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EDUCATORONLINE.COM.AU ISSUE 5.03HOT LIST2019Get to know 50 movers and shakers who are leading Australia’s schools into the 21st centurySPECIAL REPORTHOT LIST 2019HOT LIST2019In an industry rife with talent and strong leadership, who are the movers and shakers of Australian education? The Educator spotlights 50 individuals at the top of their gameWELCOME TO The Educator’s fourth annual Hot List. Another year has passed, and education professionals around Australia continue to push ahead with the critical responsibility of ensuring that all students have the highest-quality educational experiences. Identifying the educators whose tireless work merits recognition remains an unenviable task, and one that remains virtually impossible without the assistance of our readers. The Educator turned to you to tell us who you think deserves a place on this prestigious list, and we were once again inundated with excellent nominations from across Australia. That made the process of narrowing down the candidates rather arduous, but the 50 individuals on the following pages truly represent the cutting edge of educational excellence in Australia.1www.educatoronline.com.auA WORD FROM THE SPONSOR The University of Melbourne is proud to be a supporter of the Hot List 2019. By creating innovative pathways into teaching, the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education is committed to developing high-quality teachers, preparing them for the challenges and complexities of the 21st-century classroom. The individuals on this year’s Hot List have demonstrated excellence in linking theory and practice, providing insights into a wide range of learning opportunities and reflections. Congratulations again to the members of the 2019 Hot List. Dr. Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach Academic, lecturer in science and physics education Melbourne Graduate School of EducationBrought to you byHOT LIST 2019 INDEX NAMESCHOOLCameron BachelorThe Knox SchoolLes BarnardLiving Faith Lutheran Primary SchoolChris BettiolSt Patrick's College, CampbelltownPAGENAMESCHOOL4Steven HoganShelford Girls' Grammar School17Giovanna IannicelliSt Mary's College5Stella JinmanBuild your PAGE know Broaden16 their hoShape the next generation with a professional education degree7A global leader in teaching and education research, the Melbour knowledge with transformative thinking across a range of courseWith an emphasis on practical tuition, you’ll benefit from direct a their field - learning from those who are themselves driving chanCecil Andrews College17Mid-year enrolment now open.education.unimelb.edu.au/mJodie JurgsIpswich Girls' Grammar School/ Ipswich Junior Grammar SchoolRobert KayIncept Labs13Leslie LobleNSW Department of Education11Maura ManningSchools Plus11Jen McVeitySeven Steps to Writing Success9Adam NahalAustralian International Academy3Chris NivenSheldon College15Kieran NolanWooranna Park Primary School10Cameron PatersonShore School4Dan PearsonEmmanuel College53Fiona Robertson-NeilScholastic Australia6UNSW Sydney16Daniel RobinsSunnybank State High School5Suzanne FarleyCaroline Chisholm Catholic College12Mark SaveryEmmanuel College12Kim FlintoffCurtin University12John SavopoulosSt John's College9Steve FrancisHappy School16Melissa SchoormanToorak College13Sue FrenchNSW Department of Education10Jean ScottNSW Department of Education17Jade FrewinSheldon College7Karen SpillerJohn Paul College9Gregory GrinhamGranville Public School7Laura StrentzAll Saints' College11Jeffrey GrundyThe Scots College, Sydney8Ray SwannBrighton Grammar School13Michael HaHillcrest Christian College12Kathryn ToddDjarragun College10Melinda HaskettNSW Department of Education17Kevin TuttSeymour College10Tracy HealyLowther Hall Anglican Grammar School15Brett WebsterOrmiston College4Paul BrowningSt Paul's School16Vanessa BrowningSeymour College15Claire CherringtonGiant Steps4Marco CiminoMagdalene Catholic College11Deng ChuorSt Peter's College6Darren CoxSt Philip's Christian College, Cessnock6Simon CrookCrookED Science15Caralyn DeaToorak College5Adriano Di PratoMarcellin College3Jamie DorringtonSaint Stephen's College7Bek DuyckersPerth College Anglican School for GirlsScott Eacott8www.educatoronline.com.au2  SPECIAL REPORTHOT LIST 2019 BEK DUYCKERS Head of Imaginarium PERTH COLLEGE ANGLICAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLSBek Duyckers is an influential figure in education, recognized for her ability to innovate and create unique opportunities for gifted girls in Western Australia whilst leading change through various avenues in the education community. She has built and grown the Imaginarium at Perth College Anglican School for Girls, continually expanding to cater for ages 4 to 16 and driving flourishing enrolments for the school. Duyckers’ approach to the Imaginarium is unlike any other program in Australia, in that it holistically develops gifted girls’ cognitive, social, emotional and vocational domains in line with empirical research in the field.3ADRIANO DI PRATOADAM NAHALDeputy principalHead of health, PE and sportMARCELLIN COLLEGEAUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL ACADEMYAdriano Di Prato is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative thinkers. He was recently invited to attend the inaugural Space Series, which brings leaders from various industries together to envision a more ambitious Australia. Di Prato also works with the Future Schools Alliance in sharing knowledge and expertise with member schools via scheduled events and online UnScriptED webinars. He presented at the 2019 CaSPA Conference in Adelaide and at the 2019 IBSC Conference in Montreal, Canada, about the power of design thinking and its impact on student learning.In 2016, Adam Nahal, along with Rowan Sawers, director of umpiring for the Essendon District Football League, created the Umpiring Academy at the Australian International Academy’s King Khalid Campus in Coburg. The academy introduces people from multicultural backgrounds into umpiring, giving them a 10-week course in umpiring basics and then linking them with a local umpiring group. Nahal was also integral to his school’s nomination for Best Secondary School of the Year (Non-government) at the 2018 and 2019 Australian Education Awards.www.educatoronline.com.auBrought to you byBRETT WEBSTERBuild your know Broaden their hoHeadmaster ORMISTON COLLEGEShape the next generation with a professional education degreeIn 2018, Brett Webster launched Ormiston College’s Centre for Learning and Innovation with a vision to reconceptualise the college library precinct and create a world-class social and educational epicentre for the college. To bring this game-changing development to life, Webster devoted several years to personal learning, research, and national and international study tours to inform the school’s thinking about how to transform a traditional library culture into a vibrant, innovative, in-demand ‘learning commons’ with a gravity all its own. The centre now attracts students and teachers to engage with next-level learning experiences that will provide students with an education worth having in the decades to come.CAMERON PATERSONCLAIRE CHERRINGTONMentor of teaching and learningDirector/teacher – secondary programSHORE SCHOOLGIANT STEPSCameron Paterson is a passionate advocate for student voice, teacher agency and shifting the dial from ‘How do I cover the content?’ to ‘What sort of learners are we trying to produce?’. Paterson is responsible for the strategic leadership of learning and teaching, innovation, and promoting excellence in teaching practice at North Sydney’s Shore School. Paterson initiated and co-leads the Project Zero Sydney Network, which provides free professional development for hundreds of educators annually. He has received the 21st Century International Global Innovation Award for Teaching, an Australian Davos Connection Future Summit Leadership Award and has been a top 50 nominee for the Global Teacher Prize. He is also the co-editor of Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education and writes about innovation in education for Getting Smart.As part of her role at Giant Steps, Claire Cherrington has been working on a research project that examines how outdoor education can assist students in engaging in classroom-based lessons and activities. Cherrington’s project has mapped and graded outdoor education activities, then measured data on each student’s stamina, fitness, problemsolving and flexibility against levels of student engagement. Initial results demonstrate that outdoor education programs have an effect on students’ resilience, health and fitness, attention, and emotional regulation. Giant Steps’ outdoor education program includes Indigenous perspectives and skills such as climbing, kayaking, bushwalking, mapping, and taking care of oneself in a non-built environment. One key outcome has been participation in overnight bushwalking camps, in which students travel up to 30km on foot.A global leader in teaching and education research, the Melbour knowledge with transformative thinking across a range of courseWith an emphasis on practical tuition, you’ll benefit from direct a their field - learning from those who are themselves driving chan Mid-year enrolment now open.education.unimelb.edu.au/mCAMERON BACHELOR Vice principal THE KNOX SCHOOLCameron Bachelor is at the vanguard of the next generation of school leaders. Currently in his fourth year as vice principal at The Knox School, he has led the community through a systematic revitalisation of teaching, learning and wellbeing. He has overseen recent curriculum changes, including the introduction of entrepreneurship education at Year 7 that coalesces with the school’s design thinking framework and offers students a problem-solving toolkit to adapt and apply across their learning. This initiative culminated in the recent success of the school’s Year 10 entrepreneurship team at the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Global Challenge.www.educatoronline.com.au4  SPECIAL REPORTHOT LIST 2019CHRIS BETTIOL Assistant principal – learning and teaching ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE, CAMPBELLTOWNDAN PEARSONTo address a surging population of students from non-English speaking, low-income backgrounds at his previous school, Chris Bettiol implemented visible learning strategies, such as making learning intentions clear and providing success criteria to create a shared language for all students and staff members. Bettiol collaborated with the school’s middle leaders in investigating contemporary research and created a professional learning team to anchor interventions in evidence-based practices and visible learning strategies. His initiatives resulted in a remarkable shift in student and teacher relationships, which led to students having more control over their learning. Data analysis in NAPLAN and HSC improved, and the school rankings went up an impressive 150 spots.Director of ICTDANIEL ROBINS HOD technologies and STEM coordinator SUNNYBANK STATE HIGH SCHOOLOver the last 12 months, Daniel Robins has grown the capability of Sunnybank State High School’s staff to design and innovate curriculum offerings. He has analysed national STEM school education strategy and researched future workforce requirements to lead5www.educatoronline.com.auEMMANUEL COLLEGEDan Pearson has developed a reputation for his leadership in the areas of educational technology and innovation. He inspires a ‘teach’ rather than ‘do’ model of technology assistance – unlike most IT departments, which take your device and fix it for you, Pearson and his team take the time to guide users through how to fix the problem, enabling them to learn rather than always being reliant on the IT department’s technical knowledge. Pearson’s unique approach has had a positive effect throughout the college community; as people learn through the process, it also eliminates multiple requests for assistance with the same issues.the development of the school’s Innovation HUB, which promotes key 21st-century learning skills. Robins has also sought opportunities to enrich school programs and learning outcomes through his involvement with the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program, which brought industry professionals into the classroom to provide real-world insight and ensure programs are addressing current needs.CARALYN DEA Director of international education and boarding TOORAK COLLEGETwo years ago, in the midst of a decline in boarding school enrolments across Australia, Caralyn Dea embarked on a plan to attract students to Toorak College. Her solution was to cater for international families looking for a combination of lifestyle and rigorous academics within an environment of unparallelled support. Thanks to renovations to the college’s facilities, improved systems and procedures, and a commitment to raising the expectations of each student, the school’s boarding sector started to see significant change. Toorak’s recruitment process improved with 24-hour turnaround, support networks for international students were overhauled and re-established, and English entry levels were raised.Brought to you byFIONA ROBERTSONBuild your know NEIL Broaden their hoNational manager, PR1ME ShapeMaths the next generation with a professional education degree SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIAA global leader in teaching and education research, the Melbour knowledge with transformative thinking across a range of courseWith an emphasis on practical tuition, you’ll benefit from direct a their field - learning from those who are themselves driving chanMid-yearhas enrolment now open. Fiona Robertson-Neil 25 years of experience as aeducation.unimelb.edu.au/m teacher and spent another 15 years as a principal in inner-city London and NSW. Throughout her career, she has chosen to work in low socioeconomic areas, where she has helped to raise the standards of poor-performing schools. Since 2017, Robertson-Neil has been working to develop and institute PR1ME Maths in Australian schools. Through her excellent professional development and in-class observations, she has been instrumental in raising maths standards throughout Australia.DENG CHUOR Pastoral associate ST PETER’S COLLEGEOver the past year, Deng Chuor helped to create the Casey Titans/St Peter’s College basketball and soccer teams and align them with the school’s Homework Club. The teams have grown rapidly and now consist of 70 students in Years 7 to 12 from South Sudanese backgrounds, who must attend Homework Club twice a week to be able to play. The impact has been much-needed academic and pastoral support for this group of students, many of whom come from homes where education is not prioritised. The success of Chuor’s Casey Titans project has been widely acknowledged; the local council has supported it with a grant, and the regional basketball association has recognised the talent on the teams, especially the senior male basketball team, which has become dominant on the court.DARREN COX Principal ST PHILIP’S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, CESSNOCKSt Philip’s has come a long way in the six years Darren Cox has been principal, growing from a small campus at South Cessnock to more than 1,100 students from kindergarten to Year 12 on a 100-acre campus at Nulkaba. Cox has helped change the trajectory of students’ academic futures; they now value learning. When St Philip’s first opened in Cessnock, 70% of its students were below minimum standards in education. This has significantly improved in recent years, and students are now achieving at 80% or above. Developing an engaged school culture is critical for Cox, who says the school “works hard to identify and recognise individual student strengths”. The same philosophy flows through to staff development: “We take a strengths-based approach and put a lot of time into nurturing and developing our staff,” Cox says.www.educatoronline.com.au6  SPECIAL REPORTHOT LIST 2019 GIOVANNA IANNICELLI Technology coordinator ST MARY’S COLLEGEAfter being awarded AITSL’s Lead Teacher accolade, Giovanna Iannicelli became an AITSL assessor and today uses her skills to mentor other teachers at St Mary’s College who aspire to HALT status. She puts a priority on not only demonstrating ICT skills, but also showing how they can be embedded into curriculum. Iannicelli has been recognised by Microsoft as a Minecraft Education Global Mentor. She is also an Adobe Educational Leader and an Adobe Campus Leader, and has been selected to attend the Adobe Educational Leaders Summit for the last few years.JAMIE DORRINGTON Headmaster SAINT STEPHEN’S COLLEGEGREGORY GRINHAM Principal GRANVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLAs head of Granville Public School, Gregory Grinham has proved to be an inspirational educational leader on many levels, including community engagement and the development of an inclusive school campus that fosters community use of facilities. Grinham has led the growth of the weekend community languages program from two to six programs using school facilities. He has also overseen the introduction of a community church that caters for African Christians in the Granville community.7www.educatoronline.com.auDr Jamie Dorrington is a recognised leader in the field of innovative learning. His vision, support and participation in transforming systems within Saint Stephen’s College has resulted in a focus on transformational and experiential learning. One example is the school’s Team Projects, a Year 10 course that provides students with the opportunity to build soft skills and apply them in collaborative projects. Teams link with industry experts to either test or review their projects. The course is continually tweaked each year and will soon be expanded to other year levels. The Team Projects course has allowed the college to build one of the strongest STEAM educational programs in Australia. The teams are given the chance to not only explore for their own learning, but also compete against other schools. A team from Saint Stephen’s College won the regional Science and Engineering Competition at Griffith University in 2018 and came in second place in 2019.JADE FREWIN STEAM coordinator SHELDON COLLEGEAs Sheldon College’s STEAM coordinator, Jade Frewin leads STEAM initiatives for Years 1 through 8, providing teacher professional development opportunities and adopting a team teaching approach to build teacher capacity. As part of Frewin’s role, he has led a variety of teacher professional development opportunities, giving the college’s teachers the confidence and capacity to independently and collaboratively design and implement STEAM education in the classroom. Frewin was recently selected as one of Australia’s Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and is recognised by international educators for his contribution to education forums on creating immersive educational experiences using transformative tools such as mixed reality.Brought to you byJODIE JURGSJEFFREY GRUNDYHead of the artsDirector of GlengarryIPSWICH GIRLS’ GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND IPSWICH JUNIOR GRAMMAR SCHOOLTHE SCOTS COLLEGE, SYDNEYAt Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and Ipswich Junior Grammar School, Jodie Jurgs has created innovative performing arts programs and used the subject as a platform to address social issues in the community. Under Jurgs’ leadership, a group of drama students from Years 9 to 12 has been working with the local Domestic Violence Action Centre to uncover and voice issues related to domestic and sexual violence. The students are creating a performance that raises awareness about the personal and social trauma associated with domestic violence and explores how individuals and communities might bring about positive social change.Build your know Broaden their hoShape the next generation with In his three years as director of Glengarry – The Scots a professional education degree College’s world-renowned residential experiential Alearning global leader in teaching and education research, the Melbour knowledge with transformative thinking across a
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