About Maggie


The most successful educators are a blend of professional knowledge and competence, with the ability to engage, connect and communicate that knowledge to students. As educational practices and the National Curriculum in Australia continually evolve, how are our best classroom teachers using the principles of positive education to achieve the educational outcomes that both schools and families seek?


Maggie Dent spent many years at the coalface as a secondary English teacher with a special interest in those who found the schooling journey a challenge. In this keynote address, she will explore some secrets she has discovered from successful educators, which can help create a respectful classroom environment where positive relationships and academic rigour can co-exist.


Her presentation will explore:


1.    The first days — creating a cooperative classroom culture

2.    Communication — strategies that can connect and engage

3.    Setting realistic positive goals

4.    Exploring optimal learning styles and accelerated learning techniques

5.    Building optimism, hope and fun in the learning journey.


Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common-sense’, Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence.


Maggie has published seven books, including Saving Our Adolescents, Real Kids in an Unreal World and her latest 9 Things: A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8. She is also a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers and early childhood educators. As a proud mother of four wonderful sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother, Maggie is a passionate advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities.


Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax's Essential Kids website, Parenting Ideas and Teachers Matter magazines, on commercial and ABC radio around the country and on TV programs such as The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Today and news.