Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker: Professor Mike AskewProfessor Mike Askew

Mike Askew is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, having previously held Professorships at King’s College, University of London and Monash University, Melbourne. Originally a primary school teacher, Mike moved into teacher education and developed his research interests. He has directed many research projects including the influential 'Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools' and was deputy director of the five-year Leverhulme Numeracy Research Programme. His books include: Transforming Primary Mathematics, A Practical Guide to Transforming Primary Mathematics (Routledge). Mike believes that mathematical activity can, and should, be engaging and enjoyable for all learners and that the majority of learners can come to see themselves as mathematicians, in the sense of having confidence in their ability to do maths. For the year from April 2018 Mike was pleased to be the President of the UK’s Mathematical Association.

Professor Askew's keynote presentation is sponsored byThe Education State | Victoria State Government | Education and Training

Sarah Buckley (Panel Presenter)Dr Sarah Buckley (Panel presenter)

Dr Sarah Buckley is a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Over the last five years at ACER, Sarah has driven several initiatives designed to address mathematics anxiety in pre-service and practising primary teachers. Sarah was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Science of Learning Research Centre and has worked on large-scale, international educational studies including the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Sarah completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Melbourne, which investigated the impact of motivation and peer networks on adolescents’ mathematics anxiety.

Neil Carmona-Vickery (Panel presenter)Neil Carmona-Vickery (Panel presenter)

Neil Carmona-Vickery is Acting Director, Monash Tech School. Neil holds a Diploma of Project Management, Master of Education, Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts. He has highly developed skills in curriculum development, stakeholder engagement, change management, and the strategic leadership of learning and teaching that fosters innovation. Previous roles have included senior leadership and teaching positions at John Monash Science School, Balwyn High School and Ringwood Secondary College. While at Monash Tech School he has led the development of ground-breaking STEM-based curricula targeted at the middle and senior years of schooling. 

Keynote speaker: Professor Janette BobisProfessor Janette Bobis

Janette Bobis is Professor of Mathematics Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research and teaching focus on teacher learning in mathematics education, particularly the development of primary and middle-school teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices; and student learning, focussing on the development of children’s computational thinking strategies, their motivation and engagement in mathematics and the impact of teaching interventions on each of these aspects.

Janette is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has been awarded two Vice Chancellor’s awards (2016 & 2009) for her teaching of preservice primary teachers.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jill CheesemanDr Jill Cheeseman

Jill Cheeseman’s academic interest is challenging children mathematically.  Her current research project is entitled Fostering Inquiry in Mathematics. This research involves classroom-based research encouraging and supporting teachers to implement problem based learning with young children.

Jill comes from a background of primary teaching and she has subsequently taught mathematics education in contexts ranging from Early Childhood to tertiary in Australia and overseas. Her main ambition is to help teachers to share their enthusiasm for mathematics teaching and learning.

Dr Peter Goss (Panel Presenter)Dr Peter Goss (Panel presenter)

Dr Peter Goss is School Education Program Director, GRATTAN Institute. He joined Grattan in 2014, and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group, and worked with Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students.

Peter trained as a biologist, with a focus on understanding complex systems.

Keynote speaker: Dr Hilary Hollingsworth

Dr Hilary Hollingsworth

Dr Hilary Hollingsworth is a Principal Research Fellow in the Educational Monitoring and Research Division at the Australian Council for Educational Research. She has 30 years’ experience working in a wide range of national and international educational contexts including schools, universities, research organisations, government education departments and private education service organisations. Her expertise is in teaching and learning, teacher education and professional development, classroom observation frameworks, video classroom observations, teaching quality, assessing student learning, and communicating student learning progress. Hilary has extensive expertise related to the use of video classroom observations, combining academic research and practice. She was the Australian representative for the TIMSS Video Studies, and has designed and developed programs using video classroom observations for teacher professional learning in Australia and internationally. Hilary has published papers and technical reports related to teacher professional learning, video classroom observation research and communicating student learning progress.

Keynote speaker: Cassandra Marinopoulos

Cassandra Marinopoulos

Cassandra Marinopoulos is the 2018 Victorian Education Excellence Awards Outstanding Secondary Teacher winner.

A teacher with 16 years of experience, she is currently the Excellence in Learning leader at Berwick College which has seen a transformation in the way Mathematics is taught.

Cassandra is passionate about developing enthusiastic and expert Mathematics practitioners through a culture of collaboration that is reflected in the classroom.


Keynote speaker: Professor Geoff Masters AOProfessor Geoff Masters AO

Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research, positions he has held since 1998.
Professor Masters has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a review of examination procedures in the NSW Higher School Certificate; an investigation of options for the introduction of an Australian Certificate of Education; a national review of options for reporting and comparing school performances; reviews of strategies for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory; and a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland. Most recently, Professor Masters worked with the Western Australian Department of Education to develop a Principal Performance Improvement Tool. He is currently undertaking a review of the K-12 school curriculum for the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.
Professor Masters’ contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian College of Educators’ Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Professor Master's keynote presentation is sponsored byPaths Pathway

Keynote speaker: Dr Greg OatesDr Greg Oates

Dr Greg Oates is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, where he currently teaches pre-service teachers in primary and secondary mathematics. He is also the Programme Director for the BEd (primary) programme at UTAS. Greg is a cheerleader for mathematics and has taught maths at all levels from middle through to senior school as well as many years teaching undergraduate calculus, linear algebra and mathematics education at the University of Auckland, before moving to UTAS in 2016. His passion is the promotion of productive disposition for mathematics in teachers and students alike; to inspire a love of the beauty and power of mathematics for all.

A focus of this is the creation of “safe” classrooms, where learners can make guesses, follow their intuitions and are comfortable making mistakes in the path to better understanding. His research interests include the integration of technology into mathematics curricula; the use of technology to promote collaborative learning in mathematics; and professional development for teachers at all levels (primary to undergraduate), with a specific focus on pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and the use of videos as a focus for lesson study.

Associate Professor Sebastian Sardina (Panel presenter)Associate Professor Sebastian Sardina (Panel presenter)

Sebastian Sardina is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He received his MSc and PhD from University of Toronto in 2000 and 2005, respectively, and his bachelor degree from Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina, in 1997.

Sebastian's area of research is Artificial Intelligence, in particular addressing the problem of decision making for intelligent agents, like robots or smart houses, in dynamic environments. He also has a deep interest in the teaching of Computer Science, not only at university level, but also at primary and secondary levels. For a couple of years he has been delivering short and long courses to children and youth in conjunction with community organisations and schools in Melbourne, first as a volunteer and then as part of an RMIT outreach program.

Kylie Slaney (Panel MC)Kylie Slaney (Panel MC)

Kylie Slaney is a MAV Board member, and Teacher Mathematics and Digital Technologies, Carey Baptist Grammar School. In 2019 Kylie started teaching Mathematics and Digital Technologies at Carey Baptist Grammar school, teaching year 8 and 9 Mathematics and Year 11 and 12 Mathematical Methods. She am also teaching a year 9 Digital Technologies elective. Prior to 2019 my teaching at Bialik College involved years 7 to Year 12 Mathematics, including Mathematical Methods Units 1-4.

Kylie's passion is encouraging students to think of the possibilities for themselves within STEM. Mathematics is under-represented in STEM and it is Kylie’s goal is to bring the ‘M’ to the forefront. Teaching and linking mathematics to engineering, the sciences, robotics and everyday life brings relevance to the curriculum and encourages students to link their learning to their lives. Persistence and resilience within students is a culture developed in each of her classrooms. Students are encouraged to develop an interest in mathematics as a life skill for problem solving and logical, creative thinking. Kylie is keen to create problem solving strategies and programs for students of all levels that will encourage their willingness to engage in mathematics and study mathematics at senior levels. Kylie am committed to nurturing the beauty of mathematics and for students to see that beauty.

Keynote speaker: Professor Kate Smith-MilesProfessor Kate Smith-Miles

Kate Smith-Miles is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at The University of Melbourne and holds a five-year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. She was awarded a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1996, following a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, both from the University of Melbourne, and has held Professorships in three disciplines (mathematics, engineering and IT) throughout her academic career. Kate has produced over 250 publications on a variety of applied mathematics topics in modelling and optimization, with applications in fields as diverse as manufacturing design, epidemiology, neural prosthetics, computer vision, finance, and stem cell modelling. She was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2010, and the E. O. Tuck Medal in 2017. In 2017 she also became the first woman and first Australian to give the annual Alan Tayler Applied Mathematics lecture in its 31-year history at University of Oxford.

She has previously served as President of the Australian Mathematical Society (2016-2018), Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University (2009-2014), Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Deakin University (2006-2009), and is currently finishing a 3-year term on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s Choose Maths program - aiming to increase female participation in mathematics - and has created a YouTube video on “Mythbusting Mathematics”, along with public lectures to encourage all students, especially girls, to see how mathematics can shape and influence the world.

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