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Dr Simon Breakspear
As the founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools, Simon has advised educational leaders globally helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.
Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge.
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Ricky has significant leadership experience in education reform: working across schools, education systems and in the not for profit-sector. She was founding Director of the Centre for New Public Education, held system leadership positions in US school districts, and spent 7 years as a teacher and school leader.
Ricky is a Menzies Scholar and a graduate of Harvard where she completed a Masters of Education Policy and Management. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hon1) from the University of Sydney.
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Nelson González is an expert in learning innovation and agile development processes. Based in California, Nelson is translating innovation lessons from Silicon Valley to enable educators teams to rapidly improve student learning. Nelson is currently the co-founder of Declara, a company that created an online collaborative platform that supports educators throughout Australia, the USA and Mexico to share effective practices. Previously, Nelson designed the Innovation Lab Network in the US supporting schools in over 10 states to impact learning outcomes.
Cale Birk is the District Principal of Innovation for the Kamloops School District in British Columbia, Canada. Drawing upon his experiences as a teacher, school-based administrator and district leader over the past 20 years, Cale works with educators across North America to integrate the concepts of agile leadership, instructional rounds, and learner-centered design to transform classroom practice in the K-12 system. Cale publishes “The Learning Nation” (thelearningnation.blogspot.com), and you can follow him on Twitter (@birklearns).
Anthony Mackay is CEO, Centre for Strategic Education (CSE) Melbourne, Inaugural Chair, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), and Inaugural Deputy Chair, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
Tony is Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) and Inaugural Chair of the Innovation Unit Ltd, England. He is a consultant advisor to OECD/CERI and is Chair, National Institute for School Leadership, NCEE, Washington DC. Tony was a founding member of the Council of the National College for School Leadership, England UK.
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Renee has experience working with some of the largest commodity and financial corporations in Australia, acting as a core part in small start-ups and working with well-known thought leaders in diverse fields.
Renee has achieved success in both Australia and in North America in business management and system operations. Originally from New Zealand, Renee now lives in Sydney, Australia.
John is the Principal of the current ‘Northern Territory School of Excellence Award’ winner and one of only 13 Independent Public Schools in the NT Department of Education, Casuarina Street Primary School in Katherine. He has led innovations and system wide initiatives across the NT for the past 10 years since joining the system following his role as a Lead Teacher in the London Borough of Redbridge, UK.
John is leading the inaugural ‘Northern Territory Learning Commission’, with students from across the NT identifying and designing school, region and system wide solutions to ensure ongoing improvement.
Mrs. Avnita Bir, Principal, R.N.Podar School, Mumbai (since March 2003) is a recipient of the very prestigious National Award for Teachers 2009, having been conferred the award by the Honorable President of India. She is a post graduate in Economics from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College and has got a degree in education from Central Institute of Education, Delhi. She has also qualified the UGC (Net) Examination for Lectureship in Economics.