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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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Gonski 2.0 is a 40% Gonski

18 May 2017

Trevor Cobbold, Save Our Schools, May 2017.  Gonski 2.0 is not what it seems.  It is not a good deal for public schools. Despite the appearance of a large increase in funding to 2026-27, it will deliver only a miniscule increase in inflation-adjusted funding per student. Read the article here:(read more)

Response to Year 1 phonics test - ALEA & PETAA

Response to Year 1 phonics test - ALEA & PETAA

6 May 2017

May, 2017.  Two major professional associations have released a collaborative response to the Federal Government's phonics test for Year 1 students.  Please view the videoclip.  In particular, note the very important message at the end.  View videoclip here(read more)

PETAA conference: The Power of Reading

PETAA conference: The Power of Reading

19 April 2017

PETAA Conference, Melbourne, Tuesday 2 May.   The Power of Reading – Quality literature across the curriculum.  Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne.  Details here (read more)

How do we learn to read?

How do we learn to read?

19 April 2017

Misty Adoniou, The Conversation, 18 April 2017.  A "must read" overview of how we learn to read.  Read the article here(read more)