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This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an education department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.

Teachers often describe David as a gifted presenter – engaging, knowledgeable, extremely practical, inspirational. See some Testimonials.

David has written or co-authored many popular teacher reference books and two CD-ROM series. See his Publications here.

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Reading Australia – a valuable resource for teachers

Reading Australia – a valuable resource for teachers

11 December 2017

readingaustralia.com.au Fantastic resource for teachers.  For example:How to build the perfect classroom libraryLiterature units for primary teachersTeachers' Corner (read more)

FOI docs show private schools to get more than they need under Gonski 2

FOI docs show private schools to get more than they need under Gonski 2

11 December 2017

Peter Martin, The Age, 10 Dec 2017.  Catholic and independent private schools are set to get 80% of the resourcing standard in Commonwealth grants, but governments schools will get only 20%.  The over-funding of private schools will divert funds from where they are most needed.  Read article here(read more)

Teaching of synthetic phonics in Australia based on flawed evidence

Teaching of synthetic phonics in Australia based on flawed evidence

1 December 2017

Emeritus Professor Greg Brooks, EduResearch Matters, 26 Nov 2017.  The experimental evidence does not justify a synthetic phonics approach, and teachers do not need a national test on one day of the year to tell them about their own students. Read the article here(read more)

A Literature Companion for Teachers (2nd ed)

A Literature Companion for Teachers (2nd ed)

29 November 2017

Announcing:   "A Literature Companion for Teachers" (2nd edition) by Lorraine McDonald.   HIGHLY  RECOMMENDED.Book and ePub versions both available. Published by PETAA.  Order here (PETAA members will receive this book as part of their Summer Member Pack.) (read more)