Kindness Curriculum Governance

Kindness Curriculum Governance

The Kindness Curriculum explores 12 attributes of kindness that are empirically proven antecedents. Activities comprising the curriculum are supported by country-based curriculum and social emotional learning priorities. The Kindness Curriculum is global in nature and governed by an Academic Board, most of whom are doctorate-qualified educationalists.

Kath Koschel

Kath Koschel is the founder of Kindness Factory, a global not for profit organisation and movement which inspires ordinary people to do extraordinary things. A former professional cricketer and Iron Man competitor, Kath has defied all medical prognoses by teaching herself to walk on three separate occasions. Despite facing other serious personal, mental and physical setbacks, her resilience allowed her not only to overcome these challenges, but also see the good in the world when most others couldn’t.

In November 2015, she founded Kindness Factory, with a goal of encouraging and inspiring 1 million acts of kindness. To date, she has raised close to half- a- million dollars for various charity organisations and was the recipient of the 2016 Pride of Australia Medal for showing courage in the face of extreme adversity. In January 2017, Kath was awarded the Young Australian Medal and the people’s choice of Australia award.

Professor James Adonopoulos

Professor James Adonopoulos

Dr James Adonopoulos is the Academic Dean of Kaplan Business School and Kaplan Professional.  As the author of four leadership books and a nationally syndicated business column, he is well known throughout Australia as a thought leader on people management.  His PhD research was on the ways in which leaders can engage employees during organisational crises and significant change, and his academic history is supplemented by extensive experience as a successful leader in a variety of industries including financial services, contact centres, and of course higher education.  In addition to his work with the Kindness Factory, he currently serves as a national board member of Independent Higher Education Australia and on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Professor Tania Aspland

Professor Tania Aspland

Professor Tania Aspland is the Vice President (Academic) with Kaplan (A&NZ) has been employed in higher education and the university sector since 1980. During the past twenty years she has focused her expertise around several areas of scholarship. These include:

  • teacher education
  • postgraduate pedagogy
  • thesis supervision of international students
  • higher education curriculum studies
  • curriculum leadership
  • professional development

Professor Tania Aspland is currently Vice President (Academic) with Kaplan (A&NZ). Previously she was Dean and Professor, Education Policy and Strategy, at Australian Catholic University following a term as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU and prior to that, Professor and Dean of Education at the University of Adelaide. She is continuing President of the Australian Deans of Education Council.

Isaac Botier

Isaac-Botier

Isaac Botier is the Executive Director of Pre-College for Kaplan North America. He started his career in education as a teacher and learned, first-hand, the value of empathy in the classroom. Over the years, Isaac has held various executive positions within Kaplan, focusing on strategy, product, and marketing. He is passionate about infusing learning and teaching with curiosity and kindness.

Dr Jillian Fox

Jillian Fox

Dr Jillian Fox is the Head of Learning Innovation at Kaplan Australia and New Zealand.  She has engaged at all levels of the education system – prior-to-school through to postgraduate education for over 30 years nationally and internationally. She is passionate about building learning communities and establishing pathways to further learning and wellbeing through collaboration, engagement, and advocacy.

Natalie Kourtidis

Natalie Kourtidis

Natalie Kourtidis is the Director of Pathways and University relations for Kaplan Australia and New Zealand. Having worked in education for over 25 years, Natalie has held a range of senior management roles in academic administration, strategy, planning and operations. In her role at Kaplan, she collaborates with her colleagues to support new business and helps drive business strategy. She is passionate about advancing access, equity and inclusion in the broader education system and has worked over the years on projects that reform and address the disparities in the educational outcomes of marginalised communities.

Rob Regan

Rob Regan

Rob Regan is the Managing Director, Kaplan International and New Zealand. He has s a strong history of leadership and a proven track record of performance across a wide range of industries. Starting his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers before moving through the retail, mining and technology industries, Rob has focused his attention on the domestic and international education sectors for the past decade.

Having worked with Kaplan since 2006, Rob has held various executive positions including Chief Financial Officer of the international business based in London and most recently heading up the Australia/New Zealand operations. Rob believes in the transformative power of education so that people can achieve their potential.

Dr Victoria Wilson-Crane

Dr Victoria Wilson-Crane

Dr Victoria Wilson-Crane has worked in education, in a variety of settings, for over 25 years. She leads Kaplan International Pathways’ Centre for Learning Innovation and Quality, a team of educational experts and developers, responsible for directing quality assurance and innovative learning and assessment in the Kaplan Pathways colleges in the UK. A keen lifelong learner, her doctoral studies explored transition from school to employment. She recently received recognition as a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals.