Excellence in Professional Practice Conference



Improving assessments of student learning

21-23 May 2015
Novotel, Brighton Beach, Sydney


EPPC 2015

Excellence in Professional Practice: Improving assessments of student learning

A conference presented by practitioners, for practitioners

ACER invites teachers and school leaders, and researchers working with schools, to submit proposals to present their findings on topics including:

  • using assessment information to understand where students are in their learning
  • capturing evidence of growth over time
  • diagnosing obstacles to progress
  • assessing general capabilities and 21st Century skills
  • giving and receiving feedback to and from students
  • reporting to parents
  • using digital portfolios for assessment purposes

The Program Committee will consider proposals on these and other school improvement topics,  from teams working at the level of subjects and year levels, across a whole school or in clusters of schools.

EPPC showcases the systematic ‘improvement research’ undertaken by teachers and principals in their daily practice and provides a forum for sharing knowledge and developing professional communities.

Improvement research is focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning – and thus outcomes for learners – through systematic practitioner inquiry. It often involves innovation and practical educational problem solving. As improvement researchers, practitioners design investigations of classroom practice, collect data capable of showing whether and how changes in practice are making a difference, document and reflect on improvement efforts, and share the outcomes of their investigations with colleagues. The goal is to build a robust profession-wide knowledge base about effective school and classroom practices.

All EPPC participants have the opportunity to submit work for potential publication in ACER 's online Teacher magazine. Teacher provides teachers, school leaders, researchers  and policy makers with high quality, up-to-date information on evidence-based approaches, and practitioners' research findings.

The Teacher editorial team is keen to promote your work  through written, audio and video articles. If you would like further information, please contact editor Jo Earp: jo.earp@acer.edu.au

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