Presenters


Gerard Alford
B.Econ. Dip. Ed. M.Ed. M.A.C.E

Gerard is a well-established author of education resources and is the Director of one of the largest education resource companies in Australia: itc publications, established in 2002.

Gerard has over 20 years’ experience as a full-time Secondary School teacher in a range of independent schools in three Australian states and the UK, where he held a number of different senior positions including Head of Faculty, Director of Studies and Dean of Staff. He has a further 17+ years’ experience as a respected education consultant, author and education resource developer.

Gerard’s drive in developing teacher resources and a consulting practice has been to inspire and support busy teachers in creating engaging pedagogy and time-saving strategies to encourage successful student outcomes.

Gerard is the editor and co-author of the innovative teacher’s companion: the first teacher diary in Australia to include teaching strategies ‘at your fingertips’ and which is widely used in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

He is also the co-author of the best-selling innovative students’ companion and the popular beginning teachers’ companion. In addition, Gerard has been instrumental in developing itcthinkdrive which is a valuable digital resource that includes many time-saving strategies, templates, resources and ideas for busy teachers. With constant updates, thinkdrive remains fresh and alive and is fast becoming a vital resource for teachers and schools alike.

Gerard is a regular presenter at schools and also education conferences, including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (USA), the International Association for the Study of Co-operation in Education (2012), the 11th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals (2013) and the 4th International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning (London, 2018).

With time-saving methodologies as the keystone, Gerard is fundamentally passionate in promoting high-order thinking and cooperative learning through engaging and effective evidence-based teaching methods.

He is married with twin children and lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

 

Lisa MacDermott
Director of CPD 4 Teachers 

Dip T, B Ed St, Grad Dip RE, M Ed
w. www.cpd4teachers.com.au 

Lisa Mac Dermott's professional focus has centered on ‘Excellence in Pedagogy', guiding staff to design, implement and evaluate their teaching programs using contemporary pedagogical frameworks such as Classroom Instruction that Works (CITW), The Art and Science of Teaching  (ASOT),  Dimensions of Learning, Model of Pedagogy and The Thinking Skills Framework. Lisa is committed to the goal that teachers and leaders must continue to seek and reflect on the best pedagogical practice to achieve excellent student outcomes. She works with teachers and leaders in creating a shared learning culture that supports a school-wide approach to curriculum, pedagogy and standards that are synchronised and aligned.

Lisa works in many schools across Australia and was invited to join the Australian Council of Educational Leaders’ Academy (ACEL), supporting their ‘Leadership Capabilities Framework' in the areas of Excellence in Pedagogy, Coherent Approaches and Professional Learning Conversations. She has also been a keynote speaker for Brisbane Catholic Education's ‘Out of the Box – Emerging and Aspiring Leaders Program', speaking specifically on ‘Enhancing Pedagogy.’ Currently, Lisa is working in a number of schools training and coaching to improve instructional practice whilst embedding and addressing the Australian Curriculum and the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching.

Lisa has worked in a range of Queensland educational settings including government and catholic schools, independent colleges and tertiary institutions.

She has worked as a classroom teacher, year level co-ordinator, learning support teacher, co-ordinator of teaching and learning and university tutor, working with pre-service teachers, teachers, middle management and leadership teams.

Lisa is the director of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers (CPD 4 Teachers), a consultancy that specialises in assisting schools and leaders undergoing fundamental curriculum and instructional/pedagogical change. CPD 4 Teachers offers school communities professional growth through cooperative and flexible on-site training, coaching and mentoring opportunities.

CPD 4 Teachers Website