Learning across boundaries: building bridges

Neville Highett
President of ACEL

He is currently working in Papua New Guinea restructuring the accountability processes for the 1000 schools in a diverse and beautiful country.

Kevin Richardson 

Kevin Richardson is currently Principal of Immanuel College at Novar Gardens, a position he has held for seven years.

Kevin established the internationally acclaimed Technology School of the Future.  Kevin has held senior executive positions in WA, NSW and South Australia and had systemic responsibility in marketing, legal, IT and accountability.

Kevin has been a leader nation-wide with respect to changes in teaching and learning, particularly in the area of technology.  He is highly regarded for his work on futures oriented thinking and the implications for leaders.



Kevin currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Australian Council on Children and the Media.

Dr Jan Robertson

Jan has recently returned to New Zealand after completing her Directorship at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, London University. She is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal for Educational Change, Journal of Mentoring and Tutoring, and the Journal of Evidence-based Mentoring and Coaching.

Bruce Dixon


He is a Fellow of the global consulting group Education Impact, and has recently also taken up the position as the Founding Director of ideasLAB in Victoria, to initiate significant projects that better explore the dimensions of what technology might make possible for learning.

Professor Russell Bishop

Professor Russell Bishop is foundation Professor for Maori Education in the School of Education at the University


He is currently the project director for Te Kotahitanga, a large New Zealand Ministry of Education funded research / professional development project that seeks to improve the educational achievement of Maori students in mainstream classrooms through the implementation of a culturally responsive pedagogy of relations.

Professor Cher Ping Lim

Professor Cher Ping LIM is the Director of the Outcome-based Learning Unit at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has been the chief investigator of several major research projects that include:

  1. Effective Integration of IT in Singapore Schools: Pedagogical and Policy Implications,
  2. Supporting E-discussions and e-sharing with New Technologies in Learning Communities,
  3. Learning Objects and Cultural Settings, Digital Curricular Literacies,
  4. 3D Multi-User Virtual Environments in Schools,
  5. Improving the Quality and Quantity of Teachers in the Asia-Pacific and
  6. Using Digital Representations of Work for Authentic and Reliable Performance Assessment in Senior Secondary School courses.

He has also provided technical consultancy services (ICT in education and teacher education) to UNESCO, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, World Links, Microsoft, universities, schools and the Government of Barbados, Indonesia and Oman.

Mark Treadwell

Mark Treadwell is an internationally renowned speaker who has consistently predicted many of the education trends that school systems are experiencing now.  His research over the past four years on how the brain learns has resulted in the realisation that the brain harbours three learning systems, two of which are extraordinarily efficient and one which is surprisingly inefficient.  How these three systems integrate to allow us to learn provides us a framework for designing new curriculum and developing teaching and learning practices to maximise the potential of the learner and their learning within the rich information and communication environments all learners now have access to.

Mark travels widely speaking at international conferences in Europe, South America, Australasia, and Asia over the last two years and is renowned for his humour, passionate style and depth of knowledge across all aspects of teaching and learning. His notes and resources are available online at http://www.i-learnt.com