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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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Lynne has more than a decade of experience in strategy and innovation in Australia and the United States.
Prior to working with Agile Schools, Lynne was a Principal in the Boston Consulting Group’s Sydney and San Francisco offices, where she worked with clients in the private, government and not-for-profit sector on topics including digital innovation, building the delivery capability of government, and improving access to financial services for the poor.
Lynne holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a Bachelors degree and Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
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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Cale is a District Head of Innovation and former high school Principal in British Columbia, Canada. He is the co-author of 'Changing Change Using Learner-Centered Design', and works with schools, districts, health care professionals and industry leaders in Canada, the United States and in Asia. Cale uses the principles of Learner-Centered Design (LCD), Project-Based Learning, Instructional Rounds and Learning Sprints to help leaders empower their people as learners, and to co-design immersive, impactful learning experiences that build collective efficacy and create meaningful connections throughout their organizations.
You can follow Cale on Twitter (@birklearns) or visit www.calebirk.com
Ryan Dunn has collaborated with and advised schools and districts in the U.S and Australia. He has worked extensively in the United States, where he led large-scale research and professional learning initiatives in New York City and California. In Australia, Ryan is a lead consultant within the Curiosity and Powerful Learning initiative that works with over 100 primary and secondary schools in Victoria and Queensland.
As a lecturer at the University of Melbourne his work focuses on teacher professional learning, educational leadership, practitioner research and design thinking. Ryan is also a critical friend and keynote presenter for the University of Melbourne Network of Schools where he has delivered keynotes on Leading Change, Professional Learning Teams and Mathematical Reasoning.
Ryan has recently submitted his PhD thesis completed under the supervision of John Hattie, focused on the effectiveness of educational design research as a form of teacher professional learning.
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.
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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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.
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Terri Lynn is a lead learner who serves as a Principal with Evergreen Catholic Schools in Spruce Grove, Alberta. She is an avid consumer of knowledge and seeker of change. In her more than 20 years in education, Terri Lynn has explored learning in all grades, from kindergarten to grade 12, and as a result brings a systems focused mindset to school based problems of practice. She has firsthand experience with the power of Improvement Sprints, agility and instructional coaching to move practice forward and relishes the opportunity to dig deep, look broad and re-imagine learning.
Kristie O’Neill is an avid learner who believes high impact leadership practices can transform teacher pedagogy and create optimum environments for every student to achieve progress.
Kristie is currently an Instructional Leader in NSW Australia.