Independent Schools Queensland Independent Schools Queensland

Educational Data Symposium

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School Leaders and Executive Team
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. The Educational Data Symposium will connect you with international experts, and others in the independent sector who are already realising the benefits of using data to inform school-wide change.


This event has sold out.

To join the waitlist, please proceed with the registration process to submit an expression of interest.

Participants will explore tools and techniques that will improve data collection, analysis and interpretation.  Speakers will also help you to understand how you can use data to monitor improvement and evaluate effectiveness.

With a focus on independent schooling, there will be opportunities to connect with peers to understand how they have successfully delivered school-wide change using data.


How will I benefit?

  • understand how to use data effectively to underpin strategic planning, quality teaching frameworks and individualised instruction
  • gain insight into how other schools use and analyse data to support analysis and collaborative planning
  • learn strategies to support teachers to collect baseline and progress data for targeted students to measure improvement.

For further information, please contact Kate Crowe.

Pricing Schedule

Members $50

Non-members $150


Featured Speakers

Professor Geoff Masters AO

Australian Council for Educational Research

Using data for school improvement. Insights into effective collection and use of educational data.

Professor Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research.

He has a PhD in educational measurement from the University of Chicago and has published widely in the fields of educational assessment and research.

Professor Masters has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a national review of options for reporting and comparing school performances; reviews of strategies for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory; and a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland. He is currently working with the Western Australian Department of Education to develop a Principal Performance Improvement Tool.

Professor Masters’ contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian College of Educators’ Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.


Dr J Douglas Willms

The Learning Bar

Leading informed practice and the factors that contribute to student outcomes.

Dr J Douglas Willms is the President of the International Academy of Education, a Member of the US National Academy of Education. He is also the president of The Learning Bar, an education research company that specialises in student and school assessments and survey solutions.

Dr Willms has published over 200 research articles on the factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, and played a lead role in developing Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth and the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

He contributed to Educational Prosperity, an assessment framework for monitoring children’s development outcomes, which has been embraced by the OECD for its PISA for Development initiative.



Travis Smith

Microsoft Australia

Data in your school and the tools you have to manage it.

Travis Smith has over 11 years’ experience in the classroom and managed one of the first 1-to-1 technology programs in the country, starting in the mid 1990’s. During his teaching career he held positions of Assistant Principal and lectured at Monash University in the Education Faculty.

Travis has presented at conferences worldwide on the effective use of technology in the classroom as well as co-facilitated events such as the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum in Washington DC and Prague for teachers and leaders from over 70 countries.

His current role at Microsoft involves managing Microsoft’s education programs, professional learning experiences and providing insights into the role of technology in education.