Professor Janet Clinton is the Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation and Director of the Teacher and Teaching Effectiveness Research Hub, at the University of Melbourne. She has wide national and international experience as an evaluator and educator, and has an extensive publication record. She teaches a number of post-graduate subjects and supervises a number of PhD students in the discipline of evaluation.

Janet has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and has been a principal investigator on many large complex evaluations and research projects. Overall, she has led over 100 national and international projects across multiple disciplines, in particular health and education. Her major interest in evaluation is the development of evaluation theory and methodologies. Her current evaluation work focuses on development of evaluation frameworks, measurement and implementation as well as using evaluation as a vehicle for change management and building capacity.



Dr John Halsey commenced his career as a teacher, and was a principal of two schools in South Australia - Ceduna Area School and The Heights School (both reception to year 12, one rural, one metropolitan). He has been the Associate Director of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, an Executive Director in the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services and a Chief of Staff to a State Minister for Education and Children's Services. He has also worked as an Educational Facilities Project Officer and for the Australian School's Commission Choice and Diversity in Education initiative. He is the former Executive Officer of the Rural Education Forum Australia, and a current consultant with the Center for RelationaLearning, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

John’s research and teaching interests include rural schools and community sustainability; rural and remote leadership and management; framing rural and remote education in non-deficit ways and innovative/integrated policies and operations; determining the personal and institutional costs of pre-service rural and remote teacher placements; and formulating appropriate resourcing policy and models.



Professor Tania Aspland is currently Dean and Professor Education Policy and Strategy, at Australian Catholic University. She has been re-elected for a third term as President of the Australian Deans of Education Council 2018-2020. Previously she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU and before that Professor and Dean of Education at the University of Adelaide. She has been a leader of learning and teaching and curriculum development in higher education and teacher education for many years. Tania Aspland has developed an international reputation for community capacity building in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, and Vietnam. She has evidenced-based success with action learning as a project-based learning strategy in developing countries. She has also instigated new models of work-integrated learning within schools and universities, to support the process of curriculum development and leadership. The building of a professional portfolio, the centrality of professional attributes, an investigative orientation to learning and a process of student self-auditing are key innovations that are central to the programs.



Jeffrey S. Brooks is Associate Dean, Research and Innovation and Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at RMIT University. He is a two-time J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar alumnus who has conducted studies in the United States, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and other cross-national contexts. His research focuses broadly on educational leadership, examining the way leaders influence (and are influenced by) dynamics such as racism, globalization, social justice, student learning and school reform.

Dr. Brooks is author of over 100 scholarly publications and he has been a leader and team member in projects that have garnered over 8 million dollars in extramural funding. He is author The Dark Side of School Reform: Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia and 2013 AESA Critics Choice Award-winner Black School, White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)leadership and co-author of Foundations of Educational Leadership: Developing Excellent and Equitable Schools. Dr. Brooks is also co-editor of thirteen additional volumes, including Leading Against the Grain: Lessons for Creating Just and Equitable Schools, What Every Principal Needs to Know to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools, and Urban Educational Leadership for Social Justice: International Perspectives. Read more about Dr. Brooks’ work at: