AISNSW Educational Research Symposium 2021

Enabling Exceptional Education

Effective educators regularly engage with evidence and research, but what does it take to enable an evidence-informed change in practice?

 Join us to hear from academics and educators about:

  • the impact of high-quality research in education contexts
  • how to effectively translate research into practice
  • supporting colleagues as they implement change and new practices
  • creating and fostering a culture of research and evidence use.

Connect and engage while reflecting on ways to enact and implement sustainable change in your classrooms and schools. Co-design your learning experience by selecting from a range of inspiring pre-recorded presentations, live keynotes, panel, Q&A’s, and practical workshops run by leading educators. Collectively these will provide you with the opportunity to have your questions answered and solidify your learnings.


Wrong way go back: A wayfinding approach to evidence-based practice for sustainable school change

Dr Deborah Netolicky

Dr Deborah Netolicky has more than 20 years of independent school experience in Australia and England. She is currently Head of Teaching and Learning (K-12) at St Mark’s Anglican Community School, Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University, Chair of a local primary school board, and member of national and international education advisory committees.

Using evidence well as educators and leaders 


Associate Professor Mark Rickinson

Mark Rickinson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. His work is focused on understanding and improving the use of research and evidence in education. He is currently leading the Monash Q Project, a five-year initiative with the Paul Ramsay Foundation to improve the use of research evidence in Australian schools.

Using evidence well as educators and leaders


Dr Connie Cirkony

Connie Cirkony is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is an experienced educator with expertise in evidence-informed policy and practice, science and STEM curriculum and pedagogy, environmental and sustainability education, and digital learning environments. Connie is currently on the Monash Q Project initiative.

Growing Up Digital


Professor Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is a Professor of Education Policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is a Finnish educator who has worked as a teacher, teacher educator and policymaker in Finland, and advised national education reforms around the world. He has held senior education expert posts at the World Bank in Washington, DC, at the European Commission, and at the Finnish Government. 

Growing Up Digital


Dr Amy Graham

Amy is an experienced mixed-methods researcher in education who has a particular interest in Early Childhood and Educational Psychology. Amy’s work recognises the importance of educators, parents, and societal roles in ensuring children reach their full potential. Her work highlights the ecological nature of education and how everyone has a role to play to help children succeed. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Getting ready to succeed at school: Investigating the role of parents”.

Panel: What does it take to enable impactful change in practice?

Professor Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan is Professor and Dean of Education at Macquarie University. She is the President of the New South Wales Council of Deans of Education and a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Professor Ryan is the recipient of a national citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. She is currently leading Australian Research Council funded projects in classroom writing and preparing reflexive teachers for diverse classrooms.

Dr Jenny Donovan

Dr Jenny Donovan is the CEO of the Australian Education Research Organisation. Prior to this role, she established and led the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation as Executive Director for eight years. She was Managing Director of the National Learning Progressions and Online Formative Assessment Initiative; a national priority project for Australian education ministers.

Dr Christine Grice

Dr Christine Grice is a Lecturer in educational leadership at The University of Sydney. Her key research interests are in leading learning, curriculum, and pedagogy, using practice theory approaches. She has 25 years of teaching experience in the government and non-government sector in Australia and overseas at early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary level. Christine has over a decade of leadership experience in schools, including appointments as Principal, Deputy Head and Director of Curriculum.

Professor Jim Tognolini

Jim Tognolini is currently Professor and Director of the Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment at the University of Sydney. He is also Professorial Fellow at Wollongong University (Australia) and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia.