Upcoming events

  1. 10 July 2024

    4 daysAdelaide
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    AATE/ALEA National Conference 2024

    Australian Association for the Teaching of English / Australian Literacy EducatorsEducators’ Association

    Your next chapter awaits with possibility, aplenty.

    Inspired by Kirli Saunders' poem, our National Conference theme looks towards the future with hope and optimism.

  2. 24 August 2024

    1 dayNewcastle
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    researchED Newcastle


    Connect with leading researchers, academics, classroom practitioners and school leaders in Newcastle, Australia’s best kept secret.

  3. 30 August 2024

    1 dayBrisbane
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    A Matter of Translation Conference 2024

    Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)

    A Matter of Translation allows teachers to share their practice with their colleagues. The goal is to assist teachers in connecting key advancements in current learning and behaviour research with their daily classroom practices.

Latest articles

  1. vintage gray game console and joystick

    On technology in schools

    Tuesday 4 June 2024

    Some speculations on why educators find tech so appealing

  2. brown grass field during sunset

    On cold calling

    Monday 13 May 2024

    Making it work in secondary school

  3. Change neon light signage

    On change management

    Sunday 5 May 2024

    For anyone who needs to hear it.

  4. a stack of books sitting on top of a white table

    On reading spines

    Saturday 20 April 2024

    and what I learned in the process of co-creating one

  5. group of people running on stadium

    On money, ethnicity and unnecessary/necessary tutoring

  6. you didnt come this far to only come this far lighted text

    On standards and why we need them

    Wednesday 20 March 2024

    The much-awaited sequel

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About Rebecca

Rebecca Birch is a teacher of English and the Director of Research and Practice at a top independent school in Sydney, Australia. She worked as a learning support officer in diverse settings while she undertook her teacher training after a successful career in advertising and fashion.

Rebecca has provided consultation and content services for Ochre Education and Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn, and has appeared on panels for ResearchED and the Gonski Institute for Education. Her current research interest is the link between explicit instruction and student wellbeing. She writes for publications and through her newsletter.

Publications and media

  1. PublicationOchre Education draft F-10 Reading SpineOchre Education 11 April 2024
  2. NewsTeacher professional standards ‘ignored’ by expert panel - paperReporting on Reimagining Teacher Professionalism: Why standards must be part of ITE reformBrett HeneberyThe Educator Australia 21 March 2024
  3. NewsOur outdated professional teacher standards aren’t clear on the evidence: school leaderReporting on Reimagining Teacher Professionalism: Why standards must be part of ITE reformSarah DugganEducationHQ 21 March 2024
  4. ResearchReimagining Teacher ProfessionalismWhy standards must be part of ITE reformThe Centre for Independent Studies 21 March 2024
  5. CommentDo you have a larger vocabulary than a school student? Take the quizChristopher HarrisSydney Morning Herald 24 January 2024
More publications and media
  1. OpinionBanish the abstract, build accountabilityhow school leaders can better define their purposeEducationHQ (subscribers only) 14 June 2023
  2. CommentTeachers weren’t taught grammar in school. Now they’re rushing to brush upChristopher HarrisSydney Morning Herald 21 May 2023
  3. Article‘Critical friends’school-university partnerships supercharge instructionEducationHQ (subscribers only) 23 March 2023
  4. Article3 evidence-backed ways to foster long-term learning in your studentsEducationHQ (subscribers only) 24 January 2023
  5. OpinionInstructional saladLet’s turf out failed practices and get clear on the science of learningEducationHQ (subscribers only) 24 November 2022
  6. ArticleMiddle leaders as change managersa framework for spearheading improvementEducationHQ (subscribers only) 2 November 2022
  7. CommentClass of 2022 relieved after ‘fair’ HSC English examDaniella WhiteSydney Morning Herald 12 October 2022
  8. CommentHSC students turn away from harder English subjects in record numbersLucy Carroll and Daniella WhiteSydney Morning Herald 11 October 2022
  9. ArticleHow one school-industry partnership changed thousands of teachers’ practiceEducationHQ (subscribers only) 8 September 2022
  10. OpinionIt’s the Knowledge Economy, Stupid!What parents need to know about inquiry learningChalkboard Review 22 August 2022
  11. OpinionThe true power position5 tips for moving up the middle leadership ladderEducationHQ (subscribers only) 3 June 2022
  12. OpinionWorthless PD, sub-optimal ITE training have built a distrust of non-teaching providersEducationHQ 29 April 2022
  13. CommentEnglish teachers told to focus on grammar, punctuation as writing declinesJordan BakerSydney Morning Herald 18 March 2022
  14. OpinionWhy I’m giving up on Harvard’s Thinking RoutinesEducationHQ 21 February 2022
  15. OpinionAd hoc ITE training and our ‘lit crit lite’ curriculum are harming writing instructionEducationHQ 9 November 2021