Dr. Michael Fullan, O.C.
Michael Fullan, O.C. is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Michael is engaged in advising policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. His books have been published in many languages. Michael has been a driving force behind the advances in the Ontario education system.
Dr. Ken Leithwood
Dr. Avis Glaze
Avis Glaze is an international leader in the field of education. As one of Canada’s outstanding educators, she has been recognized for her work in leadership development, student achievement, school and system improvement, character development and equity of outcomes for all students. As Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, she played a pivotal role in improving student achievement in Ontario schools.
Avis Glaze has worked with educators and advised governments in over 20 countries and several states. As one of Canada’s outstanding educators, she has been recognized for her work in leadership development, student achievement, school and system improvement, character development and equity of outcomes for all students. As Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, she played a pivotal role in improving student achievement in Ontario schools. The two recent books which she has co-authored are: Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All, and High School Graduation: K-12 Strategies that Work.
Dr. Andy Hargreaves
Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The mission of the Chair is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education. He has authored or edited more than 30 books and a number of them have achieved outstanding writing and book awards from the National Staff Development Council, the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and are translated into many languages.
Dr. Lyn Sharratt
Lyn Sharratt is supervisor of the Doctor of Education Internship Requirement, OISE/University of Toronto. Her experiences include: superintendent of curriculum and instruction, superintendent of schools, curriculum consultant and administrator, pre-service university instructor, seconded professional learning associate at the provincial union, director of curriculum and program at the provincial trustees’ associations and teacher of elementary and secondary-age students in inner city and rural settings. Lyn is the lead author, with Michael Fullan, O.C. of Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform and Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! Her keynotes, presentations, research, juried journal articles and practitioner work with administrators and teacher-leaders in systems and school districts across Canada, USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland and Chile demonstrate what it takes to be a dynamic, strategic, innovative instructional leader for today and beyond.
Dr. Karen Edge
Dr Karen Edge is currently a Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education and recently served as Pro-Vice Provost (International) at University College London, UK. Karen has conducted research in over 30 countries and has recently completed a 6 jurisdiction study of teacher motivation and retention.
Karen's Global City Leaders Project worked with Generation X (under 40 year old) school leaders in London, New York City and Toronto to understand more about their work, lives and ambitions. Karen is also preparing two books on Generation X leaders (Routledge) and City-based education policy contexts and the influence on school leaders (Bloomsbury). She sits on ESRC (UK), Danish and Swiss National Research Review Panels and the Advisory Panel for International School Leadership Principals in Ontario.
She is Past Editor-in-Chief of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability (EAEA) and a current Editorial Board Member for EAEA, School Leadership and Management andLeadership and Policy in Schools. She completed her PhD in knowledge management and educational reform at the Ontario Institute of Education/University of Toronto. Karen is a highly sought after keynote speaker. She is known for being able to blend theory and practice with insight and humour.
Dr. Simon Breakspear
Dr. Simon Breakspear is an engaged speaker known internationally for his insights on learning innovation and system reform. Founder and CEO of LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, he has advised educational leaders across the world how to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.
Simon is the author of the influential papers Talent Magnets: Attracting & Retaining Top Talent and How does PISA Shape Education Policy, as well as the forthcoming book Agile Leadership for Learning.
Holding 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, Simon was also a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Following he began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney, Australia.
His unique fusion of applied research, real-world experience and dynamic style enables him to help senior leaders rethink assumptions and find innovative ways of leading for the future of learning. Simon still lives in Sydney Australia with his wife and two young children.