Auburn North Public School, NSW
During his career Mark Harris has taught in public and catholic high schools and primary schools in five countries. Over the past 23 years he has been the principal of three primary schools and is presently the principal of Auburn North Public School, a multi-award-winning school that is one of Australia’s most multicultural schools.
Mark has presented papers at the 2018 International Metropolis Conference in the Netherlands and its 2019 Sydney Conference. He’s visiting schools and interviewing principals and teachers in Canada and Finland this year as part of a research project he’s conducting in the area of Refugee Education.
Brisbane Grammar School, QLD
Jacqui Zervos is the Executive Director: Educational Innovation at Brisbane Grammar School. She has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the past twelve years serving much of that time, prior to her current role, as Head of Middle School with responsibility for all the academic, pastoral and extracurricular programs. In her current role she works collaboratively with senior and middle leaders across the academic, pastoral and cocurricular domains on whole-school strategic imperatives, particularly in relation to building teachers’ curriculum and pedagogical expertise. She leads a whole school research-informed, evidence-based project which aims to develop classroom cultures in which students’ capacities for meta-cognition and self-regulation are developed.
St Peter's College, SA
With a background in pastoral care leadership and curriculum leadership, both in South Australia and an international independent school, Sam arrived at St Peter’s College seven years ago to join the Learning and Teaching team there. Inspired by training in Visible Learning and then a meeting with John Hattie, Sam has taken the opportunity presented by new leadership at St Peter’s College to invest significantly in developing data analytics and learning science at his school. This has included creating a team of like-minded and similarly motivated staff to facilitate the sharing of innovations and to help drive the culture change needed to improve the integration of data use in teachers’ daily practice. This is a work in progress, and one Sam is keen to share with others for mutual benefit for all of our students, staff and schools.
Ballarat High School, VIC
Jessica Sargeant is Associate Principal at Ballarat High School. Her role has a clear focus on developing teaching and learning and educational leadership across the school. Jessica has developed a school wide learning framework, core learning dispositions and has developed a growth mindset community. As a result Ballarat High School has seen significant improvement in student learning and now track individual learning growth. Jessica has completed a Master in School Leadership, was and innovation and excellence educator and most recently has been selected to lead a growth potential pilot around teaching reading. Jessica is a sessional lecturer for Federation University in teacher education.
Sydney Catholic Schools Office, NSW
Jennie Quinn is an Education Officer: Diverse Learning Initiatives working in the Central Diverse Learning team of Sydney Catholic Schools. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher and in various school leadership roles. She has a passion for Gifted Education and has worked as a Gifted Education Coordinator and more recently a Newman Facilitator for the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program. In her role as Newman facilitator, she was responsible for coordinating Parent Mentoring programs for gifted students. Jennie’s contribution was formally recognised with an award from Gifted Families Support Group Inc. Her current responsibilities include facilitating high calibre professional learning in Gifted Education for Principals and Newman Facilitators. Jennie has completed the Certificate of Gifted Education (COGE) and is currently completing her Masters of Gifted Education at the University of NSW. She recently co-presented a keynote at The World Giftedness Conference in Dubai on Worldwide Best Practices in Gifted Education.
Rooty Hill High School, NSW
John Meng is Deputy Principal Special Project at Rooty Hill High School where he currently leads a school wide project “Evidence Informed Culture and Practice”. His research interests include Evidence Based Teaching, Short Cycle Learning Data Analysis, Learning Progress and Momentum Tracking, and STEM/Transdisciplinary Education. John is a past president of Chinese Language Teachers Association and a past president of Mathematical Association of NSW. He is a textbook writer, web developer, R and MATLAB programmer, and after all a passionate teacher of mathematics in Western Sydney.
John enjoys travelling, golfing, thinking, reading, calculating and spending time with his young family. You are kindly invited to follow John (@xqmeng) on Twitter where he shares his thoughts, comments and research activities.
Girton Grammar School, VIC
Knox Grammar, NSW
Catholic Education Office Lismore, NSW
Nadine Slingsby is a Pedagogy Consultant with the Catholic Schools Office Lismore. Nadine has worked as a Classroom teacher, K-2 Leader of Numeracy and K-6 Leader of Pedagogy across Public and Catholic schools in both Victoria and NSW. Nadine has a passion for the teaching of writing and is currently working with schools in the Diocese on an Inquiry approach to improving student writing outcomes.
Sydney Catholic Schools Office, NSW
Nicole Shepherd has worked in the Archdiocese of Sydney Catholic Schools for 30 years as a Primary teacher and a Literacy specialist teacher and has held various roles as a member of school leadership teams. Nicole is currently working in the role of Education Officer for Diverse Learning Initiatives in the Sydney Catholic Schools Central Diverse Learning Team. She has been a teacher of gifted students for over 10 years and a facilitator for the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program for 5 years. Nicole has completed a Certificate of Gifted Education and a Masters of Education (Gifted) at the University of NSW and her areas of passion are Literacy, Gifted Education and Diverse Learners. She has organised and presented workshops to teachers, principals and System Leaders within Sydney, NSW and Interstate.
Aitken College, VIC
Ben Lawless is a multi-award winning teacher, author and researcher at Aitken College. He worked under Patrick Griffin at Melbourne University’s Assessment Research Centre, specialisng in developmental learning theory and assessment. He has produced learning game products, written textbooks, VCAA rubrics, learning adventures for the National Museum and numerous articles for teacher professional journals. He is passionate about simulations, game-based learning and assessment. He shares his ideas and concrete, practical materials widely.
Aitken College, VIC
Adele Hudson is Head of Science at Aitken College and currently teaches middle school science, and senior chemistry and physics. Prior to becoming a teacher, she completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide before completing a PhD at RMIT.
As part of the Assessment and Reporting team at Aitken College, Adele designed spreadsheets to help streamline the process of collecting data on student learning. The integration of these tools in the assessment process has enabled staff to use data in their everyday teaching to improve their practise. As Head of Science she has also helped to implement developmental rubrics into all parts of the curriculum which has revolutionised the way that Science is experienced by students. Adele was recognised for her work in 2018 when she was selected as national winner of the BHP Billiton Foundation Science Teacher award.
Queenwood School for Girls, NSW
Ballarat High School, VIC
Steve White commenced his career as a mechanic and worked in a range of workshops including Honda and Madza. It was as a mechanic he was given responsibility for training apprentices and developed an interest in teaching and learning. He then undertook a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Technology and transitioned to teaching. He currently teaches VET Automotive and VCAL. He is a leading teacher in charge of the Learning Mentor program. He has a growth mindset and is passionate about students setting challenging learning goals which they do with the support of their mentor. Steve has been instrumental in the development of personalised reports that focus on effort and achievement.
Research Australia Development & Innovation Institute
Dr Cuttance has 45 years of experience as an educator, researcher and educational administrator. He taught mathematics and science in secondary schools and mathematics and economics in vocational education in New Zealand prior to taking up a career in educational research. He holds degrees in mathematics, science, economics, and education. Peter has substantial experience in working closely with schools throughout Australia in a number of roles. He has led programs that have been responsible for reviewing the performance of over 5000 schools (Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland). Peter’s current work is focussed on providing schools with a fully automated system for analysing data on student performance and providing reports for schools that are written in the language of educators. His perspectives are not based on business analytics, which are very much in vogue, but aim to provide a reliable interpretation of data on student achievement and the factors that influence student performance.
Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority
Northern Beaches Secondary College, NSW
Bianca Hewes is the Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning at the Manly Selective Campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College; she has been a high school English teacher since 2005. Bianca started to experiment with PBL in 2010 and is regarded as a leading practitioner in the field.
Immanuel College, SA
Martyn has worked as teacher for 15 years. He joined Immanuel in 2006 and has held a variety of leadership positions including being the Head of Humanities and the Senior Years Learning Leader. At present he is the Director of Teaching and Learning. His current role sees him overseeing the IB MYP and SACE programs at the College as well as exploring the integration of technology and learning. He has a particular interest in developing cultures for both staff and students where thinking and innovation are valued and actively promoted.
Luther College, VIC
St Joseph’s Catholic High School, NSW