SVA Education Dialogue 2013

The SVA Education Dialogue was an opportunity to learn from the inspired education leaders who are using evidence-based approaches to make a difference in the Australian education system. SVA hosted Dr Vicki Phillips, Director of Education at the Gates Foundation, as the event's guest speaker.


  1. An 'uncommon alliance'  of over 90 educators, policymakers, business people, philanthropists, and changemakers attended the SVA Education Dialogue workshop in Sydney on Tuesday 3 September 2013. SVA thanks the AMP Foundation, the Bryan Foundation, the Macquarie Group Foundation, The Trust Company and The Trust Company as trustee for the The Fred P. Archer Charitable Trust for their generous support of the Education Dialogue 2013. 
  2. Dr Vicki Phillips, Director of Education at the Gates Foundation presented on catalytic philanthropy and its role in effecting education change.
  3. Dr Ben Jensen, Director of the School Education program, Grattan Institute and Verity Firth, Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation responded to Dr Phillips' presentation.
  4. The SVA Education Dialogue acknowledges that students'opinions and perspectives are vital in the discussion about teaching effectiveness and improving education outcomes for students in disadvantaged communities. We heard from three inspiring young leaders, Thomas Jackson, Stephanie Armstrong and Kristian Jiminez, supported by Adam Smith.
  5. The Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools (ETDS) program was developed at Queensland University of Technology by Associate Professors Jo Lampert and Bruce Burnett. It takes the top 10% of students in the QUT Bachelor of Education program and offers them a modified curriculum that aims to better prepare them to work in schools in disadvantaged communities. SVA worked with QUT to source funding to grow the program,  with the The Origin Foundation committing $2 million to scale the project nationally, over the next three and a half years. The Education Dialogue heard more about these plans from Associate Professor Jo Lampert, QUT; Prof Wendy Patton, QUT; Sean Barrett, Origin Foundation; Rachel Logan, a teacher and graduate of the ETDS program and Kylie Smith, Principal of Lawnton State School (where Rachel teaches). The panel discussion was led by Maxine McKew.