The Science of Learning: Education with the brain in mind

Friday 2nd August 2019

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How does knowing how people learn enhance your ability to teach them?
How do we effectively merge the science of the brain with the highly skilled and complex profession of teaching to deliver improved learning outcomes for students?
How do teachers harness the theory of neuroscience and translate it into practical, outcomes focused teaching strategies and methods?
Why is tihs setnecne so easy to raed – and waht deos tihs sgugset abuot laerning?

The Science of Learning: Education with the Brain in Mind is a conference that will allow you to explore how you can (and can’t) use the Science of Learning and how you can meaningfully translate this knowledge into effective practices to your unique context, classroom, and students.

This one day conference includes morning tea & lunch.

The Science of Learning: Education with the Brain in Mind Conference will contribute 6 hours of PD addressing the standards as listed from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Teacher registration in Victoria. 
This conference will support professional learning in the following Australian Professional Learning Standards for Teachers:
  • 3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or learning sequences that engage learners and promote learning.
  • 3.6 Evaluate personal teaching and learning programs using evidence, including feedback and assessment, data from learners, to inform planning.
  • 5.1 Assess Student learning
  • 5.2 Provide Feedback to students on learning
  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
  • 6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Expert Presenters

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath is a neuroscientist, educator and author. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally. He currently serves as Director of The Science of Learning Group: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioural research to teachers, students and parents alike.

Bronwyn Ryrie Jones

Bronwyn is a Lecturer and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Melbourne (Graduate School of Education), where she specialises in clinical teaching and developmental assessment.

Dr Sarah McKay

Sarah is an increasingly influential brain health commentator, neuroscientist, TEDx speaker and TV presenter who specialises in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity, mental health and wellbeing. She completed a MSc and D.Phil in neuroscience at Oxford.

Luke Mandouit

Luke has previously worked for over 15 years as a teacher and school leader in the Victorian Government Secondary system. He is currently a Research Fellow for the Science of Learning Centre (SOLC) at the University of Melbourne, the co-director of the SOLC Partnership Initiative, and teaches in a range of Masters programs with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Dr Sean Kang

Sean is a cognitive psychologist whose research focuses on applying the cognitive science of human learning and memory towards improving instructional practice. After obtaining his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, before becoming an assistant professor of education at Dartmouth College (USA). He recently took up a new position as Senior Lecturer in the Science of Learning at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Gregory Donoghue

Gregory Donoghue is a former Victoria Police detective with over 25 years experiencing working with abused and disadvantaged children.  He now lectures at the University of Melbourne, and most recently, completed a PhD under John Hattie where he investigated the most effective learning strategies that are known to enhance human learning and wellbeing.

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Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way: Insights into the motivated brain – Dr Sarah McKay, Neuroscientist /Author of the Women’s Brain Book: LINK

Applying Cognitive Science Principles to Promote Durable and Efficient Learning – Dr Sean Kang (Dartmouth University/University of Melbourne): LINK

Feedback for Deep Level Learning – Luke Mandouit – University of Melbourne: LINK