Dr Carl Leonard

Dr Carl Leonard

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

The pursuit of academic excellence that maximises outcomes for ALL students sits at the heart of Dr Carl Leonard's work.

For the past 27 years. he has aimed to be the strongest advocate for public education, inclusivity and diversity. 'Access to quality learning should be the right of all students regardless of socioeconomic status, ability or location,' Carl said. 

For most of this time, standing with one foot in schools and the other in academe, Carl has worked tirelessly to provide the best learning conditions possible for students, further developing and refining his professional knowledge 'in the real world',  to better support the growth and development of the teaching profession.  

Dr Carl (not that Dr Karl), has a track record of delivering outstanding educational outcomes for students in his care, via holistic, innovative, communication-rich leadership structures featuring outstanding stakeholder involvement, high student, staff, and parent-carer satisfaction, a core focus on wellbeing, and teaching and learning structures embedded in implementation science and universal design for learning, as the springboard for success

'Happy, motivated and inspired students, outstanding outcomes, highly effective, valued and cared-for teachers and exemplary working relationships with parents, carers, community and industry stakeholders are at the heart of my work.'

In addition to working full-time in schools up until mid 2019, Carl has achieved significant scholarly output: 1 sole-authored book, 2 co-authored articles in refereed journals, 1 co-authored article in a non-refereed journal, a published literature review, and 15 sole- and co-authored paper presentations at national and international conferences. Upon recently taking up his full-time Senior Lecturer position at the UoN, Carl said that he now looks to further this scholarly output and is excited by the prospect of project collaboration, both within and beyond the faculty. 

'Schools are complex systems. I believe I've demonstrated through innovation and sophistication, transformative success can be achieved at a rapid rate - much faster that some people may think possible. Critical elements are: highly effective strategic planning, involving multiple stakeholders; sophisticated approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum delivery, financial management and resource deployment; and, all these elements embedded in an inclusive approach to enhancing and celebrating the work and wellbeing of multiple stakeholders - students, staff, parents, carers and community.'

Ongoing and current advocacy and involvement in the governance of teacher education includes: NESA Primary Maths & Science and Technology Specialisations Expert Advisory Panel Member; AITSL Accreditation Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Panellist; and, certified AITSL (NESA) External Observer for Teachers Seeking Higher Level Accreditation 

Maximising outcomes for our students is inextricably linked to the capacity of teachers and school leaders to facilitate and support their growth and development across all educational domains. My previous research work and future research will focus on the application of evidenced-based approaches to inclusive learning environments,' Leonard says.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Education, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Educational Leadership and Innovation
  • Implementation Science
  • Special Education, Disability and Inclusion
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Visible Learning
  • Wellbeing and Quality of School Life

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership 40
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development 30
130312 Special Education and Disability 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2013 - 31/12/2018 Deputy Principal - Eleebana Public School NSW Department of Education
1/1/2018 - 31/12/2018 Principal (Relieving) - Eleebana Public School NSW Department of Education
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Leonard C, Quality of Life and Attendance in Elementary Schools, Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K, Dusseldorf (2008)

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Leonard C, Brown G, 'COVID-19: How teachers can help students transition back to school', Teacher Magazine, (2020)
2016 Leonard C, Brown G, Arthur-Kelly M, 'SMART advice: teachers need guidance on professional development', Education Review, (2016)
2016 Brown G, Leonard C, Arthur-Kelly M, 'Writing SMARTER goals for professional learning and improving classroom practices', Reflective Practice, 17 621-635 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14623943.2016.1187120
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Michael Arthur-Kelly
2004 Leonard CA, Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, 'Affecting the affective: Affective outcomes in the context of school effectiveness, school improvement and quality schools', Issues in Educational Research, 14 1-28 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Leonard C, 'Quality of life outcomes in the context of school reform (2004)

Conference (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Leonard C, Brown G, Arthur C, 'Supporting Teachers to Write SMARTer Goals for Professional Learning & Student Learning Goals', Honolulu (2016)
2016 Leonard C, Brown G, Arthur C, 'SMART Goals for Smart Teachers and SMART Teaching', Melbourne (2016)
2016 Leonard C, Brown G, 'Writing SMARTER Goals for Improving Professional Learning and Classroom Practices', Sydney (2016)
2011 Leonard C, Chase L, Abela D, Larkine J, Davidson V, 'Fiction with a twist: e-literacy in action', Sydney (2011)
2010 Leonard CA, Watson D, 'Powering-up teacher professional learning', AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings, Canberra (2010) [E2]
2006 Leonard C, 'Quality Teaching: Our Learning Journey', Singapore (2006)
2005 Leonard C, Schofield N, Bourke S, 'Affective Outcomes of School Reform', Online (2005)
2003 Bourke S, Schofield N, Leonard C, 'Student quality of school life some relationships', Brisbane (2003)
2003 Leonard C, Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, 'Affective Outcomes in the Context of School Reform', Conference Papers, Abstracts and Symposia, Auckland (2003) [E2]
2002 Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, Leonard CA, 'Student Quality of School Life- A Multilevel Analysis', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
2001 Leonard C, Bourke S, Schofield N, 'The effect of stress management and relaxation techniques on student quality of school life and absenteeism in primary schools', Fribourg (2001)
2001 Leonard CA, Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, 'Student quality of school life differences within and between primary schools', AARE - Conference Papers, Fremantle (2001) [E2]
2000 Leonard CA, Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, 'Student stress and absenteeism in primary schools', AARE-NZARE 1999 Conference Papers, Melbourne (2000) [E2]
2000 Leonard CA, Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, 'Quality of school life and absenteeism in primary schools', AARE-NZARE 2000 Conference Papers, Sydney (2000) [E3]
1999 Leonard CA, Bourke SF, Schofield NJ, 'Student stress and absenteeism in primary schools', Global Issues & Local Effects: The Challenge for Educational Research, Melbourne Australia (1999) [E3]
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Leonard C, Quality of life and attendance in primary schools, : University of Newcastle (2003)
1998 Leonard C, Stress and absenteeism in primary schools, University of Newcastle (1998)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $5,000

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20201 grants / $5,000

Faculty of Education and Arts New Start Grant$5,000

Student and Parent Preceptions of School Process, Systems, and Structures that Support Inclusion of Children with High-Needs Autism in Regular Schools.

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme New Start Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Cost-Effective Paediatric Mental Health Services: A Comparative Study of Self-Regulation Occupational Therapy Intervention Models among Australian School-Aged Children in Private Practice and Public Education Settings PhD (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD To Question or Not to Question? How Can Early Childhood Educators be Supported in their Process of Reflection? PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Carl Leonard

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email carl.leonard@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7795
Link Google+

Office

Room SE30
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