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Silje Andersen-Cooke

Silje is the Youth Advisor at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, where she advises on the youth engagement and communications strategy. Previously she has worked at Twitter in public policy, and volunteered for the Young & Well Cooperative Research Centre to help create products and processes that improve young people’s mental health through technology.

Jade Arnold

Jade Arnold

Jade Arnold, teacher librarian and distance education coordinator at Galston High School, believes in the benefits of having a well-trained student librarian team to help transform the school library into a vibrant and energetic place.

Jennifer Asha

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Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator in primary and tertiary settings with expertise in teaching and learning visual literacy.

Beryl Aylett

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Beryl Aylett is a teacher librarian at Metella Road Public School. She completed her teacher training at Northern Rivers University and later undertook a Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) at Charles Sturt University. Beryl has taught full time in Western Sydney for 27 years. In retirement, Beryl looks forward to illustrating and publishing a semi-fictionalised account of her mother’s childhood.

Dr Lorraine Beveridge and Jane Lieschke

Beveridge and Lieschke

Dr Lorraine Beveridge works as a Curriculum Advisor, providing scaffolded support to schools through building teacher capacity. Jane Lieschke works as a Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Advisor, in a similar role.

Gaye Braiding

Gaye Braiding is a teacher at Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, Epping North Public School, and NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education. Gaye is also an experienced writer of curriculum resources, and is passionate about environmental education.

Dr Rachel Buchanan, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Dr Jill Scevak, & Dr Shamus P Smith

 

Dr Rachel Buchanan, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Dr Jill Scevak and Dr Shamus P Smith are all members of the Digital Identity, Culture and Education [DICE] Research Network at the University of Newcastle. http://dice.newcastle.edu.au/index.html

Belinda Cameron

Belinda Cameron

Belinda Cameron, teacher librarian at Maclean High School on the North Coast, enjoys researching and designing collaborative spaces and projects that support local and global community connections.

Basil Capizzi

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Basil Capizzi is a Legal Studies teacher and Assistant Mathematics Coordinator at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield. A former solicitor, he believes in the importance of legal education in preparing adolescents to be informed citizens. He is also a sessional tutor at ACU, working to develop pre-service teachers.

Gaynor Castellaro

Gaynor Castellaro

Gaynor Castellaro is an Assistant Principal at Hanwood Public School.

Cathie Cattermole

Cathie Cattermole is a teacher librarian and I-Centre coordinator at James Erskine Public School in Western Sydney. She moved into the role in 2009 after 19 years of teaching, and has a keen interest in digital technologies, particularly coding and robotics. She also loves inspiring STEM projects using picture books.

Lizzie Chase

Lizzie Chase

Lizzie Chase, teacher librarian at West Ryde Public School. She was previously an Instructional Leader K-2 and a Literacy Consultant, working for the Priority Schools Program in Western Sydney. Lizzie is passionate about literacy, picture books and empowering students to realise their potential to be informed readers, viewers, authors and illustrators.

Jackie Child

Jackie Child is a teacher librarian/Junior School technologies coordinator at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie has been teaching primary aged students for 42 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through a constructivist pedagogy.

Victor Davidson

Victor Davidson

Victor Davidson, teacher librarian at Birrong Girls High School, believes in the power of story and using BlogED to build a sensitive and interactive community.

Ariana Davis

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Ariana Davis is the Assistant Principal at Balmain Public School. In this role, she has facilitated the introduction of investigative learning across Early Stage 1 and Stage 1. She is passionate about innovative, future focused programs.

Tracy Dawson

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Tracy Dawson has been a Teacher Librarian at Parkes High School since 2010. She has always been interested in providing a welcoming and stimulating learning environment and safe haven, and facilitating creative opportunities for students.

Dr Janet Dutton

Dr Janet Dutton has significant experience in schools as a leader and teacher in English, Drama and History and in teacher education as a lecturer and tertiary mentor. Her scholarly contribution to education includes conference presentations, book chapters and the wide-ranging delivery of professional learning. She has also has worked in developing assessment and curriculum at national and state level organisations and was the Chief Examiner, English for the NSW Higher School Certificate 2011-2016. Janet is a lecturer in Secondary English in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University.

Holly Godfree and Olivia Neilson

Holly Godfree is a teacher librarian at Lake Tuggeranong College in the ACT and is passionate about her profession’s positive and important impact on teaching and learning. Olivia Neilson is the teacher librarian at Lyneham Primary School in the ACT and is passionate about public education and equity.

Thomas Gough

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Thomas Gough, teacher at Glenwood Public School, provides a thorough, user-friendly introduction to filmmaking in the classroom. This year, his students’ short film, Chocolypse!, screened at the Cannes Short Film Festival and won gold at the International Schools Film Festival.

Dr Martin Gray

Martin GRay

Dr Martin Gray is the Library Manager/Accreditation Coordinator at Singleton high School. Martin is an award-winning teacher-librarian with more than 20 years’ experience teaching in Australia and internationally. He has a keen interest in the practicalities of school library work.

Prudence Greene

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Prue Greene is Senior Curriculum Support Officer English K-12, NSW Department of Education

Kristy Hawkins

Kristy Hawkins is a classroom teacher at Harrington Park Public School. She is a facilitator of Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLE).

Dr Hilary Hughes

Hilary Hughes

Dr Hilary Hughes is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology. Hilary is a passionate educator and researcher who promotes innovative practice that addresses the needs and contexts of contemporary learners.

Lori Korodaj

Lori Korodaj

Lori is currently a teacher librarian at Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT and Adjunct Lecturer for the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.

Kylie Lawrence

Kylie Lawrence is one of three full time teacher librarians at Hunter Valley Grammar School, located in Ashtonfield, NSW. Her interests include exploring strategies and opportunities for incorporating visual literacy in STEAM learning.

Dr Di Laycock

Di Laycock

Di Laycock is Head of Information Services at The King’s School in Sydney and President of the School Library Association of NSW. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Doctor of Education in 2018 after completing research into secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels as classroom texts.

Shantha Liyanage, Christine Kourkoumelis and Sham Nair

Dr Shantha Liyanage is a research coordinator at NSW DET with an extensive research profile and was a professor of innovation management. Christine Kourkoumelis is a professor of Physics at the University of Athens (NKUA). She is a member of the ATLAS experiment at CERN and involved in many European outreach projects. Dr Sham Nair is the Science Advisor (7-12) at the NSW Department of Education. His career spans academia, scientific and science education research and teaching.

Leonie McIlvenny

Leonie McIlvenny

Leonie McIlvenny, is Director of StudyVibe, a free repository of curated educational resources. Formerly a teacher, a curriculum and library consultant, an online course developer and ICT Project Manager for the Western Australian Education Department, Leonie explores a range of digital technologies to challenge the way we deliver curriculum and inspire students to become self-directed learners.

Pooja Mathur

Pooja Mathur

Pooja Mathur is a teacher librarian and reading club coordinator at The King’s School. She is passionate about promoting reading for pleasure amongst students, staff and wider school community.

Dr Robin Morrow AM

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Dr Robin Morrow AM was President of IBBY Australia from 2008–2018. She founded the first specialist children’s bookshop in Sydney, is a book reviewer, and has taught children’s literature at Macquarie University, UTS and Simmons College Boston. Robin is currently a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Dr Marie Murphy

Marie Murphy

Dr Marie Murphy has worked as a principal, researcher, team leader and teacher in a range of educational settings and systems. Marie is interested in building leadership capability in schools and working with leaders to build relationships with parents and community. She is the director of CLASS: Coaching Leaders in Australian Schools and teachers at the University of Sydney.

David Nally

David Nally

David Nally is the Assistant Head of HSIE and is an Acting G&T Coordinator at Marist Sisters College, Woolwich. His interests are in the history of activism, as well as encouraging students to use their study of history and geography, to empower them in their own lives and within their communities.

Professor Toni Noble and Professor Helen McGrath

Professor Toni Noble and Professor Helen McGrath are teacher educators, psychologists, researchers and educational consultants. Toni Noble is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. Helen McGrath is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Deakin University. Their teacher resources include ‘BOUNCE BACK!; HITS & HOTS’ on student engagement, ‘PROSPER School Pathways for Student Wellbeing: Policy and Practices’ and other books. Their government projects include the 2011 National Safe Schools Framework, the Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing and resourcing the Safe Schools Hub.

Sophie Parsons

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Sophie Parsons is a teacher at Balmain Public School. Sophie trained in New Zealand and has taught across all stages in Australia, leading whole school visual arts programs. Her expertise in literacy and her creative background have enabled her to design rich investigative learning programs.

Megan Perry

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Megan Perry is the Manager of Learning at the State Library of NSW. Megan is an experienced History teacher and Teacher Librarian and has been involved with the building of a number of learning centres and libraries including the Centre for Learning and Leadership at the Kings School, The Resource Centre at John Paul College Brisbane, and the renovation of the Stephenson, Glengarry and the Prep School Libraries at the Scots College Sydney and Kangaroo Valley. Megan’s interests include data mining, the science behind the authentication of historic artefacts, American political systems and management during turbulent times.

Jan Poona

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Jan Poona is a teacher librarian at Rooty Hill Public School. Jan has been an active member of the Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group for 26 years and enjoys supporting fellow teacher librarians in a mentoring capacity.

Fay Prideaux

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Fay Prideaux is a teacher librarian at Yarrawarrah Public School. After over 40 years teaching primary classes, Fay has moved to the library where she enjoys fostering students’ imaginations and igniting their passion for reading, sharing, and thinking outside the square.

Jennifer Riley

Jennifer Riley

Jennifer Riley is Relieving Principal of Melrose Park Public School. She is passionate about engaging students through innovative practices and real world problem solving.

Joanne Rossbridge

Joanne Rossbridge

Joanne Rossbridge is an independent English, EALD and Literacy Consultant. She spends most time leading long term school based professional learning. Her major interest is in how oral language and talk about texts in context supports students with language and literacy skills.

Dr Kathy Rushton

Dr Kathy Rushton is interested in the development of literacy, especially in socio-economically disadvantaged communities with students learning English as an additional language or dialect. She is an experienced EAL/D and classroom teacher having worked in primary and secondary settings and with adults learning English. She is a lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Kathy also provides professional learning for teachers, especially in the areas of literacy and language development.

Fiona Sharman

FSharman

Fiona Sharman, secondary teacher librarian at Roseville College, is passionate about empowering students to engage with online news content in a critical and informed way.

Alinda Sheerman and Lee FitzGerald

Alinda Sheerman Lee FitzGerald

Alinda Sheerman is Head of Information Services at Broughton Anglican College (P-12) and collaboratively teaches information literacy across the school. Lee FitzGerald lectures in teacher librarianship at CSU, and is a middle school teacher librarian at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School.

Alyson Simpson

Alyson Simpson

Alyson Simpson is a Professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

Cathy Sly

Dr Cathy Sly, author and consultant. Cathy’s recent PhD thesis investigated graphic novels from a narratological perspective.

Kieran Sly

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Kieran Sly is a classroom teacher and ICT coordinator at Harbord Public School specialising in engaging students with the use of technology in flexible learning spaces.

Prue Sommer

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Prue Sommer is a teacher and HSIE coordinator at Murray Farm Public School, Carlingford. She is also qualified to teach Stage 4 and 5 History. Prue is passionate about engaging students in HSIE through authentic tasks that are connected to real-world contexts.

Amber Sorensen

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Amber Sorensen has been a teacher librarian at Cherrybrook Technology High School (CTHS) since 2014. She started her career as a corporate librarian before retraining as a secondary teacher. She worked as a History and Geography teacher at a western Sydney sporting high school for several years before starting at CTHS.

Erica Southgate, Rachel Buchanan, Shamus P Smith, Jill Scevak, Chris Cividino, Shane Saxby, Graham Eather, Candece Bergin, Jivvell Kilham and David Summerville

Erica Southgate, Rachel Buchanan, Shamus P Smith and Jill Scevak are all members of the Digital Identity, Curation and Education (DICE) research group. Chris Cividino, Shane Saxby, Graham Eather, Candece Bergin, Jivvel Kilham and David Summerville are staff at Callaghan College.

Monica St Baker

Monica St Baker

Monica is the Principal at Hanwood Public School.

Robert Stevens, Tracey Cronley, Ann Eckert, Mary Kidd, Natasha Liondos, Gillian Newall, Mark Pilkington, Ben Rekic, Liliana Ructtinger

Natasha LiondosLiliana Ructtinger

Dr Robert Stevens is Manager, Research in School Policy and Information Management in the NSW Department of Education. Robert and the co-authors were involved in preparing a literature review on preventing student disengagement and re-engaging disengaged youth at the request of the NSW Department’s Legal Services Directorate.

Jodie Torrington

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Jodie Torrington is a Year 3 teacher and Stage 2 co-ordinator at Broughton Anglican College in Menangle Park. She has been a teacher since 1995 and has worked in Queensland, the Northern Territory, Victoria, New Zealand and New South Wales in a variety of supervisory roles and classroom positions. She is currently completing her Masters of Education degree.

June Wall

June Wall is the Library Coordinator, NSW Department of Education, and an Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. She was previously an independent Consultant, eLearning and Libraries and a Teacher Quality Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, NSW. She has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, Head of Department, special librarian, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 35 years.

Narelle Walton

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Narelle Walton is a classroom teacher at Harbord Public School specialising in supporting students with individual education plans in flexible learning spaces.

Garreth Wigg

Garreth Wigg is the Student Innovation, ICT and Administration Coordinator at St Gregory's Primary School, Queanbeyan. Garreth has taught in schools in the UK, NSW and the ACT. His current role involves working as a STEM instructional coach.

Gary Workman

Gary Workman

Gary Workman is an Assistant Principal at Hanwood Public School.

Helen Yip

Helen Yip teaches visual arts and photography, video and digital imaging at Asquith Girls High School. Helen is also the Metropolitan Professional Development Project Officer for VADEA (Visual Arts and Design Educators Association).

Nicole Yule

Nicole Yule

Nicole Yule, Head of Library Services (P-12) at William Clarke College and the Head of Faculty for the Research Studies Preliminary course.

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