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KEYNOTE
Associate Professor Mary Oliver 
University of Nottingham UK

Mary has a great understanding of Cognitive Acceleration in the Australian context having been one of the lead researchers in Perth on the Thinking Science Australia project.








 
Tim Smith
Cognitive Architecture, QLD

Tim has been working with Cognitive Acceleration since 2002.  He has established the program in a number of schools in the UK and Australia and now co-ordinates Thinking Science in QLD

 

 

Sonia Hueppauff
University of Western Australia & Just Think Education, WA

Sonia is the science teacher in residence at UWA where Thinking Science is based.  She facilitates Thinking Science professional development for teachers, visits schools to demonstrate lessons or observe teachers and provide feedback, and in general coordinates Thinking Science in Western Australia.

Dr Lorraine McCormack
Brunel University & Let's Think Forum, UK

Lorraine was awarded a PhD in 2009 on her work on the study of the cognitive development levels of pre- and post- second level transfer students. She researched the effect of the CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) on students’ cognitive development and academic attainment. Lorraine became a Council Member of the Let’s Think Forum in 2012 and is part of the team working on the EEF funded project entitled “Let’s Think Secondary Science”. She is also an Organising Committee Member of the European Science on Stage Festival 2015.

Ant Meczes
Perth Modern School, WA

Ant is Head of Science at Perth Modern School.  With experience of Thinking Science in the UK and Australia, Ant will be showing us how Cognitive Acceleration techniques can be used across the curriculum.
 
  Nathan Curnow
John Curtin College of the Arts, WA

As well as teaching  and leading Thinking Science, Nathan is currently studying student and teacher perceptions of construction zone activity within the Thinking Science Australia program.  Nathan has been a coordinator of Thinking Science Australia for 5 and a half years across two schools and is currently completing a Masters of Education which focuses on the Thinking Science Australia Program.
 
  Heath Dullard
Ellenbrook Secondary College, WA

Heath will guide us through some of the specific pedagogies associated with Thinking Science.  He has co-authored articles with Mary Oliver which have been published in Teaching Science, the Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association.
 
Amanda Tocci
RIP IT UP Reading, University of Newcastle, NSW

Amanda will examine the research in the development of a reading intervention program based on Working Memory Theory and Cognitive Load Theory. Her presentation will explicitly highlight the theories behind the intervention and the importance of cognition in the development of reading intervention programs.
 
Jenny Gollan
Mount Alvernia College, QLD

Jenny has been a key leader and trainer in Queensland over the last four years.  She has delivered training at both the 2013 and 2014 conferences and has been involved in teaching the program as well.
Jenny will be running a number of sessions from the ESSENTIALS training course for teachers who are just starting out in Thinking Science.
 
  Maria Biddle
Perth Modern School, WA
 
  Neil Gordon
Chancellor State High School, QLD

Neil is co-ordinator of 'CASE on the Coast' where he supports schools and tertiary institutions in the implementation and delivery of Thinking Science.  He has experience of Cognitive Acceleration in both the UK and Australia.

In 2014 Neil was awarded the prestigious Peter Doherty Award for Outstanding Teaching of Science.

An inspirational and dedicated leader in science education, Neil was recently invited to be a panellist at the Life Sciences QLD Expo in Brisbane.  In addition to his role of support officer for ‘CASE on the Coast’, he is also collaborating with colleagues on projects in NSW and Victoria!
 
Dr Adrian Bertolini
Intuyu Consulting, VIC

Dr Adrian Bertolini is the Founder & Director of Learning of Intuyu Consulting. He is one of Australia's foremost thought leaders on practical and real education that empowers and develops resilient, self-regulated learners. Whilst his journey began as an engineer and Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University, Adrian has worked across Australia, with students and teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary environments, to create authentic learning environments and experiences.
 
Mike Lloyd
clwb.org, UK & Brazil

Entrepreneur, and education technology leader, Mike Lloyd’s passion is to help make schooling systems more effective through the use of technology. He has assisted organisations in over 30 countries to develop solutions that meet the needs of modernised schooling systems.

He recently wrote “Schooling at the Speed of Thought” based on over 20 years’ experience in education technology. Previous publications include “National Grid for Learning, a School Plan” and “Fresh Approaches to Funding ICT”.
 
Ellen Grant
The Ipswish State High School, QLD

Ellen is subject co-ordinator at Ipswich State High School and has been implementing Thinking Science for three years.  She has successfully shown how lessons can be differentiated for varying ability levels in the science classroom.  Ellen is currently completing her Masters degree and will be showing us how to use data to inform progress in Thinking Science. 
Ellen was a national finalist in the 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.


 

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