About Me

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I am an Australian teacher and leader of teaching, learning, staff development, and change that is strategically aligned and based in context, research, and innovation. Currently, I am Head of Teaching and Learning (K-12) at an independent co-educational Australian school of 1800 students, a university adjunct, Chair of the Board of a local public school, and member of national and international advisory committees.

I research and write around professional learning, professional identity, school leadership, coaching, and leading change. I am author of the book Transformational professional learning: Making a difference in schools, co-Editor of Flip the System Australia: What matters in education, and Editor of Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Democracy.

Awards include the 2021 AERA Educational Change SIG Emerging Scholar Award, the 2021 Michael Fullan Emerging Scholar Award, the 2021 ACEL WA Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership, the 2018 ACEL WA Research in Educational Leadership and Management Award, and the 2016 ACEL ‘New Voice’ In Educational Leadership Research Scholarship.

I completed my PhD in April 2016. My thesis, Down the rabbit hole: Professional identities, professional learning, and change in one Australian school, can be downloaded here. It used narrative inquiry to explore the interactions between teachers’ and school leaders’ professional identities, what they consider to be transformational learning, and school culture and reform. Other publications and presentations are listed here.

Engaging through this blog, and through my podcast The Edu Salon, connects me with others and with global conversations around education.

You can find me tweeting as @debsnet and on Instagram as @theeduflaneuse.

Awards

2021, Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership, Australian Council of Educational Leaders WA.

2021, The Michael Fullan Emerging Scholar in Professional Capital and Community Award, Journal of Professional Capital and Community.

2021, Educational Change Emerging Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association.

2018, Research in Educational Leadership and Management, Australian Council of Educational Leaders WA.

2017, Emerald Publishing Award for Excellence: Emerald Literati Highly-Commended Paper Award for ‘Coaching for professional growth in one Australian school: “oil in water”‘, published in the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.

2016, Outstanding Research Award in Cognitive Coaching, for my PhD dissertation, Thinking Collaborative.

2016, ‘New Voice’ In Educational Leadership Research Scholarship, Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

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