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

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Primary/ Secondary Teachers, School Leaders, Heads of School, YLCs, Student Support Staff, Other Professionals Working with adolescents.

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Differentiation – The key to successful Educational Challenges

All times are Victorian times – please check with any differences for your location

8.15am – 8.30am Conference Webinar sign in

8.30am – 9.30am Workshop 1 – Glen Pearsall -Targeting Your Differentiation

This webinar explores feedback strategies for meeting each student at their precise point of need. The emphasis here is on fast, formative feedback that you can use without creating a
pile of correction and on encouraging students to take an active role in this feedback process.

9.30am – 9.40am Mini Break

9.40am – 10.40am Workshop 2 Glen Pearsall – Building Your Differentiation Toolkit

This webinar investigates the four basic types of differentiation and offers practical strategies for implementing these in the busy environment of the everyday classroom. It also discusses
how recent discoveries about the brain and the science of learning can be used to maximise the impact of these strategies.

10.40am – 11.10am Morning Tea Break

11.10am – 12.10pm Workshop 3 Andrew Douch – Become a Digital Differentiation Ninja

Good teachers have always tried to differentiate their classes, to cater for the diverse needs of each student. A differentiated curriculum keeps every student challenged, encourages them to be self-motivated, to express their individual strengths and work on their individual weaknesses. Despite best intentions, however, most teachers struggle to overcome the practical realities of managing a classroom. Effective differentiation sometimes just seems too problematic! In this workshop, Andrew will demonstrate a number of technological approaches to practical problems associated with differentiation. Tools included in the workshop, range from those that can be used by students to create resources for others, to tools that can be used by teachers to provide formative evaluation to students. Each tool has been selected because it is easy to use, inexpensive, and overcomes a practical barrier to differentiation.

12.10pm – 1.00pm Lunch Break

1.00pm – 2.00pm Workshop 4 – Jo Prestia – Differentiophobia: The fear of differentiation

In this one hour workshop Jo will look at the following areas.
The 3 Ps in DIFFERENTIATION Presentation – How are you going to teach it? Process – How will the learning be done? Product – How will your students demonstrate their learning? (Assessment Criteria remains the same) MODIFICATIONS Changes the target skill Often reduces learning expectations Affects the content (Assessment Criteria is different)
3 questions to ask yourself when planning:
1. What do I want my students to know?
2. What do I want my students to understand?
3. What do I want my students to do?

2.00pm – 2.10pm Mini Break

2.10pm – 3.10pm Workshop 5 – Greg Mitchell -THE BIG QUESTION

“If you could learn anything you wanted to at school… what would it be? No one needs to tell a teacher that the world is rapidly changing!
Our schools have been struggling for years to move from a Reading/Writing/Arithmetic (3Rs) model of success to a Thinking/Listening/Communicating model (TLC) AND now we need become an Adaptable/Connected/Teamwork (ACT) based schools at the velocity of a virus!
This means the BIG question for every educator in a world that seems totally upside down is “How can I teach my students using what they want to know while embedding what they need to know at the same time?”
This workshop explores how
• Inquiry Based learning
• Problem Based Learning
• Project Based Learning
• Phenomenon Based Learning and
• Genius Hour

Are needed to engage all students in
• Intellectual challenge
• Authentic achievement
• Product development
• Collaboration
• Project management and
• Reflective practise

3.10pm Conference Close

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Glen Pearsall

Glen Pearsall is a leading secondary school teacher and an acclaimed presenter of professional development for classroom teachers across Australia. Glen has a particular interest in the development of young teachers and has also developed and delivered a program of renewal for mid-career teachers. His expertise is in high quality instructional practice, and the development of classroom cultures based on sound pedagogy and educational research. He has been a board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and has worked as a research fellow at the Australian Youth Research Centre. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed “And Gladly Teach”, an inspirational and practical book on creating supportive and cooperative classrooms.

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Andrew Douch

Andrew Douch is an independent education consultant and a teacher with 22 years classroom experience. His use of educational technology, including those used to flip his classes , has won him numerous awards, including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation, the Microsoft
Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year and an IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Award.His mantra is “You don’t need to be very good with technology to do very good things with technology”. Rather teachers need a willingness to question their 20th Century paradigms and rethink their roles as educators in a world where information is available on-demand and communication is instantaneous.

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Jo Prestia

Jo Prestia is an Education Consultant, teacher and PhD student with a Bachelor of Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Post Grad in Education Research. She has over 30 years teaching and leadership experience. Jo currently works at Monash University as a Teaching Associate (Faculty of Education) and Team Leader with English Connect. She facilitates workshops for educational conferences, prepares and delivers professional development programs for many schools. Jo’s expertise includes Special Needs, Boys’ Ed, Differentiation, Engagement & Learning. She also maintains an education blog ‘Smart is Cool’

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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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Paul Dillon

Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s

It was also fantastic to catch up with Zlatica, Dani, Kate and Marg, lots of laughs

A big THANK YOU once again


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Tania The Geelong College

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