Michele Juratowitch (2003) is Director of Clearing Skies, and delivers a range of services for gifted children, parents, schools, organisations and institutions. Michele provides counselling and programs for gifted youth, their parents and teachers; works with institutions and organisations; provides advocacy for the gifted; conducts research and develops resources.
Michele worked with the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC), at UNSW. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the counselling and intervention needs of the gifted and has written articles, books, research reports and resources to support the gifted, including: “Make a Twist: Differentiating curriculum for gifted students”.
KAREN SPILLER OAM
SUBJECT: FEMALE LEADERS AS PRINCIPALS
Karen Spiller OAM (2011) is Principal of John Paul College in Brisbane. She has teaching and leadership experience spanning over 30 years, with 21 of these as Principal.
Karen is a Past National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia, Past President of the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia and is currently President of Independent Schools Queensland, a member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia Board and is also a member of the Board of Yalari.
Karen completed her Churchill Fellowship, ‘To examine strategies for preparing female leaders for the position of Principalship in Australian Schools” in 2011.
In 2017, Karen was awarded a Medal of Order of Australia Queen’s Birthday Honours for her service to women, and to education. In 2019 she received the prestigious national Nganakarrawa award presented by ACEL for Excellence in Educational Administration.
ADELE RICE AM
SUBJECT: REFUGEE EDUCATION & ADVOCACY
Adele Rice AM (1984) is a nationally recognised expert in multicultural education. She was the Founding Principal of Milpera, Brisbane’s state high school for refugee and migrant students, from when it opened in 1984 until she retired from the role in 2012, and was instrumental in establishing a study program that equipped the next generation of specialist ESL teachers who continue her legacy.
Adele’s current positions include Chairperson of the Friends of HEAL Foundation, Board Member of the Global Learning Centre, Advisory Board Member of Asylum Circle, Member of the Global Citizenship Education Network, and Board Member of St James College.
DALE MURRAY BA, Grad Ed, MA
SUBJECT: EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION
For over 35 years Dale Murray (2011) has worked in the area of flexible education provision. Firstly, as a teacher in the Centre Education Programme, then as the Principal and Director EREA Flexible Learning Centre Network, Director Partnership and in his current role of Director Education Life Without Barriers. Dale works to provide socially inclusive educational environments for disenfranchised young people of high school age. The Schools and services located around the nation work with community, NGO’s, Catholic Education Offices and state and federal governments to reengage young people who for complex social reasons are unable to maintain connection with mainstream education services. Dale has a deep commitment to working with communities, government, families and young people in developing learning environments that offer those disenfranchised a socially inclusive educational pathway. Dale is currently responsible for the development of a range of new educational initiatives around the nation. He is also an industry partner on a number of ARC, NHMRC research projects.
Dale is also Board Chair of the Australian Association for Flexible & Inclusive Education. www.aafie.org.au
CORRINE McMILLAN MP
SUBJECT: BETTER PREPARING LEADERS AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES FOR CONTEXTS OF GREATER AUTONOMY
Corrine McMillan MP (2015) has been the Member for Mansfield since November 2017. She is the Chair of the Queensland Parliamentary Community Support and Services Committee and Secretary of the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Caucus. Corrine was previously a Member of the Parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Member of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, Temporary Speaker and a member of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Anti-Bullying Taskforce.
Prior to her entry into politics, Corrine is a highly respected educator of more than 22 years and has held various teaching and non-teaching roles. This includes Principal at Cavendish Road State High School, Stretton State College, Wellington Point State High School, Bremer State High School and Glenala State High School. Corrine also supervised 430 Schools in her role as Acting Regional Director, Metropolitan Region with the Department of Education.
Corrine holds a Bachelor of Education (University of Newcastle) and a Master of Educational Studies (University of Queensland). Corrine was named one of Queensland’s Most Inspiring Women in 2013 and this same year was awarded the Dr John Dwyer and Queensland College of Teachers, Excellence in leadership in Teaching and Learning Award. Corrine was admitted to the Rank of “Fellow” of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2014. Corrine is a 2015 Churchill Fellow and was the recipient of a scholarship to study at Harvard University, Boston, USA, in 2016.