McREl Australia

McREL Australia

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. 

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McREL Australia staff and consultants

Craig_130x140  Executive Director: Wayne Craig

A renowned systems improvement expert and author of Powerful Learning: A Strategy for Systemic Educational Improvement, Wayne joined McREL in 2013 to guide our Melbourne-based team of consultants and researchers in delivering services and solutions across Australia and Asia. In addition, he is integrating elements of Powerful Learning with McREL resources to create a systems-wide approach to developing curious, engaged, and successful learners and educators. Previously, Wayne was a regional director at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria, where he led a large-scale effort across the Northern Metropolitan Region to raise achievement and produce better outcomes for students


Ross Dean   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.


Leonie Dodd Program Manager: 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.



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