Kathleen Herbert has been a professional educator since 1975. Her specialties include curriculum development with a focus on social competencies, adult education and alternative learning opportunities. She has been presenting Dr Ruby Payne's workshops on economic disadvantage since 2002.
Kathleen's many previous roles have included administration, curriculum and student wellbeing at large city colleges and small country schools. She has held positions of responsibility in both curriculum development and student welfare, and she has delivered several research-based programs in partnership with Deakin University and the Victorian government. In the field of adult and community education, Kathleen has done ongoing work with unemployed and jobless young people, as well as recruiting and training teachers to deliver adult literacy and numeracy with Education Centre Gippsland, a major provider of adult learning.
As a Hawker Brownlow Professional Learning Solutions (HBPLS) training associate, Kathleen brings her 30 years of experience in teaching to Dr Payne's Framework for Understanding Poverty initiative. She is internationally trained in America and has been presenting Dr Payne's work to Australian audiences for more than 10 years. Her presentations explain the framework in Australian terms, with a strong focus on practical learning applications. Kathleen is passionate about Dr Payne's work because it brings a 'mind shift' of new understanding to teachers and education communities, and because it provides practical methods to strengthen the identity and the resourcefulness of young learners.