Three Pillars Seminar - Education
This seminar series focuses on each of our core focus areas; education, financial stability and healthy living and how complex issues around these topics present in our society. These events aim to ignite a conversation, increase understanding of these issues and how they affect life in WA, and educate on what we can do together to improve quality of life for our whole community.
“Fantastic inspiring speakers and good crowd with range of experience and roles”
Pillar One: Education
Education is the foundation of any successful and vibrant community. Yet children who grow up in a situation of entrenched disadvantage are likely to fall far behind in the literacy skills needed for a successful schooling experience.
Join us for an insightful discussion on the importance of early childhood literacy, changes to education barriers in recent times and what we can do together to support our children’s futures.
Get your tickets below!
Date: Wednesday 18 March
Where: Dyslexia – SPELD Foundation, 10 Broome Street, (Enter from Douglas Avenue)
South Perth, WA, 6151
General Admission – 1 for $30, 2 for $50.
Tickets include light canapes, drinks and transformational speakers.
A special thank you to our partner Novata Solutions for supporting this event.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Dr Bret Hart
With a career as a medical practitioner spanning over 46 years, Dr Hart has extensive experience including working with Child and School nurses in Community Health Services. He is currently Chair of the Board of Wellbeing in Schools Australia (WISA) and an independent Board Director of Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS).
Dr Mark Boyes
Dr Mark Boyes is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology (Curtin University) and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Emerging Leadership Fellow. He leads the socio-emotional research being conducted by the Curtin University ‘Language and Literacy in Young People’ research group. This interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners are interested in the development and impact of language and literacy difficulties among children and adolescents. A current focus of their research is to better understand links between language and literacy difficulties and child mental health, with the specific aim of informing intervention efforts. This research is funded by Healthway, Australian Rotary Health, and the NHMRC.
Dr Mary Claessen
Dr Mary Claessen is an academic researcher and lecturer as well as an experienced Speech Pathologist. She has extensive clinical experience working in language development centres, and in collaboration with primary schools and educators as well as parents. She is driven by the desire to improve outcomes for children with language and literacy difficulties. She co-leads the Language and Literacy in Young People research group at Curtin University, which includes a large number of past and present research students. Her program of research investigates theory, assessment and interventions/programs for children with developmental language disorders and reading difficulties.
Justine has been the Community Impact Manager at United Way WA for the past 12 years. Working in partnership with families of children in care, through previous roles as an Anti-Bias trainer and at Parkervillle Children’s Home, helped develop Justine’s passion to empower all parents to be the primary prevention agents for their own children. Her career has focused on improving outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged circumstances. This foundation has informed the United Way WA Community Impact Strategy.