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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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Latest News Stories

Does your child struggle with spelling? This might help.

Does your child struggle with spelling? This might help.

16 October 2018

The Conversation, 15 Oct 2018.  Words are spelled according to their meaning parts (morphemes) as well as their sounds (phonemes). They work together so the two must be taught together.  Read the article here(read more)

How your birth date influences how well you do in school, and later in life

How your birth date influences how well you do in school, and later in life

9 October 2018

The Conversation, 8 Oct 2018.  Relative age at school can have long-lasting impacts on your life.  Read the article here(read more)

Deciding whether or not to send your 4-year-old to school? Consider this first.

Deciding whether or not to send your 4-year-old to school? Consider this first.

2 October 2018

Essential Kids, 2 Oct 2018.  Maggie Dent, respected educator and parenting specialist, strongly advocates that you delay the start of formal schooling an extra year if you have the slightest concern about your son's readiness.  Read the article here(read more)

Reading in the Digital Age

Reading in the Digital Age

27 September 2018

ALEA Victoria and ACMI present the 2018 Multiliteracies Conference at Federation Square, Melbourne, on Friday 30 November.  Be there!New Reading in the Digital Age flyer Nov 30th 2018(read more)