Meet the accomplished education experts who will be facilitating two days of insightful, inspiring learning. Learn more about the speakers who are committed to supporting every educator in reaching every child.
Dr Helen Adam is Senior Lecturer, Course Coordinator and researcher at Edith Cowan University. Helen’s research addresses the role and importance of quality inclusive literature in the social and emotional and educational wellbeing of the child, with a particular focus on the importance of authentic representations and inclusion of cultural diversity in children’s literature. Helen’s work has a particular focus on promoting socially just and equitable education through the promotion of the publication and use of authentically diverse and inclusive literature as one way to break down barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding in society. Her work is published in internationally renowned research journals. Helen has served as a judge for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards and is frequently called on for expert comment in the media and as a presenter to diverse audiences of educators and academics.
Misty Adoniou is an Associate Professor in Language Literacy and TESL. She is a past President of TESOL Greece and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, and Board Director of TESOL International. She was the lead writer for the Australian Curriculum’s English as an Additional Language/Dialect document and support materials, a contributing writer for the AC Literacy Continuum, and AC Language Learning Progressions and an advisor on Equity and Diversity in the Australian Curriculum.
She was a co-investigator on a federally funded investigation of pathways into higher education for refugee background learners in Australia; lead investigator on an evaluation of language, literacy and multilingualism in the global International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP programmes, and lead investigator on an evaluation of the off-shore cultural orientation programmes offered to refugees by the International Organisation for Migration. She was the project manager for the development of the new on-shore cultural orientation programmes offered to by the Federal Department to all humanitarian entrants to Australia
Lee's bio is coming soon. she'll be presenting Practical classroom strategies for supporting students on the autism spectrum.
Jacqui Cowell is the Head of Learning at Australian Theatre for Young People. She has vast experience as an Education Manager and Drama Educator. Jacqui has created and managed Education and Youth programs for Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA and AFTRS, developing and implementing live and digital education programs. At ATYP, Jacqui has created a drama and literacy program ATYP On Demand Plus, a national digital education program for primary schools. Jacqui is also an experienced educator, having taught Drama and English K-12 in Sydney schools for 15 years. At Sydney Theatre Company she taught on the School Drama program, a literacy and drama program in primary schools. She also taught K-6 Drama at Santa Sabina College through the IB PYP Program.
Robyn Ewing AM is Professor Emerita, Teacher Education and the Arts and Co-
Director of the Creativity in Research, Engaging the Arts, Transforming Education, Health and Wellbeing (CREATE Centre, University of Sydney). Her teaching and research areas include primary curriculum, especially English, literature, drama and early literacy development. Robyn is passionate about the role quality arts experiences and processes can and should play in creative pedagogy and transforming the curriculum at all levels of education. She is a past President of PETAA and ALEA and is currently Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre Company and a Board member of WestWords and Dirt Lane Press. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015.
Dr Jennifer Hammond is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Technology Sydney. She has taught for many years in the fields of language and literacy education, English as an Additional Language (EAL) education and research design. Her research interests are in literacy development; classroom interaction, and the implications of socio-cultural and systemic theories of language and learning in EAL education. With colleagues, she has completed research into the nature of high challenge, high support pedagogies designed to meet the needs of EAL students, including students of refugee background, in mainstream classes. She has published widely in these areas.
Tim Warwick was recently appointed School Improvement Leader for Greater Shepparton Secondary College and Shepparton Education Plan in Victoria.
He is the past-Principal of Gowrie St Primary and earlier in his career, he taught Legal Studies and Humanities at Wanganui Park Secondary College. Tim has led and supported a number of Indigenous education and cultural awareness strategies which have been launched in schools across the Murray Goulburn Valley region. He was the Project Co-ordinator for the Kaiela Dhungala First Peoples Curriculum and is on the boards of Ganbina and Boundless, two organisations aimed at supporting the aspirations of our young people.
Maryanne's bio coming soon.
Dr Amanda Lloyd is an educator with extensive experience teaching and adventuring outdoors. She has always spent her free time: on a bike, in a boat, swimming in the ocean, overnight hiking, and generally enjoying the outdoors. This led her into a field that developed her life experiences into educational opportunities for others. Amanda has 19 years experience as a teacher, outdoor practitioner, professional development facilitator, researcher and outdoor education consultant. She is currently the Executive Officer of Outdoors NSW. Amanda completed her PhD focused on the advantages of outdoor learning for Primary School students, and built many cubby houses along the way.
Karen who is the Deputy Head K-12 at Knox is committed to leading innovation in collaboration with teachers, students and parents. She is also a passionate English teacher who has worked with primary and secondary teachers on writing and improving literacy. Karen is vice president of ETA NSW and the PTC, director of APTA and a Lab Champion for Learning Creates Australia. Karen is doing her PhD with a focus on how an effective professional learning model can enable teachers to foster global competency and academic excellence.
Linda J. Graham is Director of The Centre for Inclusive Education and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Her research investigates the role of education policy and schooling practices in the development of disruptive student behaviour and the improvement of responses to children that some teachers find difficult to teach.
Currently, Linda is co-leading the Accessible Assessment ARC Linkage project with A/Prof Jill Willis “Improving Outcomes through Accessible Assessment and Inclusive Practices." Linda is also Chair of the Inquiry into suspension, exclusion and expulsion processes in South Australian government schools, and co-convenes the AARE Inclusive Education Special Interest Group (with Dr Kate de Bruin and Ms Haley Tancredi).
She has appeared in numerous print, radio and television media and is a strong advocate that inclusive education is a foundation platform for broader social inclusion and the development of an inclusive democracy.
Professor Peter O’Connor is the Director of the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation at the University of Auckland. The author of over 90 academic publications, Peter has made and researched drama in schools, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and with the homeless and in disaster zones. In 2020 he created Te Rito Toi, a website to support teachers use the arts and wellbeing as a way to return to school post crisis. It has been used in 114 countries. His webinars on the site were attended by over 40,000 teachers. Peter's most recent research includes multi and interdisciplinary studies on the creative pedagogies and the arts, the nature of embodied learning and the pedagogy of surprise.
Stan Grant is the Vice Chancellor's Chair of Australian/Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University. He was formerly ABC's Global Affairs and Indigenous Affairs Analyst. He is a multi-award winning current affairs host, an author and an adventurer. Well known for having brought the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to tears when interviewed about Indigenous affairs on The Point, Stan’s keynotes are insightful, engaging, always professional and at times, controversial. Stan has written The Tears of Strangers and Talking To My Country (Harper Collins), and has published numerous articles and opinion pieces for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Stan Grant is passionate about justice and humanity. He can link the importance of leadership and the impact of history and above all believes in the power and resilience of people.
Haley Tancredi is an educational speech pathologist with over 15 years experience in schools in NSW and QLD. Haley is also a PhD candidate on the Accessible Assessment ARC Linkage project at QUT, where she is investigating the impact of teachers’ use of accessible pedagogies on the classroom experiences, engagement and learning outcomes of students with language and attentional difficulties. Her previous research investigated the impact of education adjustments for students with language difficulties, where students were consulted and had a voice in the adjustments that were designed and implemented.