The AAIBS inaugural Visiting Speaker Series brought the expertise and experience of Dr John Munro, BSc, MA, BEd, PhD. The series offered parents, students and teachers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable ideas and resources to ensure that students are fully equipped for the academic rigors of Year 11 and 12. Dr Munro's presentation focused on catering for gifted learners in the IB: Strategies for differentiating the pedagogy for talented outcomes. The speaker series ran in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland in May 2015
Dr John Munro is Head of Studies in Exceptional Learning and Gifted Education at University of Melbourne. As well as being a trained primary and secondary teacher, Dr Munro is also a registered psychologist. Throughout his career, Dr Munro has conducted extensive research in literacy learning and learning difficulties, maths learning disabilities, gifted learning, learning internationally, professional learning, and school improvement. He is a consultant to several Victorian and national school improvement projects, a Life Member of Learning Disabilities Australia, and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. He was president of the Australian Remedial Education Association and chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Dr Munroe has worked in the International Baccalaureate programme, for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge and was an international consultant to the Primary Years.
Program. Dr Munro is also credited with developing the Victorian Essential Learning Standards English syllabus and numerous learning difficulty support materials for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.