MAV18 conference Email Alert - 25 May

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MAV18 conference - teachers creating impact

The Mathematical Association of Victoria is excited to announce the 55th Annual Conference (MAV18) will be at La Trobe University, Bundoora from Thursday 6 – Friday 7 December 2018.

Call for Options closing in three weeks!

At the heart of MAV’s Annual Conference are teachers. Each year over 1400 mathematics educators including teachers, academics, policy makers, curriculum experts and resource developers come together to share their collective expertise, experiences and ideas. This year the conference will focus on best practice, new ideas and innovative approaches around how:

  • sharing action research and evidence is improving practice
  • technology can be used as a valuable tool to support teaching and learning
  • critical and creative thinking can be embedded into the classroom
  • networks and communities of practice can support excellence and improvement.

This is a chance for you to share your experiences and knowledge with your colleagues and we encourage you to submit an abstract.

Submissions will only be accepted online and will be closing on Friday 15 June. Click here to access the Call for Options google form.

Early bird registration will close on 29 June!

Not only do you get the early bird rate, be the first to select your sessions before the program is released!

The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites you to participate in its annual conference; MAV18: Teachers Creating Impact.

All two-day conference registrations include:

  • Conference morning tea and lunch on both days
  • Complimentary conference satchel
  • Access to the conference sessions
  • Pass to the exhibition hall
  • One ticket to the Meet & Greet social event on Thursday evening
  • Parking

One day conference registrations are entitled to lunch and morning tea on the day they are registered (Thursday registration includes the social event).

All registration fees include a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Earlybird registrations close Friday 29 June 2018.

To register and for further information click here.

Confirmed Keynote

MAV are pleased to confirm the following keynotes who will be joining Dr Alan Finkel AO, Professor Robyn Jorgensen and Professor Tom Lowrie.

Leonie AnsteyLeonie Anstey

Leonie Anstey is an Educational Consultant in Instructional Leadership and Mathematics & Numeracy Education. She currently holds a Masters in Mathematics Education, based on research of the Skills and Knowledge for Mathematics Teacher Coaching. Leonie was a Principal in South Gippsland for 6 years and has worked as a Teacher/Principal Coach for 5 years. Leonie’s teaching background includes Senior Secondary (Mathematics/Physics), Primary and she has supported Pre-schools to implement challenging learning literacy/numeracy.

In 2010, Leonie was presented with the prestigious Lindsay Thompson Fellowship for her work in raising mathematics achievement for middle years students across a network of schools. The fellowship focussed on Instructional Leadership at the school, district and country levels in America, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

Leonie has presented at National and International conferences on Mathematics, Leadership and Thinking. Topics have included Professional Learning Teams, Questioning, Curriculum and Leadership practices.

Tracey MuirDr Tracey Muir

Dr Tracey Muir is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests include effective teaching for numeracy, problem solving in mathematics, and parental involvement in mathematics education. Her PhD research investigated the characteristics of effective numeracy teaching and the ways in which reflection on practice contributes to this.

Current research interests include student engagement in mathematics, teachers’ use of ICT in the teaching of mathematics, flipping the mathematics classroom and mathematical practices that promote reasoning and personalised learning. She is a co-author of Teaching Primary Mathematics: Capitalising on ICT for Today and Tomorrow, and Engaging with Mathematics Through Picture Books.

Dr Muir has presented seminars and workshops at state, national and international conferences and is particularly passionate about working with teachers to engage their students in mathematics and to enhance their classroom numeracy practices.

Rob Proffitt WhiteRob Proffitt-White

Rob has been a Principal Education Advisor: Australian Curriculum Mathematics within the Queensland Department of Education and Training for the last seven years.  He is a respected practitioner who has initiated one of Queensland's largest collaborative mathematics initiatives.  

Rob's passion centres on creating the right conditions for teachers to access ongoing, subject expertise and to get them coming back for more.  He believes all teachers deserve opportunities to have their experiences valued and built upon strengthening their enthusiasm and confidence with mathematics.

His focus is to work with teachers, teacher aides and school leaders to design, align and refine activities through a series of workshops that balance a top down and bottom up approach.  This is then seeded with the latest informed practices about how students learn best.

The impact, scalability, and sustainability of this initiative has revitalised both teachers and students from diverse backgrounds and is transforming the way Mathematics is taught.

James RussoDr James Russo

Dr James Russo is a Lecturer and early career researcher from Monash University. James worked part-time as a mathematics specialist in primary schools whilst undertaking his PhD, which he completed in 2017. James is passionate about making mathematics more enjoyable to teach and learn, and in strengthening connections between research and practice. To this end, he has published prolifically in teacher practitioner journals both nationally and internationally, with over 40 such contributions since 2015, and has recently become editor of the MAV journal Prime Number. He is committed to working at the intersection of research and practice; helping to translate academic literature into practical teaching ideas, and ensuring that mathematics education research is both informed by, and informs, classroom teacher practice.

James has a particular interest in how teaching with challenging tasks in primary schools can be used to simultaneously promote an inclusive classroom environment, support the development of mathematical proficiencies and optimise challenge for individual learners. He also has a passion for designing and incorporating mathematical games. James is of the firm belief that mathematical games are an engaging means of facilitating differentiated instruction and the development of mathematical reasoning and strategic thinking, whilst supporting students’ social and emotional development.

To support the implementation of a primary school mathematics program based almost exclusively on games and challenging tasks, James developed an organising framework to scaffold instruction - SURF Maths.  SURF has been implemented in several schools across Australia, and can be accessed for free at

Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities!

The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites your organisation to attend the 55th Annual Conference (MAV18) in Melbourne from Thursday 6 – Friday 7 December 2018. Hosted at La Trobe University, sponsors and exhibitors will be able to achieve brand positioning and have access to networking opportunities with educators from the mathematical industry.


We have had a fantastic response with over 30 exhibition space sold. Don’t delay in booking your space today!

MAV18 exhibition is an integral part of the conference and provides a great opportunity for organisations to showcase products and services in a face-to-face environment. The Exhibition will provide delegates and exhibitors with an intimate and interactive environment that provides a central meeting place for all participants. For more details and to download an exhibition prospectus and application form click here.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Jacqui Diamond on Tel: +61 3 9380 2399 or email:


We are pleased to be able to offer some new and exciting sponsorship opportunities as an Annual Sponsor and as a MAV18 sponsor. Download a flyer here.

For more detail regarding both annual sponsorship and sponsorship for MAV18 conference contact Peter Saffin on Tel: +61 3 9380 2399 or email:


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