The A Learner’s Toolkit (ALT) program, an initiative of the Churchie Research Centre, is excited to invite teachers to attend our first TeachMeet for 2023. This professional learning opportunity is accessible to any teacher at any school for free and will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm.  Please click the Registrations for the TeachMeet link to join us.

We are pleased to announce that one of the ALT Critical Friends, Dr Tom Perry (an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, UK), is a confirmed speaker on the program. Dr Perry’s session will focus on the challenges faced in translating theory from the lab to classroom practice in the context of the Science of Learning (SoL) and broader cognitive psychology and science fields.

In addition to Dr Perry’s session, a broader program will have classroom teachers and leaders from our growing Partner School network (now 23 schools internationally) sharing how they apply the SoL in their daily practice. The workshops will present classroom-focused exemplars of the implementation of strategies such as spaced practice, retrieval practice, dual coding, or others underpinned by theories from the SoL. The program includes

  • Amy Markham (from The Glennie School, QLD) discusses the Glennie’s Mathematics Faculty’s evaluation of guided retrieval sheets within our practice and the impact on student academic results in Senior Mathematics.
  • Scott Francis and Mathew Stein (from The Lakes College, QLD) will unpack an action research project into secondary school student perspectives on the influence of an intentional study culture on their academic performance and outcomes.
  • Rebecca Birch and Emma Macey (from Queenwood, NSW) will share the change management frameworks and practices that have supported them in developing a professional learning community of teacher experts within their StudySmart initiative (with The Evidence Institute at AISNSW and the School of Education at UNSW).
  • Ashton Murphy and Steven Taylor (from Churchie, QLD) will share the development, evaluation and refinement of the ALT preparatory habits, learner behaviour and study strategies program that trains students with behaviours, habits and strategies to be lifelong learners.

The ALT team looks forward to you joining us on the 23rd May. During the TeachMeet we will launch our first ALT face-to-face conference at Churchie on Friday, 1st September.