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Log On between 8.15am – 8.25am for 8.30am start (AEST)

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Primary & Secondary Teachers, LSOs, Education Support Staff. Anyone Interested in the Education and Welfare of Children with Diverse Needs.

$235.00 - $235.00 + GST

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Celebrating Diverse Needs in the Classroom

Groups Bookings (5 or more Participants)

One Day only $205 + GST per person

Log On between 8.15am – 8.25am for 8.30am start (AEST)

8.30am – 9.30am – Workshop 1 – Dr Rich Allen

Understanding the 4 walls of your online classroom

9.30am – 9.40am – Mini Break

9.40am – 10.40am  Workshop 2 – Dr Loretta Giorcelli

Leave your differences at the gate….and other mythologies of non-inclusive school

10.40am – 11.10am – Morning Tea

11.10am – 12.10pm Workshops 3 – Shirley Houston

Strategies for Supporting Students with Low Working Memory

12.10pm – 1.00pm – Lunch

1.00pm – 2.00pm Workshops 4 – Jim Sprialis

Using Technology to Assist Students with Reading Comprehension and Responding to Reading with Writing Fluency

2.00pm – 2.10pm – Mini Break

2.10pm – 3.10pm Workshop 5 – Greg Mitchell

Teaching Coping Strategies for Special needs students

3.10pm – 3.30pm Afternoon break

3.30pm – 4.30pm Workshop 6 (Please choose from Option 1 or 2 for the final session)

Option No A

Tarun Stevenson – Understanding and Educating Boys


Option No B

Dr Loretta Giorcelli – Improving the educational outcomes of girls “who benefit least from least schooling”

Close 4.30pm




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Dr Loretta Giorcelli

Dr Loretta Giorcelli OAM, Ph.D. has spent the last 50 years working with teachers, school leaders and school systems to deepen their capacity to include learners with diverse needs into educational settings.  A highly sought-after speaker at local and international conferences she has worked in the United Kingdom, in 12 Southern African countries, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, Cyprus, China, Russia, USA and Canada for local systems as well as for the UN, the European Union and AUSaid.  Dr Giorcelli works with 6 schools each year to support their improvement process, engaging with leadership, teachers, learners and parents,  She is the education representative on federal task forces, the author of  the ebook “Quality Schools, Inclusive Practices: Making Inclusion work for all Learners”, the international mentor/patron of several international charities and the fascinated grandmother of 7 challenging learners.

Areas of expertise:

Creating inclusive learning environments: critical legal, cultural, curricular and managerial strategies

5 Models of Co-Teaching: The Power of 2

Differentiation strategies for different learning needs

Working effectively as a teacher aide/ support officer

Well being strategies for maintaining resilience in teachers and learners

Working effectively in partnerships with parents and other professionals

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Dr Richard Allen

Richard Allen, Ph.D., is a highly regarded educator with more than 40 years of experience working with teachers.  Founder and President of Green Light Education, he has taken his Impact Teaching strategies to such diverse countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, South Africa, and Brazil.  Dr. Allen is also a popular keynote speaker at international education conferences and works with schools and school districts to embed effective teaching methods into mainstream curriculum.  He is the author of many best-sellers in education, including High Impact Teaching in the XYZ Era of Education, Green Light Classrooms, U-Turn Teaching, Sparking Student Synapses, The Rock and Roll Classroom, and Humane Teaching.

Areas of expertise:

Creating engaging learning environments

Using music with intention in the classroom

Making key learning points memorable

Increasing assessment scores

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Shirley Houston

Shirley Houston is an educational consultant with over 30 years of teaching experience. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education in 1983 and the Royal Society of Arts Certificate for Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties. She has taught students in years K-12 at government, Catholic and Independent schools, in Australia and in America. She has lectured at several universities in Western Australia and at the Central Institute of Technology. Shirley has long had a passion for work with children and adults who have dyslexia. She is a long-standing Board member of The Dyslexia- SPELD Foundation of Western Australia and runs a variety of programs for dyslexic students.

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Jim Sprialis

“Sprialis Consulting offers expert advice, presentations, professional development programs and training and support in a broad portfolio of inclusive technology solutions. Robust inclusive technologies provide capabilities for more effective productivity and learning.
My approach focusses on computer and mobile technology solutions that accommodate the diverse learning preferences and abilities of all individuals. With a specialist knowledge base around disability and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, I am passionate about promoting inclusive technologies and universal design approaches that can benefit everyone. I look forward to supporting you to harness inclusive technologies that optimize your productivity and enhance your life long learning and overall well being.”

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Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell is an established and highly sought after consultant who works with teachers, parents and administrators where it counts… in schools and in classrooms. He regularly teaches in classrooms in primary and secondary schools all over Australia demonstrating the changes that really work. Greg is an exceptional presenter with the ability to connect with educators, to challenge them and provide many practical strategies that work! Great knowledge, practical, dynamic and very entertaining!

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Tarun Stevenson

Tarun Stevenson is an established consultant who works with teachers and school administration teams in the area of Behaviour Management and LeadershipDevelopment.He is an educator with over 10 years experience in Primary,Secondary and Tertiary settings and draws on his wealth of experience as aClassroom Teacher, Behaviour Support Coach, Deputy Principal and VocationalTrainer to provide professional development that is both relevant and engaging.Tarun is passionate about equipping teachers and school leadership teams with tools to effectively connect, communicate and manage students with confidence, care and socially just practice. He is an exceptional presenter with the ability to connect with educators, to challenge them and provide practical strategies that work!

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