National Conference 2014

Future Unlimited: Public Education for Australians
Date: 7-8 November 2014(Friday Evening & Saturday)
Location: Rydges Melbourne, Exhibition St

David Gillespie - Keynote Speake

David Gillespie is a lawyer and the best selling author of Sweet Poison, a book about how we are all poisoning ourselves with sugar. Having upset the dietetics industry writing about stuff in which he has no qualifications, he has now turned his focus to something else he in unqualified to write about, education. In his latest work, Free Schools, David takes a parent's eye-view of the research and concludes that all the rolling green hockey fields and architect designed amphitheatres won't make a jot of difference to the education your child is likely to receive. What will matter and matter more than everything else put together is the quality of the teaching system being deployed and even more importantly, the skills of the leaders responsible for designing and implementing that system.

Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best known parenting authors. A psychologist for 25 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. His books, including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and now RAISING GIRLS are in four million homes and 31 languages. They have influenced the way we look at childhood and especially the development of boys and men. Today though, the exploitation and misuse of girls and young women globally are his major concern.

Scott Pape


The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape will be a keynote for day one, starting at 6pm. The Barefoot Investor is the professional persona of Scott Pape. He offers independent advice on personal money management, investing and gaining 'financial freedom' via his website public and media appearances and his subscription email service "The Barefoot Blueprint".

His work is tied into the collaboration we have with ASIC and the Money Smart program – Financial Literacy in Schools

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Work shops

“A teacher’s eye view of effective learning” by Yvonne Reilly and Jodie ParsonsYvonne started work as a teacher of mathematics and science at Sunshine College in 2007. It was here that she and fellow teacher Jodie Parsons started to develop and trial various ways to improve student outcomes in mathematics. This led to the publication of the first two volumes of their teacher resource books: Maths in the Inclusive Classroom 1 & 2 for junior secondary teachers.


The success of their program has led them to be featured on Channel 7 and in newspapers as far afield as The United Kingdom. Yvonne and Jodie have co-authored several papers and have presented at MAV annually since 2009. They presented their work on differentiation and Reciprocal Teaching in mathematics at conferences in the US and New Zealand. In 2014, Yvonne was acknowledged for her contribution to education as a finalist in the Educator of the Year Australia day awards for Brimbank council and recognised as a 2014 NationalDay of Thanksgiving winner.At the Australian Council for Educational Research annual conference in Melbourne 2014, Jodie and Yvonne were presented with an award for Outstanding Presentation after presenting their work on differentiation.

Later this year Yvonne and Jodie have been invited to give a Keynote address at the annual Mathematics Association of Victoria conference and they are currently writing books 3 and 4 in their Maths in the Inclusive Classroom series for upper primary. In 2015 they are looking forward to presenting at national conferences in England and Scotland.

Jodie and Yvonne currently work as Leading Teachers at Sunshine College,Victoria.

'Philanthropy: What does it mean for Public Schools' – by Adam Smith

Adam is a well- known personality who is a well-regarded education analyst. Adam is on the Board of Australian Council of Education Research and a director of the Public Education Foundation. Recently Adam has been appointed as the Chair of the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau. You may often catch Adam on Channel Ten’s The Project

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