The primary focus of my research, teaching, and engagement with industry partners is on the design and implementation of effectively differentiated learning experiences to enhance engagement, learning and wellbeing for academically diverse learners, including those with disability and those with advanced intellectual abilities. My work aims to foster contemporary, evidence-informed models of inclusive education and academic talent development, at the levels of classroom, school, and system-wide practice and policy. My academic experience and commitment to evidence-informed practice in inclusive environments builds on diverse professional experience as a teacher, specialist educator, counsellor, behaviour support practitioner and school leader, across special education, gifted education and disability services, in Australia and the United States.
PhD - University of Virginia
M.Psych.Ed - University of Queensland
PG.Dip.EdStudies (Psych) - University of Queensland
B.A.(Psych) - University of Adelaide
2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (as Team Leader): For innovative design and delivery in subjects on differentiation and inclusion for preservice teachers, reflecting expert knowledge and grounded in ongoing, responsive industry engagement.
2018 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) SA Branch award for Distinguished Contribution to Research in Educational Leadership
2017 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (as Team Leader): For outstanding industry collaboration, and innovative design and delivery that models inclusive teaching and authentic assessment, in topics on differentiation and inclusion for pre-service teachers.
2015 Paper of the Year (as co-author) in Journal for the Education of the Gifted
2015 Co-authored paper selected for 35th Anniversary Edition of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, among 'outstanding articles' from 2002-2014.
2013 Keynote Speaker, Australian Association for Special Education (AASE) National Conference, Adelaide.
2012 Invited Speaker, Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) National Conference, Adelaide.
2010 Invited Speaker, Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness, Sydney.
2009 Outstanding Doctoral Student award, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.
2008 Doctoral Student Award, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) USA, for 'exemplary work in research, publications, and educational service, and potential for future scholarship.'
2007 Most Outstanding Paper, NAGC Graduate Research Gala, Minneapolis, USA.
Topic Coordinator, Initial Teacher Education and Postgraduate topics in differentiation and inclusive practices
Research Section Head: Teaching & Learning
Chair, Research in Inclusive & Specialised Education (RISE) group
Associate Editor, Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
Editorial Board Member, Journal for the Education of the Gifted
Designing and implementing evidence-based, differentiated learning experiences for diverse learners
Designing and adapting curriculum for academically advanced learners
Personalising learning support for students with specialised educational needs within inclusive environments
Multi-tiered systems of support for positive behaviour, wellbeing and academic learning
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