The 2015 Summit program included keynote presentations by Dr Andrew Martin, an expert in student motivation and engagement, Professor John Smyth, who specialises in pedagogies for disadvantaged school contexts, and Maxine McKew, who discussed the successes and challenges facing Australian classrooms.
Experts including Professor Russell Skiba and Professor Stephen Lamb examined where and how “traditional” teacher-centred styles and strict school discipline have been tried previously, why they failed, and what we can and should do instead.
This presentation outlines the developmental importance of early oral language competence, both for the emergence of prosocial interpersonal skills and for the transition to literacy in the first three years of school.
On Friday 30 June 2017, Associate Professor Elizabeth Walton delivered a public lecture which considered the form, content and impact of teacher education for inclusive education and argued that teacher education for inclusive education needs the development of a language of practice that is grounded in systematic, propositional professional knowledge.
The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference took place on 15 & 16 October 2017 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Conference attendees discussed, learned about and responded to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools.
On Thursday 23 November 2017, visiting scholar, Professor Jonathan Rix (The Open University, UK) discussed how school can create divisions among learners and provided solutions as to how we can bridge the gap.
The introduction of new processes and greater prescription around assessment with new Senior Curriculum and Assessment in Queensland from 2019 is already bringing substantial changes to many practices in schools, and not just in Year 12.
This year’s forum focused on the theme of Lessons learned, Actions needed. This event discussed some of the successes and challenges currently informing inclusive education practice, and provided stakeholders with positive and effective approaches that are supported by research evidence.