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Building Resilient Classrooms: Mental Health and Student Engagement

Join us for a full-day conference ‘Building Resilient Classrooms: Mental Health and Student Engagement’ on Thursday 14th November. This conference will cover topics such as literacy and mental health and effective classroom management to ensure student engagement.

Date and Time

Thursday 14th November 9:30 am to 3 pm AEDT (Melbourne Time)


LDA Member: $160

LDA Student Member – $125

Non-Member – $180


Supporting mental health in the context of language and literacy difficultiesProf Mark Boyes & Assoc Prof Suze Leitao

Children who struggle with language and literacy are at elevated risk of mental health difficulties, yet why this is the case is unclear and current psychological therapies are generally not accessible for this population. Prof Mark Boyes and Assoc Prof Suze Leitão will provide an overview of the research from Curtin University’s ‘Language and Literacy in Young People’ research group (www.lalyp.com). They will present work investigating risk and protective factors associated with mental health in the context of language and literacy difficulties. They will also discuss ongoing projects aiming to develop accessible interventions and build the capacity of mental health professionals to support mental health needs of these children. Along with other members of ‘Language and Literacy in Young People’, they are keen to explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Creating engaged classrooms through effective classroom managementCate Whiting

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) is developing practical guidance for teachers and school leaders to create safe and supportive learning environments through effective classroom management. Explore the evidence base and how the resources support teachers to refine their practice and support school leaders to lead a whole school approach to classroom management. Plans for further resources to be released next year will also be shared, including guidance on supporting students with additional learning needs.


Prof Mark Boyes & Assoc Prof Suze Leitao

Prof Mark Boyes is a Professor in the School of Population Health at Curtin University, Co-Lead of the Mental Health Research Domain within the Curtin enAble Institute, and an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow. Associate Professor Suze Leitão is a researcher and academic speech pathology clinician from the Curtin School of Allied Health and the enAble Institute. She is internationally recognised for her work in Developmental Language Disorder. Suze and Mark co-lead Curtin University’s ‘Language and Literacy in Young People’ research group (www.lalyp.com).

Cate Whiting

Cate Whiting is an experienced school leader and has led school improvement by applying evidence-based practices in student engagement and behaviour, pedagogy, literacy and multi-tiered systems of support. Cate is currently the Principal Teaching and Learning Specialist leading the Engaged Classrooms Through Effective Classroom Management project at AERO.

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