Heather De Blasio
Heather De Blasio has spent a lifetime committed to growing others and refusing to put limits on what people can achieve. Her teaching career began with coaching tennis in rural South Australia and later developed into life as a bilingual ski instructor in both Australia and Austria.
Since making education her formal profession, Heather has held middle and executive leadership responsibilities in pastoral care, curriculum and teaching and learning at a range of independent schools. Heather has participated at the executive levels of leadership of the subject associations of which she has been a member, including as president of the Association of Secondary Research Teachers, an executive committee member of the South Australian History Teachers Association and South Australian English Teachers Assocation, and as chief assessor/examiner for modern history and the research project. Heather also played an important role in the project team responsible for developing and training teachers to implement the Research Project, a new compulsory subject at the Year 12 Level, across South Australia. As a part-time lecturer and tutor at Flinders University’s Graduate School of Education, as well as through guest presentations to master’s students at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, she has helped shape the careers of many aspiring teachers.
The recipient of an Outstanding Presentation Award at the 2017 Australian Council of Educational Research’s Excellence in Professional Practice Conference, Heather is an engaging presenter. She has spoken at state, national and international conferences, including the Australian Council of Educational Leadership, Australian College of Educators, International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, uLead and the International Conference on Thinking, on topics ranging from tackling in-school variation to intentionally developing the leadership skills of middle leaders.
She is a contributing author to the second edition of Patrick Griffin’s Assessment for teaching (2017) and is currently completing a Doctor of Education at the University of Melbourne in the area of building middle leaders’ leadership capacity.
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