YDC Sharing Summit

27–28 October 2014

Transforming learning communities through YuMi Deadly Maths

Registrations are now open

The YDC Sharing Summit brings together education practitioners from schools across Queensland to share best practice and their experiences with YuMi Deadly Maths. Everyone is welcome to attend this engaging and informative summit to learn more about how YuMi Deadly Maths can transform learning communities. For further details, please go to our Sharing Summit Registration site.

If you would like to attend for individual sessions only, please contact Charlotte Cottier at or 3138 0061 by 17 October.

Sharing Summit program

Keynote speaker: Mr Selwyn Button

Mr Selwyn Button is a Gungarri man from South West Queensland raised in Cherbourg.

Mr Button was appointed as the Assistant Director-General, Indigenous Education – State Schools in August 2014. Prior to this he held the position of CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and was the Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Limited.

Mr Button has also held positions as the Director, Indigenous Health Policy Branch within Queensland Health, and has worked in a variety of government policy development roles within the Department of Education and Training. He is a qualified teacher and has also served as a Police Officer with the Queensland Police Service for approximately 6 years.

Mr Button is also a Director of The Lowitja Institute, Oxfam Australia and has served on numerous councils and committees including the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee, Queensland Council of Social Services and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition.

Keynote speech abstract: Meeting targets for equitable numeracy outcomes

Mathematical competence is required to successfully participate in everyday 21st century life. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and young people, comparative data shows that in general their understanding and use of mathematical and numeracy concepts, as tested by standardised national and international instruments, is not the same as their non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counterparts.

Numeracy is one area where a national Closing the Gap target has been set by the Council of Australian Governments in an attempt to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and young people. In 2008 a target was set to halve the gap in numeracy achievements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children within a decade – that is by 2018.

Progress toward meeting this target in Queensland State Schools, monitored through national testing, is inconsistent.

To meet the target and ensure equitable numeracy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, there are three priorities: ensuring students are at school (attendance and retention); ensuring that the community is on board; and capacity of teachers and leaders.

It is the last of these priorities where YuMi Deadly Maths is pivotal.

Full program draft

A draft of the full two-day program with abstracts is now available. Please note that this program is subject to change.



QUT YuMi Deadly Centre

Phone: +61 07 3138 0035
Fax: +61 07 3138 3985

School of Curriculum
Faculty of Education
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove Campus
S Block, Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059