TC19 SPEAKERS

Returning the balance to literacy teaching – the role of practice informed evidence in affecting pedagogical change.

 

Keynote Speakers

Denyse Ritchie

Principal and Co-Developer

The THRASS Institute

Australasia & Canada

‘Returning the balance to literacy teaching – the role of practice informed evidence in affecting pedagogical change’

For decades the ongoing debate around the most effective methods for literacy instruction has acted to both divide and confuse teachers. While the importance of an evidence-based approach to teaching reading and writing is widely acknowledged, the academic pendulum continues to swing. Some of the most tangible and compelling evidence for the efficacy of instructional methods is produced within the classroom…

Brendan Mitchell

C21 Teaching and ClickView

NSW

‘Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day’

As teachers, we are failing our students. Or so we are told by the media, politicians, parents, and those above us in our own organisational food chains. Their evidence is usually either NAPLAN or PISA results which we are told are declining year on year. With early career teachers leaving the profession in droves and retirement creeping closer for a significant portion of those who remain, where do we go next?…

Vanessa Browning

Head of Junior School

Seymour College

SA

‘Insurgent Spelling: Changing the spelling trajectory for each and every learner’

As we fast approach the third decade of the 21 C the educational landscape continues to transform. Ambiguity is everywhere. It is time we disrupted the teaching of spelling rather than focus on convenient ways of teaching. We must build spelling skills, dispositions and knowledge through thinking, applying and noticing. This will ensure our teachers are implicitly and explicitly framing the learning pathway for sustained and relevant learning…

(Co-presented with Katharyn Cullen)

Katharyn Cullen

Academic Leader: Curriculum

Seymour College SA

‘Insurgent Spelling: Changing the spelling trajectory for each and every learner’

As we fast approach the third decade of the 21 C the educational landscape continues to transform. Ambiguity is everywhere. It is time we disrupted the teaching of spelling rather than focus on convenient ways of teaching. We must build spelling skills, dispositions and knowledge through thinking, applying and noticing. This will ensure our teachers are implicitly and explicitly framing the learning pathway for sustained and relevant learning…

(Co-presented with Vanessa Browning)

Guest Speakers

Rhonda Campbell

Speech Pathologist

Bellfield Speech Pathology VIC

‘From speech to print – Understanding the elements of spoken language and how they relate to literacy’

Raelene Beecher

Instructional Leader

Mulyan Public School

NSW

‘When you know it’s right but everyone else thinks it’s wrong – How I succeed as an island of THRASS’

Lulu Sanderson-Green

Classroom Teacher & Team Leader

Newington College NSW

‘Bite-sized THRASS for a jam-packed timetable – Short, sharp activities for mastering core literacy skills’

Nick Cheadle

Classroom Teacher

Eltham College

VIC

‘One chart, endless possibilities – Why the THRASS chart is the constant reference point in my classroom and should be yours too’

Michelle Tham

THRASS Trainer & Principal Consultant

Wise Owl Learning VIC

‘So, You Want To Make A Difference? – How I provide an independent literacy support service underpinned by THRASS’

Kate Barber

Academic Leader: Exceptional Learners

Seymour College SA

‘Raising the bar using THRASS – Paving the pathways for our Exceptional Learners’

Steven Townsend

PhD Student

Monash University

VIC

‘Effective Interventions for Struggling Adolescent Readers: A case study of four Australian schools’

Madeline Mitchell

THRASS Trainer & Principal Coach

HiIQ NSW

‘What’s In a Word?…Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?’- Unpacking the power of vocabulary’

Melissa Caruana

Master Teacher

Calen District State College QLD

‘Creating a culture of change through collaboration – A peer reviewed, action research project using THRASS as the signature pedagogy’

(Co-presented with Silver White)

Silver White

Classroom Teacher & THRASS Mentor

QLD

‘Creating a culture of change through collaboration – A peer reviewed, action research project using THRASS as the signature pedagogy’

(Co-presented with Melissa Caruana)

 

Paris Hargreaves

Classroom Teacher

Chelsea Heights PS

VIC

‘High standards; high expectations – Challenging the belief that low socio-economics equals low academic outcomes’

(Co-presented with Natalie Peacock)

Natalie Peacock

Classroom Teacher

Chelsea Heights PS

VIC

‘High standards; high expectations – Challenging the belief that low socio-economics equals low academic outcomes’

(Co-presented with Paris Hargreaves)

Bill Garland

Dean of Junior School

Canterbury College

QLD

‘Over 600 students, a K-6 Junior School campus and 46 Junior School staff – The strategic approach to implementation bringing our entire community on the learning journey’

(Co-presented with Luke van Leuveren)

Luke van Leuveren

Director of Learning & Innovation

Canterbury College QLD

”Over 600 students, a K-6 Junior School campus and 46 Junior School staff – The strategic approach to implementation bringing our entire community on the learning journey’

(Co-presented with Bill Garland)

Maree McBean

Literacy Leader

St Augustines PS

VIC

‘Bloom where you are planted… growing and thriving together as a school – Our triumphs and challenges as THRASS mentors and champions for change’

(Co-presented with Lenore Tilley)

Lenore Tilley

Classroom Teacher & THRASS Mentor

St Augustines PS VIC

‘Bloom where you are planted… growing and thriving together as a school – Our triumphs and challenges as THRASS mentors and champions for change’

(Co-presented with Maree McBean)

Rachel Nicholson

K-4 Coordinator

Carinya Christian School NSW

‘Our epic THRASS journey from K-6 and beyond – The challenges, the rewards and looking to the future’

(Co-presented with Brett Sharrock)

Brett Sharrock

Head of Junior School

Carinya Christian School NSW

‘Our epic THRASS journey from K-6 and beyond – The challenges, the rewards and looking to the future’

(Co-presented with Rachel Nicholson)

Christine Cougan

THRASS Trainer & Master Teacher

WA

‘Policy, culture and practice – Opening new pathways for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed’

Melanie Bryden

Asst. Head of Junior School

St Luke’s Grammar School NSW

‘Beginning the Journey – An interactive case study of the successes and challenges of change management at a whole-school level’

Yvette Barnes

THRASS Trainer & Literacy Coach

VIC

‘LET’S PLAY! – Why fun activities switch kids on to learning’

Frances Duffy

THRASS Trainer & Classroom Teacher

NSW

‘Spelling is not a subject – Why the THRASS charts are to literacy what Times Tables are to maths’

Jane Beams

Principal Coach

Jane Beams Coaching & Consulting VIC

‘IPA skræbəl – Creating a THRASS inspired board game to challenge and engage advanced Middle Years students’

Sharon Joss

Classroom Teacher

The Southport School

QLD

‘Sharing the Magic – Developing a differentiated literacy program to support and excite Early Years learners’

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