Successful Learning Conference 2008

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Monday 30 June & Tuesday 1 July 2008

Registrations close 12pm Wed 25 June

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2007 papers
Download (pdf, 92.4kB) a registration form

Related event:
Certificate in Educational Studies
(Learning Support)
"(The) variety of workshops and presentations helped provide a big picture with specifics to expand on during workshops. This gave a broad knowledge and plenty of ideas and strategies." 2007 SLC participant

Following on from previous years' Successful Learning Conferences, this program will appeal to all concerned with the education of students who experience difficulties in learning. Areas addressed during this conference will include accountability and assessment, behaviour management, literacy and numeracy, social skills instruction, and results of research projects being conducted in schools.

Presentations will be made by academics, consultants, and practitioners from all education sectors within New South Wales and invited speakers from interstate and overseas.

Participants may attend the conference as a stand alone event, or as part of the Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support). For teachers from regional NSW, this year it is possible to attend the Certificate workshops via videoconference.

Speakers and program

Download (pdf, 218kB) a full program for both days

Keynote speaker

Professor Rollanda O'Connor (University of California, Riverside)

  • Monday: Beginning to read: Developing phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, and decoding
  • Tuesday: The underpinnings of reading comprehension: multisyllable words, fluency, and making meaning of text

Feature speakers

Both days will contain two concurrent sessions each with three presentations. Monday's presentations will be repeated on Tuesday.

  • Dr Lorraine Hammond (Edith Cowan University)
    The Write Stuff: Teaching strategic behaviour to support students with writing difficulties
  • Susan Lowe (Skills for Kids)
    Using the everyday context of the classroom and playground: Assessment of, and programming for, the participation of children who have difficulty with information processing
  • Associate Professor Andrew Martin (The University of Sydney)
    New approaches to motivation, engagement, and academic resilience in school
  • Kate O’Donnell (Principal Education Officer, NSW DET)
    National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy 2008: Update
  • Dr David Paterson (University of New England)
    Independence, interdependence and help-seeking in inclusive secondary classrooms
  • Catherine Pearn (University of Melbourne)
    Students mathematically 'at risk': Difficulties with learning and retaining basic number facts

Fees and registration

Fees per person, GST inclusive (includes conference morning tea and lunch)
Conference only - Single rate $370 - 2 days | $200 - 1 day
Conference only - Group rate* $350 - 2 days | $190 - 1 day
Certificate (Conference + 5 evening workshops) - Single rate $780
Certificate - Group rate* $750

*Group rate applies to two or more registrants from the same school or organisation when registration forms are submitted together.

Registrations close 12pm Wed 25 June

When and where

Monday 30 June & Tuesday 1 July 2008, at Harold Park Raceway Function Centre on the corner of The Crescent and Wigram Road, Glebe – only minutes from the University Campus across Parramatta Road.

Registration will be held in the foyer each morning between 8:00–8:50am with tea and coffee available on arrival.

Download a map of the area, or visit for directions.

Parking and public transport

Free parking is available at the venue on Centre Field. There is also limited parking in a small car park next to the function centre. Please note that on the Tuesday of the conference that Harold Park Raceway is in operation in the afternoon.

Harold Park is also well serviced by public transport with buses running regularly from Town Hall Station in the city via Railway Square. These services pass Harold Park and the bus stop is only a short walk to the function centre:

  • Routes 431, 432, 433 & 434
    (departing from George Street in the city, then travelling along Broadway and down Glebe Point Road; and returning in the opposite direction)

Information for visitors to Sydney

Visiting Sydney | Accommodation



Conference convenor
Associate Professor David Evans