McREL’s office in Melbourne, Victoria, brings research-based services and products such as Classroom Instruction That Works®, Power Walkthrough®, and Balanced Leadership® to educators, schools, and networks across Australia. Our local consultants can help you and your school or network focus on What Matters Most:
- Develop highly effective teachers who set high expectations, build strong relationships with students, and teach with intention.
- Create a positive and effective school culture by guaranteeing high-quality learning experiences and high expectations for learning and behavior in every classroom.
- Become a highly reliable organization through network goal setting, data use, and innovative systems that improve teaching and respond in real time to student failures.
McREL Australia staff and consultants
Director: Ross Dean
Ross is an experienced education leader at both the primary and secondary school levels in Victoria, Australia. As a principal and assistant principal, Ross led innovative approaches to school improvement across Victoria. During his 10 years leading the Victorian Educational Leadership Consortium, Ross focused on the development of emerging leaders and delivered work at a state and national level through the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and the Queensland Education Leadership Institute. He has been a guest lecturer at Deakin and Monash universities, and has chaired academic advisory committees at Deakin University and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. As director of McREL Australia, Ross leads a team of highly qualified local consultants who help to improve learning outcomes for students by providing research-based responses for school systems, networks, and individual schools.
Consultant: Julie Chandler
Julie is an expert in leadership and school improvement and works as an education consultant in primary and secondary schools and regions across Victoria. She is an experienced and accredited school reviewer, and has an extensive background as a school principal, school support center manager, and senior leader in the Western Metropolitan Region of Victoria. Julie has a master’s degree in educational leadership and has been a recipient of the Julia Flynn Scholarship and Mt Eliza Business School award.
Consultant: Muffy Hand
Muffy is a consultant and facilitator who supports leadership effectiveness and cultural development within organizations and corporate sectors throughout Australia and with clients in the United States and United Kingdom. An experienced leadership and conflict-resolution coach, Muffy is skilled in the design and facilitation of executive development programs and effective and sustainable strategies for managing complex human and cultural dynamics.
Consultant: Leonie Dodd
Leonie has worked as a classroom teacher, music specialist, reading recovery teacher, curriculum consultant, assistant principal, and education consultant in Australia and the United States. Her expertise in literacy includes the strategic, explicit teaching of comprehension strategies, integrating technology into classroom practice, and developing thinking skills in all students. Leonie is an accredited school reviewer in Victoria and has worked with numerous primary and P-12 schools in this role. Leonie works closely with principals, teachers and school communities to build collective knowledge and enable real improvement in student achievement and effective teacher practice.
Consultant: Pat Buoncristiani
Pat has more than 30 years’ experience as a teacher educator, a classroom teacher in the United Kingdom and Australia, and a school principal in both Australia and the United States. She has led professional development in early literacy, curriculum design, and behavior management and has worked as a Habits of Mind facilitator with educators in both Australia and the United States. She is the co-author of Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools (Corwin [USA], 2012 and Hawker Brownlow [Australia], 2013).
Consultant: Martin Buoncristiani
Martin, a professor of physics emeritus, has been a leader in science and mathematics education at all grade levels for more than 40 years, emphasizing the integration of current research on how people learn into the classroom. He has led the modernizing of teaching and learning strategies, primarily in secondary and tertiary education, and served as an evaluator of the Virginia Standards of Learning in Science. He is an accredited Habits of Mind facilitator, conducts professional development for teachers in the United States and Australia, and is co-author of Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools’ (Corwin [USA], 2012 and Hawker Brownlow [Australia], 2013).
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