Robyne Bowering

Director
Step Up Education

Robyne Bowering

Director
Step Up Education

 

Fiona Boyd

Co-Founder and CEO
EdSmart

Fiona Boyd

Co-Founder & CEO
EdSmart

Fiona is passionate about using technology to empower relationships and the greater good. She began my career as a broadcaster and finds human beings and the human story infinitely interesting. For the last decade she’s specialised in creating and leading successful businesses online that serve communities by solving big problems. 

As founder and CEO of EdSmart Fiona is dedicated to helping educators, parents and students worldwide by reducing costs, reducing risk and getting paperwork out of the way to save huge amounts of time that can be reinvested into human connections. Taking school administration digital is not just a passion for Fiona, it’s a mission. Fiona’s previous successful online businesses include Arts Hub, Screen Hub, and REmessenger.

Phillip Carew

Philip Carew

Head of Digital Technologies & eLearning
Toorak College

Philip Carew

Head of Digital Technologies & eLearning
Toorak College

Phil is the Head of Digital Technologies & eLearning at Toorak College, Mount Eliza. His specialty area of study is VCE Media and Junior Technology. Phil is a Google Certified Trainer and Educator. He is proficient in the use of a range of technology tools to support the teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, which he shares with colleagues and students in order to gain the best outcomes. He has a passion for digital technologies, student engagement, reporting and assessment. Phil uses a range of GSuite tools to provide feedback and foster collaboration within the classroom.  

Henry Grossek

Henry Grossek

Principal
Berwick Lodge Primary School

Henry Grossek

Principal
Berwick Lodge Primary School

Henry is the founding principal of Berwick Lodge Primary School, a government school of 630 students, located in south-east Melbourne and which opened in 1990. Henry has postgraduate qualifications in educational leadership and has tutored in school leadership at Deakin University. Henry hosts a weekly current affairs program, Viewpoints, on Casey Radio 97.7FM and has a regular column, Grossek’s View, in Themes Education magazine. Henry is the author of a number of books including 5 illustrated children’s stories and Game On: Building the Education Revolution – an account of his 4-year battle with authorities to secure a fair deal for his school under the BER program.

Stella Jinman

Stella Jinman

Principal
Cecil Andrews College

Stella Jinman

Principal
Cecil Andrews College

2018 WITWA 20 in 20 Outstanding STEM Award Winner and Skilling Australia Award Recipient for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to STEM Education in Australia  

Principal Stella Jinman initiated Cecil Andrews College to be the first School in the State to trial the P-TECH Pilot program. The P-TECH program involves long term partnerships between industry, schools and tertiary education providers, which enables businesses to play an active role in the learning and career development of their future workforce. Stella and Cecil Andrews College are working collaboratively with a number of locally based corporate employer partners including: Austal, Thales Group, Civmec Construction & Engineering, Deloitte Australia, HP and Datacom Australia. The College is currently also working with Engineering Australia and SalesForce. 

Stella successfully attained $5m in state funding to build a state of the art, purpose built STEM Centre at Cecil Andrews College that won an award in 2018. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Centre, with pedagogy focused around the P-TECH program, was designed with flexible, interactive spaces able to transform and accommodate. The STEM centre provides a space for emergent technologies, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality; drones, robotics, cyber safety and biochemical projects. It’s about inviting children into education and making it so appealing they cannot resist. 

In 2013 Cecil Andrews College faced closure. Since taking on the Principal role, Stella Jinman has in just six years turned Cecil Andrews College into a Teacher Development School; specialising in STEM, Innovation and Technology with Specialists Arts and AFL Programs at its core.  Year 12 Attainment levels increased from 33% to 100% along with a significant improvement in literacy and numeracy among many other student achievements. 

Stella is a future-focused, educational leader with a strong drive for innovating transformation in student centred education. Her background in the leadership of a diverse range of schools has resulted in holistic twenty first century education that engages and is inclusive of all students. She has influenced, formed and maintained new and effective long term partnerships, which have transformed education into ecosystems where students are in supported pathways of learning. She drives teams to innovate classroom practice that is contemporary and reflects the current needs of students. 

An innovative and forward thinking leader, Stella Jinman is blending 21st Century technologies into the curriculum, to map the content to real-world skills that are needed in the work places of the future.  

Eleni Kyritsis

Eleni Kyritsis

Leader of Curriculum and Innovation
Strathcona Girls Baptist Grammar

Eleni Kyritsis

Leader of Curriculum and Innovation
Strathcona Girls Baptist Grammar

Eleni is an award-winning teacher with a passion for sharing her creative lesson ideas to enhance teaching and learning around the world. Eleni has been recognised for her outstanding contribution and support of the education community by being awarded a 2019 Educator Australia Rising Star, 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year, and the 2016 DLTV Victorian Educator of the Year. She is a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Apple Teacher and Hapara Certified Educator. Eleni has been honoured by the opportunity to facilitate keynote presentations and professional learning workshops across the globe.

Sam Macaulay

Co-Founder
Cyber Safety Project

Sam Macaulay

Co-Founder
Cyber Safety Project

Sam's background as a primary school teacher and advocate for student leadership lead him towards becoming a Co-Founder the Cyber Safety Project. In 2017 Sam was the deserving recipient of the Deakin Community Award for his outstanding contributions to his local community (Deakin Electorate in Melbourne). Sam is a self-confessed millennial with accounts on all of the social networking platforms. He has seen first-hand in his own teaching experience that even small mistakes made online can have long lasting social and emotional consequences. His motivation for developing and delivering the Cyber Safety Project is to reach a broader audience of teachers, students and community members, as well as provide effective learning experiences and teaching resources. To ensure students 'grow up digital'  Sam's vision is to see the community learn important safe and responsible online habits.

Amy Moore

Amy Moore

Relieving Assistant Principal
Harrington Public School

Amy Moore

Relieving Assistant Principal
Harrington Public School

Amy Moore is currently the Relieving Assistant Principal of Harrington Public School. Prior to her permanent employment at HPS since January 2010, Amy has taught across many schools and settings across NSW, Canberra and overseas in the UK. 

Amy has over 15 years teaching experience and is a mother of 4 children. She studied her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in rural NSW.  

Amy moved to the Mid North Coast of NSW in 2009 and has been teaching Harrington Public School since 2010.  She has filled numerous roles across all stages, various relief roles and is now team teaching across Stage 2 and Stage 3 with her teaching colleague, Jason Taylor. 

‘Team Aqua’ officially came together last July after Amy and Jason attended the Edutech conference in Sydney. Through collegial discussion, school planning and focus, Amy and Jason realised there was a great need in both their classrooms and they felt ‘stretched’ to attend to the vast array of abilities in both their classrooms. Having a working space where they taught next door, Amy and Jason took down the wall that separated their adjoining classrooms and now team teach in a learning space.  

For the previous 2 years under the guidance of Principal Lisa Kirkland, Harrington PS had begun the process of change with implementing Project Based Learning and extensive training and professional learning had taken place. The school also employed flexible seating across all classrooms and was seen as an innovative school that had moved away from traditional classrooms to create collaborative learning environment for students.  

Amy and Jason now team teach a class of 46 students from Years 3-6. They have 2 SLSOs, a Chaplain and many volunteers in their classroom.  Their classroom space is a progressive culture of learning that builds educational aspiration and ongoing improvement across its school community by providing high quality, stimulating and enriching future learning environments. Amy and Jason model and share a flexible repertoire of strategies such as Inquiry Based Learning, goal setting and learning maps for classroom management and promotion of Student Agency as all students take responsibility for their own learning.  

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Edmund Misson

Deputy CEO
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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Edmund Misson

Deputy CEO
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Edmund Misson is the Deputy CEO of AITSL and brings to the organisation a depth of experience in education and public service.  

Edmund joined AITSL as a General Manager in 2011, following a distinguished 15-year career in the Victorian Government advising on a range of education, training, and other social policy issues.  

Throughout his career, Edmund has focused on policy development and implementation to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration. 

Cameron Nicholls

Cameron Nicholls

Co-founder & Chair, Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria (ETCV)
Principal, Trafalgar Primary School (VIC)

Cameron Nicholls

Co-founder & Chair, Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria (ETCV)
Principal, Trafalgar Primary School (VIC)

As Chair of the Education Technology Consortium Victoria (ETCV), Cameron Nicholls leads collaboration between the IT Managers and curriculum leaders driving some of Victoria's most innovative School IT programs.  ETCV strives to bridge the gap between teachers and technology specialist in order to improve school outcomes.

Cameron is currently Principal of Trafalgar Primary School, a rural school located 120 kilometres from Melbourne in one of the fastest growing areas of the state.  He has previously worked as a Secondary School Principal, Assistant Principal and as a Music teacher, has worked at the intersection of technology and art for many years teaching music recording and production, including theatrical sound and lighting.

Cameron was a finalist for the Victorian Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013, being recognised for his outstanding teaching practice and his leadership of teaching and learning practices both locally and at the system level.  Of particular note was his leadership and implementation of ICT initiatives to improve student outcomes, that have been totally integrated into whole school management including student management, assessment/reporting, accountability, the provision of welfare services, community engagement strategies, and most importantly, student learning.

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson

Co-founder & Director, Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria (ETCV)
Operations Manager, Lowanna College (VIC)

Matthew Robinson

Co-founder & Director, Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria (ETCV)
Operations Manager, Lowanna College (VIC)

As a co-founder of the Education Technology Consortium Victoria (ETCV), Matt leads collaboration between the IT Managers and curriculum leaders driving some of Victoria's most innovative School IT programs.  ETCV aims to develop best practice in the delivery of IT services to improve learning and teaching.

Matt has had significant involvement in developing and sharing strategies to support schools and student learning around the 1:1/BYOD technologies around Australia. At Lowanna College he is the Operations Manager who responsible for managing one of the largest, business-grade, single-site ICT networks in the Gippsland region, rivalling local hospitals, universities and the power industry. Matt also manages the OHS, Maintenance and Facilities and the professional development for all non teaching staff.

Mary Lou O’Brien

Chief Digital Officer
Melbourne Girls Grammar

Mary-Lou O’Brien

Chief Digital Officer
Melbourne Girls Grammar

Mary-Lou has had a very varied background that includes being one of Australia's internet pioneers when she started Australia's first online retail business in 1997. She then moved into education after obtaining a Masters in eBusiness and Communication and a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training. Mary-Lou has worked at Swinburne University as an eLearning Leader for the School of Business, a Course Convenor and lecturer of eMarketing, eCommerce, Change Management and eBusiness Systems. She moved to Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2009 to take up the role of Director of eLearning and since then, she and her team, have successfully transformed learning at MGGS by introducing online environments that extend the student's capacity to learn independently and collaboratively. 

To complete the digital transformation at Melbourne Girls Grammar she accepted the role of Chief Digital Officer at the end of 2017, and whilst it encompasses what was previously eLearning, she now oversees the complete digital ecosystem to ensure it meets the School’s strategic intent and to fortify Melbourne Girls Grammars place at the leading edge of education innovation. In recognition of this she was a finalist for the CIO of the year award as well as making the Educators 2018 Hot List.    

Manjeet-Singh

Manjeet Singh

Researcher
Deakin University

Manjeet Singh

Researcher
Deakin University

Manjeet is a researcher with Deakin University’s School of IT, his research focuses in designing web-based software incorporating usability and persuasiveness using user-centred design principles. He is also an IT Consultant in his own software company assisting clients to develop applications using emerging technologies in areas of web and mobile Augmented Reality (AR).  

As a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Consultant, he was part of the team that worked on Singapore’s IT in Education Masterplan in the year 2000, doing applied research and development in delivering usable software for use in classrooms.  He speaks 6 Asian languages fluently and have developed an eLearning portal to teach Asian languages to beginners. Manjeet has been involved in 2 ICT startups over the last 20 years in the IT field and works each day to achieve a higher goal towards building a harmonious society. He graduated with a B.Eng. (Mechanical) degree from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with specialisation in Human Factors Engineering and has a M.Sc. (IT) research degree from Deakin University. He is currently pursuing his PhD and lives in Melbourne with his wife who is a teacher-trainer and a teenage daughter. 

Tamara Sullivan

Tamara Sullivan

Head of Academics & Innovation
Ormiston College

Tamara Sullivan

Head of Academics and Innovation
Ormiston College

Tamara is the Head of Academics and Innovation at Ormiston College and facilitates the College’s directions in 21st century teaching and learning. She understands the new and changing demands of the teaching profession and believes that building capacity is the cornerstone of a contemporary school. She is an innovator who leads e-learning, blended learning, curriculum development and the meaningful use of technology across the profession.

Tamara coordinates the College’s Learning Innovations Leadership Committee which was created to lead innovation, improvement and transformational change across the campus. She supports members to share their findings with the wider community through online forums, conferences and publications.

She is a well-known member in the global educational community and regularly conducts key note addresses, professional development workshops and online webinars. The presentations have a strong focus on shifting educators’ understanding of student learning in 21st century environments, and practical strategies on how to build a culture of innovation.

In 2016, Tamara was awarded the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in Queensland, and the Australian College of Educators Fellowship Award for her demonstrated leadership in implementing educational initiatives to improve outcomes for students in 21st century environments. In 2017, she was also awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders New Voice Scholarship for her contemporary leadership Australian education.

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor

Stage 3 Classroom Teacher
Harrington Public School

Jason Taylor

Stage 3 Classroom Teacher
Harrington Public School

Jason Taylor completed the Bachelor of Education in 2015. During his university studies, Jason also completed his Diploma of Counselling, Certificate IV in Teaching and Assessment, and Certificate I in Aboriginal Language: Gathang, all whilst working in a Primary School as a Student Learning Support Officer. After completing his studies in 2015, Jason gained full time employment at Harrington Public School (HPS). 

In 2016, Jason took up the role of Internal Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) coach for HPS, which lead into becoming the PBL Network Coach of the Manning and Forster areas in 2018, a role which includes organising and delivering professional development opportunities to many schools across the extended local areas. In 2018, Jason became a member of the Hastings Network STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Committee in 2018, which endeavours to identify and deliver project-based and future-focused information and practises to many schools across the Hastings region in the Mid North Coast of NSW. Further to this role, Jason co-presented professional development to teachers and executives that aimed to share successful learning practises for promoting student agency and provide ideas and tools to assist other schools to implement similar practises. Additionally, Jason attended the Ignite the Spark conference in 2018 at the University of New South Wales, along with the Principal of Harrington Public School, Lisa Kirkland. Jason and Lisa presented at the conference during a breakout session; this presentation primarily shared current practises of HPS that promote student agency via inquiry and project-based learning. 

Jason and fellow teacher, Amy Moore, attended the EduTECH conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney in 2018 and, during the conference, decided to combine their classes to trial team-teaching a larger group across Stage Two and Three. From Term Three 2018, Jason and Amy established an upper primary learning space in HPS that opened amazing opportunities for all students in a differentiated, personal, flexible and intrinsically engaging learning environment. 

John Townley

John Townley

STEM Coordinator
Cecil Andrews College

John Townley

STEM Coordinator
Cecil Andrews College

Too many students were dropping high-level STEM subjects at Cecil Andrews College, and STEM Coordinator John Townley was determined that should change.

He created a vibrant robotics program at his school, with a network of 12 other schools all now running Robotics Clubs and competing in FIRST Robotics’ competitions. His network includes Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School in the Great Victoria Desert.

The inter-school partnership between the remote and city schools is based on inclusion of Aboriginal cultural perspectives in STEM learning. He saw that culture was central to Indigenous young people’s learning, and he thought about how to harness it.

The result: Two-Way STEAM, which integrates Noongar culture and language with hands-on engineering. The first project is construction of remote-controlled racing cars. Co-taught by Elders, students learn about components, develop software skills, and build a track that embodies the six seasons recognised by Noongar people.

What began as a lunchtime activity is now timetabled and making such an impact that John is actively working with other schools to enhance their capacity in STEM teaching.

Mr Townley established Two-Way STEAM (2WAYSTEAM), which integrates aspects of local Nyoongar-Whadjuk culture and language with maths and engineering principles and activities aligned to the WA curriculum.

The first students to test-drive the concept was a group who had consistently truanted and disrupted classes in their first term at Cecil Andrews, at Seville Grove in Perth’s southern suburbs. Mr Townley initially invited them to his engineering lab outside of class time, to gauge their response to working hands-on with electronics.

Based on their enthusiasm, in 2018 he created the first formal 2WAYSTEAM class for Year 7 students. “The deal was, ‘go to other classes, behave well and put in your best effort and I will let you in here at lunch and into the 2WAYSTEAM group’,” Mr Townley said.

Noongar Elders and traditional educators Vivienne and Mort Hansen provide language and cultural context.

Mr Townley works with teachers at other schools through the Teacher Development Schools program to enhance their capacity in STEM teaching and Digital Technologies Curriculum delivery and more than 200 students outside Cecil Andrews have now attended one of the robotics courses he designed.

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