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Keynote Speakers

A dynamic program is currently being developed designed to explore the theme of Achieving excellence in M.A.T.H.S.  The MAV is pleased to confirm the following Keynote speakers including an international speaker of high regard:

Dan FinkelKeynote Sponsor - Maths PathwaysDan Finkel

Dan Finkel is the Founder and Director of Operations of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. A teacher of teachers and students, Dan works with schools, develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education.

Dan is one of the creators of Prime Climb, the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game, and of Tiny Polka Dot, the number-loving learning game for children. He is also co-architect of Seattle Public School's Summer Staircase math program, and hosts the annual Julia Robinson Math Festival in Seattle. You can see Dan's work, including his TEDx Talk "Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching," at mathforlove.com.  

Catherine AttardKeynote Sponsor Nelson CengageCatherine 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.

David ButlerDr David Butler

Dr David Butler is the coordinator of the Maths Learning Centre (MLC) at the University of Adelaide. He helps hundreds of students every year to learn and love maths wherever they meet it. Before joining the MLC nine years ago, David completed a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences with honours, a Graduate Diploma in Education, two years of teaching in high schools and a PhD in Finite Geometry.

David believes that it is not good enough to simply help people cope with the maths they are made to learn, but that maths should also be a joyful and empowering experience for all people.

Professor David ClarkeProfessor David Clarke

Professor David Clarke is Director of the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) at the University of Melbourne. Over the last twenty years, his research activity has centered on capturing the complexity of classroom practice through a program of international video-based classroom research in more than 20 countries. Other significant research has addressed teacher professional learning, metacognition, problem-based learning, assessment, multi-theoretic research designs, cross-cultural analyses, curricular alignment, and the challenge of research synthesis in education.

Professor Clarke has written books on assessment and on classroom research and has published his research work in around 200 book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings papers. The establishment of the Science of Learning Research Classroom at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2015 provides Professor Clarke with access to new levels of detail and experimental precision for his classroom research.

Norman DoNorm Do

Norm is, first and foremost, a self-confessed maths geek! He is currently a Lecturer and ARC Research Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University. He spends his time there playing with strange shapes, counting interesting objects, and wondering what might be true. (His three-year-old son probably does very much the same thing at kindergarten!)

Norm is heavily involved in mathematics enrichment for school students, chairing the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Problems Committee and lecturing at the National Mathematics Summer School. His contributions in education have been recognised by a B. H. Neumann Award for “significant contribution to the enrichment of mathematics learning in Australia” and an Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for “outstanding contributions to student learning”.

Hayley DureauHayley Dureau

Hayley Dureau has been a member of the teaching staff at Mount Waverley Secondary College since 2009. She is currently the Leading Teacher: Head of Student Voice. Hayley has been recognised at state and national levels as a passionate and forward-thinking mathematics teacher and educational leader. Passionate about enhancing student learning by improving relationships between staff and students, Hayley introduced the ‘Teach the Teacher’ program at Mount Waverley Secondary College, giving students the opportunity to provide professional learning for staff, drive elements the school’s strategic plan, and design feedback tools which teachers use regularly, allowing students to provide feedback and discuss their learning with their teachers. Hayley has presented to pre-service Mathematics teachers at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University and, as a National Texas Instruments Teacher Trainer, she has presented at various Mathematics conferences including the Mathematical Associations of Victoria and Western Australia conferences and at the 2015 T3IC conference in Dallas, Fort Worth USA.

Hayley’s experience and achievement excellence has been recognised in numerous forums.

In 2015 she won the VicSRC Teacher Advisor Award and in 2016 won the Victorian Department of Education Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award, allowing her to travel to the USA to undertake studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While in America she presented to the Student Voice conference at the University of Vermont.

Hayley was further recognised in 2017 with the International Specialised Skills, George Alexander Fellowship to undertake applied research in the area of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teaching, and Student Voice in Denmark.

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson

Sarah has been teaching in primary schools for about 15 years as a classroom teacher and in mathematics leadership roles. She completed her Masters in Early Numeracy in 2006 and her doctorate focusing on scaffolding and low attaining mathematics students in 2011.

Sarah teaches Prep three days a week and teaches pre-service teachers at ACU on-line.

She is currently the editor of Prime Number magazine. 

Sarah HopkinsSarah Hopkins

Sarah is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and has many years of experience in primary and secondary teacher education. Prior to work in universities, she was a secondary teacher of mathematics.
Sarah has held a long-term interest in research that will help address Australia’s ‘long tail’ of underachievement in mathematics.

While many efforts to shrink the tail are focused on interventions to remediate poor proficiency with basic skills once students have already fallen behind, Sarah’s research is focused on how classroom-based teaching practice can be targeted to address individual patterns of difficulty before children fall behind. She is currently investigating the role confidence plays in the development of retrieval-based strategies and how number fluency can be taught using cognitively-demanding tasks.

Trish JelbartTrish Jelbart

Trish Jelbart is currently a Mathematics Education Developer at Victoria University, working with lecturers to assist with making the maths in various courses more accessible for students, to help improve students' mindset toward Maths and use various innovative strategies and technologies to assist the students, as well as providing workshops, lectures and individual assistance to students.

She also teaches basic mathematics and nursing calculations in a preparatory course for nurses and paramedics.

Previously Trish worked as a maths educator in primary and secondary schools and most recently as Project Officer for STEM Strategic Directions for the University.

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.

Nicole MerlichNicole Merlich

Nicole is an Academic Support Lecturer at Victoria University, working with first year students and instructors.  She has held a similar role for the past 9 years, including working with TAFE students in various trades, where quite often the students are technically able, but the mathematical requirements of their course provides a significant Mindset barrier. 

The primary focus of her current role is to assist students to improve their understanding of mathematical concepts via various face-to-face support sessions as well as developing online materials which are available within the learning management system.

Carmel MesitiCarmel Mesiti

Carmel Mesiti is Centre Coordinator of the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) at the University of Melbourne. She has been involved in Education for over 20 years. She is project manager of the Lexicon Project and a research member of the Australian team. Her research interests have included lesson structure, lesson beginnings, mathematical tasks and more recently, as part of her doctoral work, the nature of differences in the pedagogical lexicons of education communities internationally.

Carmel began her career in government schools as a secondary school mathematics teacher and held leadership positions including year level coordinator and mathematics faculty coordinator.

David ToutKeynote Sponsor ACERDave 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 TurnerKeynote Sponsor ACERRoss 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.

Annual Sponsors

 Campridge University Press

Texas Instruments