Learning Sprints is a program developed by Agile Schools. We help school leaders to lean into human complexity and create meaningful progress. We run immersive team development sessions and provide practical tools to help leaders have a better 'how' for leading educational change. Our methods are used by thousands of leaders across education systems in Australia, Asia, North America and the Middle East.
Meet our global faculty of program facilitators…
Dr simon Breakspear
Simon is the creator of the Learning Sprints process and the Founder and Executive Director of Breakspear Research. Simon has advised educational leaders globally helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.
Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge.
Visit Simon's website HERE.
Dr Ryan Dunn
Dr Ryan Dunn has considerable experience within education and has advised and collaborated with schools and districts across the USA and Australia. During his extensive work in the United States he led large-scale research and professional learning initiatives in New York City and California, and in Australia was a lead consultant within the ‘Curiosity and Powerful Learning’ initiative that worked with over 100 primary and secondary schools across Victoria and Queensland.
More recently, Ryan is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne where his work focuses on teacher professional learning, educational leadership, practitioner research and primary mathematics. He is the Director of the Maths Collaborative that is a partnership between the Maths Association of Victoria, Melbourne University and 40 primary schools. As a speaker, Ryan has delivered keynotes for the University of Melbourne Network of Schools on topics such as: Leading Improvement, Professional Learning Teams and Mathematical Reasoning.
Ryan completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor John Hattie. His PhD focused on the effectiveness of educational design research as a form of teacher professional learning. He is a lead facilitator for Learning Sprints and Agile Leadership programs across Australia.
Ricky has significant leadership experience in education reform: working across schools, education systems and in the not-for-profit sector. She is founder and Director of EdCapital, an education consultancy. She was Founding Director of the Centre for New Public Education, held system leadership positions in US school districts and spent 7 years as a teacher and school leader.
Ricky is a Menzies Scholar and a graduate of Harvard where she completed a Masters of Education Policy and Management. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hon1) from the University of Sydney. She is currently undertaking research on how system leaders help principals improve student learning outcomes.
Visit Ricky’s website HERE.
Bronwyn Ryrie Jones
Bronwyn is a Lecturer and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Melbourne (Graduate School of Education), where she specialises in clinical teaching and developmental assessment. A primary school music teacher by background, Bronwyn’s interests lie at the intersection of current assessment theory and the everyday practice of teachers. Bronwyn is keenly interested in how teachers can design more reliable assessment tools to reflect what students can do, and what they are ready to learn next.
Bronwyn consults with a range of metropolitan and regional schools, assisting them to develop quality assessment tools which reflect evidence-based progressions of learning.
Luke has previously worked for over 15 years as a teacher and school leader in the Victorian Government Secondary system. Whilst working in schools he completed the Master of School Leadership at the University of Melbourne, undertaking research into how student voice can be used to inform teacher professional learning.
Following this, Luke began his Doctoral research under the supervision of Professor John Hattie investigating how students respond emotionally and cognitively when presented with teacher feedback.
Luke is currently a Research Fellow for the Science of Learning Centre (SOLC) at the University of Melbourne, the co-director of the SOLC Partnership Initiative, and teaches in a range of Masters programs with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Luke has presented locally and internationally in the area of feedback, instructional practice, and evidence-based teaching; and, works with schools and other learning organisations to optimise feedback practices and maximise their impact.
Cale is a District Head of Innovation and former high school Principal in British Columbia, Canada. He is the co-author of 'Changing Change Using Learner-Centered Design', and works with schools, districts, health care professionals and industry leaders in Canada, the United States and in Asia. Cale uses the principles of Learner-Centered Design (LCD), Project-Based Learning, Instructional Rounds and Learning Sprints to help leaders empower their people as learners, and to co-design immersive, impactful learning experiences that build collective efficacy and create meaningful connections throughout their organizations.
You can follow Cale on Twitter (@birklearns) or visit www.calebirk.com
Terri Lynn Guimond
Terri Lynn is a lead learner who serves as a Principal with Evergreen Catholic Schools in Spruce Grove, Alberta. She is an avid consumer of knowledge and seeker of change.
In her more than 20 years in education, Terri Lynn has explored learning in all grades, from kindergarten to grade 12, and as a result brings a systems focused mindset to school based problems of practice. She has firsthand experience with the power of Improvement Sprints, agility and instructional coaching to move practice forward and relishes the opportunity to dig deep, look broad and re-imagine learning.
Kristie O’Neill is an avid learner who believes high impact leadership practices can transform teacher pedagogy and create optimum environments for every student to achieve progress.
She is currently a Professional learning Coordinator for the Early Action for Success division, for the NSW Department of Education.
Leanne is an elementary school principal in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her extensive work in leadership includes 20 years of teaching and 10 years as an administrator.
This, combined with her involvement in elite sport gives her the ability to recognise the importance of high capacity, collaborative teacher improvement. Leading her school team in Sprints, Leanne and her colleagues continue to advance instructional practices and strive for excellence. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.