Dr Rich Allen is a highly regarded educator and master trainer with more than 30 years experience working with teachers. Founder and President of Green Light Education, he is the author of many popular books in the field of education, including: Green Light Classrooms, High-Impact Teaching in the XYZ Era of Education, TrainSmart: Effective Trainings Every Time, High Five Teaching and most recently U-Turn Teaching and The Rock ‘n Roll Classroom. He has taken his dynamic teaching strategies beyond the United States to such diverse countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil. Dr. Allen is also a popular keynote speaker at international education conferences and works with schools and school districts to embed effective teaching methods into mainstream curriculum.
Dr. Allen completed his doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University, where he studied how the human brain receives, processes, and recalls information—knowledge that informs all aspects of his teaching strategies. The author divides his time between his home in the US Virgin Islands on the sun-kissed paradise of St Croix, and his wife’s home in Sydney, Australia, where he is learning to be a step-Dad to two amazing young women.
Dr Ian Lillico (father of three sons) is a former High School Principal and international consultant in gender, boys' education and middle schooling. He has done action research in gender throughout Australia and New Zealand from 1992 and in the Northern Hemisphere during his Churchill Fellowship in 2000. He has been with the Education Department of WA for 31 years and has held the positions of Teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal.
Ian is the founder and Executive Director of the Boys Forward Institute and CEO of the newly formed Foundation for Educational Digital Development (FEDD). He has a PhD in Education, is a National Fellow and Life Member of The Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) and was the ACEL 2006 National Travelling Scholar. Ian is on the academic staff of Edith Cowan University (Perth) where he works for the Faculty of Education supervising trainee teachers. He now provides professional development for teachers, parents, students and a host of other organizations throughout Australia and internationally.
Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 20 years.
Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne. Her fascination in how students' constructed their understandings – and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry based methodologies. This passion has become a career long focus for teaching, research and writing and the methodologies in which Kath specialises are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world – including the popular Baccalaureate, PYP program.
Critical to Kath's success is her continued involvement in classroom teaching. Whether it is to demonstrate techniques, coach teachers or build her own repertoire of practices, Kath is committed to regular and ongoing work with students. Her classroom work and research feeds a dynamic and ever-evolving expertise in the area of integrative and inquiry-based learning. Kath's style is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real world of teaching.
Dr Bill Rogers is an education consultant. A teacher by profession, Bill now lectures widely on discipline and behaviour management issues; classroom management; stress and teaching; colleague support; developing peer-support programs for teachers and developing community-oriented policies for behaviour management, based on whole-school approaches.
He works in every area of education (primary, post-primary and tertiary) conducting in-service programs and seminars for teachers and support staff, lecturing widely at Colleges of Education, Universities and schools, working with parent groups and students in schools.
His work is known especially for his commitment to a skills-based approach to discipline and behaviour management and the emphasis on a colleague support focus across the school for the development, and maintenance, of positive behaviours within a rights, responsibility, rules focus.
Bill has published numerous books in Australia and the United Kingdom and continues his work as a visiting professor at universities across Europe and the UK.
In 2017, Deb Sukarna moved to full time Education Consultancy after 13 years at Ivanhoe Grammar School, in roles which included, Deputy Principal, Head of Plenty Campus Prep – Year 12 and Head of Buckley House ELC – Year 6.
Deb has worked extensively with individual schools across Australia and overseas. She has been a leading educator for 42 years and has presented professional development programs for State, Catholic and Independent schools. As well as presenting professional development sessions, she relishes creating professional learning programs with school leadership teams and working alongside teachers and students to model practice in classrooms.
Deb has presented for School Districts in the United States and was Principal of a Bilingual Balinese Community School in Indonesia. Deb has taught English to on arrival refugees and led an IB Teaching Project in Cambodia training student teachers at schools in the Kandal Province. She has co-authored a number of books on literacy education. In 2011 Deb was the recipient of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership, Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award for Victoria and received a Fellowship in Leadership from ACEL in 2014.