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  1. 5 June 2024

    1 daySydney
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    The Science of Learning in English - Blended Learning Experience


    This course is aimed at English teachers wanting to upskill so that they can deliver the new English syllabus in a way that maximises student learning.

    Delivered in three sessions, online and in-person.

  2. 24 August 2024

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    researchED Newcastle


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

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About Rebecca

Rebecca Birch is a teacher of English and the Director of Research and Practice at a top 20 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 publication and through her newsletter.

Research and media

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 NewsOur outdated professional teacher standards aren’t clear on the evidence: school leaderReporting on Reimagining Teacher Professionalism: Why standards must be part of ITE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