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Dr Lawrie Shears Public Lecture

The Dr Lawrie Shears Public Lecture series was established to honour Dr Lawrence (Lawrie) Shears. Dr Shears has played a significant role in education – from his commencement as a classroom teacher in the 1940’s,through to his time as Director-General of the Victorian Education Department. Dr Shears was awarded a Sir James Darling Medal in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding and sustained contribution to Victorian education. The Department partners with bankmecu to host this event.

is year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Collette Tayler, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne in the presence of The Minister for Education, The Hon Martin Dixon, MP, the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, The Hon Wendy Lovell, MLC, and Dr Lawrie Shears.

The 2014 Dr Lawrie Shears Doctoral Scholarship will be awarded at the event.

Where: Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, 603-615 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

When: Thursday, 14 August 2014, 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start

Register to attend the Bastow event in person or via polycom by 8 August. Alternatively you can contact Savita Kumar on 9651 3303.

People wanting to attend in Bendigo can register to attend the Polycom event at North-Western Victoria Regional Office in Bendigo by contacting Lucy Medley on 5440 3158 or at:

Professor Collette Tayler, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Keynote speaker2014 keynote address: Professor Collette Tayler, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

‘Leading learning in contemporary educational settings: the work between a thousand flowers blooming and shared models of teaching’

What does it mean to be a leader of learning in contemporary educational settings?

The formulation of practice in any educational setting is affected by vision and leadership, history and precedent, technical capacity and expectation, along with a mix of individual interests. If the measure of the success of an educational setting is the wellbeing and achievement of the learners there are lessons from research about the work of educators and their collective power to optimise learning outcomes. Individual, idiosyncratic approaches to teaching may tap teacher strengths and help different educational practices to bloom yet there is need for articulated, collective action to moderate the negative effects of any single approach on learner outcomes.

This lecture examines the place of, and arguments for, shared pedagogical models that are designed to support learners in local contexts. It considers the capacity of educational leaders to improve students’ personal, social and academic achievements when they apply shared pedagogical models with rigor, collect the evidence and analyse change in order to supply high-quality learning experiences and drive educational improvement. Components of effective teaching and learning are examined, and the case is made for educational leaders to focus on learning.

Professor Collette Tayler holds the Chair in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) at The University of Melbourne.

Collette has a PhD from the University of Western Australia, and is a chief investigator in the national Science of Learning Centre led by the University of Queensland. Her research involves home-, centre- and school-based programs in culturally and linguistically diverse communities addressing the range and make-up of experiences that advance early learning and development.

Collette leads the E4Kids longitudinal study, is local leader of the 3A (Abecedarian Approach Australia) group of projects, and is responsible for the academic direction of Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), a course that is focused on birth-to-age eight learning, and the bridging of care, education and health.

Beyond the University of Melbourne, Collette is Deputy Chair of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, a board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and, in 2014, has visiting appointments at the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia; and the National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University.

The 2013 Dr Lawrie Shears Public Lecture was given by Professor Suzanne Cory.  The address can be viewed on the Australian Academy of Science youtube channel - see Quality in Education