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Karen Underwood

Karen was a secondary English and Literature teacher for seventeen years, before moving into a regional role as a curriculum consultant and disability coordinator working with schools to better support students with disability and additional learning needs. After six years she moved to the VCAA taking on a test development role, and managed the delivery of the AIM English tests (the precursor to NAPLAN) in Victoria.  She followed that with a move into the department writing curriculum which is now mandated, and known as Victorian Curriculum Towards Foundation levels A to D, to support her work in the development of the ABLES assessment tools, a set of nine learning area tools that provide teachers with advice about what students with disability and additional needs can do and need to learn next. This work has been complemented with resources for students with learning difficulties including dyslexia and dyscalculia so teachers can support all learners with learning challenges.    

Hear from teachers who have attended a Critical Agendas Event

Passionate &  Authentic Speakers – Meaningful Strategies

Tamara Rundle

Loved the honesty in the sharing of information and strategies

Liberty Hatzidimitriou

“It is the first P.L. in a long long time that I haven’t been checking in with my watch.”


Loved the passion of the Presenters

Ivana Ryan

The best P.D. I have attended in living memory!” I loved every minute of this engaging, interesting and informative PD. And I have been teaching for 40+ years!

Susan Snooks

Keep up the fantastic PD opportunities! Very  professional and well-researched workshops and conferences.

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. 

Tania The Geelong College

I love the fantastic variety of workshops and conferences on offer. Always look forward to Critical Agendas PD’s.

Tim Livy

Inspirational Speakers –  the knowledge gained will be so beneficial in my classrooms

Libby Fullard.