AISNSW Education Research Symposium 2022

Leading Evidence Informed Practice


The 2022 AISNSW Education Research Symposium will explore the essential question: What does it take to lead evidence-informed practice? Connect with leaders, educators and researchers from across Australia as we collectively engage with what it means to support and embed evidence-informed practice at the whole school level, with your faculty or stage, and in the classroom.

The symposium is framed around three key themes:

  • the role and impact of high-quality evidence and research in education
  • leading evidence informed change and modelling effective engagement and translation of research
  • building capacity and fostering a culture of evidence and research use.

Be open to challenging your assumptions and learning new approaches as you engage with a range of inspiring pre-recorded presentations, live keynotes, panels, Q&A’s, and practical workshops run by leading researchers and educators. Collectively these will provide you with the opportunity to have your questions answered and solidify your learnings as they relate to leading evidence informed practice.

Keynote Presenters

Professor Louise Stoll

Professor of Professional Learning, UCL Institute of Education, London

Dr Louise Stoll is Professor of Professional Learning in UCL’s Centre for Educational Leadership at the IOE (Institute of Education) in London and an international consultant. Her research and development activity focuses on how schools, local and national systems create capacity for learning in a changing world, with emphasis on schools as learning organisations, professional learning communities, creative leadership and leadership development. 

She is also passionate about finding ways to help practitioners bring research findings to life. Current and recent activities include critical friendship to Arts Council-funded Creativity Collaboratives in England, evaluating the Transformative Educational Leadership Program for UBC, evaluating progress towards an evidence-informed teaching system for England’s Department for Education, facilitating a collaborative leadership program across four Norwegian municipalities, and studying successful teaching schools for England’s Teaching Schools Council.

Dr Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn

Deputy Head of Junior School, Wyvern House Prep at Newington College

Dr. Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn started her career as a primary teacher at Meriden School. After time working as a casual academic and research assistant, she took up a tenured academic position at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2004. She completed her PhD in 2010, with a focus on student interest in primary science and technology learning. 

Highlights in Kimberley’s time at UTS included accompanying preservice teachers on international professional experiences to Samoa and Bhutan, as well as opportunities to collaborate in leading externally funded research evaluations of science education initiatives. She held external engagement and school partnership roles in the School of International Studies and Education during her tenure. In 2021, Kimberley joined the staff at Wyvern House, Newington College as a Year 6 classroom teacher and in 2022, she has taken up the position of Deputy Head of Junior School there.

Dr Martin Hughes

Head of Research and Development, Skillset Senior College

Martin Hughes has a PhD in Evolution from the University of Glasgow. He has always had a passion for teaching and engaging with students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2019, Martin established a research hub in New South Wales at Skillset Senior College after receiving funding from the AISNSW Evidence Institute. The research hub investigates the impact of alternative education on student mental-health and physiology. Using his background in experimental design and statistical analysis Martin has created a range of novel studies within the college and is currently working with a number of Australian universities.

Featured Presenters

Dr Sarah Loch
Director: Pymble Institute, Pymble Ladies’ College
Danielle Toon
Director: Evidence for Learning
Dr Rachel Perry
Senior Research Specialist: The Evidence Institute, AISNSW
Penny Brown
Senior Leadership Consultant: Leadership Centre, AISNSW
Jenni-Lee Williams
Dean: Leadership Centre, AISNSW
Mary Ryan
Executive Dean of Education and Arts: Australian Catholic University
Dr Genevieve Hall
Professional Learning Lead: Monash University
Mark Rickinson
Associate Professor: Monash University
Dr Hugh Chilton
Director of Research and Professional Learning: Scots' College
Jeremy Von Einem
Head of Curriculum: Barker College
Minarah College
Chris Harris
Lead Teacher: Skillset Senior College
Jaye Shean
Head of Wellbeing: Skillset Senior College
Meg Hitchick
Bathurst Campus Coordinator: Skillset Senior College
Dominic Wilkinson
Learning Enrichment Coordinator: Saint Ignatius' College Riverview
Kirsty Rose
Deputy Principal: Warakirri College
Carolyn Blanden
Principal: Warakirri College