Successful Learning Conference 2015

Professional Learning Major Events – 2015 Archive

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Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 June 2015
The Epping Club, Rawson St, Epping. [Event parking is limited*]

This annual conference focuses on issues and developments in the provision of quality education for students K–12 with additional learning needs in a mainstream classroom setting. Areas addressed will include literacy, numeracy, accountability and assessment, behaviour support, technology and social skills instruction. Details about the program and feature speakers will be published on this page as they become available.

* Limited parking available on site at the Epping Club. A request for parking can be sent to Rachel Payne at for consideration. Preference will be given to regional drivers, drivers with an Australian Disability Parking Permit and presenters. Should you be eligible for a car space, your registration number will be required for entry into the car park. Where possible please make all reasonable efforts to car pool. Because spaces are very limited, it is recommended you travel by train to the event where possible. The train station is a 2–3 minute walk from the Epping Club and is located on the Northern Line and the Newcastle and Central Coast Line, please see for timetables. Lastly, there is all-day unrestricted parking available in the surrounding streets. The Epping Club recommends Chesterfield Road and Chelmsford Avenue (7–10 minutes on foot to the venue). It is, however, advisable to arrive early to secure a space.

Articulated study

Participants may attend this conference as a stand-alone event, or as part of the Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support).

Fees & registration (per person, GST included) Individual fee Registration

Conference 2 days (Mon 22 and Tue 23 June)


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Conference 1 day (Mon 22 June)


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Conference 1 day (Tue 23 June)


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Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support)
(Fee includes two-day conference + five late-afternoon workshops)



Keynote speakers

  • Dr James Emmett Gardner, Professor of Educational Psychology, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, "Universal design for learning (UDL): pedagogy, implementation, and a 'grand unified theory' for special education", Monday, June 22, 9.20am ... view abstract

  • Dr Johnell Bentz, Assistant Head, Department of Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Teacher education in an era of smartphones, YouTube and apps: how can I help teachers keep up with and teach their students", Tuesday, June 23, 1.50pm ... view abstract

Feature speakers

  • Dr James Emmett Gardner, Professor of Educational Psychology, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, "Free or low-cost technology tools that support UDL/literacy for students with high incidence disabilities"
    ... view abstract

  • Dr Danielle Colenbrander, Department of Cognitive Science, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University, "Improving reading comprehension in the upper primary grades" ... view abstract

  • Dr David Evans, Associate Professor of Special Education, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
    "A meeting of minds: early numeracy, access for all, and universal design for learning" ... view abstract

  • Sarah Humphreys, senior project officer, special education at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
    "Adjustments and assessment tasks – how far can you go?" ... view abstract

  • Dr Lorraine Graham, Professor of Learning Intervention, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and Dr Jeanette Berman, Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, Institute of Education, Massey University, NZ
    "Sustainable learning; learning for all; teaching that matters; learning that lasts – Lorraine Graham, Jeanette Berman & Anne Bellert (2015)" ... view abstract

  • Alison Clarke, Clifton Hill Child and Adolescent Therapy Group
    "Reframing explicit, systematic phonics as fun, innovative and successful" ... view abstract

  • Robert Patruno, Principal, Dorchester Education and Training Unit, NSW DEC
    "Framing positive behaviour towards learning and achievement" ... view abstract



Rachel Payne (Wed–Fri)

Convenor/Academic Coordinator

Associate Professor David Evans