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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

Let's topple the King and Kong of education: NAPLAN and MySchool

Let's topple the King and Kong of education: NAPLAN and MySchool

12 December 2018

Adrian Piccoli, The Age, 30 Nov 2018.  NAPLAN and the publishing of school-by-school reslts on the MySchool website started out as relatively harmless, but has turned into a wrecking ball for Australian education.  Read the article here(read more)

Where you live is determining your school's NAPLAN score

Where you live is determining your school's NAPLAN score

12 December 2018

The Age, 27 Nov 2018.  New analysis by Macquarie University has found that the area in which a student goes to school is one of the clearest predictors of Year 5 NAPLAN reading scores, painting a stark picture of Australia's socio-educational divide.  Read the article here(read more)

We must not deprive our children of school libraries

We must not deprive our children of school libraries

9 December 2018

We must up-date libraries and get librarians back into our government schools. If students have no access to school libraries, they're unlikely to find one beyond the school. Read the article here (read more)

Principals should be wary of decodable readers, says expert

Principals should be wary of decodable readers, says expert

26 November 2018

Brett Henebery, The Educator, 23 Nov 2018.  Di Snowball says that her 52 years of experience in teaching students to read and in helping thousands of teachers, there has never been the need for decodable books.  Principal Beverley Dadds says that phonics is important, but we can help children to(read more)