Lyn Sharratt

Lyn Sharratt is a practitioner and researcher working in remote and urban settings worldwide. Lyn is an Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada; an Honorary Fellow at University of Melbourne, Australia; an author consultant for Corwin Press; an advisor for International School Leadership with the Ontario Principals’ Council; and consults internationally, working with system, school, and teacher leaders at all levels in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Lyn focuses her time and effort on increasing each student’s growth and achievement by working alongside leaders and teachers to build capacity to put FACES on their data, taking intentional action to make equity and excellence a reality for ALL students. Visit for articles, video clips, and podcasts; on Twitter: @LynSharratt; on Instagram: lyn_sharratt; and on LinkedIn where Lyn owns the “Educational Leadership” LinkedIn group made up of 100,000+ members. Lyn’s authorship includes Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform (with Michael Fullan); Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (with Michael Fullan) - (Corwin ‘Book of the Year’); Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route, K–12+ (with Gale Harild); Leading Collaborative Learning: Excellence (with Beate Planche); CLARITY: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching and Leading (International Best-Selling Education Book in 2020); and Putting FACES on the Data: the 10th Anniversary Edition (with Michael Fullan). Lyn is proud of the recent co-development of the CLARITY Learning Suite (CLS)—a web-based collaborative Professional Learning opportunity that mirrors the text, CLARITY. Lyn and her team believe that everyone’s a leader, thus CLS provides guidance to Learning Leaders on how to do this work of system and school improvement—together—to make a difference for all students.

Maryanne Gosling

Embark on a transformative journey with Maryanne Gosling, a visionary leader in education, making an indelible mark on the educational landscape. Currently serving as the Director of Education at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Maryanne's journey unfolds as a testament to her unwavering commitment to educational excellence and inclusive leadership practices. Aspect provides Autism-specific education programs in schools across NSW and South Australia to nearly 1300 students, partnering extensively with a huge range of schools across sectors to deliver highly inclusive programs in a co-location model.

Maryanne's career trajectory has been marked by a series of impactful roles, each contributing to her rich tapestry of experience. As the Director of Organisational Transformation & Capability at the Department of Education (Qld), a position she has held since 2015, Maryanne led a range of system wide and transformative initiatives that shaped the future of education in Queensland. Her strategic vision and commitment to fostering a culture of continuous improvement made a lasting impact on the department's operational landscape. Maryanne’s strategic insights contributed to shaping policies to enhance educational opportunities in remote and aboriginal communities as well as the development of Teacher Learning Centres across the state.

As Principal of a number of schools, she brought her leadership acumen to the forefront, fostering an environment of academic excellence and student well-being. Maryanne played a pivotal role in shaping the educational experience, demonstrating her commitment to creating inclusive and empowering learning environments. Her journey as Principal at various state primary schools and Prep – Year 12 schools, showcased her versatility and dedication to implementing effective leadership strategies tailored to the unique needs of each educational community.

Maryanne's career began in remote Queensland schools in the Torres Straits as a Classroom Teacher, where she honed her pedagogical skills and developed a deep understanding of the diverse needs of students. Her subsequent roles as Reading Recovery Teacher, Learning Support Specialist Teacher and Deputy Principal further underscore her commitment to inclusive education.

Beyond her extensive professional journey, Maryanne has partnered with Dr. Lyn Sharratt to drive system and school improvement at Aspect Education. Together, they have utilized the 14 parameters to design strategies that go beyond conventional norms, fostering an environment where every individual, especially those on the autism spectrum, can shine and make valuable contributions. This collaboration reflects Maryanne's dedication to innovation and inclusivity in education.

Join us for Lyn and Maryanne’s keynote address, "Faces of Inclusion: Identifying a Different Brilliant," where they will share insights into the start of a remarkable journey and explore the power of inclusion in unlocking the full potential of every student. This promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking experience, challenging the conventional narrative and redefining what it means to identify a different kind of brilliant.

FACES of Inclusion: Identifying a Different Brilliant

To be truly inclusive, our imperatives are to know and understand every face and identify ways of working with their ‘different brilliant’. The significance of using data, evidence and building best practice that promotes every child’s opportunity to learn and grow underpins conclusions in the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Join Maryanne and Lyn as they explore how educators from Aspect, the world’s largest autism-specific education system of schools, keep a sharp focus on ensuring every ‘face’ reaches their full potential by:

  • using the 14 Parameters of System and School improvement
  • putting FACES on the Data through Data Walls and Instructional Case Management Meetings
  • asking the 5 Questions of students.

Your reflections will be critical to ascertain whether the focus on learning is making a difference to students, teachers and leaders in your context… and in ALL contexts.