Student Teacher Conference 2020


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Preparing you for the teaching workforce

Tuesday 31 March | Abbotsford

This conference is designed to help you feel confident navigating the world of work after you graduate from your teaching degree. It's a fantastic professional development opportunity, where you'll hear from education experts and network with peers from other universities.

All student teachers and pre-service teachers are welcome, no matter how far you are into your degree. 

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Keynote Speaker

Supporting student diversity
Educator Q&A Panel
Public education ensures all students, families and communities have access to opportunity. Bring your questions for this panel of experienced educators sharing tips and ideas for meeting the diverse needs of students you work with.


Solve Real-World Problems Using STEM
Presenter: Dr Frazer Thorpe, Zoos Victoria
In this fun and interactive session, you will learn how use Design Thinking to teach STEM in Years 3-10. This framework unleashes student innovation by tackling authentic and real-world problems. Frazer Thorpe from Melbourne Zoo will introduce you to one of Victoria’s endangered animals. You’ll then work in a team to experience each stage of Design Thinking and find solutions to help this animal in the wild. You’ll identify curriculum links, share ideas and get access to free teaching resources that you can use right away.

Unconscious Bias
Presenter: Kerry Green
We are all subject to unconscious biases in our decision-making. This can mean some of our decisions are prone to errors which are unrecognised and uncorrected and lead to significant bias and blinkered thinking in the classroom and with our colleagues. Even the most passionate advocates of inclusive practices can have unconscious biases which mean that they respond to some ideas and people differently. These impact on the way we view the world, the way we view ourselves and hence the way we behave in the classroom. While we can’t necessarily change our unconscious biases, this workshop will help you become aware of the potential consequences and how to avoid the pitfalls. 

Discussions About Homelessness and Disadvantage
Presenter: Big Issues Classroom
In this session you will be given a sample of The Big Issue Classroom’s popular workshop – ‘Discussions About Homelessness and Disadvantage’. You will hear from a guest speaker who will share their personal experiences of homelessness, and how they overcame challenges to reconnect with the community. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and explore how The Big Issue Classroom contributes to students' personal development, their understanding of social issues and the way the workshops create opportunities for applied learning. 

Supporting LGBTIQ inclusion in schools
Presenter: Jeremy Cussen, Safe Schools, Department of Education and Training
The Safe Schools program helps schools foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, Intersex, Queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) students. Creating this environment is key to tackling bullying, discrimination and harassment at schools, particularly arising from homophobia and transphobia. National and international research shows that positive and inclusive school environments lead to students having better academic results, increased confidence and better attendance at school. This training session provides an understanding of the LGBTIQ student experience, as well as foundation level skills for supporting LGBTIQ students in school and the classroom.

9.00am Registration - tea & coffee
10.00am Welcome to country - Wurundjeri Tribe Council
10.10am Welcome - AEU leadership
10.40am Supporting student diversity - Educator
Q&A panel discussion
11.40am Sponsor's message
12.00pm Lunch
12.30pm Workshop Session A 
1.35pm Workshop Session B
2.35pm Afternoon tea
3.00pm Workshop Session C
4.00pm Conference concludes

The AEU Student Teacher Conference is proudly sponsored by:

  • BankFirst
  • Teachers Health
  • VicSuper


Payment must be made before the day of the conference. Register early, places are limited.

Cost: AEU student member: $40.00; AEU non-student member: $140.00. Join the AEU for free before the conference and save $100.00 on the registration fee.

If you have any queries regarding this conference, please contact Linda McKenzie either by phone 03 9418 4860 or email - [email protected]

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