Conference Information

We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated A Matter of Translation conference, presented by the A Learner’s Toolkit (ALT), an initiative of the renowned Churchie Research Centre. At Churchie (in East Brisbane with free parking and close to public transport), this conference aligns with the Queensland School’s Student-Free Day for Confirmation (Friday 1st of September), making it an ideal opportunity for teachers to engage in professional development.

A Matter of Translation is not your typical conference; it removes the significant financial barriers often faced by teachers and schools to engage in impactful professional development and encourages teachers from all locations, schools and systems to attend. Whether you are a preservice teacher or an experienced educator from a Partner or non-Partner school, this event is open to any teacher, anywhere.

In 2023, A Matter of Translation offers three distinct streams that cater to the diverse needs of educators:

  1. Practises and techniques for behaviour management: Discover innovative strategies and practical approaches to effectively manage classroom dynamics and foster a positive learning environment.
  2. Implementing the Science of Learning (SoL) in the classroom: Uncover the latest research and evidence-based techniques that optimize student engagement, memory retention, and overall learning outcomes.
  3. Instructional coaching: Gain valuable insights into the art of instructional coaching, empowering you to guide and support fellow educators in their professional growth and development.

A Matter of Translation is a non-profit event designed to be accessible and affordable. All proceeds are dedicated to expanding the Churchie Narragunawali Reconciliation in Education (RAP) project.

Registration fees for this remarkable conference are as follows:

  • University students/Pre-service teachers: $25
  • Teachers from Partner Schools: $50
  • Teachers from Non-Partner Schools: $150
  • Confirmed Workshop Presenters: Free

Mark your calendars! Registration for A Matter of Translation will be live at the beginning of Term 3. Don’t miss out on this exceptional chance to network, learn, and be part of a vibrant community of educators committed to enhancing their teaching practices.

Announcing our Keynote Speakers

We have two exceptional keynote speakers for A Matter of Translation this year, Dr Tim McDonald and Dr Greg Ashman.

The day will commence with a keynote from Dr McDonald, the Chief Executive Officer at YMCA WA. He is one of Australia’s leading Classroom Management experts and was the author of the influential publication “Classroom Management (Oxford University Press, 2019)”. Dr McDonald is the subject matter expert on the Engaged Classrooms Initiative announced by the Federal Minister of Education, the Hon. Jason Clare. The Engaged Classrooms initiative will develop tools to support teachers in effectively managing classrooms.

The day will conclude with a keynote from Teacher, Writer, Researcher, PhD in Instructional Design, and Part-time Professor, Dr Ashman. He is a strong advocate of evidence-informed practice and has been instrumental in debunking misconceptions and promoting clarity in the field of education. His critical voice and valuable contributions to Australia’s Teaching and Learning conversation have made him a respected figure here and abroad. Dr Ashman is currently the Deputy Principal at Ballarat Clarendon College and recently completed his PhD at the UNSW with Professor John Sweller.

Call for Workshop Presenters

We invite teachers to express interest in presenting a session on either conference theme. The sessions can be from either primary or secondary school, and they can cover any subject. The Churchie Research Centre will cover the registration price for the presenter/s as a token of gratitude for sharing their practice.

Expressions of Interest for presentations close on Tuesday, August 1st. If you would like to present your practice, please complete the Expression of Interest form below—speakers will be notified via email whether they have been accepted to give or not. The final speaker schedule will be released on Friday, August 4th