Mondays@Murdoch welcome ALL education students, teachers, early childhood educators, and educational leaders.

For expressions of interest for Mondays@Murdoch in 2019, please email Natasha Dakin,

Date Event Contact Details
Monday February 18


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Turn On Learning - Flick the Switch

In every classroom, some children find it difficult to engage in learning and expected behaviours. They may have atypical development or a trauma background that impacts their progress in school. Effective teachers appreciate this impact on a child’s learning and classroom behaviours and strive to maximise accommodations that keep the child engaged. In 2017, the Gratton institute described that “(n)ew teachers rate handling difficult student behaviours as their top professional challenge ... Nearly one third of all teachers are highly stressed by the challenges of engaging and reengaging students in class.”

Teachers actively seek information from educational specialists, psychologists, speech and occupational therapists to support student engagement, but can feel overwhelmed when applying the range of recommendations. The Turn On Learning framework provides a holistic understanding of a child, allowing teachers to better apply supportive strategies to improve learning outcomes for students.

This session will be an interactive exploration of the five essential elements we all need for learning engagement and how atypical development and adverse childhood events impact on a student’s capacity to stay engaged in your classroom. This will also provide an opportunity to consider your current class from a new point of view.

Please click here to register
Monday February 25


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Let’s Pretend Play - Enhancing Pretend Play in the Classroom

Play is firmly back on the education agenda!

Pretend play is a vital platform used in early childhood education settings to allow children to make sense of the world around them.

Advocates of pretend play are likely to use the engaging activity for any one of three key purposes;

  • To observe children to determine their skills and knowledge,
  • Allow children the freedom to explore and inquire about the world around them
  • As an opportunity to scaffold and facilitate learning moments.

In this session, the Enhanced Learning team will demonstrate the power of carefully selecting pretend play scenarios to develop and improve foundation skills. Scenarios will be presented highlighting outcomes across the three key purposes of pretend play for use with the whole class, small groups and individuals. Case examples will demonstrate scenarios that form the perfect vehicle for fun, engaging learning with scope to progress movement, oral language, narratives, early literacy, numeracy and conversation skills.

Please click here to register
Monday March 18


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: ADHD in Primary School

Teaching students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be challenging. In the classroom students can struggle to focus and stay on task and often display behaviour that is considered socially inappropriate. They also tend to underperform academically - the Australian child and adolescent survey of mental health and wellbeing (2015) found 50% of students with ADHD achieved less than the national minimum standard during NAPLAN testing.

In order to implement the inclusive classroom strategies required to improve the outcomes of students with ADHD, teachers benefit from really understanding ADHD as the explanation teachers attribute to a student’s challenging behaviour greatly influences how they perceive a student with ADHD as well as the classroom accommodations and interventions they implement. Successfully assisting students with ADHD to be their best self can also add to the job satisfaction and enjoyment experienced by teachers.

This seminar is designed to improve teachers’ knowledge and understanding of ADHD. Strategies to support students with ADHD in the classroom will also be discussed.

Please click here to register
Monday March 25


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Yoga Ed. Tools for Teachers - An Introduction to Evidence Based Tools to Support Short Yoga and Mindfulness Breaks in the Classroom

This 60 minute session will introduce you to the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness and how you can use Yoga Tools to support transitions, academic performance, social emotional learning and wellbeing in school communities. You will be guided through a short chair yoga sequence and explore the broad physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of integrating breathing exercises, yoga poses and relaxation into the classroom.

Yoga Ed. aims to equip educators with the tools they need to facilitate health and wellness for the children and teens in their life, as well as for themselves.

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Monday April 1


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Bringing Stories to Life - Integrating the Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood and Junior Primary

In this seminar, Rebecca Jane Flanagan, experienced early childhood teacher, passionate children’s performer and dynamic educational facilitator, will develop your theatrical confidence and give you ideas to engage young learners by integrating literacy and the arts into the learning space. You will be shown a range of ways to include imaginative experiences in your teaching programs.

Rebecca will use well known children's literature, as well as a collection of props that complement and enhance an integrated arts and literacy program easily and effectively. This creative training workshop will support your teaching programs by further enabling child centred creativity and multisensory experiences in the learning space and inspire you to eagerly take the ideas and put them into practice.

Please click here to register


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Monday April 8


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Movie & Pizza Night: Teach Us All

Join us for a FREE screening of the documentary 'Teach Us All', pizza, and a conversation about how we can ensure equality in education.

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Produced by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, 'Teach Us All' is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement.

'Teach Us All' demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasising the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children.

Through case studies in Little Rock, New York City, and Los Angeles, 'Teach Us All' seeks to bring the critical lessons of history to bear on the current state of U.S. education and investigate:

60 years later, how far have we come – or not come – and where do we go from here?

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Date Event Contact Details
Saturday April 27



Excellence in Education Conference 2019

Following the resounding success of Network Teach's Excellence in Education Conference in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Network Teach is proud to host their 7th Annual Excellence in Education Conference at Murdoch University.

This event celebrates the achievements of the WA's outstanding educators and showcases some of the states leading educational programs used to promote and sustain high quality classrooms and teaching within Western Australia.

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Sunday April 28



Future in Education Conference 2019

Join Network Teach for their 2019 Future in Education Conference at Murdoch University!

This new and special event explores the latest trends and changes within the education sector to prepare for the classrooms of the future. Attendees will be inspired by the biggest shapers within this empowering space and complete the day collectively answering the question...... What can we do now to teach the skills of the future?

Spaces limited.... just 100 places for this inaugural event!

This event is recommended for all teachers, preservice/trainee teachers, education assistants and school leaders!

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Event Contact Details

Monday January 14 - Wednesday January 16

Short Course: Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

This three day course provided an overview of the nature and characteristics of children with mild disabilities and examples of evidence-based practices and teaching strategies, specifically for children with:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Mild intellectual disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Emotional or behavioural disorders

$660.00 (inc GST)

Mrs Tiffany Banner, Unit Coordinator; Associate Lecturer

(08) 9360 2527

Monday January 14 - Thursday January 17

Short Course: NEDN671 Mentoring Skills for Teachers

Enhance your knowledge and skill as a mentor teacher or guide and explore different models of mentoring and their applications.

Topics included:

  • The essential elements of effective mentoring relationships.
  • Features of effective mentoring programs.
  • Different models of mentoring and applications.
  • The concept of mentoring and underlying assumptions.

FREE for teachers with experience mentoring students

A/Professor Judy MacCallum, Course Coordinator; Educational Psychology

 (08) 9360 7847
Monday January 21 - Tuesday January 22

Short Course: in8 Ed. Understanding Neurology to Understand the Classroom

This two day short course was presented by Chelsea Horner, co-author of 'Generation Failure and the in8model Educator Revolution' and co-founder of 'in8 Ed'.

The world is rapidly changing and new research tells us so is our brain!

Learn how an understanding of neuroplasticity can improve your learning environment with greater results in life-long learning for students. Be equipped to create and adapt learning environments with ease to cater for the variety of brain function preferences in your classroom. Easy to understand, apply and see results in every context of learning. Don’t increase your workload but make it a lot more enjoyable and rewarding!

  • Be equipped with a deeper knowledge of brain function to develop your classroom practices to cater for more learning styles.
  • Explore the preferences, language, activities and contexts that make each part of the brain ‘light up’.
  • Improve life long learning in a stress-free, fun way with easy, practical applications on how to engage different parts of students’ brains and your own.
  • Learn how to identify different behaviours linked to different brain functions and the keys that unlock their learning potential.

Chelsea Horner, in8model® Licensed Practitioner; Educational Trainer; Author

0400 700 553

Wednesday January 23

Workshop: Yoga Ed. 6 Hour Tools for Teachers

This six hour workshop empowered participants with basic principles, tools, and practical teaching experiences to integrate short chair yoga breaks with children or teens. Participants learnt chair yoga tools to promote health, learning, and achievement.

Through interactive practice teaching and feedback activities, participants gained confidence identifying challenging times during the day and successfully utilising yoga tools to shift students into a more positive state of mind.

Participants graduated from this workshop with the understanding and confidence to share chair yoga tools with the children and teens in their life.

Regina Cruickshank, Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia; Owner Yogazeit

0405 551 635


Date Event Contact Details

Monday November 19


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Inclusive Practices in Mainstream Classrooms in Western Australia

In this seminar, Tiffany Banner, Associate Lecturer and Unit Coordinator in the School of Education at Murdoch University, provided an overview of the current research on inclusive pedagogy and teaching practices for inclusion, and discussed how inclusion can be achieved in the mainstream classroom.

Monday November 12


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Developing Resilient Men in Primary Schools

In this seminar, Paul Borbas, Music Specialist at Parkerville and Forrestfield Primary Schools, provided a real and current examination of the realities of being a male school teacher.

Through practical examples, strategies and conversation, attendees developed improved skills and understandings on how to develop strong, safe teaching practices; and the importance of calm, resilient men in primary teaching.

Monday November 5


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Exploring Creativity for the Teacher as Writer PLUS A Workshop on Metaphor

In this seminar, Kevin Price, PhD researcher in creative writing and education, discussed a short fictocritical paper (drawn from his PhD research into the role of story and its transformative experience in creative writing practice, study and education), and interrogated the merits of taken-for-granted assumptions in our understanding of creativity in the creative writer, and what it is we aim to produce as evidence of that understanding.

There was also a short, follow-on workshop that introduced a dynamic, complementary writing exercise to enhance creativity in the production of writing learning across all genres and forms. The exercise was designed to increase learner confidence, with cognitive skills also expected to improve as a result. Participants took away a powerful exercise they could use in their classrooms to engage their students.

Monday October 29


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare

In this seminar, Dr Karen Lombardi, Telethon Kids Institute, and Dr Ruth Wallace, Edith Cowan University, presented their research in the areas of early childhood nutrition and body image in early childhood education and care settings.

Monday October 22


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Play in the Community

In this seminar, Jonathan Neen, Play Consultant, will draw upon examples from work undertaken in Wales and demonstrate how models of play provision, and community development work, have helped increase time, space and permission for play in a number of different communities.

Monday September 3

Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Keeping Play at the Heart of Learning through Child-Initiated Projects

In this seminar, Kristy Howson and Katie Pitchford, Early Childhood Educators, walked people through the inquiry process, following children’s interests as they emerge, and discussed how they met the expectations of the Western Australian Curriculum while keeping play at the heart of learning.

Katie also shared part of a current child-initiated project titled, “Story lines” – the transformation of clay coils. Becoming like a child again makes you a better teacher and often takes you where you least expect.

Monday August 27


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Early Intervention on a Shoestring Budget

In this seminar, staff from Roleystone Community College, discussed the processes involved with finding funding to enable the employment, through partnerships, of an Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist and a School Psychologist to enable targeted identification of students. The seminar also looked at their influence in teaching programs for groups and individuals within Roleystone Community College's Kindergarten to Year 2 cohort. Roleystone Community College took an innovative approach to the use of Education Assistants across the College to enable targeted interventions for both individuals and small groups.

This seminar also provided a teacher’s perspective of the interventions and the effect on their teaching, and looked at where Roleystone Community College was heading in the coming years.

Monday August 20


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Making Transformation a Reality Through the 4Cs

Recent government reports (such as The Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools chaired by Mr David Gonski AC) have continued to make the argument for why transformation is urgent but there is precious little available for schools on the "how" of transformation.

In this interactive presentation, Professor Michael Anderson, from the University of Sydney, and Dr Miranda Jefferson, Co-Founder and Innovative Practice Leader of 4C Transformative Learning, will discuss how they are enabling transformation in their partnerships with over 25 schools through focused frameworks and strategies which focus on the 4Cs (creativity, critical reflection, communication and collaboration) discussed in the book, Transforming Schools. There will also be a discussion around how they have translated their research, and the research of others, into school-based change processes.
Monday August 13


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Bouncing Forward - A BRiTE Approach for Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience

Although teaching is a demanding profession, teachers strive each day to be their best and thrive despite ongoing and everyday challenges. Recent emphasis on teacher quality has increased discussions about teacher wellbeing in schools, and wellbeing now features in teacher induction programs.

Drawing on recent research and the highly successful Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRiTE) modules, in this presentation, A/Professor Caroline Mansfield, from the Murdoch School of Education, will explore the process of resilience and the personal and contextual supports for teachers to experience ongoing job satisfaction, commitment, engagement and wellbeing at work. Participants will have the opportunity to identify strengths and share strategies for ‘bouncing forward’.
Monday August 6


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: How Many Days of Play?

Play is the model for the life-long practice of trying out new ideas. Pretending is the most open-ended of all activities. Pretending enables us to ask "What if?" wrote Vivian Gussin Paley.

In this seminar, Denise Ansingh, former award-winning teacher and now Early Childhood Consultant with LEAP Education, will discuss how early childhood educators also need to ask "What if?" What if all children had the opportunity to use play to develop dispositions of curiosity, confidence and creativity, responsibility and resilience, and ultimately a growth mindset? How much time do you give your children to try out new ideas in play, pretend and ask "what if?"

In this seminar, Denise will reflect on how our image of the child influences how we use our days and refer to ideas from education’s greatest thinkers.
Monday July 30


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Bridging the Engagement Gap in STEM - Murdoch University Science Outreach Team

What does science outreach mean and what is its value to teachers and students? The Murdoch University Science Outreach team fosters the passion and curiosity of young scientists by combining exposure to real-life research facilities and world class academics with curriculum-linked learning.

Keal Byrne, Vanessa McGuiness and Caitlin Sweeney, from the Murdoch Science Outreach team, will talk about the different services the team offers, including engaging workshops and bespoke excursions to campus, and how student perceptions change through participation in these programs.
Monday June 25


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Secrets of our STEM Success - Penrhos College

As winners of the Leadership Excellence in the 2017 Governor’s Schools STEM Awards (Primary and Secondary), Penrhos College will share their journey in STEM and Future Focussed Learning, including:
  • Key initiatives undertaken in STEM education.
  • How the school is shifting to be more 'future focused'.
  • Strategic directions leading to an increase in student and staff performance.
  • Methods to improve student engagement in STEM and beyond.
  • Their unique Maths Mentor Program.
Today’s students have a legacy awaiting them—they will face critical issues that impact our entire planet, in addition to challenges that we can not yet imagine. We can empower students to solve these challenges for present and future generations now, in our own classrooms. To do this we must move our focus beyond literacy and numeracy, and into the realms of critical and creative thinking, ethical action, and a deep awareness and understanding of our global culture.
Monday June 18


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Food & Fibre for the Classroom P-12

With the world’s population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050, current and future generations will be faced with problem-solving many issues around food production and supply. It is therefore vital that as educators we utilise opportunities to integrate food and fibre themes in the delivery of WA Curriculum across learning areas from primary to secondary.

In this seminar, Alysia Kepert, Principal Consultant - Agricultural Education at the Department of Education, will provide teachers with some prime opportunities to link agriculture and food to education, and the many curriculum-linked resources available to support them.
Monday June 11


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

Mondays@Murdoch: Spelling Strategies for Primary Teachers

In this seminar, Vicki Briggs, Department of Education Literacy Principal Consultant, will explore sounds of words as represented by letters or letter patterns, visual memory, knowledge of meaning units within words; and word origins.

The new online Pre-Primary to Year 7 spelling resources, developed by the Department of Education to support teachers to develop spelling knowledge, will also be introduced.

Monday May 21


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Using the News & Current Affairs for Cross-Curricular Teaching

In this seminar, Brad Kruger and Alex Kopp, both experienced Educators from Seven West Media (WA), home to The West Australian Newspaper, The Sunday Times and Channel 7, will explore how the explicit study of the news teaches students to navigate this information-loaded world and can help bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world living.

A range of cross-curricular links can be made when current events are incorporated into a teaching program, offering examples of conflict and resolution, and developing reading, critical thinking and inquiry skills.
Monday May 14


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Integrating Play-Based Learning into the Early Learning Childhood Curriculum

In this seminar, Leanne Sharp and Sue Charlick, Early Learning Consultants, will discuss how play-based pedagogy in the classroom can provide child-initiated and planned play opportunities across the range of learning areas, while linking to the curriculum.

Leanne will share her experiences as an Early Childhood Teacher, and Sue as an Educational Assistant, on how to encourage play and curiosity naturally throughout the day.
Monday March 26


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Developing Girls’ Interest in STEM Subjects - A Two-Way Conversation

While female and male students in years 8-10 achieve at similar levels in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), their continued participation in senior secondary school STEM and university STEM enrolment is not the same.

In this seminar, Dr. Amanda Woods-McConney, from the Murdoch School of Education, will examine possible causes for the low STEM career uptake in girls, drawing from her recent research interviewing year 11 and 12 girls enrolled in science, as well as her current project with year 8 to year 10 girls.
Monday March 19


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Using Brightpath to Improve Student Learning & Drive School Improvement

A discussion of the Brightpath assessment and reporting software, as presented by Ian Anderson and Katrina Bonetti from the WA Primary Principals’ Association, and Dr Sandy Heldsinger, Brightpath Researcher and Facilitator.

In this seminar, the presenters will share with you a ground-breaking project in educational assessment using the Brightpath assessment and reporting software, that is now operating in over 500 primary schools in Western Australia. You will hear examples of how teachers and school leaders are using the data they collect to inform their teaching and evaluate their school programs.
Monday March 12


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Keys to Effective Lesson Content Development

In this one hour interactive workshop, you will be introduced to a system that supports educators to rapidly define and optimise lesson content, so that it directly aligns with the way students learn.

This workshop is designed to support anyone who wants to improve learning outcomes for their students and save time in development of teaching / training materials.
Monday February 26


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Leading with Clarity, Calmness and Focus

In this seminar, Johanne Klap, corporate-based Mindfulness Trainer with Potential Project and Murdoch University PhD candidate, will introduce the concepts of mindfulness and mental effectiveness for school leaders and explore how simple but powerful mindfulness techniques can radically transform leadership capabilities and improve personal wellbeing.
Monday February 19


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: Enhancing Young Children's Wellbeing and Learning with a Nature-Based Play Pedagogy

In this seminar, Denise Ansingh, former award-winning teacher and now Early Childhood Consultant with LEAP Education, will discuss how a play-based pedagogy that includes the outdoor environment can provide child-initiated and planned play opportunities and intentional teaching across a range of learning areas.
Monday February 12


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)
Mondays@Murdoch: School and Learning Through the Eyes of Students

In this seminar, Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People WA, will provide a detailed overview of findings from a consultation with more than 1,800 Year 3 to Year 12 students from all three educational sectors.

The insights and responses from theisconsultation will challenge teachers’ and educators’ perceptions of school and learning.


Friday April 27


ECL 1 Lecture Theatre (Building 460)

CONFERENCE: Excellence in Education
A showcase of leading educational prorgams being used to sustain high quality classrooms and teaching in WA schools.

Presenters includes:

  • Plus more !


Date Event Contact Details

Wednesday July 11- Friday July 13

8:30am - 4:00pm

Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities (Building 450)

TEACHER PD: Teaching the Arts - Primary to Years 10 - 3 day short course

Get ready to implement the WA Arts Syllabus, as required for WA schools from 2018!

This 3 day course program will provide:

  • Opportunities to get into the detail of the syllabus
  • Intensive focus on one Arts subject for one session each day – choose from DRAMA or MEDIA ARTS - focusing on year level and content for years P-10 with specific teaching, planning and assessment strategies
  • Extension focus on 3 other Arts subjects or Arts Integration - choose one extension workshop each day from Visual Arts / Dance / Drama / Media Arts / Music / Integrated Arts (STEAM)

Click here for a daily schedule of the course.


Date Event Contact Details
Monday 23rd October


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)
SimLab@Murdoch: Creating powerful, immersive learning simulations

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a live demonstration of the unique SimLab technology installed at Murdoch, as presented by Dr Susan Ledger, Associate Dean of Engagement and School Partnerships.

The SimLab@Murdoch technology offers a mixed reality learning environment, with classroom pupils being represented by avatars that respond in real time to a teacher’s direction or instructions. Actors are wired up behind scenes to enable this. This unique blend of virtual reality technology and live human performance creates powerful and immersive learning simulations for both pre-service teachers and practising teachers. The addition of adult avatars as school parents and principals also allows other training scenarios for school leaders to take place within an education setting.

RSVP here
Monday 30th October


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Creating a Phenomenal School Culture: Strategies for team building & staff coaching

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Murdoch education alumni and coach training provider to schools, Kristy Ambrose.

Does your school have great ideas going unrealized and sacrificed to the mayhem of getting through the term? Are your teachers feeling burnt out, stressed, or frustrated? Are your school leaders saying that their day felt more like 'putting out fire' rather than leading their school toward a vision? Has your school culture deteriorated to the point where staff don’t trust or even respect each other? In this seminar Kristy will outline how to create a meaningful and sustainable cultural shift in your school.

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Monday 6th November


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Cracking the Curriculum Code for the Arts: Demystifying the WA P-10 Arts Syllabus

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by senior lecturer in arts and drama education, Robin Pascoe.

From Semester 1 2018 all Western Australian schools will be required to implement the WA P-10 Arts Syllabus. In this seminar, Robin will introduce the Arts Syllabus and provide an overview on what to teach in the Arts and how to teach it. The WA Arts curriculum, which has been adapted from the Australian Curriculum on the Arts, covers arts education for all students until the until the end of Year 7, and consists of syllabus in five arts subjects - Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts – each with specific forms, genres, styles, contexts, materials, practices and elements. This seminar will provide a taster of the Teaching the Arts Summer School - three day short course for Primary educators, that Robin will be running at Murdoch School of Education from January 17-19, 2018, to provide a more detailed de-coding of the Arts Curriculum.

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Monday 13th November


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Personalised Learning: What can we learn from high school students?

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Professor Barry Down from the Murdoch School of Education.

In this seminar, Barry will describe some key features of a more personalised approach to learning from a students’ point of view, and explain how notions of ‘personalised learning’ are of particular relevance for addressing the persistent problem of student disengagement, especially for students deemed to be ‘at risk’, ‘disengaged’ or ‘troublesome’. Barry will draw on interviews conducted with high school students years 9 to 12, and also interviews with parents and teachers, to explore what kinds of pedagogical, structural, relational and community-related conditions need to be brought into existence in order to engage students in deeper learning. These interviews have been gathered from students attending schools implementing the Big Picture Education (BPE) design for school based on the philosophy of ‘one student at a time in a community of learners’.

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Monday 20th November


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)
Promoting Independent & Self-regulated Learning in the Early Years

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by ARC (Australia Research Council) Research Fellow and lecturer in education, Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak.

Self-Regulated Learning (SRL), understood as children’s ability to direct their attention, thoughts, emotions, and behaviours to the demands of the learning environment, has been shown to be a strong predictor of children’s academic achievement and general adaptation to school. In this seminar, Deborah will discuss recent findings of her team’s research on SRL in connection to the areas of literacy and numeracy, during the first two years of schooling in WA, with a specific focus on how both home and classroom contexts in Early Childhood can promote children’s development as independent, motivated, and regulated learners.

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Monday 27th November


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

An Introduction ot Tribes Learning Communities - a new way of learning & being

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Dr Rebecca Saunders, Academic Chair of the Master of Education (Coursework) and Tertiary, Adult and Workplace Education, and registered Tribes Learning Communities (TLC®) District Trainer.

Tribes TLC® is a research-based cooperative learning program, based on the belief that creating a caring culture and emotionally safe learning community in the classroom and throughout a school is an effective way to improve engagement, behaviour, and learning. The Tribes learning program was developed in the late 1970’s by US educator Dr Jeanne Gibbs who was looking for ways to help prevent student behavioural problems, improve academic engagement and performance, and stem the growing number of stressed teachers leaving the profession.

Murdoch University has now become the first university in Australia, and among only a few in the world, to offer the Tribes course as an accredited undergraduate and postgraduate unit.

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Monday 4th December

Room 3.001
Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EVENT: Designing a School Play Policy

This three-hour seminar will provide teacher participants with an opportunity to learn about the processes involved in developing a school play policy in accordance to the National Quality Standard. The seminar will be facilitated by Dr Sandra Hesterman, Director of Early Childhood Education at Murdoch University.

Topics of discussion will include how a school play policy can safeguard the child’s right to:
  • access quality time, space and resources to inspire creativity
  • develop self-regulation and resilience
  • support the achievement of educational outcomes
  • nurture self-identity and well-being.
Guest presenters include:
  • Jacqui Macliver (SSTUWA Case Manager ECE)
  • Jane Merewether (Lecturer, Curtin University)
  • ECE teachers Fiona Scidone (Clifton Hills PS) and Natalie Warnock (Hillman PS)

RSVP here

Note: tickets are limited to 2 per school (FREE event)
Monday 4th December

5pm - 7pm (film starts 5.30pm)

Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre

FILM & PIZZA: Most Likely to Succeed (edu-doco): Future proofing our schools

Please join the Murdoch School of Education and Learning Environments Australasia WA for a free screening of the feature length documentary, Most Likely to Succeed.

Most Likely To Succeed
is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter.

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Monday 28th August

Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450

Early Career Teaching: Mapping professional participation and constructing professional identity.

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Helen Dempsey and Veronica Gardiner, both current Murdoch PhD candidates.

This seminar will explore the many complexities that early career teachers face in relation to professional participation and identity, as well as the surprising ways in which various early career teachers negotiate this landscape. Findings are pertinent to teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and policy makers.

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Monday 4th September


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Future Steps : Future Classroom

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a thought provoking seminar presented by STEM educator Brad Howard from Practical PD.

This seminar will explore some key issues facing educators and students connected to how technologies will disrupt traditional notions of schooling, and how it will impact the future of teachers and teaching. Take the opportunity to explore key STEM, globalisation and online content delivery issues in a collaborative environment and begin to equip yourself with a mindset to successfully navigate a path for yourself and your students into the future. There is no more important time to explore the moral obligations facing educators due to the rapid progression of technologies.

RSVP here

Monday 11th September


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Practical STEM activities for young learners: Having fun with electronics and coding

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a practical seminar presented by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educator Oscar Naval. In this hands-on workshop, Oscar will demonstrate some fun STEM projects and activities to use in early years and primary classrooms.

Activities will include the mechanics and construction of an electric push-button, and demonstration of a coding video game animation with the ‘Raspberry Pi’. These activities can then be adapted to lesson plans for under 7’s, 7-10, and 11+ year olds. Oscar will also share his current experience of facilitating after school STE(A)M programs for students aged 7 to 11 years old, with his company GizmoCats.

RSVP here

Monday 18th September


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Digital Technologies for Primary Classrooms: How to implement the Western Australian Curriculum’s new learning area.

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Steven Payne, Digital Technologies project officer (WA) for The University of Adelaide’s Computer Science Education Research Group.

In this seminar, Steven will give an overview of the WA Digital Technologies curriculum (Pre-Primary to Year 6), including examples of how teachers are integrating the new subject area into their lessons.

RSVP here
Monday 21st August


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Optimising Young Children's Learning: Play Matters

Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Dr Sandra Hesterman, Director of Early Childhood Education at Murdoch University, and advocate for the rights of the child.

In this seminar, Sandra will discuss the importance of child-initiated and self-directed play experiences, and why there needs to be a WA Play Strategy for Early Childhood Education.

Monday 22nd May


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

The Synergistic Effect of Movement on Early Literacy and Learning Readiness

Presented by Dr Deb Callcott, former health and physical education teacher and creator of the Moving On With Literacy program.

In this seminar, Deb will explain the benefits of incorporating movement in Early Years classrooms, in particular a 15 minute-a-day movement program that is phonologically based and aimed at developing both literacy and movement outcomes, called The Moving On With Literacy program. In this seminar Deb will provide an overview of the MOWL program, including songs and specific movements to support overall early childhood development and perceptual motor development. The MOWL program is supported by empirical research, and is suitable for young children at all levels of development including special needs.

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Monday 29th May


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Study Hacks for Schools: How to Teach Students to Study Smarter (not harder)

Presented by Dr Jane Genovese, director of Learning Fundamentals, an education consultancy that teaches students how to study smarter and achieve their personal best.

In this seminar Jane will show you various ways to engage students to get them excited about the science of learning and the psychology of motivation. Drawing on academic research, as well as her personal experience as a PhD student, Jane will share what she considers as essential study strategies and skills for both students and teachers, as well as parents. Also discussed will be a whole school approach to teaching study skills that is currently being trialled at two schools in the Perth metro area.

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Monday 12th June


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Managing the Classroom to Create an Effective Learning Environment

Presented by award winning teacher Guy Stapleton (winner of the 2015 WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of Year and a 2016 winner of ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards).

One of the most common reasons why teachers leave the profession in their first few years of teaching is difficulties with classroom management. In this seminar, Guy will share ideas, tools, and classroom management skills to meet the demands of managing today’s classroom. Guy will also demonstrate how prior planning before you step into the classroom, the use of classroom management techniques in class, and an interest in the student beyond the classroom enables teachers to effectively manage student behaviour.

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Monday 19th June


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

The International Baccalaureate in Australia: How to become and IB primary school.

Presented by Dr Marcia Behrenbruch, International Baccalaureate Regional Development and Recognition Manager for Australasia.

In this seminar Dr Behrenbruch will detail the impact of the International Baccalaureate program within primary schools, and outline how primary schools can become involved in delivering the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). She will also be addressing the questions:

•What is an IB Education?
•What is the process of becoming an IB school?
•What is the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum model?
•What does the research say about the impact of the PYP?
•Where is IB situated in context of the Australian National Curriculum and Western Australian state requirements?

Register here

Monday 26th June


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

What Schools Need to Know about Autism - A Personal Perspective

Presented by Rhona Bolger, registered home educator, early childhood education support teacher, and director of Alyssa’s Autism Acceptance Project.

In this seminar, Rhona will present information on common challenges faced by students on the autism spectrum, both inside and outside of the classroom, and will discuss effective ways for schools to support the individual needs of students, and their families within the school community. Rhona will also detail her own personal experience with sensory processing difficulties, and provide strategies that have been successful for both herself and her children. She will also give insight into the positive and negative experiences she has had with navigating the education system for her children, and provide guidance to educators on how to develop effective relationships with families.

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Monday 24th July


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Resilient Teachers, Resilient Schools: Building & sustaining quality in testing times

Presented by Dr Qing Gu, professor of education at the University of Nottingham, influential author and researcher, and current co-director of an Education Department of West Australia funded project on early career teachers’ resilience and effectiveness.

Understanding why and how many teachers are able to sustain their capacity to be resilient and continue to work for improvement is an important quality retention issue. Resilience in teachers is more than the ability to ‘bounce back’ in extreme adverse circumstances. Rather, what counts is ‘everyday resilience’ which enables them to respond positively to the unavoidable uncertainties inherent in their everyday professional lives and through this, sustain their commitment, wellbeing and effectiveness. In this seminar, Professor Gu will analyse what resilience is, why it matters, and how it may be built and nurtured in different organisational settings.

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Monday 3rd April


Room 3.024
Education & Humanities Building (bldg 450

Nurturing Creativity Through Music and Movement in Early Childhood Settings

Presented by Rebecca Jane Flanagan, experienced early childhood teacher, passionate children’s performer and dynamic educational facilitator.

In this seminar Rebecca will develop your musical confidence and give you ideas to engage young learners by integrating music and the arts into the learning space. You will be shown a range of ways to include music and movement in specific play and learning time, such as movement for mat time and transitions. Rebecca will use her repertoire of songs, action rhymes and finger plays from her musical audio resource, as well as a collection of props that complement and enhance a creative arts program easily and effectively. This creative training workshop will support your teaching programs by further enabling child centred creativity and multisensory experiences in the learning space and inspire you to eagerly take the ideas and put them into practice.
RSVP here

Friday April 21st

9am - 3.30pm

ECL Lecture Theatre 1,
Building 460,
Murdoch campus.


The Network Teach Technology in Education Conference will expose participants to interactive sessions based on using technology in the 21st Century classroom. Presenters will work through activities and explain how these can support teachers.

Presenters include:
Scitech: Technology Curriculum @ Scitech
Natalie Dowd: Useful classroom apps and how to use them effectively
Ashley Davis: STEM technology and practical uses
Steve Payne: Introducing the Computer Science Education Research (CSER) digital technologies program and activities
• Interactive whiteboard workshop

Register here


Tickets just $15 !!

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Monday 27th March


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)

Encouraging Recreational Reading to Improve School-wide Literacy

Presented by Murdoch School of Education lecturer and literacy researcher Dr Margaret Merga.

Now with the addition of the OLNA to the high-stakes testing stable in Western Australia, the importance of supporting children’s acquisition of sound literacy skills is arguably greater than ever. In this seminar, Margaret aims to provide straightforward take-away messages for schools looking to increase their students’ engagement in reading, and subsequently raise their literacy levels. Drawing upon her own extensive research into children’s reading habits, conducted both in Australia and internationally, Margaret will discuss how schools can effectively implement reading programs at school, and also how they can help support reading for pleasure as a habit at home. Regular reading for pleasure at home and school will be highlighted as playing a key role in developing and fostering literacy skills after children have learned to read.

Tuesday 14th March


Senate Suite room, Murdoch College Building (bldg 121)


To Leave or Not to Leave: Why students drop out of university and things we can do to help them

Presented by Dr. Marold Wosnitza, Professor of Education at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Murdoch University.

Universities all over the world are aiming to improve student retention, to not only increase the efficiency of higher education, but also reduce the dramatic personal and social costs related to drop out. University drop out is a complex function of both student factors and the institutional environment. Research about interventions to support students in this critical process will be presented.
Monday 13th March

4.30 - 5.30pm

Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450),

Why Creative Writing needs to be taught in high school, and the necessity of a divorce from English

Presented by Kevin Price, English teacher, novelist, and Murdoch PhD candidate.

In this presentation, Kevin will outline why Creative Writing needs to be taught in high schools, and why it might better serve school students, in their role as future participants of the creative economy, were it located outside of English and instead taught as a general capability and foundation component of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education. Creative Writing will be examined as an important practice to help foster students’ abilities to think for, and express themselves; developing effective skills in generating ideas, moulding ideas and articulating ideas. Hence, a creative writing practice can help to promote learning and understanding across the whole curriculum of sciences, arts and humanities.
Please email: Education Reception

Thursday February 23rd


ECL Building (bldg 460) postgrad suite level 2, room 2.031

Transformative Education Research Seminar

Inclusive & Values Based Education
Presented by prominent Nepali spiritual guru, Dr. Chintamani Yogi.

Dr. Yogi will focus on inclusion of values in present day students' learning needs, with an emphasis on creative and lateral thinking. He has had a long professional career as a thinker, a spiritual master, an educationist and a peace activist. He has written several books and is a winner of many national and international awards. The seminar will be facilitated by Professor Peter Taylor.

Professor Peter Taylor
Friday February 24th


Education & Humanities Building, room 2.015

School of Education Seminar Series

Values and values education in Nordic ECEC institutions

Presented by Adjunct professor Anette Emilson, Early Childhood Education, Linnaeus University Sweden.

Adjunct professor Anette Emilson will present a participatory action research project about values and values education in the Nordic countries. Experiences from the project design will be discussed as well as some main findings regarding significant values and new insights about values education

Laura Perry
Tuesday March 7th


Education & Humanities Building (building 450), level 3, room 3.001 (use car park 4)


Evidence for Learning: The Teaching & Learning Toolkit

Please join The Murdoch School of Education as we host special guest, Dr Tanya Vaughan, Associate Director of The Teaching & Learning Toolkit (The Toolkit) from Evidence for Learning, a non-profit organisation that aims to enable and support evidence-informed education practice in Australian schools. The Toolkit is a free, online summary of global education research that aims to:
• Support evidence-informed decision-making in Australian schools;
• Provide guidance for principals, school leaders and teachers on how to use their resources to improve educational outcomes for their students;
• Act as an introduction to educational research.

In this workshop, educators will be shown how The Toolkit synthesises research to estimate the average impact, cost and strength of the evidence of 34 different teaching and learning approaches. The Toolkit also allows for a focus on Australasian evidence, thanks to a recent upgrade through a collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Participants in this workshop will explore how they can use the approaches within the Toolkit to help address a challenge that they are facing at their school.

Click here to RSVP


Date Event Contact Details

Thursday December 8


Nash Room,

Club Murdoch

Lecture: How do Intermediaries Influence the Use of Research in Education Policymaking? Evidence from a five year, multi-site study in the US.

Presented by Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor Christopher Lubienski (Professor, University of Indiana).

The role of research evidence in public policymaking has never been as clear as researchers might hope. This is particularly true in education policymaking, where research evidence is often of questionable usefulness in policy decisions for a number of reasons. Nevertheless, an increasing number of interest groups and advocacy organizations are attempting to promote the use of particular research in the politicized context of education policymaking. Drawing on a five-year study of five major cities as well as the national level in the US, this lecture will consider some of the new interests, actors, and dynamics shaping research use. In addition to reporting findings, the lecture will highlight some of the weaknesses with current theoretical perspectives for understanding research use, and propose a novel framework for future research.

RSVP to Associate Professor Laura Perry

Monday December 5 10-12pm

Nash Room,

Club Murdoch

Workshop: Tips and Strategies for Developing an Impactful Research Career

Presented by Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor Christopher Lubienski (Professor, University of Indiana).

Drawing on more than 15 years as a university academic and educational researcher, Prof. Lubienski will share tips and strategies for developing your research career to make an impact on public, policy, and scholarly discussions. This workshop is relevant for researchers at all stages of career, from postgraduate students to tenured academics.

RSVP to Associate Professor Laura Perry

October 21-23

Kathmandu, Nepal

Transformative Education Research & Sustainable Development - 1st International Conference

Jointly presented by Kathmandu University & Murdoch University - School of Education

The goal of the conference is to share perspectives on transformative education research and practices, and to build collaboration amongst teachers and trainers, curriculum and community developers, and teacher educators and researchers, especially among (but not restricted to) those of former non-Western nations. Click here to read more.

Murdoch School of Education Professor Peter Charles Taylor is among the conference keynote speakers. Click here to view the full conference program.

Professor Peter Taylor
Friday October 28

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

School of Education Seminar Series

Learning Through Mulitmodal Communication

Presented by Ingela Trulsson-Sonnesjo and Lena Richert, lecturers in the departments of Music and Art, Linneaus University, Sweden.

How can we create active, dynamic environments and design processes that will support learning within the
preschool teacher training programme? An example of one project to reach this goal. Click here for more info.

Kayo Miyamoto
Friday November 4

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021
School of Education Seminar Series

The Politics of National Schooling Reform in Australia’s Federal System
Presented by Dr Glenn Savage, DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Education Policy, University of Melbourne.

Dr Savage will analyse the complex ways that national schooling reforms are evolving in Australia, with a particular focus on how state education departments and agencies are responding to reforms associated with the Australian Curriculum. Click here for more info.

Kayo Miyamoto
Wednesday November 9

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021
School of Education Seminar Series

Bourdieu and Education
Presented by Professor Michael Grenfell, Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Professor Grenfell will trace the main tenets of French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu and explore its potential value within the fields of educational research. Areas covered include language and classroom discourse, teacher education, literacy and Higher Education, all of which are located within Bourdieu's ‘theory of practice’. Click here for more info.

Dr Laura Perry

Wednesday November 9

Hill Lecture Theatre (Education & Humanities Bldg)


What We Know About Teacher Education: What Happens Next?
Presented by Professor Michael Grenfell, Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

In this seminar, Professor Grenfell will outline how and why the theory and practice of teacher education has been hotly debated in recent years , within a range of national contexts. The presentation will begin by setting teacher education within a broad field of educational research. Models of teacher education will then be addressed, along with their underlying principles and methods. Click here for more info.

Click here to register
Tuesday October 4th

Social Sciences Room 2.035

Next Steps: Graduating Murdoch Teaching

For education students who have completed their Final Professional Experience, an information session to assist you in the transition to employment. The specialist panel will help you understand the next steps as a Graduate Teacher. A free BBQ lunch will be provided following the formal session. Click here to register.

Featuring a panel of speakers, including:

  • Murdoch University’s Graduation Team
  • Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA)
  • Institute for Professional Learning (IPL)
  • Department of Education
  • State School Teachers Union of WA (SSTUWA).

Thursday October 6th


Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

Transformative Education Research Seminar

Rising Tension: Why creative writing needs to be taught in high school, and the necessity of a divorce from English
Presented by Kevin Price - secondary English teacher and Murdoch PhD candidate, undertaking research in in Creative Writing and STEAM education. Kevin has also taught creative writing in Western Australian schools between 2005 and 2015 to both primary and high school students.

Kevin will present a fictocritical analysis, as originally presented at the 2016 English Teachers Association (WA) conference in June 2016, to address why Creative Writing needs to be taught in high schools, and why it might better serve our students and future participants of the creative economy were it located outside of English and taught as a general capability, and a foundation component of STEAM education. Click here for more information.

Professor Peter Taylor

Friday October 7th


Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

School of Education Seminar Series

Anticipate the unanticipated - an overview of 6 months Research Service Leave
Presented by Associate Professor Caroline Mansfield

Focusing on major projects that occurred during this time, the presentation discusses key outcomes and the challenges in managing both the anticipated and unanticipated. With the luxury of time and space to think, write and collaborate, the critical role of RSP in furthering the research journey is highlighted.

Associate Professor Caroline Mansfield
Friday October 14th

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

School of Education Seminar Series

Teaching Out of Field - an international perspective
Presented by Professor Gunter Torner (University of Duisburg-Essen, and member of the Teaching Across Specializations (TAS) Collective, scholars conducting research into TOOF), and Dr Anne Price (Murdoch University School of Education).

Teaching Out of Field (TOOF), the practice of assigning teachers to teach subjects or year levels for which they are not formally qualified, is a common practice in schools in Western Australia and in many parts of the world. Despite its prevalence, it is rarely officially reported or even acknowledged. The existence of TOOF also poses several conundrums with the increasing regulation of teaching and teachers’ work through Teacher Professional Standards.

Dr Anne Price
Wednesday September 7th

Education & Humanities Bldg, Common Room 2.021

Transformative Education Research Seminar

Emergent, Transformative Aspects of Human Enquiry in Educational Research

Presented by Brian Fisher AM, this seminar will focus on transformative/emergent types of writing as represented in current Italian literature. Brian Fisher AM has had a long professional career as a psychologist, audiologist and educational administrator in the UK and later in WA. After retiring in 2004, Brian returned to study at University of Notre Dame and completed a degree in theology for which he received the Vice-Chancellor’s medal. Since then Brian has followed his interest in the Italian language, philosophy and topics related to our TERC group, of which he is an active member.
Professor Peter Taylor
Friday September 2nd

Education & Humanities Bldg, Common Room (2.021)

School of Education Seminar Series

Teachers as Readers: Do teachers model reading for pleasure?
Presented by School of Education lecturer Dr Margaret Merga.

Research suggests that influential social agents such as teachers can play an important role in fostering a keen love of reading for pleasure in children. However, classroom teachers may be so preoccupied with literacy skill acquisition that fostering of the will to read may receive limited consideration. Margaret's research seeks to explore whether teachers are perceived by their students to be readers, and as such, to examine if teachers are actively providing a valuable model for students.
Dr Margaret Merga

Thursday August 18th
9.30am to 12.30pm

Canning College, Marquis Street, Bentley

Working with Chinese Students, Institutions and Partners

A Professional Development seminar organised by the CISWA (Council for International Students of WA), focusing on working with students from a Chinese background, and also working with Chinese universities and educational authorities.

Presenters include:
Monday July 18th
8.45am - 3.45pm
Warnbro Schools Network Conference

Presentations & workshops by:
  • Gavin Grift: Collaborative Teams that Transform School
  • Meg Roche: Social Emotional Development in Young People
  • Tunya Petridis - children's consultant at Anglicare WA; Tim Thornton - lead school psychologist: An Introduction to Trauma
  • Grant O'Sullivan & Ben Calleja: Peer Observation
  • Deborah Pino-Pasternak - Murdoch School of Education lecturer and ARC research fellow: Promoting Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom
Kim Calabrese

Schools list:
Rockingham lakes Primary
Koorana Primary
Port Kennedy Primary
Endeavour Primary
Endeavour Ed Support Primary
Warnbro Community High School
Warnbro Ed Support High School
Warnbro Primary
Monday July 11th 4.00-5.30pm Mindfulness as a Way of Life: Maintaining Wellness Through Healthy Living

Please join the School of Education as we welcome Presidential Professor from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Kenneth Tobin, to present a seminar on mindfulness and wellness as components in a context of learning, and to explore how alternative knowledge frameworks, especially Jin Shin Jyutsu, can be used in studies of emotions, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness.

Tobin’s prior research interests have included the teaching and learning of science in urban schools, which involve mainly African American students living in conditions of poverty. The methodology he employs includes research practices that cohere with theories from cultural sociology, the sociology of emotions and activity theory.
Dr Caroline Mansfield
Friday July 1st
Dubai - Where East Meets West:
Reflections on international education from the perspective of expatriate teachers in the UAE

Presented by Claire Macrae, Murdoch Dubai School of Education lecturer & programme coordinator.

Claire Macrae has been teaching and co-ordinating the Murdoch Master of Education (Coursework) programme in Dubai for the past five years. In this seminar Claire will discuss the unique characteristics of the current educational context in Dubai, and will highlight the unique contribution Murdoch Dubai has to offer our work in this Transnational Education (TNE) space. Various challenges and opportunities for both teachers and students will also be discussed.
Claire Macrae
Thursday June 30th 10.30am-12pm Agriculture in Education

This session covers curriculum resources that support a food and agriculture context for learning. This session is relevant to ALL teachers in Primary and Secondary Education Science teachers, as well as those interested in teaching in rural locations or in agricultural education.
Education Student Advisors
Thursday June 30th
Maths Tracker (part of Professional Learning Week seminars for students)

Join the School of Education at Murdoch and teachers from Huntingdale Primary School, one of our partnership schools as we learn about a new initiative in tracking and monitoring student achievement, currently being taken up by many Western Australian public schools. The Maths Tracker is linked to the WA Curriculum: Mathematics This tool can also be adapted to assist with planning and programming. It is currently being used by many of our WA schools and has recently won a public service award. You can find out more about it by going to the Huntingdale PS website

Education Student Advisors
Wednesday June 29th
9.00-12pm OR 1.00-4.00pm
Classroom Management Strategies: Part 2 - Professional Learning Week seminars for students

**Please note: you are required to have undertaken CMS Part 1 prior to attending this workshop**

Click here for more information.
Education Student Advisors
Tuesday June 28th
Internships 2017 - Professional Learning Week seminars for students

Join the Professional Experience office to learn more about the 2017 Internships on offer through the School of Education. Additionally, a representative from the Department of Education will be sharing information on some of the very interesting rural placements which are available (for 3rd year and final year students). Application forms for the 2017 Internship program will be made available at the session for students to collect and complete.

This session is ideal for students considering an internship in 2017, but will also be very useful for students earlier in their teaching degree who are interested to learn more about the value of an internship or rural/remote placements. You will also have the opportunity to hear from current Interns about their experiences. Why not take the time to listen to what schools, teachers and the interns themselves have to say here?
Professional Experience
Tuesday June 28th
Principal's Talk: How to get noticed BEFORE you graduate !

Murdoch's School of Education is proud to host a panel of WA Principals who will be sharing their advice and experiences with initial teacher education students. Q & A session will also be offered, so that students can learn from principals about what they look for in prac students and in graduate teachers. NOTE: Students unable to attend this event, will have the opportunity to listen to the event via recording post event.
Education Student Advisors
Friday June 3rd 8.30-3.00pm Riverton Rossmoyne Schools Network Conference

Keynote address by clinical psychologist and learning specialist, Andrew Fuller. Andrew works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne, and author of eighteen books.
Syd Parke
Friday June 3rd
Games, Simulations and Virtual Reality in Adult Learning

Presented by Dr Hanna Teras, School of Education lecturer.

Hanna’s presentation will provide an overview of current research in the use of emerging digital technologies to develop learning environments for adult learners. Hanna presents some key outcomes of a recently completed OLT project (NDiVE) that investigated the use of virtual reality and 3D technologies for professional learning. She will discuss lessons learned so far, her current research in the area of pedagogy of game-based learning, and her and her team’s plans for further research.
Dr Hanna Teras
Wednesday May 25th
Mature Age and Alternative Pathways Undergraduate Information Evening

Includes alternative (ie non-school leaver) pathways into the School of Education. Staff will be on hand to answer course enquiries, questions on admission and application requirements, as well as support services.
Monday May 23rd

Working Mindfully: Harnessing the Mind's Potential at Work

Please join The Murdoch School of Education as we host special guest, Rasmus Hougaard, founder and managing director of The Potential Project (the leading international provider of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training) and author of the book One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness. In his presentation, Rasmus will share scientific findings regarding how the brain works, and discuss the challenges to being present in the ‘PAID’ reality of today’s workplace (Pressured; Always on; Information overload; and Distracted).

Dr Caroline Mansfield
May 16th
4.30pm - 7.30pm

Promoting Human Rights in Australian Educational Communities for People of Diverse Genders and Sexualities

Symposium by The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, in partnership with Murdoch University, featuring keynote speakers The Hon. Dr Michael Kirby, and Dr Michelle Blanchard (Young and Well CRC). Q&A hosted by Victoria Laurie (The Australian newspaper), with expert panellists:
  • Prof Baden Offord & Dr Haruhisa (Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University)
  • Assoc Prof Wendy Cumming-Potvin (Chief Investigator Young and Well CRC, School of Education, Murdoch Univeristy)
  • Dani Wright Toussaint (Freedom Centre Coordinator - Young and Well CRC)
  • William Knox (ALLY training facilitator & Student Advisor - School of Education, Murdoch University)
  • Olivia Knowles (Safe Schools Coalition WA).
Dr Jane Pearce
May 16th - 20th
(1 week intensive)

SWITCH Mathematics - Year 11 Mathematics Methods

The intensive one-week course is suitable for teachers who intend to take the first steps towards teaching senior secondary mathematics. The training is funded by the Department of Education.
Dr Kai Fai Ho
April 8th

Authentic Online Community of Learning Model

Presented by Dr Jenni Parker, School of Education lecturer

Jenni’s presentation will provide an overview of the theory and research that underpins the authentic online community of learning (AoCoL) model. The model and guiding principles were developed as a result of her doctoral study that investigated how to construct more interactive, engaging and student-centred online learning environments that promote key learning skills and encourage self-directed learning.
Dr Jenni Parker
March 7th-11th Careers Week: Speed Interviewing with Department of Education
Ph: 9360 2596
January 27th Teaching Physics - Skills Development Day Dr Chris Creagh
January 14th-15th Artist in Residence (AIR) Summer School
Exploring partnerships between Teaching Artists and Primary Teacher Education students
Robin Pascoe
January 11th-15th Mentoring (short course and/or for advanced standing towards the Masters of Education) Dr Judy MacCallum

March 29th
Hill Lecture Theatre
Panel Session: Jobs in Teaching
Hear from different teaching employers about what schools look for in graduate teachers
School of Education Student Advisors,

March 29th
Hill Lecture Theatre
Teachers Talk: What they WISH they knew before starting
Hear from recent education graduates, plus a presentation from SSTUWA
School of Education Student Advisors,
March 30th OR
Thursday 31st March

9 - 12pm OR 1-4pm

Classroom Management Strategies: Part 1
Tips and advice on how to reduce unproductive social behaviour in the school classroom

(useful for students with upcoming school experience placement units !)

School of Education Student Advisors,
March 30th OR
Thursday 31st March
Money Smart Teaching
Financial literacy education program for teachers of primary and secondary students
School of Education Student Advisors,
1st April
Careers Masterclass - information for high school teachers & career counsellors

Dr Suzy Green, positivity psychology expert, on how to best support senior high school students when planning career development (8.30-10.30am)
Principal Economist for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Matthew Sargeant, presenting the latest on the future job outlook in WA
Information on Murdoch's courses, admission requirements, alternative pathways & scholarships
Comprehensive resource pack for use with secondary students.
Careers & Employment Centre