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Learning Together: Students as partners in learning

Free webinar

Join Schools Plus and special guests John Cleary and Dr Tanya Vaughan for an inspiring conversation on student voice and agency.

About this event

To celebrate NSW Education Week and this year’s theme, Learning Together, Schools Plus is hosting a free webinar on student agency and partnerships with special guests John Cleary and Dr Tanya Vaughan.

Join us for an inspiring conversation with John Cleary, General Manager of School & System Improvement at the Northern Territory Department of Education and 2018 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award winner and special guest Dr Tanya Vaughan, Associate Director, Evidence for Learning at Social Ventures Australia.

John and Tanya will share their experience and learnings from the Northern Territory Learning Commission (NTLC) project – an exciting and ambitious initiative designed to improve student engagement, motivation and learning across a group of schools in the Northern Territory.  

Participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Follow the work of the Northern Territory Learning Commission  
  • Learn more about engaging students in research and evidence   
  • Gain insight into the project’s outcomes, intended and unintended
  • See the project in action in a school setting 

The conversation will be facilitated by the Schools Plus Knowledge Sharing Manager, Bronwyn Burr and provides a great opportunity for participants to learn and connect with each other, to share their ideas and ask questions with the speakers and group.  This event is free and open to educators Australia wide.


Date:  Thursday 6th August 2020 
Time:  4pm – 5pm AEST 
Location:  Webinar 
RSVP:  Online here 

The speakers

CBA Cleary J 020John Cleary

John Cleary is the General Manager of School and System Improvement within the NT Department of Education. Prior to establishing the School and System Improvement Unit within the department, John was the Principal at Casuarina Street Primary School in the town of Katherine in the Northern Territory. Alongside this role, John was also the lead principal in establishing the NT Learning Commission, an initiative which has built the place of student-led research and the use of the Impact Evaluation Cycle across 16 schools from across the NT. He was named one of 12 National Schools Plus Teaching Fellows for 2018 and an ACEL National Fellow in 2018, has been recognised nationally for his achievements as a principal and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne.


TV ProfileDr Tanya Vaughan

Dr Tanya Vaughan is an Associate Director at Evidence for Learning and is responsible for the Teaching & Learning Toolkit. Tanya has worked in education in policy design and implementation in AITSL and ACARA. She has consulted on international and national projects in leadership in education and evaluation with Learning First and Educational Transformations. Tanya has been involved with the Northern Territory Learning Commission since 2016 as an evidence partner, with the key roles of co-designing and facilitating presentations and onsite workshops for the involved schools. Tanya taught at the senior secondary level in science and coordinated Biology. Tanya has co-authored one international book, three chapters, over 30 articles and facilitated over 170 presentations/workshops in educational research. Tanya has also published within her field of bioinformatics and genomics with five peer-reviewed journal articles and eight conference presentations. Tanya became an Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne in 2011. In 2019, Tanya was the awardee for Australian Council for Educational Leaders Victoria Media Award. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership and Doctor of Philosophy.

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