Suzanne Carrington

Suzanne Carrington Is a Professor in the Centre for Inclusive Education, QUT Australia. She has 30 years of experience working in universities including teaching, research, international development, and various leadership roles. Suzanne’s areas of expertise are in inclusive education, ethical/transformative leadership for inclusive schools, disability and teacher preparation for inclusive schools. She has engaged in research with industry collaboration to inform policy and practice in Australian and international education contexts. With her research colleagues, she has received over 5 million dollars in research funding. She has published over 100 journal publications, books, book chapters and research reports. She was the Program Director of the School Years Program for The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) (2013-2022).

Transformative Leadership for Inclusion and Equity

School leaders (school principals, deputy principals, heads of inclusion) find it challenging to build and sustain inclusive culture and practice in their school communities. This presentation will provide a framework drawing on nine tenets of Transformative Leadership to support planning to translate inclusive education policy to systemic school reform and practice. Progressing a systematic approach to inclusive education requires leaders at all levels to influence others, promote and create values that underpin inclusion and equity, and support learning of inclusive pedagogies and approaches that value student and parent voice. Transformative leaders need to lead others to deconstruct frameworks and practice that perpetuate inequity and drive collective efficacy to support new learning and change. You will leave this presentation with a roadmap to drive inclusion and equity in your own school context.