Mr Stephen Elder OAM
Stephen Elder is a distinguished educational leader who is Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne. Stephen is a member of numerous national, state and diocesan committees and leads the sixth largest education sector in Australia comprised of 329 Catholic primary, secondary and special schools.
Professor Gerald M. Cattaro
Gerald M. Cattaro Professor of Education, Executive Director of the Center of Faith Based Education and Catholic School Leadership and former Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership Administration and Policy, in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University in New York City. He is currently on the editorial boards of Education and Urban Society, International Educational Reform and the Governing Board of Journal of Catholic Education. He writes, teaches speaks, and conducts research nationally and internationally, on governance and policy issues associated with Faith- Based schools. Dr. Cattaro serves on numerous nation and international committees and boards including as the NGO permanent Observer for the Office of Catholic International Education at the United Nations. Having mentored well over 50 Ph. D. dissertations on educational leadership Dr. Cattaro has students in every continent among them bishops, university and college presidents, deans, professors, superintendents of school, and principals.
He was a Catholic School Administrator for nearly 20 years in the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY and earned his Doctor of Education Degree at Teachers’ College of Columbia University in New York City.
Dr Paul Sharkey
Paul Sharkey is Director of Catholic Education Services in Catholic Education Melbourne. He was previously a Director of Catholic Education in South Australia. Paul is strongly focused on Catholic identity in his professional practice and is committed to research and publishing in this critical area of the mission of Catholic schools.
Dr Doug Ashleigh
Doug Ashleigh is currently Deputy Executive Director at Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) with responsibility for Learning and Teaching and Catholic Identity commencing in this role in 2016. Prior to working in BCE Doug worked as Director of Financial, Corporate and ICT Services with Sydney Catholic Schools. Doug is currently completing a Master of Theology (2017) having previously completed a Doctor of Education focusing on Technology and Educational Change. He also holds a Master of Education and Graduate Diploma in Religious Education.
Doug leads Learning Services and is responsible for the implementation of the system strategies of Excellent Learning and Teaching and Strengthening Catholic Identity. Working in close collaboration with the Directors of School Services and staff in Learning Services, Doug leads the implementation of Brisbane Catholic Education’s strategy directions for curriculum, assessment, religious education, faith formation, inclusive education and student wellbeing. Doug has held senior leadership positions in five dioceses and Religious Institute schools.
Dr Michael Bezzina
Dr Michael Bezzina has been the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Archdiocese of Sydney since 2013. He has spent his career as an educator and leader in Catholic schools, systems and tertiary institutions. Prior to his present appointment, Michael was a member of the Education Faculty at Australian Catholic University from 2007 to 2012, as Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Director of the Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership (2008-2012) and Head of the School of Educational Leadership (2008-2010). In a rich and varied career Michael has been a secondary school teacher, school leader, teacher educator, consultant, system administrator, process facilitator and researcher. He has worked with organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Mauritius, Fiji and Pakistan. Michael has extensive experience in Catholic education systems, having worked in a variety of roles, including Director of Religious Education and Educational Services and Interim Executive Director in the Diocese of Parramatta.
He sat on the NSW Board of Studies from 2014-2016. Currently, Michael is a member of the NSW Catholic Education Commission Education Policy Committee.
Michael holds an honours degree in Education and a PhD from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Educational Studies (Religion Education) from the University of South Australia.
He has a passionate commitment to working with leaders to promote authentic learning for all students through professional learning and facilitation.
He is a Fellow of the both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. He is the recipient of the ACEL Patrick Duignan Award, and the ACE Ron Ikin Award. He holds (or has held) adjunct Professorships at ACU, the University of Western Sydney and the University of Fiji.
Associate Professor Gareth Byrne
Gareth Byrne is Associate Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (MDCCE) at DCU Institute of Education, Dublin City University. His primary areas of teaching and research are second-level religious education and faith development more generally. He was previously the founding Director of the Irish Centre for Religious Education (ICRE), contributing to building up religious education as a field of study. Gareth was the writer for the Irish Episcopal Conference of Share the Good News: National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland (Veritas: Dublin, 2010). His recent contributions include an edited volume with Patricia Kieran (2013) Toward Mutual Ground: Pluralism, Religious Education and Diversity in Irish Schools (Columba: Dublin), and articles in Niall Coll, ed. (2015) Ireland and Vatican II: Essays Theological, Pastoral and Educational, (Columba: Dublin), in Leslie Francis and Jeff Astley, eds (2016) Diversity and Intersectionality: Studies in Religion, Education and Values, (Peter Lang: Oxford), and in Mary Shanahan, ed. (2016) Does Religious Education Matter? (Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon).
Dr Roisin Coll
Dr Roisín Coll is Director of the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She has taught and written widely on Catholic education in Scotland, Catholic school leadership, faith education, the faith development needs of those teaching in the Catholic sector and the use of prayer in school. Roisín worked as a consultant during the construction of the new Religious Education syllabus for Catholic Schools in Scotland, This is Our Faith and she is a member of the National Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) strategy group in Scotland which has recently produced a landmark publication that supports the professional and faith development of Catholic teachers across all stages of their career. Roisín is currently responsible for overseeing Catholic Initial Teacher Education in Scotland.
Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey
Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, has served in Catholic education as an elementary and high school teacher, university lecturer, secondary principal and president, and superintendent. As Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools from 2008-2014, she oversaw the largest Catholic school system in the United States. In January 1, 2015, Sister accepted the role of Archbishop’s Delegate for School Advancement and Advocacy, working with the $350M To Teach Who Christ Is Capital Campaign and successful school choice legislation in the State of Illinois.
With the successful completion of the TTWCI Campaign for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. M. Paul continues in the role of advocate for school choice but began full-time work at DePaul University in November 2016. She serves as an instructor of masters and doctoral students in the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum, a mentor of aspiring principals, and the Coordinator of the Catholic Educational Leadership Program for the College of Education at DePaul University.
Professional affiliations include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the ACT Regional Board, and the Catapult National Advisory Board, and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). She sat as a member of the Illinois State Commission for AdvancED in Illinois and as an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Education Committee in Washington, D.C.
Professor Teresa O’Doherty
Teresa O’Doherty is Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. Established in 1898, MIC is responsible for educating 40% of all publicly funded primary –level teachers in Ireland. The Faculty provides professional education for early childhood, primary, post-primary and adult education teachers, as well as offering a wide range of postgraduate programmes at masters and doctoral levels.
Teresa has published internationally in the areas of history of education and teacher education policy. She is a member of a wide range of academic and professional committees on national and international levels, including being past Chair and now member of the Executive Committee of SCoTENS, a member of the Board of the State Examinations Commission, the Executive of the Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), an invited member of the NCCA Early Childhood and Primary Committee, Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network, and the Teacher Education Group (TEG).
Dr John Lydon
Dr John Lydon is currently Programme Director of the MA in Catholic School Leadership programme at St Mary’s University, London and the Director of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies programme. In 2015 he was appointed Teaching Fellow (Principal Lecturer) of St Mary’s University. Most recently in 2017, he was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy for his development of this unique MA in Catholic School Leadership, having previously been appointed Fellow in 2015. His own PhD from the University of Surrey, UK focused on teaching as a vocation in a contemporary Christian context which was published subsequently. In recognition of his expert status in Catholic education, John has been appointed as External Examiner to the University of Glasgow. John was appointed as a thematic expert on Catholic education to the United Nations Catholic-inspired NGO Forum and will speak at its forthcoming international conference in Rome in December 2017. Previouslyhe was invited by the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican he presented his paper Initial and Continuing Formation of Teachers at the World Congress, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Christian Education Gravissimum Educationis. He was the only academic from the UK and Ireland to speak at this conference. He also presents papers regularly at the National Catholic Education Association annual Convention in the USA and will present a paper in Catholic education internationally in partnership with academic colleagues from the USA, Australia and Canada in 2018.
Dr Michael Sampson
Dr. Michael Sampson is the Dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University in New York City. Since arriving there, Sampson has led his college into the top 100 ranked US graduate schools of education as ranked by US News and World Report.
He has also led his team in creating new study abroad partnerships for his students in Italy, France, China, and Australia, and launched a new online PhD in Literacy. A prolific researcher and author, Sampson is best known for his New York Times Best Seller list children’s books.
Ms Sue Walsh
Sue Walsh, Deputy Executive Director of Schools and Director, Learning in the Diocese of Parramatta, is a passionate educator. Sue has more than three decades experience as a teacher, principal and system leader. She currently leads a team of over 140 staff and oversees the professional learning of over 4,500 leaders and teachers to improve literacy and numeracy in K-12 schools. Sue has received a Diocesan Medal of Honour from the Parramatta Diocese for her passionate commitment to improve educational opportunities for all students.
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