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.
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Meet our faculty of program facilitators…
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.
Dr Ryan Dunn
Dr Ryan Dunn has considerable experience within education and has advised and collaborated with schools and districts across Australia, the USA and Canada. As a Director as Breakspear Learning Ryan has worked extensively with leaders in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Alberta to support leadership development at a system, network and school level.
Ryan is also lecturer at a leading University in Australia where his work focuses on teacher professional learning, educational leadership, practitioner research and primary mathematics. He is currently leading the Melbourne Catholic Education Office (CEM) School Wide Improvement Forums that is a partnership between Breakspear Learning, CEM and and over 50 Southern Region Primary School Improvement Teams. As a speaker, Ryan has delivered keynotes on topics such as: Leading Improvement, Developing Teaching Expertise, Peer Coaching, Evaluative Thinking, High Performing 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 Agile Leadership and Teaching Sprints 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.
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Prior to joining the Agile team, Luke worked for over 15 years as a teacher and school leader in the Victorian Government Secondary system. Whilst working in school settings he completed Graduate research into how student voice can be used to inform teacher professional learning. Following this, Luke began his Doctoral research investigating how students respond emotionally and cognitively when presented with teacher feedback.
Luke is currently a Research Fellow at a leading University, and has taught in a range of Masters programs in the field of Education and Leadership. Luke also presents 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 to maximise their impact.
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.