard Gaskin described the Insight journey, sharing early assessment data providing material evidence of improvement in their schools after only twelve months of engaging with the program. 

Dr Gerard Gaskin’s Opening Address

The CEO of the Australian Education Research Organisation, Jenny Donovan, spoke about the growing evidence for cognitive science backed teaching methodology, challenging the attendees to consider the barriers to implementing this methodology and providing strategies to overcome them.

The audience was then joined live by Tom Sherrington from the UK who shared a simplified model for everyday teaching, supporting every child to focus, think and grow knowledge through practice.

Dr Jenny Donovan, CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation

Delegates watching Tom Sherrington’s livestreamed presentation from the UK

Day One ended with a lively Science of Learning (SoL) panel discussion, chaired by Dr Jenny Donovan. Panellists Glenn Fahey, Jordana Hunter, Dr Lorraine Hammond, Ross Fox and Dr Gerard Gaskin articulated the importance of teacher education and support at a system and university level. The conversation encompassed the value of high integrity curriculum to reduce variation and enable the teacher to focus on the student and their pedagogy.

Science of Learning Panellists

Media Coverage

Highlighting Teaching Matters 2024

25 Mar, 2024

Listen to CET’s Curriculum and Pedagogy Lead, Jennifer White speak on ultra106five, as she explains why Science of Learning is the most impactful teaching approach and shares her excitement for the summit presentations.

Benefits of Explicit Instruction for Reading

16 Mar, 2024

Hear from Jennifer White, as she promotes the Summit and the key the benefits of Explicit Instruction for Reading on ABC Radio Drive.

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