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Conference Programme
FRIDAY, 21 September, 2007
8:00 am – 8:45 am 8:45 am – 9.15 am 9:15 am – 10:30 am 10:30 am – 11:00 am 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

2007 Assess and Assist Conference, Brisbane Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5

Primary (1) Room 1 Primary (2) Room 3 Primary (3) Room 4 Secondary Room 5 Mixed (Day 1 only) Room 2

Opening Address Speaker (Minister for Education, Queensland) Hon. Rod Welford MP Keynote Address: Ken Rowe, (Main Presentation Area) ASSESS and ASSIST: Capacity Building For ALL Teachers Of Students With And Without Learning Difficulties Morning Tea The Assessment Of Reading Comprehension Difficulties For Reading Intervention – Dr Gary Woolley Spelling: General Information Regarding The Acquisition Of Spelling And Its Support Of Reading – Ann Foster Mental Computation: Assessing Student Thinking To Assist In Expanding The Repertoire Of Strategies Used – Janeen Lamb Lunch Break Computer Based Learning – How Computer Software Can Assist Children With Learning Difficulties – Samantha Hornery Numeracy Based Learning Difficulties – Practical Strategies To Assist Children – Samantha Hornery Ideas For Improving Comprehension With Students Who Have Learning Difficulties – Jan Roberts Experience Before Explanation: A Dalcroze Approach To Assist In Social Interaction – Emily Sangster Becoming Aware: Uncovering Phonological Awareness In The High School Sector – Dr Julie Marinac A computer based multideficit intervention for deficits associated with dyslexia and the transition to reading fluency – Dimitri Caplygin The Use Of Intelligence Tests In Diagnosing Reading And Learning Disorders – Dr Craig Wright

Exhibits Open

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Strategies For Learning Assistance – Louise Meredith

Getting Maths Out There And Up Front – Jan Cavanagh

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm


Assessing And Teaching Phonological Awareness: A Description Of A Test And Associated Teaching Program – Dr Ruth Fielding-Barnsley

The SPELL Program – Cheryl McKenzie

Reading Instruction For Dyslexic Children – Dr Craig Wright

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Afternoon Break Taking The Blinkers Off! Thinking Differently About Assessment – J. Heffernan Facilitating Children’s Early Literacy Development Using Language Strategies – Dr Ian Hay Predicting Behaviour And Learning Problems At School Entry – Dr John Reddington Standing on the Outside: A Tale of How Technology Can Engage Those Working on the Margins of a Community of Inquiry – Vince Geiger To Repeat Or Not To Repeat, That Is The Question – Dr Craig Wright


SATURDAY, 22 September, 2007
8:30 am – 9:00 am 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Registration Keynote Address: Rhondda Kretschmann (Manager Analysis and Testing QSA, (Main Presentation Area) Using Data To Inform Teaching Morning Tea Doing It Tough: Findings From A Queensland Wide Study Of The School Experiences Of Mainstream Secondary Students With Learning Difficulties – Dr Julie Watson

10:30 am – 11:00 am 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibits Open

Reconceptualising Learning Support – Dr Barrie O’Connor

Dyslexia from a Dyslexic’s Point of View - Majella Waterworth

Assist The Student, Assess Their Career Pathways – J. Caskey

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break Can Informal Assessment Assist Children With Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)? – Kay Distel Use Multimedia To Enhance Learning Support Activities – Lorraine Lawson

2.00pm – 3.30 pm

A Smarter Start Through TEAM – Suzanne Hall

Mathematics Hands On – Eva de Vries

Closing Keynote Address: Carol Christensen (Main Presentation Area) Whole School Literacy Programs: Teaching All Students to Read and Write to Very High Levels of Achievement Closing Networking

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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Ken Rowe Ken will provide the Conference Keynote Address titled ASSESS and ASSIST: Capacity Building For ALL Teachers Of Students With And Without Learning Difficulties. Ken is a well respected researcher and practitioner. Lee Willett Lee will provide the Day 2 Keynote Address titled Using Data To Inform Teaching. Carol Christensen Carol will present the closing Keynote Address on Day 2 titled Whole School Literacy Programs: Teaching All Students to Read and Write to Very High Levels of Achievement. Gary Woolley This study investigates the educational issues for students with reading comprehension difficulties and suggests appropriate assessment principles and strategies that teachers can apply to inform teaching practice. Samantha Hornery Samantha will conduct a workshop which looks at practical strategies to assist children with particular focus on numeracy based learning disabilities. Samantha Hornery Today Samantha will move into the area of computer based learning discussing how technology can assist with learning difficulties. Jan Heffernan Jan will present the results of a study where the blinkers were removed and the focus was on thinking about assessment differ ently. Ann Foster Ann will lead a discussion of the immediacy of decoding in the area of reading and the difference in the duration of time allowed for the construction of Spelling. She will discuss support strategies and the impact of teaching reading and spelling simultaneously. L Meredith Louise will present on spelling strategies and literacy groups that work. Ruth Fielding-Barnsley Ruth will provide a description of a test and associated teaching program for assessing and teaching phonological awareness. Ian Hay Ian will discuss Facilitating Children’s Early Literacy Development using language strategies. Janeen Lamb Janeen’s presentation on mental Computation will focus on a recent research report (Heirdsfield & Lamb, 2006) that identified where breakdowns in the structures may occur thereby providing an understanding of where the child is operating and how they may be moved forward. Jan Roberts Jan will lead a workshop on effective comprehension strategies for students with learning difficulties. Cheryl McKenzie Cheryl’s paper provides a forum whereby the participants can see how to maintain motivation and achieve a significant improvement in each students spelling via the use of the software and the S.P.E.L.L. program. John Reddington John’s study investigated whether the addition of parent- and teacher-based screens would improve the predictive validity of child-based predictors in the areas of behaviour and literacy at school entry. Dimitri Calpygin Dimitri will present a paper on computer based multi-deficit intervention for deficits associated with dyslexia and the transition to reading fluency.

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Emily Sangster Emily will demonstrate strategies from the Dalcroze approach that can be adapted by teachers for the development of social skills (like turn-taking, working alone and working together, followers and leaders) and spatial skills (including fine and gross motor coordination, visualization strategies, and ourselves in space) working towards their culmination in an understanding of ourselves and others in space. Julie Marinac Julie’s extended paper draws on the experiences of Julie and her co-author Mrs Kathryn Pitty as they developed the essential tools required to reveal the existence, prevalence and effects of Phonological Processing bases literacy learning failure in the secondary school population. Vince Geiger Vince’s presentation will describe a case study of a secondary classroom in which the teacher has implemented principles of collaborative learning. Craig Wright In presenting this paper, Craig will discuss the use of intelligence tests in diagnosing reading and learning disorders. Jan Cavanagh Jan’s session will offer models of teaching styles which are ‘outside the norm’, in using the measurement mat for conceptual development in all strands of the Mathematics syllabus, and co-operative group work which fosters interdependence and group processes which add another dimension to the usual ‘group work’ Craig Wright Craig will initially examine the common approaches to diagnosing dyslexia that involve use of an IQ test and argue that they are no longer useful and should be abandoned in clinical practice. Craig Wright Craig’s paper will examine the alleged benefits of grade retention and its often proposed alternative ‘social promotion’. Barrie O’Connor During his presentation, Barrie will review learning support strategies used in schools to promote inclusive practices. Kay Distel Kay will combine a presentation followed by a workshop to discuss and define Central Auditory Processing Disorder and provide practical ideas for improving communication and listening. Julie Watson Julie will look at Doing It Tough: Findings from a Queensland wide study of the school experiences of mainstream secondary students with learning difficulties. Suzanne Hall Suzanne’s presentation is based on a research project that highlights the positive outcomes achieved while utilising a whole school plan to support the teaching of reading in the early years. Majella Waterworth Majella will discuss how reading whole words and reading with phonics do not always lead to the same answer. Most dyslexics are self taught to disguise their dyslexia. This is a personal case study. Eva de Vries Eva will look at common difficulties that students have in relation to Number in Mathematics and we will have a particular focus on Fractions and the use of Number Boards in the classroom. Jacqueline Caskey Jacqueline will share some stories about assisting students in something the student values, as opposed to some dry curriculu m, that they cannot relate to. Her basis for this will come from her time as a TAFE disability officer. Lorraine Lawson Lorraine will discuss the use of multi-media to enhance learning support activities.

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Conference Venue Location:

The Centre is conveniently located in the downtown Brisbane area in the heart of the South Bank Precinct and can easily be accessed by car and public transport. Transport options include:


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The South Brisbane Train Station is located alongside the Exhibition Centre, providing fast and direct access to the International and Domestic airports (via Brisbane’s Airtrain), hotels and the Gold Coast. Brisbane's famous City Cat Ferries - cruise the Brisbane River and depart from dedicated access points every 30 minutes and every 20 minutes during peak hour. The nearest CityCat terminal is located at South Bank, a short stroll from the Centre. There is a bus way station located with easy walking distance to the Centre. The Centre has its own dedicated taxi rank and secure undercover car park providing 1,600 car park spaces, 24 hours a day. There are also set down and pick up bays for coaches, with parking available.

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