Margaret Turnbull works as a Principal Policy Analyst in the NSW Department of Education, Centre for Educational Statistics and Evaluation. In this role she has initiated literacy and EAL/D research and has worked on the development of the ACARA National Literacy Learning Progressions. For the majority of her career she has worked in EAL/D education. As an Instructional Leader at a culturally and linguistically diverse school in South Western Sydney she led teacher learning in EAL/D pedagogy and assessment practices. As the coordinator of the EAL/D program in NSW Department of Education, she led assessment, curriculum and research projects and policy development for EAL learners. As a Multicultural EAL/D consultant she has supported EAL/D teachers in schools across the state.
Linda J. Graham is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at QUT. Her research interests concern the role of education policy and schooling practices in the development of disruptive student behaviour and the improvement of responses to children who are difficult to teach. Professor Graham completed her doctoral study, titled “Schooling Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders: educational systems of formation and the ‘disorderly’ school child” at Queensland University of Technology in 2007 and she has been awarded 4 successive research fellowships. In 2011, she was awarded a second ARC Discovery project grant (Tracking the experiences of students enrolled in special schools for challenging behaviour and their reintegration to mainstream) with Dr Penny Van Bergen & Dr Naomi Sweller (Macquarie University).
In 2016, she began leading an Education Horizon project funded by the Queensland Government, “Empowering learners: using student voice, video recorded classroom interactions and teacher feedback to develop positive learning environments in high-need Queensland secondary schools and she is currently leading a 6-year longitudinal study tracking the school liking, learning, language and behaviour of QLD prep children through to end grade 5. Linda has appeared in numerous print, radio and television media and is a strong advocate that inclusive education is a foundation platform for broader social inclusion and the development of an inclusive democracy.