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Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools

Toowoomba Catholic Schools staff member makes 'The Educator’s' annual 'Hot List'

Rebecca Brownhall

Rebecca Brownhall, Education Officer: Lighthouse Schools Numeracy has been recognised in 'The Educator's' annual 'Hot List'.  This prestigious list recognises and celebrates professionals who represent the cutting edge of educational excellence in Australia.

The winners have made invaluable contributions to the K-12 education sector over the past 12 months, demonstrating excellence in linking theory and practice, and designing and implementing innovations that provide students with high-quality educational experiences, during these unprecedented times.

Rebecca's qualifications include a Masters of Education: Leading Innovation and Change, Certified Practitioner: Cultures of Thinking and Making Thinking Visible - Harvard Graduate School of Education, Certified Leadership Facilitator and Coach: The Leadership Circle Profile - Taking Leadership Teams from Reactive Tendencies to Creative tendencies, Queensland University of Technology: Graduate Certificate in Leadership - Coaching.

Some of the conferences that Rebecca has recently presented at include the following.

  • ACEL Vision and Voice Conference
  • National Summit for Education- Innovation
  • Harvard Education - Making Thinking Visible: Leading Improvement and Change International
  • Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers

Whilst working for Toowoomba Catholic Schools, Rebecca has led the action research agenda for Numeracy and has collaboratively written the system wide Inspire Mathematics Strategy.

21st Century learning in Mathematics needs renewal from traditional forms of teaching to ignite curiosity and inspire learning connecting to the Mathematics in the real world. Toowoomba Catholic Education has developed its Inspire Mathematics Strategy to engage learners and evoke thinking and collaborative inquiry, aimed at authentically implementing the Australian Curriculum. Specifically designing learning which explores the Mindset, Skillset and Toolset of Mathematical learning, participants will engage in a number of Design Thinking routines to explore this way of working for their context.

"Collaboratively building contextual improvement through supporting teacher dispositional change is my daily work. My passion is for enabling thinking in learners and culminates through my expertise in Design Thinking and Transformational Dialogues. Having been a 'change agent' in education for 20 years, my enthusiasm for the practitioners' perspective in modelling and coaching for improvement through distributed leadership, collaborative partnerships and a courage culture approach are trademark to the work I lead," said Rebecca.