Join us this week – Wednesday 1st July, 6:30pm AEST

Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic whitepaper launch.

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The impact of COVID-19 has affected us all, but the impact on schools in economically disadvantaged areas has been significant in comparison.

We surveyed educators from over 10% of Australian schools on their experience of online teaching and learning due to COVID-19 and are publishing our findings in an effort to create effective action.

Joined by leaders of change and equity in education, we will be discussing our key findings and providing several recommendations on how we can address this great equity divide.

Amanda Bickerstaff

Amanda Bickerstaff, CEO Pivot

Amanda has spent 15 years in the education and education technology fields with a focus on professional learning, online learning, STEM, computer science education, and curriculum development. After stumbling into EdTech after graduate school, she has helped build and launch multiple organisations in the US with a focus on improving teacher practice and student outcomes.

Stella Jinman

Stella Jinman, Principal Cecil Andrews College

Education Awards School Principal of the Year – Government Finalist, 2018 WITWA 20 in 20 Outstanding STEM Award Winner and Skilling Australia Award Recipient for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to STEM Education in Australia. Stella is a future focused educational leader with a strong drive for innovating transformation in education. Her background in the leadership of a diverse range of schools has resulted in holistic 21st century education that engages with and is inclusive of all students.

In 2019 Stella travelled to New York, where she attended and presented at the Planet P-TECH Conference. She has featured in publications and has influenced, formed and maintained new and effective long term partnerships that have transformed education into ecosystems where students are in supported pathways of learning.

Andrew Pierpoint

Andrew Pierpoint, President Australian Secondary Principals’ Association

Andrew Pierpoint is President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association – the peak body for School Leaders across Australia. He previously was President of the Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association for four years.Andrew has had extensive experience, over 35 years, in High Schools as a science teacher, Head of Department (Science), Deputy Principal and Principal as well as having several system positions in the support of Principals. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked in complex rural and remote communities through to large regional and metropolitan schools. He has led communities and reference groups at district, regional, state and national levels.

Andrew has demonstrated a passion for State education in Queensland for many years and possess an excellent understanding of the Principalship from first-hand experience. Most importantly, Andrew has a genuine desire to make a meaningful difference for school leaders in the application of their ever increasing, complex roles in schools and the broader communities they work in.

Melodie Potts Rosevear

Melodie Potts Rosevear, CEO Teach for Australia

Melodie is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Australia. Through her own lived experience and her professional work with the Boston Consulting Group and the Cape York Institute, Melodie’s passion to help break the cycle of disadvantage was borne.

While completing her Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Melodie developed the vision and business plan for Teach For Australia. As Chief Executive Officer, Melodie continues to lead the organisation toward greater reach and impact, to create an Australia where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education.

In 2020, Melodie was inducted in to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in recognition of her work over more than a decade driving change and innovation in the Australian education system to tackle educational disadvantage.

In 2014, Melodie was named 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review; and 2012, she received the Emerging Global Leader award from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, recognising an alumnus under 40 leading change and generating answers to challenging public problems.

Abby Siharath

Abby Siharath, College Captain Copperfield College

Abby represents the student body with a focus on student voice and collaboration, encouraging fellow students to vocalise more often their concerns and visions so that with the cooperation of school staff, they can work towards a more positive and beneficial environment for all valued members of the school community. As College Captain, she advocates for students through projects in relevant topics of student achievement, engagement, and wellbeing, and an overall collaborative leadership practice.

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