Working Memory Conference



Poor Working Memory is often the underlying cause of a range of learning difficulties and behaviour challenges (Penni Maher).

Gain an understanding of the everyday practical applications of Working Memory that best suit your circumstances.

Listen to keynote speaker Maryanne Wolf explain why Working Memory is so critical to learning, and explore and develop your own lifelong skills in:

  • Concentration
  • Productivity
  • Supporting Working Memory

Backed by the latest research, our speakers will give you practical solutions to applying Working Memory in the classroom and the workplace.

The 2017 Working Memory Conference will be held on:

  • Tuesday 15 August – Sydney (Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf)
  • Thursday 17 August – Perth (Pan Pacific Hotel)


Registrations have now closed.


Who should attend?

All those with an interest in Working Memory including educators, guidance counsellors and psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and anyone in Allied Health professions.


This course is accredited by TQI for ACT-based teachers

Attending the Working Memory Conference workshop will contribute 7 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Accreditation can be provided after the conference on request by contacting info@pearsonacademy.com.au.


This conference addresses the following AITSL Standards:

1.1 Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.

1.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

1.5 Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

1.6 Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements.

2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.

2.5 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

2.6 Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.

3.1 Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students.

3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.


Victorian Educators: Aspects of this workshop address AITSL Standards 1.5 and 1.6, which can be applied to the professional learning requirements outlined in the VIT’s Special Needs Plan.


Speaker details

Maryanne Wolf

Join Maryanne Wolf for her keynote session on reading and reading comprehension in the era of digital devices and shorter attention spans.

Dr Nicola Gates

Dr Nicola Gates will present practical strategies to improve Working Memory and brain health with cognitive training.

Jarod Horvath

Learn what Working Memory is and how it works with Dr. Jared Horvath.

Penni Maher

Hear Penni Maher’s first-hand experience applying Working Memory management techniques at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, and the impact it had on classroom behaviour.


Tuesday 15 August – Sydney 
Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf
26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009


Thursday 17 August – Perth 
Pan Pacific Hotel
Adelaide Terrace, 207, Perth WA 6000







Appreciated topics not being 'dumbed down' for all people but remained professional accessible. Info was presented for selection of relevance by viewers and assimilating to own field. Allowed for lateral learning.
Elise Gibson - Classroom Teacher
Presentations by Nicola Gates. It was fantastic to hear Nicola's perspective and variety of information, the specific perspective on WM was very useful!
Liz Hill - Speech Pathologist
The sessions relating to teaching and strategies were most relevant but I really enjoyed how each speaker added to the perspective of the whole picture.
Jessica Cargill - Classroom Teacher
I am going away with things that will improve my practice. I found the content most relevant, useful and providing implications for good practice. This is the second Pearson conference I have attended, a very professional organisation that delivers quality.
Glenys Gardem - School Counsellor
The information is current and highly relevant to current teaching practices.
Caroline Dupain - Literacy Classroom Teacher
Well organised, simple registration process, relevance to my context, reasonable cost, very informative.
Pamela Wallace - Guidance Counsellor
Highly pertinent to my roles as support teacher, literacy & numeracy, to assist teachers and students.
Lesly Dryer - School Support Staff