Educational Transformations Associates
Dr Tanya Vaughan is Associate Director of Evidence for Learning, Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and editor at Cogent Education, Taylor and Francis. She served as Senior Consulting Researcher and Director of Impact Studies at Educational Transformations from 2009 to 2016. She has previously held the roles of Consultant at Learning First, Project Officer and Quality Assurance Coordinator of Principal Certification at Principals Australia Institute (PAI), Data Analyst at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Senior Project Officer in the School Leadership Team at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
She holds a Bachelor of Science (Monash), Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology), Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) and Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University). Since completing her doctorate in 2004 she has presented at national and international conferences and published in her specialist field of bioinformatics and genomics, and served as biology coordinator at the senior secondary level at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane.
Her major responsibility with Educational Transformations was as lead consultant in investigating the impact of programs in the arts on outcomes for students in highly disadvantaged settings. A summary of the research entitled Bridging the Gap in School Achievement through the Arts (Vaughan, Harris & Caldwell, 2011) was launched at Parliament House Canberra in March 2011 by Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth. She is co-author of Transforming Education through The Arts (Caldwell & Vaughan, 2012). She is also co-author of two chapters in Changing Schools in an Era of Globalization (Caldwell & Vaughan, 2011) and one chapter in Literacy and the arts (Vaughan & Caldwell, 2014). Since completing this work she has had invited presentations at national and international conferences and presented this evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian Schools (Parliament of Victoria, 2013).
She was lead consultant in a research project to investigate the effectiveness of The Song Room’s Creative Arts Indigenous Parents Engagement (CAIPE) in building parental and youth engagement with schools and schooling. She has evaluated Bell Shakespeare’s Learning programs which showed a positive impact on students’ outcomes and teacher capacity. Tanya has recently established an evaluation framework for Teach for Australia’s Teach to Lead program, evaluated the Cadmus trial for The University of Melbourne and statistically analysed the data for the International Study of School Autonomy and Learning.
Dr Jessica Harris
Dr Jessica Harris is Senior Consulting Researcher at Educational Transformations based in Newcastle. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include understanding processes of school change, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology and collaborative inquiry. She commenced work with Educational Transformations on a full-time basis in 2006 and was appointed at the same time as Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. She took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland in 2009 and has continued her work with Educational Transformations on a project-by-project basis. She was lead or associate consultant for major projects undertaken by Educational Transformations including History of State Aid to Non-Government Schools in Australia, International Project to Frame the Transformation of Schools, Principal Autonomy Research Project, Study of the Regional Effectiveness Model in the Hume Region, Bridging the Gap in Achievement through the Arts, and Our School Our Future. She is co-author with Brian Caldwell of Why not the Best Schools? (Caldwell and Harris, 2008).
Fiona Longmuir is Senior Consulting Researcher at Educational Transformations. She joined the team in 2009 following over 12 years’ experience in school leadership and teaching. Recent significant projects have included a nationwide investigation of early career teachers working in disadvantaged schools and a review of school improvement processes in Queensland. She has also led comprehensive research on alternative educational settings for disengaged young people in Victoria. This area of research interest follows the successful 2012 project reported in A Different Journey: Youth in Learn Local Organisations (Ellum & Longmuir, 2012). She has served as research assistant for the publications The Self-Transforming School (Caldwell & Spinks, 2013) and Our School Our Future (Caldwell & Loader, 2010). Other previous projects have included: evaluation of a literacy leadership strategy, evaluation of the impact of philanthropic education programs; investigation of international innovative school and system-wide practices; review of the role of trust in school leadership; reviews of professional learning needs of high-performing principals and teaching principals; investigation of the role of locally driven innovation in schools; and research into social rate of return on investment in education. Fiona also works in sessional academic positions in Master of Education programs at both Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. She has been awarded a scholarship for her PhD (Education) which she is completing at the University of Melbourne. Her research is investigating leadership in improving schools and is linked with the International Successful School Principalship Project.
In a career spanning over forty years, Ron Toomey has been a secondary school teacher, State Education authority curriculum developer, educational administrator within the Victorian HSC examinations’ authority and a university academic in a number of Australian Education Faculties before being appointed as the Foundation Head of what is now the College of Education at Victoria University. When he retired from that position he was appointed to Adjunct Professor positions at LaTrobe University, Australian Catholic University and the University of Newcastle where he worked on several national projects in the areas of Values Education, Lifelong Learning and the Improvement of Teacher Education. He is currently working with colleagues from James Madison University in Virginia and others at the University of Kansas on a five year long project sponsored by the International Beliefs and Values Institute titled Creating the Globally Sustainable Self.
Annabel Clowes is Executive Assistant to Professor Brian Caldwell, Project Manager and Manager of Communications (Publications and Website) at Educational Transformations. She initially joined the team in May 2012 and returned in mid-2013. She maintains visual identity standards for professional reports and literature along with managing the company’s online profile. Annabel has a Diploma of Hospitality Management.