Miami State High School, QLD
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.
Radford College, ACT
Monash University & Victoria Institute of Teaching
Killester College, VIC
St Matthew's Catholic School, NSW
University of Melbourne
Patrick Griffin held the Chair of Education (Assessment) in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education from 1996 to 2015. He was the founding director of the Assessment Research Centre from 1988 to 2015 at RMIT and Melbourne University. At the University of Melbourne he spent periods of time as head of department, deputy dean and director of the research centre. His work focused on links between assessment and teaching in the fields of problem solving and higher order competency assessment and performance as well as studies of literacy and numeracy development. He has been the assessment consultant for UNESCO in Southern and Eastern Africa and for the World Bank in Vietnam. He has led national and international studies of problem solving, literacy and numeracy and has been the Executive Director of the Assessment and Teaching of 21 st Century Skills project since 2010 with an impact on national and international assessments including the PISA study of 2015 and the national assessment of education progress in the USA scheduled for 2017. His work has also included developmental frameworks for teachers’ classroom practice and school leaders in Australia through the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). He is currently Emeritus Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, where he continues to lead local, national and international projects and contribute to the teaching and research higher degree programs.
St Francis Xavier College, VIC
Kelly Ryan is the Director of Learning Culture at the Berwick Campus of St Francis Xavier College in Victoria. St. Francis Xavier College is a multi-campus Catholic school of over 2500 students. The Berwick Campus is home to 1000 Year 7-9 students. Kelly has been in education for 15 years and in educational leadership for 12 having completed her Masters in School Leadership through Monash University. Kelly is a technology and humanities teacher who has a passion for learning and teaching strategies that enable all students to participate in learning. St. Francis Xavier College has a strong focus on differentiation in order to meet learning needs of all students. Kelly has been heading up the work being done at the Berwick campus to embed differentiation and to promote a collegiate approach to teacher development in this area.
Illawarra Christian School, NSW
Simone began teaching at Illawarra Christian School in 2001 after several years of experience in Queensland schools. She has taught K–6 classes and also secondary Japanese. Initially, Simone was appointed to a primary leadership position, and she commenced her role as Director of Student Learning Opportunities in 2017. In order to determine and facilitate effective learning paths for individuals, Simone monitors student performance. Her role also involves oversight of the school’s enrichment and learning support programs. Simone is dedicated to identifying the individual passions, gifts and needs of students and to providing opportunities that enrich student learning outcomes. She is energised by innovations in education and is excited about the direction teaching is taking.
Barker College, NSW
Matthew is the Director of Research in Learning & The Barker Institute with a focus on professional learning, research, and innovation in the school. He is a Physics and Christian Studies teacher and he runs the new Science Extension course at the School which introduces students to scientific academic research. Matthew's doctorate reflects his passion for science education focussing on Representational Fluency amongst physics students at school and university. He has published in leadership, education, and science journals and been involved in course development and teaching at The University of Sydney and The University of Western Sydney. Currently Matthew is undertaking a Masters of Divinity through Ridley College in Melbourne.
Aitken College, VIC
Kerri Batch is the College Head of Learning at Aitken College. Her areas of expertise include teacher capacity development, reflective teaching practice and leading learning innovation. She is passionate about the need for educational transformation in schools to better meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Since beginning her time with Aitken College, Kerri has also held the positions of Director of Teaching & Learning, Head of English and Assistant Head of Middle School. She has been building a professional learning community ethos since 2004, creating opportunities for teachers to share ideas and expertise about their classroom practise through teams and peer coaching. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne, with a focus on curriculum development and assessment. Kerri has previously taught at Catholic College Sale, Wesley College and Alphington Grammar School.
Ivanhoe Grammar School, VIC
Wesley College, VIC
Adam Kruger is an energetic, captivating presenter and well-known educator in his area. He is the co- creator of the STAR Approach which focuses on engaging students in mathematics by relating their interests to real-world applications. Adam is currently the Learning Area Leader for Mathematics at Wesley College in Melbourne, Victoria. He has also served as a Teaching and Learning Leader, Curriculum Co-ordinator, consultant and developer. Adam truly understands how to connect research and practice in education. His passion for mathematics education is alive in his work with students, parents, teachers and leaders.
Parkdale Secondary College, VIC
Scott Rumble is a passionate, knowledgeable presenter and dedicated educator in mathematics. He is the co-creator of the STAR Program: A Student Centred Approach. Scott is currently a Senior School Leader at Parkdale Secondary College but has also served as a consultant, curriculum leader and developer. Scott appreciates opportunities to enable educators to empower young mathematicians.
Brisbane Christian College, QLD
Melton Christian College, VIC
Kristie is a passionate Secondary teacher who is committed to helping students discover their identity
and purpose through their learning journey. Kristie has been teaching English and Legal Studies for ten
years at Melton Christian College and experience and results have shown her that it through establishing
personal rapport with each learner, and consistently communicating and modelling the cultural
expectations of the learning environment, that she can best engage learners and support them in their
growth and development. Kristie currently serves her college community as Head of Teaching and
Radford College, ACT