Authentic Inclusion in Schools: a DSV Education Conference

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Join us for this essential professional development conference and learn practical ways to create the foundations for genuine inclusion at your primary or secondary school.

Save the date for DSV’s biennial Education Conference for teachers and educators, Authentic Inclusion in Schools. The conference will present a range of practical strategies from a series of leaders in the education sector, supporting educators to better include and engage all students, creating genuine and meaningful inclusion in schools.

Date

Date: Monday 4 March 2024

Location

Australian Education Union (AEU)

126 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford VIC 3067

We are thrilled to announce that we have confirmed Professor Sue Buckley as our Keynote Speaker for this event.

Sue is currently Director of Science and Research at Down Syndrome Education International and Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disability at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She is a psychologist and a leading expert in education and development for young people with Down syndrome. Her keynote presentation will focus on teaching children with Down syndrome to read and how this benefits both language and cognition.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information. 

Speakers:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Sue Buckley

Director of Science and Research at Down Syndrome Education International and Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disability at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Sue Buckley is currently Director of Science and Research at Down Syndrome Education International and Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disability at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Sue is a psychologist and a leading expert in education and development for young people with Down syndrome. Sue began research examining early reading instruction for children with Down syndrome in 1980 and founded Down Syndrome Education International in 1986. Her research and contributions to the lives of young people with Down syndrome has been widely recognised through numerous awards.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr Rhonda Faragher

Associate Professor in Inclusive Education and Diversity in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.

Dr Rhonda Faragher AO is director of the Down Syndrome Research Program at the University of Queensland where she is Associate Professor of Inclusion and Diversity in the School of Education. With a background as a secondary mathematics teacher, and mother of an adult daughter with Down syndrome, she has a particular focus on helping all learners to be successful with their education. 

She has internationally recognised expertise in the mathematics education of learners with Down syndrome. In her research and teaching, she works to improve the educational outcomes of students who have difficulties learning mathematics, for whatever reason, including through educational disadvantage. Beyond mathematics education, she has expertise in inclusive education in a range of contexts, including secondary classrooms.

Tommy Quick

Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Speaker.

Tommy experienced a stroke at age 12 and has since been on a journey to raise money for stroke survivors and stroke awareness. Tommy has been on many an adventure, including walking the Kokoda Trail and riding his bike to the four points of Australia on his mission to increase understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. His passion for inclusion arose from his struggles to fit back into school after his stroke. He is going to tell our audience of education professionals why it is important to include everyone!

Tommy is a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a speaker and a wannabe actor!

More speakers to be announced soon!

Attendance at this conference can contribute to your VIT professional development.
 

For more information phone 9486 9600 or email education@dsav.asn.au.

With grateful thanks to our supporters:

Major Partner: Department of Education and Training