2017 Chemistry Teachers' Conference


 

Date: Friday, 28th July 2017

Venue: Macquarie University 

 

 
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN



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STANSW continues to respond to requests for subject specific professional learning events. Now in its 6th year, the STANSW Chemistry conference has been a consistently popular event for both experienced and less-experienced teachers alike. The program in 2017 will offer seminars and keynote addresses from inspiring speakers, including workshops on Chemistry pedagogy; from a mixture of presenters, including academics from universities, STANSW members and practising teachers. Join with like-minded Chemistry teachers for a day of discussion, networking and sharing. In 2017 the focus will be around implementation of the new preliminary syllabus (for 2018), the new HSC (for 2019) and pedagogy to support successful depth studies. #STAChem17
 



Announcing the Open Keynote Speakers :




Prof Alison Rodger Macquarie University
- Head of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences


Alison Rodger received her BSc, PhD and DSc from Sydney University and her MA from Oxford. She was a Beatrice Dale Fellow at Newnham College Cambridge for three years from 1985 while also an Overseas Scholar of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Alison then spent six years in Oxford as Unilever Fellow at St Catherine's College and Violette and Samuel Glasstone Fellow at St Hilda’s. At that time she set up the first Couette flow linear dichroism facilities in the UK. Her research focused on understanding the structure and function of biomacromolecules including nucleic acids, proteins and carbohydrates.

 

 

 

 




Mr Kerry Sheehan NESA


Kerry Sheehan is currently the Inspector Science at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Since 2004, Kerry has served in many roles at the Board, most notably as the Senior Project Officer, Science as well as terms as a Senior Curriculum Officer and as a Registration and Accreditation Officer. Prior to joining the Board, Kerry was Head Teacher, Science at several schools and was a classroom practitioner for 22 years both in Australia and the United Kingdom.. Kerry is a past Vice President of the Science Teachers Association of NSW and a past Board member of the Professional Teachers Council NSW. Currently, Kerry is managing the development of the new senior secondary Science syllabuses. Kerry is keen to enhance the authority and credibility of scientific research, evidence and theories within public debate and has an acute interest in the promotion of science teaching and science teachers. Kerry holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Diploma of Teaching.




Dr Scott Chadwick UTS


Redesigning curriculum to engage students in chemistry
The keynote will address the opportunities to increase engagement levels of students in chemistry at a university level and discuss ways in which this can be achieved in the classroom. Dr Chadwick will talk about the redesign of the curriculum and science syllabuses which plays a part in reinvigorating science education and the need to mirror what chemists do in the real world. Chemistry lessons should have authentic applications and introduce contexts which students can relate to, which serve to increase levels of engagement in chemistry education. 

 

Scott completed his undergraduate degree BSc Applied Chemistry Forensic Science (Hons) in 2009 and completed his PhD at UTS in 2013. His research focused on fingermark detection techniques in the near-infrared region, which involved developing new reagents for developing fingermarks on difficult surfaces, where conventional techniques are unsuccessful. Scott continues to be active in the area of fingermark research where his focus is on optimising conventional methods for operational use and developing better research practices in fingermark detection. Scott is alsointerested in the development of innovate practices in learning and teaching and how to better train and educate future forensic scientisits.

During his studies, Scott also worked as a casual academic at UTS where he assisted in the practical classes for subjects such as Chemical Criminalistics, Crime Scene Investigation and Physical Evidence. Currently, Scott is employed  as a lecturer at UTS teaching Principles of Scientific Practice and Chemisty 1. He is also the Program Director for the Bachelor of Forensic Science.

 

Dr Chadwick's Keynote Address: Redesigning curriculum to engage students in chemistry

The keynote will address the opportunities to increase engagement levels of students in chemistry at a university level and discuss ways in which this can be achieved in the classroom. Dr Chadwick will talk about the redesign of the curriculum and science syllabuses which plays a part in reinvigorating science education and the need to mirror what chemists do in the real world. Chemistry lessons should have authentic applications and introduce contexts which students can relate to, which serve to increase levels of engagement in chemistry education. 

 

 

Registration Fees (All rates include 10% GST)
 

Member Individual (Secondary)      $205.00
Member School (SFA Staff)            $230.00
 
Non-Member Secondary Teacher   $330.00
 
Student Member                             $40.00
Student Non-Member (Secondary) $110.00

 

 

Conference Timetable


8:00 – 8:45 – Registration and Exhibitors

8:45 10:15 
Welcome Presentation by Host, Prof Alison Rodgers MQU
Keynote by Scott Chadwick UTS

10:15 – 10:45 Morning Tea

10:50 – 11:20 Kerry Sheehan, NESA


11:35 – 12:35 SESSION 1 WORKSHOPS


12:40 – 1:40 SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS


1:45 –  2:20 Lunch


2:30 – 3:30 SESSION 3  - Programming: creating units of work


3:35 – 4:15 Interactive session with Scott Chadwick


4:20 Signout and accreditation requirements


4:30 HAPPY HOUR AT MQU ROOFTOP TERRACE


 

 



Completing STANSW Chemistry conference will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing standards: 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher.










Thank you to our host and event sponsor Macquarie University

 



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