Dr Chris Furner

Chris is an association member of Tyndale Christian School in Blacktown and utterly excited about applying biblical perspectives to teaching and learning. She is a member of Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills, and both attends, and leads Bible Study groups.

Chris is an educator who has thoroughly enjoyed teaching English and History for over 25 years and is currently the Director of Staff Development at Hills Grammar. She has held a number of leadership positions across State and Independent schools related to curriculum, student wellbeing and quality teaching. Chris loves learning and believes that within the teaching profession, learning is organic, complex, continual and exciting. She enjoys sharing her expertise liberally through writing and delivering NESA registered professional development courses and contributing to professional associations, networks, working parties, panels and forums at State and National level, including Government and University organisations. She has also presented her learning at numerous conferences including HICES and ACE, has been a guest lecturer at Macquarie University and is regularly requested to provide professional development and advice to executive leaders from other Independent Schools.

Chris has contributed to the educational community as a cross-sectoral mentor to other leaders and informally mentors many teachers across all career stages and sectors. As an educational leader, Chris is passionate about student learning and the international research evidence which consistently demonstrates that effective teacher learning directly impacts upon enriching the daily experience and learning outcomes of students. Chris has recently completed a PhD. The focus of this study was how teachers develop and learn according to their level of experience and expertise, and how this informs the strategic design of innovative whole-school professional development programs that maximise teacher learning and lead to enhanced student outcomes.

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