Keynote Speakers

Judy A. Alston

Professor, Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs, Ashland University

Educational Leadership and Policy in the 21st Century: Values, Vision, Voice, and Virtue

Judy A. Alston is a Professor in the Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs at Ashland University. A southerner by birth, she hails from Charleston, SC. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.Div. from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education both from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop College. An educator for 30 years, she is a prolific author, speaker, and presenter. She is the author of many articles, book chapters, and books including, Herstories: Leading with the Lessons of the Lives of Black Women Activists and School Leadership and Administration: Important Concepts, Case Studies, & Simulations (7th, 8th, 9th, and upcoming 10th editions). She is also ordained as a Reverend in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Viviane Robinson

Distinguished Professor, School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland

The Capabilities Required for Leading Improvement: Challenges for Researchers and Developers

Viviane is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Academic Director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. She is the author of five books and numerous chapters and journal articles on school improvement, leadership and the relationship between research and the improvement of practice. She currently leads an evidence-based international research and development programme on the leadership capabilities required for networked and individual school improvement. Viviane has consulted on leadership policy and development to professional and government bodies in England, Norway, Singapore, Chile, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has received awards from national and international professional and academic organisations including the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the New Zealand Secondary Principals Association and the US-based University Council on Educational Administration. In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for sustained excellence in educational research.

Gillian Hamilton

Strategic Director, Education Scotland

Scotland’s Educational Leadership journey: aspirations for Excellence and Equity#

Focusing on the policy landscape in Educational landscape over the last 5 years, how this has been translated into practice, and the impact of a national commitment to this work on educators and on young people.

Gillian has worked in Scottish education for 27 years and has held posts as a Primary Teacher, Senior Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Head Teacher in schools in Glasgow, North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. As CPD Co-ordinator and then Quality Improvement Officer in East Ayrshire, she worked extensively on professional learning and leadership programmes and is passionate about their importance in promoting quality in teaching. She also led the authority’s work on the Scottish Qualification for Headship and the Flexible Route to Headship. Gillian was Head of Educational Services at GTC Scotland for three years before becoming Chief Executive. At GTC Scotland she led the revision of the Professional Standards and the pilot programmes of Professional Update, which was rolled out nationally in August 2014. She contributes regularly to educational conferences, seminars and events.





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