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Guest speakers

Research in Practice Series

Mark Sparvell


 Mark is the Associate Director, Professional Learning, at Principals Australia Institute. Mark leads work on the design and delivery of contemporary leadership learning across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Mark's expertise is around 21st century learning design supported by innovative use of technology.
 
Mark is an experienced educator and school Principal. He was principal of Kadina Primary School, the largest regional school in York Peninsula, South Australia, Rapid Bay Primary and Victor Harbor R7 School. Mark's leadership has resulted in his schools developing as high performing sites of recognised innovation. Currently Mark is working with the NSW Secondary Principals Council and Sri Lankan Education system on leadership development.
 
Recently Mark has begun teaching pre-service educators ICT and Mathematics at Flinders University. Mark is a current judge for Microsofts Innovative Teacher Programme and Mentor School Program. Mark is a worldwide mentor school coach for identified schools in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
 
Mark is an active member of both the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA) and Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA). Across 2009-2010, Mark won state and national awards for Innovation. In 2011, Mark was selected as first place global winner in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Worldwide Innovation forum for his work in the field of collaborative learning. 

Sean Tierney


 Sean Tierney is an internationally regarded educational consultant with many years experience working with schools and school systems to lead and drive change management and leverage the potential of technology to improve student learning.
 
After leaving a career in broadcast sales, he worked as a primary and secondary teacher, Deputy Principal, lecturer at undergraduate and masters level, and senior project manager for the Queensland Department of Education, in Australia.
 
He managed statewide initiatives in Queensland, including developing the 1-to-1 student laptop program materials (co-author of 21 Steps to 21st Century 1-to-1Success), the Technology, Architecture and Furniture Project and the ICT Industry project, liaising between schools and the ICT Industry.
 
Sean has facilitated adult learning on a large scale, working with both national and international groups. Currently, he is working with Microsoft, running their academic programs for Australia.
 
He has a profound commitment to collaboration among schools and educators to grow learning and collective wisdom across the globe.
 
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