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Valerie Hannon’s career spans leadership of education systems, research, teaching, and capacity building. She is now an established thought leader in the field of education innovation.
Valerie was formerly Director of Education for Derbyshire County LEA, and a member of the UK Creativity and Cultural Education Committee that produced All Our Futures (1999). Valerie then co-founded Innovation Unit (UK and Australia) and has supported education change programs in numerous systems, including the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Africa. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) supporting jurisdictions globally to scale their innovation and transform their systems.
Valerie is an expert adviser on education to the OECD, and a frequent contributor to the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE). She is a regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences and workshops. Earlier co-authored books include Learning A Living: radical innovation in education for work (2013); and Redesigning Education: shaping learning systems around the globe (2013). Her latest book is THRIVE: schools reinvented for the real challenges we face (2017).
Amy Burke is an educational consultant who spent 15 years as a high school teacher and guidance counsellor in Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 she co-founded MindWell which supports educational communities in fostering wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL). She is a lead teacher trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has completed curriculum training with Gina Biegel (MBSR-T) and Dr. Amy Saltzman (Still Quiet Place). She is also a facilitator for the CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators).
Amy works internationally as a teacher trainer and provides workshops and retreats for educators, students and parents with a focus on self-care and stress management.
Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years - as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. For 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic; he was also Head of the Arusha Campus of the International School of Moshi in Tanzania. He is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL). Kevin is a facilitator for the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators).
Kevin is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of mindfulness, wellbeing and social-emotional learning in education. His book on mindfulness in education, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, Improving Wellbeing in teaching and learning, was published by SAGE in July 2017.
Professor Kirby is unusual, as she is a GP, experienced researcher, clinician and also a parent of a neurodiverse adult with Dyslexia, DCD and ADHD).She has a unique perspective in understanding neurodiversity and co-occurrence and has worked in this field for nearly 30 years.
In response to her son’s challenges she set up The Dyscovery Centre, 20 years ago which gained an international reputation for its clinical and research work. Her work there also led to her gaining a chair at the University of South Wales. She has lectured to more than 100,000 individuals worldwide and written over 100 papers and 9 books in the field which have been translated into more than 5 languages. Two of her books are: ‘How to Succeed in Employment with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and ADHD’ and How to Succeed in College and University with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and ADHD’ and she has just re-published and updated her first book on DCD/ Dyspraxia. She has been the advisor to the Department of Works and Pensions on neurodiversity and is the chair of Movement Matters( the UK umbrella organization). She is also an advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation, ADDIS and works with the British Dyslexia Association.
She is the CEO of DoIT Solutions, which has developed a unique person-centered computer profiling system being used in a number of schools, universities and colleges, employment, offending and Welfare to Work settings in the UK and internationally.
Jonathan Glazzard is Professor of Teacher Education at the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. He qualified as a teacher in 1995. He spent 10 years working as a primary school teacher and Assistant Head Teacher. For the past 13 years he has worked in higher education as a teacher educator. His research focuses on inclusive education and it emphasises the importance of giving voice to learners who are marginalised by an education system which fails to meet their needs.