In developing Classwell, the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI) engaged a wide range of experts across Australia’s K-12 education space including an advisory panel of 35 school wellbeing and social capital leaders from schools across the country. The program development team was headed by the following individuals.

Jason Renshaw

Jason has more than 20 years of experience leading the design, delivery and management of innovative and transformative curriculum in K-12, vocational, higher education, government and corporate settings in Australia, Europe and Asia. Jason is the author of the Longman Boost! Integrated Skills Series from Pearson Education, a major course book series for primary/elementary and middle school English language learners that has sold several million copies in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Dr Anna Dabrowski

Anna is a researcher and lecturer in the area of educational reform and teacher effectiveness. She is currently involved in the longitudinal evaluation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, commissioned by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), in addition to developing performance and development frameworks to improve teacher quality in Australia and the United States.

Dr Janet Smith

Janet is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Education at the University of Canberra, where she has taught and researched in Educational Leadership and Teacher Education for the past 25 years. Prior to her work at the university, Janet was a high school teacher and school leader for 16 years. Janet holds a PhD, Master of Education, BA, and Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education.

Jenny Pesina

Jenny is an experienced eLearning and blended learning professional, online course developer, educator and project manager. She is focused on delivering pedagogically sound and innovative teaching and learning solutions. Jenny has extensive experience in higher education including key roles at the University of Melbourne and Open Universities Australia and is a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences.

Sonia Moyle

Sonia comes from a strong background in early childhood intervention and education.  She has taught in special schools across the spectrum of prep to year 12 and in early childhood development programs. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual Disability and a Masters in Early Intervention, lifelong learning is her mantra. Sonia is a qualified mentor and coach working with both pre-service teachers, beginning teachers and aspiring leaders across the public and private education sectors. 

Kate Lyon

Kate has been in education for over 15 years. She has taught in both the private and government sector, including remote and Indigenous schools. After being a curriculum consultant supporting regional schools, Kate took up various positions in school leadership in the North West of Western Australia. As part of her journey as a school leader, Kate has been in both Deputy Principal and Principal positions, including working in an education support centre and being a foundation Deputy Principal establishing a new school. Kate has been the Principal of Karratha Primary School for two years.

Elizabeth McLeod, M.Ed

Elizabeth is an educational consultant and facilitator who has led initiatives to promote positive school culture in diverse educational organisations for more than 20 years. As a Lead Facilitator for the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning (IFSEL) Elizabeth facilitates trainings on social and emotional learning (SEL), conflict resolution, mindfulness, and leadership for teachers and administrators. She also works directly with students as a school counsellor at Marin Primary and Middle School in Larkspur, California. Elizabeth’s passion is to empower educators and parents with the tools and training to transform their schools into caring,
inclusive communities.

Building classroom social capital and increasing the relational sense of agency between teachers and their students.​

Designed for grades 4 - 6​

Duration 10 weeks (30 mins per week)​

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