MAV17 Conference - Achieving Excellence in M.A.T.H.S. 7-8 December 2017. May e-alert

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MAV 17 Conference


Call for Options is now open!

Call for Options has been open for a few weeks and we have had a great response.

Don’t delay in sharing your experiences and knowledge with your colleagues.

Call for Options close 30 June 2017.

This year we are asking for submissions from education experts who want to join us in exploring the question, ‘What does excellence look like?’


There are five themes:

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Developing growth mindsets in the classroom, amongst educators, and at a school and policy level. Identifying best practice across these sectors to support students to have a healthy approach to learning mathematics. Promoting that maths is fun and that everyone can do it, and valuing mathematics in society.



An integral part of teaching and learning.  Providing opportunities and tools for educators to identify areas of strength and weakness and to diagnose common misunderstandings.  Investigating NAPLAN and other standardised testing, and how it can help inform local practice and policy.



Targeted approaches to create and embed deeper understanding by developing new pedagogy and exploring comprehensive resources to equip educators on all aspects of the mathematics curriculum. Using diagnostic tools to deliver personalised learning experiences and content to students.

 Hands On


Innovation in online learning, technology and STEM. Interactive educational games, engaging and rich tasks, online learning, and activities for learning enhancement. Focussing on 21st century skills and capabilities including problem solving, mathematical communication, creativity, innovation and critical thinking. Purpose, place and role of models and modelling in mathematics.  Investigate pedagogy in the classroom and how modelling can be used to help students learn.

 Shifting the Narrative

Shifting the Narrative

Move away from 'how bad the results are' and capitalise on what is working well in Victorian schools. Working collectively to improve student achievement through evidence- based approaches at all levels of the system: teachers, schools, school leadership, government, parents and students. Working in learning partnerships.

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More Keynote Presenters Confirmed

We are pleased to confirm the following presenters will join Dan Finkel (Sponsored by Maths Pathway), Professor David Clarke and Carmel Mesiti.

Catherine AttardCatherine Attard

Catherine is an Associate Professor in primary mathematics education and Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Western Sydney University. Her PhD research was focused on engagement with mathematics and issues surrounding the teaching practices that influence students’ engagement. Catherine’s more recent research has explored the effective use of mobile technologies to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Other research projects that Catherine has been involved with include the ‘Fair Go Bridges’ project, exploring the engaging pedagogies of exemplary teachers in greater western Sydney schools.  Catherine’s passion is teaching. She has won several national teaching awards, including a 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Teaching Excellence Award. She regularly presents workshops and keynotes nationally and internationally, is a past President of the Mathematical Association of New South Wales and current Secretary of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Catherine has published several teaching resource books as well as a mathematics board game, Mabble.

Amy MacDonaldAmy MacDonald

Dr Amy MacDonald is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Mathematics Education in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga, Australia. Her research focuses on the mathematics experiences and education of children in Birth to Five Education settings, and the mathematics professional learning of the educators who work with these young children. Amy coordinates the early childhood mathematics education subjects in the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) program at CSU, and in 2014 she was awarded an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching 'Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' for her approaches to mathematics education.

David ToutDave Tout

Dave is Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy and Mathematics, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is an experienced numeracy and mathematics educator who is particularly interested in making mathematics relevant, interesting and fun for all students especially those students disengaged from mathematics. He has worked in a range of programs in schools, TAFE, ACE, University and industry. He has written a wide range of numeracy teaching, curriculum, assessment and PD materials. Dave has had major responsibility for the numeracy domain of a number of curriculum including the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), the Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA), VCAL and Foundation Mathematics in VCE. Dave has also been involved in the development and writing of the numeracy and maths assessments in the OECD’s Programme in Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Ross TurnerRoss Turner, Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Global Education Monitoring, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Ross has been a maths education junkie for 45 years. He has been employed as a maths teacher, maths methods tutor, school coordinator, curriculum developer, assessment designer and administrator, researcher and research manager.

He managed the mathematics domain for the OECD’s PISA survey for several PISA survey cycles; and has recently developed a description of mathematical growth for use in the international development context. He leads Australia’s involvement in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge. He has written and presented extensively on various aspects of maths education, his abiding professional interest.

For details of all Keynote presenters click here.

Early bird registration is now open!

Not only do you get the early bird rate, be the first to select your sessions before the program is released!

The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites you to participate in its annual conference; MAV17: Achieving excellence in M.A.T.H.S.

Join us in exploring the question, ‘What does excellence look like?’

Results have indicated that Australia’s international standing in Mathematics is slipping, a problem that all parties need to address. We need to consider the results, and more importantly share what is really working well in Victorian schools. Victorian schools continue to perform above the OECD average and at the upper end of results across Australia.

The MAV is dedicated to the improvement of mathematics education and at this year’s annual conference delegates will investigate the most effective approaches, tools and new technology, that education professionals can use to improve student learning outcomes.

At MAV17, learn first-hand about the latest developments in mathematics education and be inspired by the wide-range of sessions available. Network with primary, secondary and tertiary teachers; teacher educators, researchers and academics; resource providers and representatives from government and other education bodies.

Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity at MAV17 to share and discuss excellence in maths while making social and professional connections in a dynamic environment.

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Exhibition space nearly sold out!

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We have had a great response for the MAV17 exhibition with over 55% of exhibition space sold. Don’t delay in securing your exhibition space!

The MAV17 exhibition is an integral part of the conference and provides a great opportunity for you to showcase your products and services in a face-to-face environment. The MAV encourages delegates to visit all exhibition booths to discuss products and services that are available to meet their needs.

This year there will be further opportunities for delegates to interact with exhibitors with both lunch sessions moving to the exhibition area.

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Book an exhibition space today by downloading the Conference Exhibitor Prospectus.



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