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Teachers working with speech-language therapists
Teachers working with speech-language therapists

A study involving 25 teachers who are also speech-language therapists has provided insight into the barriers and facilitators for effective collaboration between the two professions. Here, we speak to the report’s authors on the findings and implications for educators.

Teacher Staffroom Episode 24: Revisiting the ‘big five’ challenges
Teacher Staffroom Episode 24: Revisiting the ‘big five’ challenges

Six years ago Professor Geoff Masters AO penned a column for Teacher on the ‘big five’ education challenges facing Australian schools. This year, ACER has been running a five-part webinar series exploring each challenge in greater detail, and in today’s podcast, we run you through some of the highlights.

Leadership: Participating in principal mentoring
Leadership: Participating in principal mentoring

Being a school principal can be isolating, but principals who participate in mentoring gain access to support from a trusted peer who has a first-hand understanding of the unique aspects of the role. Here, we speak to Linda Mitchell, Principal of Fitzroy High School in Victoria, about what she’s gained by having a mentor.

School Improvement Episode 30: STEM professionals in schools
School Improvement Episode 30: STEM professionals in schools

Staff at Bowen Road Primary School have been working with a local electrical engineer for a few years now to teach students about coding. In this podcast, we speak with educator Lynne Hanlon and electrical engineer Robbie Bell about how the partnership is broadening students’ understanding of careers in STEM.

Attracting female students to STEM subjects
Attracting female students to STEM subjects

Staff at Cedar College in South Australia are determined to improve the proportion of female students choosing to study Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) subjects in senior high school. Here, we speak with Digital Technologies and Maths teacher Trudi Wynn about the strategies they’ve employed to entice more girls to consider studying STEM.

‘Big five’ education challenges: Reducing disparities for school students
‘Big five’ education challenges: Reducing disparities for school students

Reducing the disparities in the schooling experiences of students was one of the issues identified by Teacher columnist Professor Geoff Masters AO in his influential series on the ‘big five’ education challenges facing Australian schools. What does the latest evidence say, and where do we go to from here?

The Research Files Episode 64: Inclusive practices for students with Down syndrome in maths
The Research Files Episode 64: Inclusive practices for students with Down syndrome in maths

A study has followed primary school teachers through an entire school year to document how they taught mathematics to be inclusive of children with Down syndrome. The findings have been published in the Mathematics Education Research Journal, and in today’s podcast we find out more from the report’s co-author, Associate Professor Rhonda Faragher.

Q&A: Developing an evidence-based staff wellbeing program
Q&A: Developing an evidence-based staff wellbeing program

What would happen if you listened to your staff and students about what their reality is like, and then wrote a school-wide wellbeing framework and curriculum that responded specifically to their needs? At Indie School Elizabeth in South Australia, a targeted approach to addressing the complex wellbeing needs of students led to a brave reimagining of staff wellbeing strategies and processes.

Podcast: Excellence in Science teaching – gifted students, conservation, and school partnerships
Podcast: Excellence in Science teaching – gifted students, conservation, and school partnerships

The winners of the annual Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in primary and secondary schools have been announced. Darren Hamley from Willetton Senior High School in Western Australia and Sarah Fletcher from Bonython Primary School in the ACT were awarded with the prizes, and they both join us in today’s episode.

Underachievement of gifted students – effective interventions
Underachievement of gifted students – effective interventions

In yesterday’s reader submission, Michelle Lucas looked at some of the misconceptions around gifted and high-achieving students. In this follow-up article she shares four interventions to address underachievement and meet the needs of gifted students.