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The Radford College Institute

Director: Mr Peter Dodd

The Radford Institute will provide quality professional development for teachers from throughout Australia, especially in the area of what constitutes “great practice”.  This will be achieved through organising and running seminars, conferences and targeted professional development. The Institute will also provide a pathway for teachers and other educators to influence the educational policy agenda through the publication/publicising of the results of research they undertake.

These two aims link through the development of high quality, research-led teaching: i.e. finding out what works in education, then developing what works and finally telling people about it.

The main focus of the Radford Institute will be running conferences, seminars and symposiums on important educational issues on what constitutes good teaching, what is good classroom practice and what does good educational leadership look like.  

Over time, the aim is for the Institute to develop a strong focus on research, action research, peer sharing and work embedded learning. Collaboration (Partnerships/ Community of Practice) with the UC, ANU and ACU, is an expected outcome. This can be achieved by using the universities’ research expertise and Radford’s teachers and students to research, and then describe, great practice.

Canberra is an ideal location for such an Institute.  The name Canberra, derived from a Ngunnawal word meaning 'meeting place', provides a context for the Institute to operate that is in parallel to the reasons Canberra became the site of the National Capital in the first place.  Canberra is within easy access of all eastern states, and this will allow wide participation in events organised by the Institute.  Situated next to the University of Canberra, Radford has relationships with many Educational, government and non-government organisations (such as UC, ANU, CIT, ACU, ACT DET, CEO, DEEWR, CSIRO, HICES, ACE, ACEL), with politicians and with leading public servants.

 The Institute is therefore ideally positioned to act as a “think tank”, research institute and a centre for professional development that can have a genuine influence in the way education is developing in the Australian context.

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e-mail the Institute, Institute@radford.act.edu.au

Future Events

NEXT SEMINAR - Term 2, 2014
Details to be advised

Past Events

Tuesday 25 March 2014: Why MOOCS? (Massive Open Online Courses) Why ANU decided to sign up with edX, and the benefits for education as a whole
Presenter: Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington BEd (Hons), DPhil, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), ANU

Tuesday 12 November 2013: Why too many Australian students struggle with reading and what we should do about it: insights from the latest in research on reading acquisition and dyslexia

Presenter: Dr Bartek Rajkowski,  BAppSc (SpPath), PhD, Director of Adelaide Speech Pathology Services and developer of ReadingDoctor® specialist literacy improvement software

View Dr Rajkowski's powerpoint presentation
Australian National Enquiry into the Teaching of Literacy - Executive Summary

Thursday 29 August 2013: Mathematics in Primary Schools - a view of the USA, Japan and Singapore
Presented by Bruce Ferrington, Churchill Fellow, Radford Junior School Teacher

Thursday 16 May 2013: ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety and Security Program
Presenter: Think U Know http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/site/

Monday 18 March 2013: People, Practice, Performance - Improving a high-performing education system.
Presented by Diane Joseph Director-General,Education and Training, ACT Government

Wednesday 24 October 2012 - Illiteracy in the Lucky Country: how social disadvantage is related to poor reading ability.
Presented by Jennifer Buckingham, research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies

Tuesday 21 August 2012 - Technology, our kids and cybersafety: how have we gone so far? Presented by Mr Alastair MacGibbon - Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, CEO of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (Aust) Ltd.

Wednesday 16 May 2012 - The Economics and Politics of Teacher Merit Pay
Presented by Dr Andrew Leigh - Federal Member for Fraser
Read Dr Leigh's paper

Wednesday 21 March 2012 - Leadership that works
Presented by Paul Porteous - Executive Director of the Centre for Social Leadership and Visiting Faculty at Harvard Kennedy School

Thursday 15 November 2011 - The Sexualisation of Girls in Pop Culture - and what we can do about it
Presented by Melinda Tankard Reist - writer, speaker, advocate

Thursday 8 September 2011 - The Young Person of the Future
Presented by Thérèse Rein - Managing Director of Ingeus

Tuesday 24 May 2011 - Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs
Presented by Paul Dillon – Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia

9 March 2011 - Teacher Quality: What do the community and the profession expect?
Presented by Professor Denis Goodrum, Interim Chairman of the new ACT Teacher Quality Institute.

20 October 2010 - The Future of ACT School Education
Presented by Dr Jim Watterston, Chief Executive, ACT Department of Education & Training

18 August 2010 - Indigenous Education in Australia – a way forward
Presented by Phillip Heath, Principal of Radford College.

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