International speakers

VALA is privilege to present several highly-regarded international speakers at 'Breaking the Mould: Contemporary learning in action'

Professor Bill Lucas, University of Winchester, UK

Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. Bill is the co-creator of the Expansive education network – Recently Bill, with his long-time colleague and friend Guy Claxton, has launched a campaign to put character, wellbeing and learning at the heart of all schools –

His latest include books include:
Educating Ruby: what children really need to learn (with Guy Claxton)
Expansive Education: teaching learners for the real world (with Guy Claxton and Ellen Spencer)
Remaking Apprenticeships: powerful learning for work and life (with Ellen Spencer)
rEvolution: how to thrive in crazy times (winner of UK Management Book of Year – Innovation, 2010).

Bill has many friends in Australia at ACER, at the Department of Education in Victoria, at the Dusseldorf Forum and in many schools. He is a fellow of Melbourne-based International Specialised Skills Institute.

Buy a copy of Expansive Education: teaching learners for the real world at the conference.

Gary Stager, The Constructivist Consortium

Gary S. Stager, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant, and author who has spent the past 32 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self-expression. No stranger to Australia, Gary led PD in the world’s first laptop schools, earned a doctorate in science & mathematics education at The University of Melbourne, and has worked at government and independent schools across the nation since 1990. Gary has taught preschool through doctoral students, studied in Reggio Emilia, and was part of a project that won a Grammy Award.

When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary's doctoral dissertation and documented Papert's most-recent institutional research project.

He is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers supporter whose latest book is Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. This year is Gary’s 25th anniversary of working in Australia.


Mike Lloyd,

Mike Lloyd is a former teacher, engineer and author of 'Schooling at the Speed of Thought' based on 30 years education technology experience.

Mike spent 14 years at Microsoft, Former Schooling Solutions Lead in WW Education Team. He is founder of, a company enabling young people to become innovative and entrepreneurial.