Academic Advisory Panel
The members of our Academic Advisory Panel are experts and leaders in Australian inclusive education research. The role of the Panel includes advising and making recommendations to the Board of All Means All, assisting in the development of evidence-based information and resources and helping to disseminate quality research to the All Means All community.
Professor Linda Graham, Chair
Linda Graham is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
She is currently Chief Investigator on several externally funded research projects in inclusive education including “Which children develop severely disruptive school behaviour?” funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Linda has published more than 80 books, chapters and journal articles, as well as numerous pieces published in The Conversation and the AARE EduResearch Matters multi-author blog.
Linda also blogs at drlindagraham.wordpress.com.au. She can often be found on Twitter: @drlindagraham
Dr Kathy Cologon
Kathy Cologon is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University.
Dr Ilektra Spandagou
Dr Ilektra Spandagou is a senior lecturer at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney.
She has experience working with general and special education teachers in the area of theories of inclusive education, and the nexus of policy and school practice. Ilektra’s research interests include inclusion, disability, comparative education and classroom diversity. Her current research projects focus on inclusive policy and practice within a rights perspective. A common thread of this work is a conceptual understanding of inclusive education as a transformation project requiring a paradigmatic shift in perceptions of both ability and education. Her publications include the book ‘Inclusive Education: International Policy & Practice’ (co-authored with A.C. Armstrong and D. Armstrong) published by Sage in 2010.
Peter Walker is a lecturer in the School of Education, Flinders University, and a former school principal.
In 2016 Peter presented a Ted Talk at Tedx Adelaide on the theme of 'inclusive education'.
Dr Shiralee Poed
Shiralee Poed is a Senior Lecturer in the Learning Intervention team at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne.
Prior to commencing at the University of Melbourne in 2011, Shiralee was a lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Queensland.
Shiralee's research interests include disability discrimination in education, reducing the use of restrictive interventions, and using Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports with fidelity
Dr Kate De Bruin
Dr Kate de Bruin is in the Faculty of Education at Monash University where she researches and lectures in both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the areas of inclusive education as well as research use and evaluation.
Kate is currently the chief investigator on several school-based research projects including "Differentiation in the Classroom: Engaging Diverse Learners through Universal Design for Learning" and " Student and Teacher Perspectives on Inclusive School Programming".
Her interests focus on how to develop teacher capacity for using inclusive pedagogies in ways that improve equity and quality schooling for all students, and she regularly provides professional learning to school teachers in these areas. Kate originally worked as a high school teacher where she taught English as well as supporting the education and school participation of learners with diverse abilities and needs, before moving into tertiary education and research.
Dr Jeff Thomas
Jeff Thomas is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania.
Jeff has a driving enthusiasm for understanding how to improve student engagement, especially for those students for whom school is not a friendly or accepting place. Jeff has won numerous teaching awards in his short time in tertiary education, and, as an early career researcher, is developing a strong research record – with multiple projects underway in the area of engagement, classroom management and reengagement programs.