Keynote speakers: Te Ara Whakamana
Read the biographies for the international speakers who are presenting at Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, transitions and bridges to tertiary education.
Professor John Polesel is based in the Education Policy and Leadership Unit (EPLU) within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne.
John’s research focuses principally on issues pertaining to post-compulsory education and training, including VET in Schools programs, pathways to tertiary education and the labour market, and models of education and training in Australia and internationally. He has undertaken a range of comparative studies.
As a senior member of EPLU, Professor Polesel has extensive and broad experience in the collection and analysis of survey data, document-based research and analysis, and significant experience with education and training policy studies at the national and international level. He has won many research grants and consultancies from major education and training systems (state and federal) and other funding bodies in Australia. John is currently managing an ARC Discovery project examining the participation, pathways and destinations of young women in vocational education and training in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. He is also managing a number of major tracking studies investigating the post-school destinations of early leavers and school completers.
Professor Polesel is currently co-ordinating the Master of Education Policy (International), a course which has a comparative education focus and which involves a guided study tour of international education and training systems. He is also supervising a number of doctoral students.
Dr Gary Hoachlander is president of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. ConnectEd is dedicated to advancing practice, policy, and research designed to help young people prepare for college and career – both goals and not one or the other.
Dr Hoachlander is also a member of the Career and Postsecondary Readiness advisory group to the Alliance for Excellent Education. The Alliance is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organisation, working to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century.
Beginning his career in 1966 as a brakeman for the Western Maryland Railroad, Dr Hoachlander has devoted most of his professional life to helping young people learn by doing – connecting education to the opportunities, challenges, and many different rewards to be found through work. Widely known for his expertise in career and technical education and many other aspects of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, Gary has consulted extensively for the US Department of Education, state departments of education, local school districts, foundations, and a variety of other clients.
Dr Hoachlander is Chairman of MPR Associates, Inc., an educational research and development organization closely affiliated with ConnectEd, and is also one of the country’s leading policy analysts for the US Department of Education, including the National Center for Education Statistics and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. He earned a BA degree at Princeton University and holds Masters and PhD degrees from the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley.