High Resolves and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) held a full-day event for education leaders: Ed Summit 2018: Resolve to Lead at UTS on 9 August 2018.

Ed Summit focused on one of the most important educational challenges of our time: how do we act now to develop 21st century skills in Australian schools and ensure our students will thrive in a globalized world? Our vision is ambitious: let’s reshape education in Australia.

Attendees of Ed Summit walked away with:

A Global Perspective

Attendees expanded networks, met partners, and learned from educators, thought leaders and innovators from around the world. With speakers from Rwanda, Singapore, China, Canada, America and Brazil, attendees learned from real-life case studies and engaged in discussions with colleagues about how education is changing globally.

Innovative Solutions

Attendees learned from some of the world’s foremost educational practitioners about the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them. They were inspired by groundbreaking, innovative and practical solutions that they could implement immediately in their own schools.

An Action Plan for Change

Attendees informed their own personal action plans with ideas from around the world and the experiences of their peers. They learned how to use a set of proven and powerful tools and approaches to equip their students to thrive, not just survive, in the 21st century.

The event brought together education leaders from across Australia and was convened by:

Prof. Attila Brungs

Lisa Paul AO PSM

Verity Firth

Anthony Mackay AM

Program

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Speakers

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Freddy Mutanguha

Freddy Mutanguha

Freddy has led the development of The Aegis Trust’s peace education programme in Rwanda and is now leading Aegis’ work to take this model beyond the borders of Rwanda.

He survived Rwanda’s 1994 genocide as a teenager, and as an orphan head of household, he worked his way through school to become a leading advocate for peace and human rights education, helping to found AERG, Rwanda’s student survivors association, and going on to become Secretary General of IBUKA, the national umbrella association for Rwandan genocide survivors.

Also an International Board member of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia, Freddy lectures internationally on the impact of the genocide and on post-conflict reconstruction.

Dr Yuhyun Park

Dr Yuhyun Park

Founder of Digital Intelligence Quotient (DQ) concept, framework, assessment and DQ World online platform. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Ashoka Fellow. Eisenhower Fellow. Recipient of two UNESCO awards. Digital Literacy Education Leader in OECD, IEEE and World Economic Forum, Doctorate in Biostatistics, Harvard University.

Just like every parent, Yuhyun wanted for her two children to thrive in our rapidly changing digital world. Trained as a statistician and digital media expert, she was concerned by the growing impact of digital technology, and the consequences of children facing cyber-risks including cyberbullying, technology addiction, fake news and more.

Recognising that an educational gap exists in preparing children for the digital future, Yuhyun pioneered the concept of DQ. Like IQ and EQ, DQ refers to a set of comprehensive digital skills that children need to have to deal with the challenges and demands in their digital lives. Specifically, she saw the need to empower every child online with digital citizenship skills as the first step to minimise cyber-risks and maximise the opportunities of technology.

Seeing the lack of educational resources on digital citizenship world-wide, she developed a global movement, #DQEveryChild, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, Singtel, and other international partners. The movement aims to empower every 8-12 year old in over 100 countries with DQ from the start of their digital lives by 2020. This is done by providing nations with a research-backed, online educational platform – DQ World – for digital citizenship learning and real-time assessment that can be easily ‘plugged and played’ into any school curriculum or public education system. Today, Yuhyun is leading the DQ Institute – an international coalition in association with the World Economic Forum and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and 100 organizations with the collective vision to create an ethical digital future for children worldwide.

Julie Inman Grant

Julie Inman Grant

Julie Inman Grant is the eSafety Commissioner. She commenced this five year appointment in January 2017.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach.

At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Julie also built Twitter’s ‘Rules and Tools’ for safety, and conceptualised and piloted #PositionofStrength, which now serves as Twitter’s global female safety and empowerment program.

Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.

Angel & Michael Zhang

Angel & Michael Zhang

Michael Bowen Zhang and Angel Mi Lin started their journey of alternative teaching when they were studying in university in 1992 in China, and established the New Horizon Global Citizens Centre in 1999 to help students to develop real world skills. The Centre has become one of the leading organisations in Northern China with 20 locations and over 10,000 students.

Encouraged by the success of their Centre, after finishing Masters degrees at Macquarie University on Educational Leadership, and with the huge demand for holistic and innovative education across China, Angel and Michael went back to Beijing and set up X SCHOOL in 2015. X SCHOOL provides a personalised enrichment program for 3-15 year olds that supplements China’s mainstream education by inspiring learners’ compassion, empowering their competencies and facilitating individualised development plans in order to prepare them to be active participants in this ever-changing world.

X SCHOOL has 19 locations and aims to have 60 locations across China by end of 2019.

Prof. Fernando Reimers

Prof. Fernando Reimers

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University.

Professor Reimers is an expert in the field of Global Education. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He studies how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. As part of the work of the Global Education Innovation Initiative he leads, he and his colleagues conducted a comparative study of the goals of education as reflected in the curriculum in Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States, published as Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century by Harvard Education Press, a book which has also been published in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. A forthcoming book, also to be published by Harvard Education Press, studies programs around the world which support teachers in developing the professional competencies to teach holistically for the 21st Century.

In 2017 he received the Global Citizen Award from the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations for his work advancing global citizenship education. In 2015 he was appointed the C.J. Koh Visiting Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore in recognition of his work in global education. He received an honorary doctorate from Emerson College for his work advancing human rights education. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Danitra Wansley

Danitra Wansley

As a Black woman from rural Georgia (US) and a first-generation university student, Danitra Wansley was driven to use her strengths to serve the communities that needed her most.

After directing a not for profit academic summer camp in Boston, Danitra joined Teach for America in Greater New Orleans. She taught 7th grade English Language Arts at KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School for the Creative Arts with an emphasis on culturally responsive pedagogy.

She then served as an Impact Manager with City Year New Orleans; in this role, she managed and coached three teams of school-based AmeriCorps members on leadership development and K-12 instruction.

Danitra is now the Program Director for High Resolves New Orleans and is thrilled to continue empowering the next generation of young people. Danitra earned a B.A. with honors in History and Literature from Harvard University.

Dr. Bror Saxberg

Dr. Bror Saxberg

As Vice President of Learning Science, at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Bror Saxberg is responsible for thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning – pre-K, K-16, and beyond.

Saxberg most recently served as Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan, Inc. where he was responsible for the research and application of innovative evidence-based learning strategies, technologies, and products across Kaplan’s full range of educational services offerings.

Saxberg received an Honors BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, an MA in mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

Amna Karra-Hassan

Amna Karra-Hassan

Amna Karra-Hassan founded the first ever AFL Women’s team in Western Sydney and is widely recognised for the diversity she brought to the game and for taking the code to Western Sydney. The Club played a critical role in establishing the game in the region, both for women and for its engagement with diverse communities, contributing to the recent inauguration of the GWS Giants in the AFLW.

Her courage has been the centre of many conversations and the reason behind the accolades acknowledging Amna’s contribution to the community and women’s sport.

Amna shares her experiences of collaborating with community leaders, small business owners, local government, traditional and social media and thought leaders. She shares how she engages in the storytelling process to help others overcome adversity, build confidence and resilience, and lead with perseverance and courage.

She offers insights on how she lead the growth of the Auburn Giants and the importance of leveraging media. Countless football metaphors of Amna ‘kicking goals’ have been widely shared and celebrated.

Amna believes the heart of innovation, civic participation and community building is a ‘strengths-based approach’ and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Amna holds a Bachelor in Organisational Learning from the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently enrolled in an Advanced Leadership Program with the Applied School of Management. She has spent the last 7 years working in Community Engagement for the Australian Federal Police. She recently joined the Reform, Culture and Standards portfolio – responsible for driving cultural change within the AFP.

Liana Downey

Liana Downey

As Executive Director of Delivery at the NSW Department of Education, Liana works to improve outcomes for 800,000 children by strengthening the delivery of policies and services.

Previously, Liana taught leadership at NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service and led Liana Downey & Associates, a strategic advisory firm with offices in New York, and Sydney, Australia. Clients included social enterprises, global nonprofits and leaders from federal, state and city governments. Liana also established and led the public sector practice at McKinsey & Company and was an Expert Advisor to the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Liana is the author of Mission Control: How Nonprofits and Governments Can Focus, Achieve More and Change the World (Taylor and Rutledge, 2016), hosted the Mission Control podcast and led the 1000 member social sector leadership network in the US.

She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (Arjay Miller Scholar).

Verity Firth

Verity Firth

Verity Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice leading the newly established Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently spearheading the University’s Social Impact Framework, a first of its kind in the Australian university sector.

Ms Firth has over fifteen years of experience at the very highest levels of government and the not for profit sector in Australia. She served as Minister for Education and Training in New South Wales (2008-2011), focusing on equity in education and how to best address educational disadvantage in low socio economic, rural and remote indigenous communities.

Following that she was the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation. Verity was previously NSW Minister for Women (2007-2009) and Member for the state seat of Balmain from 2007 – 2011.

Before her parliamentary career, Ms Firth worked as a lawyer and was Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

Josh Densen

Josh Densen

Josh founded Bricolage Academy, a New Orleans charter school with the mission of advancing educational equity and creating innovators who change the world in 2012 and welcomed its first class of Kindergartners the following year. In the 2018 – 2019 school year, Bricolage will serve students in PreK – 5th grade and will add one grade each subsequent year, eventually serving students through high school.

Josh has served as Bricolage’s Executive Director since 2016. In this role he manages the school’s senior management team and focuses on Bricolage’s strategy, governance and development.

Mr. Densen received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Paul AO PSM

Lisa Paul AO PSM

Lisa Paul has been a Chief Executive in the Australian federal government from 2004 to 2016, most recently as the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Ms. Paul currently serves on the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board as well as the Boards of Navitas, Advanced Personnel Management (APM), Social Ventures Australia, Australian Schools Plus, High Resolves, the Australia American Educational Leadership Foundation Ltd and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.

She is an Australian National University Policy Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

She is also a delegate to the Australian Davos Connection. Ms Paul is an independent non-executive director of Bond University Limited. She is a former director of the Programmed Group as well as a former member of the Advisory Board to the Melbourne Accelerator Program and Enterprise Professor-Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.

Prof. Attila Brungs

Prof. Attila Brungs

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Attila Brungs, is UTS’s chief executive officer. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UTS in September 2009, Professor Brungs was general manager, science investment, strategy and performance at CSIRO.

His role incorporated the determination of broad research direction and resource allocation, performance monitoring of CSIRO research programs including its flagship programs, and the development and implementation of organisational strategy.

Before joining CSIRO in 2002 Professor Brungs was a senior manager at McKinsey and Co, managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He has also been on the board of a number of entities including not-for-profit organisations such as Greening Australia NSW.

Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar, with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University, and recipient of the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.

Anthony Mackay AM

Anthony Mackay AM

Anthony Mackay AM, is CEO of the Centre for Strategic Education. He is Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research, Deputy Chancellor Swinburne University, Melbourne, Chair of the International Advisory Board for the National Institute for School Leadership, Washington DC, and Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Education Council.

He is an expert consultant to OECD and consultant advisor to Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, Co-Chair Global Education Leaders Partnership, Board Director of the Innovation Unit, UK and Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.

He was Inaugural Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and the Inaugural Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Karen Borg

Karen Borg

Karen Borg is a commercial business leader who has worked in Asia, the USA and Europe.

Karen was inaugural CEO of Jobs for NSW. She redesigned public sector support for private enterprise by shifting from grants to recyclable debt funding including a $150M equity fund.

Jobs for NSW led engagement with the private sector, including opening the Sydney Startup Hub housing over 2000 entrepreneurs. It delivered the Jobs for the Future report, creating a 20yr roadmap that identified 11 leading industry sectors in NSW and that scale-ups drive all job creation.

Karen was previously APAC President, ResMed and a Global Vice President, J&J. She has worked for Revlon in Eastern Europe, Seagram in Russia, Goodman Fielder in Australia and Taiwan and Nestle in Australia.

Karen holds a B.A. from the University of Sydney and was a NSW finalist for Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2017.

Shauna Colnan

Shauna Colnan

International Grammar School Principal Shauna Colnan has held significant leadership roles in some of Sydney’s leading independent schools, including Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at MLC School and Head of Curriculum at Abbotsleigh.

Shauna’s capacity as an educational leader has been enhanced by studies at the University of Sydney, the University of New England, New York University, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Think Tank on Global Education at Harvard University.

Shauna, who was awarded highest academic achiever within a global cohort in her MBA at the Graduate School of Business at UNE, believes schools must equip students to be world ready.

A passionate teacher and curriculum expert, she has worked at the NSW Board of Studies (now NESA), was NSW supervisor of HSC English marking, led one of the nation’s largest English departments at Barker College, and has contributed to Teacher Education at Macquarie University.

Mehrdad Baghai

Mehrdad Baghai

Mehrdad Baghai is a world-renowned strategy and leadership expert and is the author of three international management bestsellers. He is the chairman of Alchemy Growth, a boutique advisory firm. Previously, he completed a three-year term as an Executive Director of the CSIRO and before that, he was the co-leader of the worldwide growth practice at McKinsey & Company.

With his wife Roya, Mehrdad founded High Resolves, an international not-for-profit that has empowered over 200,000 Australian teenagers to be purposeful global citizens and leaders. Mehrdad has reduced his business interests to serve as CEO of High Resolves and to drive its expansion into Canada, the U.S., Brazil and China.

Mehrdad earned an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. with high honours at Harvard Law School, as well as a B.S.E. with highest honours at Princeton University.

Roxy Pirnia

Roxy Pirnia

Roxy is extremely passionate about education reform and equity, particularly in the United States.

She worked as a Corps Member and Team Leader with City Year Boston, and subsequently as a Program Manager with Scholar Athletes.

Through her various roles, Roxy has continuously seen the importance of providing opportunities for young people to build the social emotional capacities that are often not explicitly taught in school settings.

Roxy is now the National Program Director of High Resolves America, which launched in the Bay Area in 2017. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

John Bush

John Bush

John is the General Manager, Education, for the Paul Ramsay Foundation, where he leads development and implementation of the giving strategy in education.

Before that, John was Associate Director, Education at Social Ventures Australia. In his time at SVA, John was part of the leadership team at Evidence for Learning, a social enterprise dedicated to brokering, translating and mobilising evidence in education. He also led the design and delivery of the 2014 and 2015 SVA Education Dialogues.

Prior to joining SVA, John was Director of Learning and Development at High Resolves, where he led curriculum design, recruitment and training of teachers, and measurement and evaluation.

John began his career as a high school English teacher and school leader in Tennessee and Sydney.

John is on the advisory boards of the Gonski Institute for Education and the UNSW Matraville Education Partnership. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science (Highest Honors) from Vanderbilt University.

Jack Carey

Jack Carey

Founder, Live Oak Wilderness Camp

In 2004 Jack began as classroom teacher in New York City with Teach For America. After teaching his same 30 students in 5th and then 6th grade, he spent most of the next decade working in various management roles at Teach For America and Teach For All.

In 2016 he went to work exclusively on Live Oak Wilderness Camp, a social venture he founded with a team of educators from New Orleans. Live Oak is a summer camp that combines fun, friendship, and leadership development to connect a diverse community of outstanding New Orleans kids.

Live Oak started with a pilot weekend camp in 2014, and over the last four years Jack and the team have expanded their rural Mississippi summer camp to serve a diverse community of 300 high-performing kids from 70 public and private schools in New Orleans.

Live Oak also provides ongoing leadership development programs for campers and staff members throughout the year in New Orleans. Jack and his wife Jenny, a principal with KIPP Schools, have two young children who spend part of their summer at camp.

Roya Baghai

Roya Baghai

Roya Baghai is an award-winning designer of transformative experiences that move people and make them think. She has a passion for applying design thinking and creative concepts in a holistic way which are carried through to every detail of the project. Her degrees in architecture and her experience creating multiple design businesses, coupled with her strong intuition and empathy, allow her to get to the heart of the design problems and create innovative solutions.

As the Co-Founder of High Resolves, Roya has spent the last twelve years establishing High Resolves as a leader in the design and delivery of capacity-building experiences and has helped over 200,000 young people to make a positive difference to our world. She is also Executive Director of Videos for Change, a national competition that empowers young people across Australia to step up as leaders and inspire change by creating videos on social issues facing their communities.

As High Resolves expands globally to the USA, Canada, China and further afield, she is excited by the transformational contribution that it can make to help people work together towards the collective, long-term interest of the planet.

Prof. Prashant Loyalka

Prof. Prashant Loyalka

Prashant Loyalka is a Center Research Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

His research focuses on addressing inequalities in the education of youth and on improving the quality of education received by youth in a number of countries including China, India, Korea, and Russia. In the course of addressing educational inequalities, Prashant examines the consequences of tracking, financial and informational constraints, and social psychological factors in highly competitive education systems.

His work on understanding educational quality is built around research that assesses and compares student learning in higher education, high school and compulsory schooling. Furthermore, he conducts large-scale evaluations of educational programs and policies that seek to improve student outcomes.

Chris Presland

Chris Presland

Chris is currently President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (NSW SPC), SPC representative on the NSW Forum of Principals Australia Institute (PAI), immediate Past President of ACEL NSW, Adjunct Fellow at Western Sydney University, member of the Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board and a member of multiple working parties at both state and national levels.

Chris was a recipient in 2003 of a Director General’s award for “Excellent Service to Public Education”, was listed in the 2004 “Australia’s Smart 100” awards conducted by The Bulletin magazine and Microsoft Australia and received a 2005 Macarthur Outstanding Educator Award from the Australian College of Educators.

In 2006 he became the first Principal in NSW to receive a “National Outstanding Achievement by a Principal” award from the Federal Government, and in 2008 was conferred as a National Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL). In 2010 Chris was recognised for his contribution to a range of professional associations with a “John Laing Professional Development Award” from Principals Australia Institute. Chris has also been awarded the prestigious “Patrick Duignan Award for Leadership” in any NSW educational institution and in 2014 was the recipient of the ACEL Presidential Citation.

Chris’ extensive contribution to educational advancements at State and National levels has resulted in recognition in the national Australia Day Honours with the award of the Public Service Medal.

Dr Sally Varnham

Dr Sally Varnham

Dr Sally Varnham is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She was previously Chair of the University Academic Board and is currently a member of the UTS Council.

Sally researches in law and policy as it relates to all sectors of education. She is widely published in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the US and regularly presents at national and international conferences. She is a co-editor of ‘Higher Education and the Law’ (Federation Press, 2015); co-author of “Law for Educators: School and University Law in Australia” (LexisNexis, 2007) and has contributed chapters to numerous national and international books.

She is particularly interested in practising citizenship in schools and student voice in decision-making in education at all levels, and has a National Senior Teaching Fellowship entitled: Creating a Framework for Student Partnership in University Decision-Making and Governance’. Sally is a past President of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA).

Satbir Sidhu-Thomas

Satbir Sidhu-Thomas

Satbir Sidhu-Thomas is an elementary school principal in the Toronto District School Board where she has been a school administrator since 2004. Satbir has strong administrative experience, demonstrated through a commitment to student well-being, achievement and success.

Satbir was seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Education as an Education Officer in the Teaching Policy and Standards Branch where she supported and coordinated the development and implementation of Ontario provincial education policies, programs and resources to ensure consistency in application of legislation, policies and standards throughout the Province.

Her career has been marked by a deep commitment to students and a willingness to make a positive difference.

Sarah Berg

Sarah Berg

Sarah is an education executive, entrepreneur and innovator with 15+ years of experience focused on improving outcomes for underserved populations through development of the social and emotional habits, skills and mindsets that enable people to thrive justly.

She has launched and grown an educational technology company, developed award-winning, proven effective learning software, and consulted with leading non-profit organisations across early learning, K-12 and post-secondary.

Lucas Walsh

Lucas Walsh

Lucas Walsh is Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

His research focuses on the political, economic, cultural, social and technological dimensions of young people’s participation, and the implications of these for educators and policy. Areas of focus include youth transitions to employment and young people’s experiences of citizenship.

He has worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and held four research fellowships. Lucas was previously Director of Research and Evaluation at The Foundation for Young Australians and has advised state, commonwealth and territory governments, AITSL, NFPs and schools.

His recent books include “Educating Generation Next: Young People, Teachers and Schooling in Transition” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Rethinking Youth Citizenship After the Age of Entitlement” with Rosalyn Black (Bloomsbury Academic).

Howard Barton

Howard Barton

For twenty years, Howard Barton has been involved in all facets of secondary education at Metairie Park Country Day School, including college counselling, academic and personal advising, behaviour expectations, community service, computer technology, and mentoring of student leaders and new teachers. Howard has taught English and Global Humanities, served as Dean of Students, and is currently Principal of the Upper School.

Howard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He served as an officer in the United States Army for 22 years in a variety of assignments around the world including combat operations in Panama and the Persian Gulf. Howard taught English for three years at the United States Military Academy after earning a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Yale University.

He went on to earn a Master of Philosophy degree from Yale and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and National Defence from the United States Naval War College. After receiving these degrees, he taught for five years at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Chantelle Kohn

Chantelle Kohn

Chantelle’s career as an educator and facilitator has been dedicated to unleashing humanity’s ability to create a better world and has taken place in Australia, The U.K, India, Cambodia, America and Canada. She has ten years of experience in the education sector ranging from classroom teaching, curriculum design and implementation, workshop facilitation and teacher training.

Chantelle has held various roles within High Resolves, starting with being the first Program Manager in QLD and now leading the organisation in Toronto and overseeing the curriculum for the expansion into North America. Chantelle’s passion for using education to help people transform the way they see themselves, the world and their role within it has been at the heart of each of her positions and also drives her love of travel.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Queensland and a Masters in International and Community Development from Deakin University.

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