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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

Play-based learning can set your child up for success

Play-based learning can set your child up for success

22 February 2018

The Conversation, 22 Feb 2018.  Research shows that play-based learning enhances academic and developmental learning outcomes, and the development of socially competent learners who able to face challenges and create solutions.  Read the article here(read more)

The joy and sorrow of rereading Holt's

The joy and sorrow of rereading Holt's "How Children Learn"

21 February 2018

Dr Peter Grey, Psychology Today, 26 Dec 2017.  Grey summarises John Holt's great insights about children's learning.  Holt's book, "How Children Learn," needs to be re-read by every teacher.  See article here(read more)

Why is accountability always about teachers?

Why is accountability always about teachers?

19 February 2018

Mark Dynarski, 15 Feb 2018.  An article about accountability in education in the USA, but just as relevant here in Australia. Why is accountability always about teachers, who are told what to do and have the least ability to improve what they do, rather than the decision-makers at the top of(read more)

PISA-shock:  misleading reporting of rankings damaging schooling

PISA-shock: misleading reporting of rankings damaging schooling

19 February 2018

Baroutsis & Lingard, EduResearch Matters, 19 Feb 2018.  How we are sold the idea our PISA rankings are shocking, and the damage it is doing to schooling in Australia.  Read the article here(read more)