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Differentiation in Curriculum & Pedagogy (Primary)

Elective | Dr Emily Ross | Saturday 24th of June, 2.15pm | Wickham Room


'The curriculum is a map, and teachers are the navigators'

The curriculum is the touchstone to support us, as teachers, in developing our learning plans. Currently, however, it feels more like the curriculum is dictating more than just what to teach, but how to teach and collect evidence of learning. In this session, we will explore principles of curriculum and assessment planning to assist us in ensuring we meet the learning needs of our students mapped to the goals set out by the curriculum. How can we use the curriculum’s inherent flexibility to differentiate in collecting evidence of student learning?

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Dr Emily Ross

Lecturer, University of QLD


Dr Emily Ross is a Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. She commenced this role in January 2023, recently moving from Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy and Program Coordinator – Master of Teaching (Secondary) in the School of Education and Tertiary Access at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Emily has extensive experience in curriculum implementation, supporting school leadership teams and teachers to implement some of the most exciting and cutting-edge curriculum initiatives.

She has led the design and implementation of key curriculum and assessment initiatives for Queensland and at a national level. Emily's doctoral research on curriculum interpretation and implementation has shaped government policy in Queensland. It has influenced the method and messaging for implementation support of the Australian Curriculum, and the professional development and resources that have been developed to aid teachers in the curriculum planning work.

Previously, Emily held senior leadership positions at the QCAA, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and the interim National Curriculum Board, as well as in Queensland government and independent schools. Emily's research focuses on curriculum and assessment policy and its implementation, particularly in areas of STEM education.

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