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2015 Keynote Speakers

Andrew Martin, PhD, MAPS, is a Registered Psychologist, President of Division 5 (Educational Psychology) of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and Professor of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on motivation, engagement, and achievement. Andrew is in the Top 25 of International Rankings of the Most Productive Educational Psychologists having written over 250 peer reviewed journal articles, chapters, and papers. He was listed in The Bulletin magazine’s SMART 100 Australians and in the Top 10 in the field of Education. His books, "How to Motivate Your Child For School and Beyond" (Bantam) and “How to Help Your Child Fly Through Life: The 20 Big Issues” (Bantam) are published in five languages and have been enthusiastically received by schools and parents across Australia and beyond. His latest book is “Building Classroom Success, Eliminating AcademicFear and Failure” (Continuum).

  
Dave Burgess is a teacher from San Diego, California and a professional magician specialising in stand-up comedy magic. He was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He has been voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specialises in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators and the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE which has sparked an educational revolution all over the world. The 2015 National Summit on Student Engagement, Learning & Behaviour will be Dave’s first visit to Australia.
  
Maxine McKew: Following the success of her political memoir, Tales from the Political Trenches, published in 2012, Maxine McKewʼs new book Class Act looks at some of the most important questions in Australian education. For the past two years Maxine has been a Vice Chancellorʼs Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Located in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education she has drawn on the expertise and substantial research of the school to inform her stories of success and challenge in Australian education. Maxine McKewʼs background is in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline and 7.30 Report. Her work has been recognised by her peers and she is a recipient of both Logie and Walkely awards. When she left broadcasting and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government. Maxine now lives in Melbourne where she continues to work on a range of activities at the University of Melbourne. She is a director of three not for profit boards, Per Capita, the John Cain Foundation and Playgroup Australia.
  
John Smyth PhD is Visiting Professor of Education and Social Justice at University of Huddersfield, UK. Until 2015 he was Research Professor of Education at Federation University Australia; he is Emeritus Professor of Education, Federation University Australia. Prior to this he held an endowed Chair in Educational Improvement, Texas State University, San Marcos, and was the foundation Professor of Teacher Education, Flinders University of South Australia. He is Emeritus Professor at Flinders University South Australia, is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a former Senior Fulbright research scholar, the recipient of several awards from the American Educational Research Association for his research, the author of many books and articles, has received a large number of ARC grants, and is on many editorial boards. Among his most recent books (with Down, McInerney & Hattam) is Doing Critical Educational Research: A Conversation with the Research of John Smyth (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014).

Evening Keynote



For the past two years Maxine has been a Vice Chancellorʼs Fellow at the University of Melbourne, following an illustrious career in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline and 7.30 Report. Her work has been recognised by her peers and she is a recipient of both Logie and Walkely awards. When she left broadcasting and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government. Following the success of her political memoir, Tales from the Political Trenches, published in 2012, Maxine McKewʼs new book Class Act looks at some of the most important questions in Australian education.

Maxine’s keynote address will be followed by a reception sponsored by QUT’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Coaldrake.