I will be speaking at the upcoming Language, Literacy and Learning Conference to be held at Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre from March 30th to April 1st.
On Friday, 31st March I will be taking part in a symposium on how to tackle Australia’s long tail of underachievement. Other members of the panel include Pamela Snow, Jennifer Buckingham and Mandy Nayton. My perspective will be to discuss the barriers to implementing evidence-based policy in schools and, specifically, the bad ideas that capture our imaginations and crowd-out the space for good ideas. What can we do about this?
On Saturday the 1st April I will give a presentation on the potential for explicit forms of teaching to lead to more equitable outcomes. Readers of this blog will be familiar with the argument that implicit forms of instruction lean heavily on a student’s own resources and so do not create a level playing field. I will expand upon that.
It would be great to see you there if you are in Perth at that time or can make it there for the conference. Here is a link to the full programme of speakers and events.