The Inclusive School Communities Project has engaged a number of experts to support project activities including our work with South Australian schools and developing specialist content for the Inclusive School Practices Toolkit. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following consultants who have been invaluable to this project.
Dr Bob Jackson has been closely involved with school inclusion advising families, teachers, schools and education systems on the rationale and practicalities of inclusion for many years. This work has included an extensive review of the literature on inclusion and presentations in all states to parents and teachers, as well as several research studies on inclusion. In 2017, he was a co-founder of the Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education. Currently, he is working as a private consultant in disability and education and Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, as well as teaching at three Universities in Perth to undergraduate and post graduate students in teaching and disability. Dr Jackson works across Australia with families and schools on including children with disabilities, assisting teachers in the classroom and running in-service training courses. Visit the 'Include' website for more information http://www.include.com.au/
Dr Leanne Longfellow has a teaching career spanning 30 years. She is a teacher of students with disabilities, an educational consultant, academic researcher and a parent of a young adult with disabilities. She has provided numerous professional learning sessions for educators, presented at Australian and international educational conferences, taught education in a university context and completed a doctorate in education at UniSA in 2018. Visit the 'Inclusive Education Planning' website for more information https://inclusiveeducationplanning.com.au/
Mrs Loren Swancutt is a substantive Head of Inclusive Schooling at a government high school in North Queensland. She has 11 years of teaching experience across both primary and secondary settings. She has recently been seconded into Regional coaching roles, supporting Principals and school teams to advance inclusive education practices. She provides independent consultancy to schools in other systems and interstate. Loren's interests include inclusive school reform, inclusive pedagogy and curriculum provisions, and intentional collaborations. Loren is the National Convenor of SINE - the School Inclusion Network for Educators, and is a doctoral candidate at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Visit Loren's website 'School Inclusion - From Theory to Practice' for more information http://school-inclusion.com/