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dr. janet smith

Program Director,NESLI

Dr. Janet Smith 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. During her years at UC, Janet occupied a wide range of leadership positions, including Associate Dean Education, Deputy Head of School and Discipline Head. Janet’s recent work at UC involved managing and teaching national and international professional learning courses, specialising in leadership, mentoring, coaching and social and emotional learning. Janet also organised and led UC’s Educational Study Tours to China, and taught a UC Masters of Education course at Hangzhou Normal University in China. Prior to her work at the university, Janet was a high school teacher and school leader for 16 years.

In addition to her work at the university, Janet has also worked extensively as a consultant, focusing on education, leadership, coaching, mentoring, spirituality, professional learning, teacher wellbeing and renewal.

Janet is a Courage & Renewal (C&R) facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) in USA, which is based on the work of Parker J. Palmer. She was the first non-North American C&R facilitator and founded C&R work throughout Australasia. Together with CCR, Janet has prepared 26 other Australasian C&R facilitators. She is a director on the CCR Board of Directors.

Janet holds a PhD, Master of Education, BA, and Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education.

Janet will present at the Transforming Australian Schools Conference.