Pam Christie is Emeritus Professor (University of Cape Town) and currently Honorary Professor (University of Queensland) and Visiting Professor (University of the Witwatersrand). Her South African publications include Opening the Doors of Learning: Changing Schools in South Africa (2008), Open Schools (1991) and The Right to Learn (1985; 1991). In Australia, she is co-author of Reconciliation and Pedagogy (2012), Teachers and Schooling Making a Difference (2006) and Leading Learning (2003). She was the lead author of the award-winning Ministerial Report on Schools that Work (2007) in South Africa. She has a long-standing interest in education for social justice.
Mareka Monyokolo is a freelance consultant in education, human settlements and other development sectors and, over the years, has worked in government, NGOs and the private sector. He holds a Master’s in Sociology of Education (Institute of Education, London University). His experience in education research and policy started at the University of the Witwatersrand Education Policy Unit and the CEPD in the early 1990s. He served on landmark research and policy initiatives, including NEPI, NETF, numerous Department of Education task teams and a Ministerial Committee. He has worked as a senior manager in both the provincial and the national education departments and has participated in numerous evaluations of education programmes on behalf of local and international funders. He has published a number of research papers (individually and collaboratively).
Prof. Sarah Bansilal is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education who has published extensively and presented numerous papers at both local and international conferences. Her research interests are in mathematics teacher development as well as in assessment. She is currently the leader of the Mathematics and Computer Science Education Cluster in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Carol Bertram is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research interests are in the fields of teachers’ professional learning, teacher knowledge, knowledge structures and curriculum, with a focus on school history.
Alan Bhekisisa Buthelezi
Dr Alan Bhekisisa Buthelezi is a lecturer of Education Management and Leadership in the Faculty of Education at the University of Zululand. Prior to his appointment, he served as teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal in schools. He has published articles and presented papers in local and international conferences.
Francine de Clercq
Francine de Clercq is an Honorary Researcher in the School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests include educational policy and implementation as well as teacher development, accountability and learning. She is particular interested in system-wide school-based interventions.
Bongani Thulani Gamede
Dr Bongani Thulani Gamede is a lecturer and Head of Department in Social Sciences Education at the University of Zululand. His research interests are entrepreneurship education, management and assessment.
Nontobeko Prudence Khumalo
Ms Nontobeko Khumalo is a lecturer in the Department of Arts and Languages in the Faculty of Education at the University of Zululand. She is pursuing her PhD in Curriculum Studies at the University of South Africa. Her research interests are academic literacy and teacher education.
Maria Sewela Mabusela
Dr Maria Sewela Mabusela is the Acting Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education, the University of Zululand. She has supervised a number of postgraduate students and published articles in research journals. Her research interests include assessment, e-learning and teaching strategies.
Kaizer Makole is currently the Gauteng Project Manager for PILO. He is responsible for managing the implementation of the Literacy and Numeracy strategy in line with the PILO national strategy and the Gauteng Department of Education priorities. Kaizer is currently studying for a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration degree at the Tshwane University of Technology. His research focus is on the institutional management of the public TVET colleges in South Africa.
Mncedisi Christian Maphalala
Mncedisi Christian Maphalala is a Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Education at the University of Zululand. He has previously worked for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa. His research interests are curriculum studies and assessment in education.
Anne Mc Lennan
Anne Mc Lennan, formerly an Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Governance, is now working with PILO. Her research explores the interface between governance, change and public service, public sector reform and the politics of delivery in unequal and under-resourced contexts (with a focus on schooling).
Mary Metcalfe is the Director of Education Change at PILO and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. She has worked in education for more than 40 years in teacher education, in leadership in government and in the NGO sector. She is interested in the improvement of educational systems in the public sector as a means to achieve greater social justice.
Wiseman Thokozani Mkhwanazi
Thokozani Mkhwanazi is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has previously served the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education as a Mathematics Subject Advisor, a Mathematics Lecturer in a College of Education and a mathematics teacher. His research interests are the teaching and learning of mathematics, mathematics teacher education and professional development.
Dr Nonhlanhla Mthiyane is a lecturer in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. A Life Sciences teacher by profession, her research interests include teacher development, mentoring, gender in education, as well as language in science education.
Dr Michael Muller is a Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Governance. His research interests include multivariate statistical analysis, computer assisted analysis of large sets of error-prone data and decision-making processes, especially heuristics and biases in reasoning under uncertainty.
Dr Jaqueline Naidoo is a lecturer in the discipline Teacher Development Studies in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She coordinates the Teacher Development Studies, B Ed Honours and Master’s Programmes. Her research interests include teacher professional development, HIV and AIDS education, teacher identity and emotions, and narrative methodology.
Zanele Annatoria Ndlovu
Dr Zanele Ndlovu is a Mathematics Education Lecturer and Coordinator of GET phase in the Discipline of Mathematics Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (School of Education: Edgewood Campus). She previously worked for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. Her research interest is teacher development. Zanele has presented in both national and international conferences and published in national and international journals.
Ms Sebenzile Ngema is a Physical and Natural Sciences education lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has previously served as teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. She is pursuing her PhD in science education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research interests are teaching strategies and assessment in science education.
Dr Thabisile Nkambule is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, in the Curriculum Department. Her research interests include teaching and learning in rural schools; literacy and academic literacy in higher education institutions; curriculum issues; gender and women issues; sport and education.
Dumisani Russel Nzima
Prof. Dumisani Russel Nzima is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, University of Zululand, responsible for research. He has published a number of research articles in the field of Educational Psychology and has supervised to completion more than 25 students.
Mark Orkin is a retired Visiting Professor in the Development Pathways to Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was previously, inter alia, Head of Statistics South Africa. He assists research projects with survey analysis, mainly on the impact of HIV and AIDS, and on democratic governance.
Hanlie Robertson is a post-graduate student in Education and Work at the Research in Education and Labour Centre (REAL) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has a long history in Public Policy and Public Management – both as an academic and as a practitioner. Her current research interests include national transition systems, education leadership and professional learning.
Eric Schollar (PhD Dip Ed) has been a Director of Eric Schollar and Associates (ESA) since 1994. He is a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR), University of Cape Town. His research interests are educational programme evaluation, implication of findings of neurocognitive science for learning theory and reliable outcome and impact measurement.
Yael Shalem is an Associate Professor of Education in the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Education. Her research interests include professional knowledge, curriculum, teacher education and teacher work. Her recent book is Knowledge, Curriculum and Preparation for Work (Brill Sense, 2018), co-edited with Stephanie Allais.
Duduzile Christinah Sibaya
Prof. Duduzile Christinah Sibaya is serving a one-year post-retirement contract in the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) Department, University of Zululand. She was also the HoD of the MSTE Department. She is a member of several mathematics education societies. Her field of interest is in problem solving in the teaching of mathematics.
Dr Al Witten is Adjunct Professor at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. The current focus of his work and research is on the relationship between school leadership and instructional improvement in schools. He is also developing the concept of the community school as a theoretical and practice-based framework for school improvement in South Africa.