John Joseph's Background and Qualifications

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John Joseph has an inspiring story to tell. He left school at age 14 to undertake an apprenticeship in the trade of solid plastering. John worked in the family business for eleven years before returning to formal education where he graduated from the University of South Australia with a Masters Degree in Science and Mathematics Education. He taught across junior primary, primary and high school year levels and eventually lectured at teacher-education universities. John also held a system position as Project Officer-Retraining with the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia. In this position, John worked with a colleague to construct teacher training and re-training initiatives for people undergoing significant change to their workplace or duties. A consistent theme within this target group was high workplace stress and low coping strategies.

John’s vast experience with young people with challenging behaviour and poor attachments to school underpins his desire to formulate change. His thinking about education results from the rich interplay between his coalface experiences, his own schooling, his systemic experience, the years of lecturing at universities, his prolific reading of current research and the face -to-face interactions he has undertaken over the past decade.

Between 1997 and 2012, John Joseph presented keynote addresses, conferences and workshops sessions to more than 300,000 people representing more than 3,000 schools across 26 countries. Week after week, he facilitates full-day workshops for student groups where he challenges young people to learn about learning, behaviour and emotions. John uses stunning computer-generated graphics and actual brain dissections to engage kids. He has facilitated the dissections of more than 140, 000 sheep brains!

Postal Address P.O. Box 402, Flagstaff Hill, South Australia, Australia 5159
Telephone: (08) 8358 6993    International: + 61 8 8358 6993 Mobile: 0410 536 993   Fax: (08) 8358 6763   International Fax: +61 8 8358 6763
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Academic and Trade Qualifications
Master of Education, (Mathematics and Science Education) University of South Australia, 1994
Bachelor of Education, (Middle Childhood) SACAE Underdale, 1984
Diploma of Teaching, (Middle Childhood) SACAE Underdale, 1983
Solid Plasterer: (apprenticeship 1969 – 1973)
Countries of Paid Speaking and Training Experience

Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, Tonga, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands, Thailand, UAE, Korea, Hong Kong, Wales, England, Singapore, Borneo, Romania, The Philippines, USA, Indonesia, Kenya, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Professional Experience
Jan 1998 – Present: Focus Education Australia Pty Ltd, Mind Webs Pty Ltd
Jan 1996– Dec 1997: Project Officer: Retraining, Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) South Australia
·         Manage state-wide retraining/in service training needs for 22,000 employees
·         Conduct training needs analysis and implementation across DETE system
·         Design and deliver on-the-job in-service/retraining programs according to systematic needs
·         Produce educational support materials for teachers’ professional training
Feb 1992– Dec 1995: Lecturer, School of Education, University of South Australia

Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary),
1983 – 1992: Teacher, Reception (5-year-olds) – to Year 12; General Classroom Teaching, Social Science,   General Science, Biology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Photography
Corporate clients include: Australian Federal Court and Supreme Court Judges, Boeing Australia, SENTIS, Adelaide Children’s Hospital, Spina Bifida Association, Edwards Marshall (accountants) Gibson Green (accountants) Relationships Australia, AUSNet (Real Estate) Stoma Nurses Association, S. Kidman, Mr Rentals, Crippled Children’s Association, Focus Events, Acquired Brain Injury Association of Australia, Department of Health, Disabilities Services, The Executive Connection (40+ TEC groups comprising more than 600 company CEO’s across Australia)

Focus Education Consultancies: January 1998 – 2010
• Over 1,500 part or full-day workshops and seminars across all Australian states and 25 other countries for more than 250,000 education and parent delegates
• Over 400 workshops for more than 140,000 student delegates
• Over 100 corporate seminars for more than 5,000 delegates
• Educational papers and ministerial briefings for Education Departments in South Australia, Victoria and ACT
• Over 200 Conference Keynote Addresses for principals’ associations, IB, subject associations, Independent, International Schools’ Associations, Lutheran and Catholic schooling systems across the world
• 2008 Australian Council of Education Leaders (ACEL) Travelling Scholar, ten locations
• 2008 Scholastic Seminar conference speaker, three locations

Selection of Major John Joseph Keynote Addresses and Full Day Conferences in 2007 – 2010:
2007 Combined Isolated Schools, Full day conference, Katherine Northern Territory (275 delegates))
2007 Combined Catholic Colleges, Keynote and workshops, Brisbane (175 delegates)
2007 Special Educators Conference, Darwin (185 delegates)
2007 Independent and Catholic School Combined Annual Conference, Darwin (136 delegates)
2007 Middle Years Relationship and Integration Conference, Darwin (150 delegates)
2007 International Baccalaureate Organisation, Keynote and workshops, Istanbul, Turkey (370 delegates)
2007 School of Isolated and Distance Education, Perth (125 delegates)
2007 Seventh Day Adventist Annual Conference, Melbourne (170 delegates)
2007 Annual ACT Principals’ Conference, Canberra (80 delegates)
2007 Yooralla’s Society for Disabilities, Melbourne (183 delegates)
2007 Junior School Heads’ Association of Australia, Keynote and workshops, Sydney (154 delegates)
2007 Western Sydney Primary Principals’ Association Annual Conference, Sydney (71 delegates)
2007 Anglican Church Ministers’ Annual Conference, Keynote and workshop, Adelaide (171 delegates)
2007 Leadership Conference – Transforming Schools, Canberra (168 delegates)
2007 Catholic Education Office Annual Conference, Keynote and workshops, Perth (350 delegates)
2007 Boys in Education Conference, Hunter Valley (156 delegates)
2007 Muster Cluster Annual Conference on Student Learning, Keynote and workshops, Gympie (612 delegates)
2007 Western Sydney Principals’ Association Annual Conference, Keynote and workshops (262 delegates)
2007 KORCOS and DoDDS Annual Conference, Keynote and workshops, Korea (800+ delegates)
2007 Tools for a Backpack – Conference for the Middle East, Keynote and workshops, Dubai (700+ delegates)
2007 School Culture and Pathways to Manhood, Keynote and workshops, Melbourne (255 delegates)
2007 United World College, Staff and student conferences, Atlantic College, Wales (340 delegates)
2007 Student Welfare Consultants, Central Coast New South Wales, Full day conference (185 delegates)
2007 Deputy Principals of New South Wales Sydney, Full day conference (105 delegates)
2007 Council of Parents and Citizens Annual Meeting, Keynote, Queensland (169 delegates)
2007 Rural and Distance Education Conference ‘Connecting the Dots’, Keynote Sydney (351 delegates)
2007 Learning with the Brain in Mind Conference for 10 schools, Brisbane, Full day (370 delegates)
2007 Early Childhood Teachers’ Conference, Keynote, Brisbane (485 delegates)
2007 Gifted and Talented Students and Parents’ Conference, Full day conference, Armidale (147 delegates)
2007 Riverina Primary Principals’ Conference, Wagga Wagga, Keynote (112 delegates)
2007 Canterbury High School and surrounding Schools, United Kingdom, Full day conference (133 delegates)
2007 Blacktown District Annual Conference, Full day conference, Sydney (451 delegates)
2007 Plumpton District Annual Conference, Full day conference, Sydney (255 delegates)
2008 Rockhampton High Schools Annual Conference, Full day conference, Rockhampton (196 delegates)
2008 Sandgate District High School Cluster Conference, Full Day conference, Brisbane (163 delegates)
2008 NESA Spring Conference, Keynote and workshops, Bangkok Thailand (761 delegates)
2008 Abbotsleigh, Barker, Arden and Tara Schools Annual Conference, Keynote, Sydney (212 delegates)
2008 Abbotsleigh, Barker, Arden and Tara Schools Student Conferences, Sydney (652 students)
2007- 2010, Australian International School Hong Kong, 3-day residential workshops x 4, (700 students)
2008 Annual Conference, Full day conference, Central Coast Schools, New South Wales (231 delegates)
2008 Prince Alfred College Conference, Adelaide, (101 delegates)
2008 EARCOS Administrators’ Conference, Keynote and workshops, Borneo Malaysia (911 delegates)
2008 KORCOS and DoDDS Annual Conference, Keynote and workshops, Seoul Korea (885 delegates)
2008 United World College, Parent Seminar, Singapore (300 delegates)
2008 United World College, Staff and student conferences, Wales (415 delegates)
2008 Roxby Downs Schools, Teacher and student conferences, Roxby Downs South Australia (356 delegates)
2008 St Patrick’s College, Staff, Student and parent seminars, Ballarat Victoria (483 delegates)
2007, 2008, 2010 Bunbury Catholic College Annual student conferences, Bunbury (411 students)
2008 Fraser Primary School, Student conferences, Canberra ACT (394 students)
2007 and 2008 Palmerston and Dripstone High Schools Annual Student workshops, Darwin (495 students)
2006 -2010, Perth College and Guilford Grammar Annual student workshops, (825 students)
2007, 2008, 2009 Concordia College, Adelaide (450 delegates)
2006 – 2010 Seymour College, Adelaide Staff, student and parent conferences (876 delegates)
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Pymble Ladies College, Year 8 Full day Student Conferences, Sydney (850 students)
2006 – 2010 Eynesbury College, Adelaide, student workshops (663 delegates)
2006 – 2010 Highgate Primary School, Adelaide, student workshops (386 delegates)
2007, 2008, 2009 Jandowae P – 10 staff, students and parents (321 delegates)
2008 Maningrida, Nhulunbuy and Groote Eylandt Indigenous Conferences and workshops (463 delegates)
2008 AUSTAFE Australia Conference, Workshops, Adelaide (186 delegates)
2008, 2009, 2010 Sylvania High School staff, parent and student sessions, Sydney (900 delegates)
2009 Sunshine Coast TAFE Conference, Keynote and workshops, Workshops (511 delegates)
2009 Bremer TAFE (Queensland) Gilles Plains and O’Halloran Hill (Adelaide) Keynotes (356 delegates)
2009 SQIT Toowoomba TAFE Conference, full day session (185 delegates)
2009 Engaging learns Conference, Adelaide, (120 delegates)
2009 Swinburne TAFE Conference, Melbourne, Keynote and workshops (630 delegates)
2009 Basingstoke, East Maling, Durham United Kingdom. Conference keynotes and workshops (175 delegates)
2009 Bucharest, Romania 2009 annual CEESA Conference, Keynote and workshops (312 delegates)
2009 Rockhampton and Glenmore High Schools, staff, student and parent sessions (353 delegates)
2009 Wagga Wagga, 21 small schools annual PD Conference, Keynote and workshops (258 delegates)
2009 Country Education Project (CAP) Lake Cargelligo District staff and student conferences( 343 delegates)
2009 Brisbane Western learning Network, Staff, student and parent workshops (310 delegates)
2009 Tocumwal CAP funded Staff, student and parent workshops (271 delegates)
2009 Mudgee and Beckom Districts CAP funded Staff, student and parent workshops (416 delegates)
2009 Catholic Schools Launceston (Tasmania), Sale (Victoria) Dalby (Queensland) (968 delegates)
2009 Queensland Secondary principals Conference, keynote and workshops, Brisbane (187 delegates)
2009 Mosman High School and feeder primary schools conference, Sydney (231 delegates)
2009, 2010 Monto High School, Staff, student and parent workshops, Monto Qld (462 delegates)
2009, 2010 Elcho Island Indigenous Community, 10-day staff and student workshops (166 delegates)
2009 Narangba Valley High School, staff, student and parent workshops (1,624 delegates)
2009 Canadian International School, Singapore, Keynote and Workshops (234 delegates)
2009 Caroline Chisholm HS, Canberra, Staff, student and parent workshops (282 delegates)
2009 United World College, Singapore Conference, Keynote and workshops (300 delegates)
2009 Bangkok Patana International School, Thailand, Keynote and workshops (834 delegates)
2009 Kent, United Kingdom, Advisory Service Annual Conference, Keynote and workshops (121 delegates)
2009 Canterbury, Gillingham, Basingstoke schools UK, Staff, student and parent sessions (397 delegates)
2009 Los Angeles, USA, NeuroLeadership Conference, workshops (180 delegates)
2009 Behaviour Management Conference, Full day conference, Sydney (145 delegates)
2009 Learning with the Brain in Mind, Queanbeyan, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs, Mildura,
Brisbane,Sydney, Perth, Booloroo, Mackay, Rockhampton, Mooloolaba, Gold Coast, Hillston, Moree, Biloela,Bundaberg, Hobart, Moss Vale, Dubbo, Lismore, Coff’s Harbour, Armidale, Kingscliff, Wollongong, Full day conferences for a (combined 7,875 delegates)
2010 5-day training retreat, Bangkok, Thailand
2010 TAFE conferences (Adelaide), University of Melbourne, Full day conferences (287 delegates)
2010 Geelong Grammar, Full day conference for staff, Geelong Victoria (190 delegates)
2010 Catholic Schools, Broulee, Canberra, Dalby, Alice Springs, Strathfield, Tara, Bunbury, Staff, student
and parent conferences, (combined 2,104 delegates)
2010 Chinchilla District Staff, student and parent sessions, Chinchilla, Full day conferences (371 delegates)
2010 Country Ares Project NSW, Corinella, Condobolin, Bedgerabong, Staff, student, parents (324 delegates)
2008, 2010 Nichols Point PS, staff, student and parent conferences, Mildura (493 delegates)
2010 EARCOS Conference, Keynote, pre-conference and workshops, Philippines (900 delegates)
2010 Learning with the Brain in Mind, Bowraville, Canberra, Monto, Rockhampton, Sydney, Lawson,
Mackay, Booloroo, Sydney, Bateman’s Bay (combined 1,861 delegates)
2010 Hughenden State School + 7 other schools, staff, student and parent workshops (377 delegates)
2010 Friends School, student and parent workshops, Hobart (239 delegates)
2010 Country Education Project (CAP, NSW) Bombala, Jindabyne, Eden, Bega, Nimmitabel District staff,
parent and student conferences (515 delegates)
2010 St Ives group of school staff conference, Sydney (162 delegates)
2010 Behaviour Support Teachers’ Conference, Keynote Bateman’s Bay (150 delegates)
2010 South Australian Emergency Relief Workers’ Conference, Keynote Adelaide (120 delegates)
2010 ARACY (Youth Violence) Conference, Video Conference across Australia from Uni of Adelaide
2010 Lawson Public Schools Annual Conference, Lawson, NSW (262 delegates)
2010 NSW Nth Coast Primary Principals Conference, Keynote and workshops, Pt Macquarie (150 delegates)
2010 Country Education Project (CAP, NSW) Broken Hill, Kayrunnera, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe District staff,
parent and student conferences (243 delegates)
2010 African International Schools’ Assoc AISA Conference, Keynotes and workshops Kenya (872 delegates)
2010 ACG International Schools’ Conferences, Keynotes and workshops Jakarta, Indonesia (764 delegates)
2010 EAROCS Administrators’ Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (900 delegates)

Major Products by John Joseph:
*Joseph, John (2004)  Model Brain (High quality 8-piece kit including life-size skull with removable cranium and beautifully illustrated full-colour booklet). Housed in a strong aluminium case. Adelaide, Focus Education.
*Joseph, John (2004)  Plastic moulds for building and painting model plaster brains. (Available in class sets). Adelaide, Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John (2008)  Mind Your Brain on DVD
*Joseph, John (2010)  Learning and Careers Profiling System (On-Line Profiling system with Teaching Resources)
*Joseph, John (2007)  What’s Your Style? Discover Your Learning Styles on CD Rom Version 2.2. Adelaide, Focus Education Australia
*Joseph, John  (2002)  Brainy Parents – Brainy Kids 2nd Edition.  Adelaide, Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John (2001)  Journey into the Vulnerable Brain. Adelaide, Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John (2006 2nd Edition)  Learning in the Emotional Rooms: How to Create Classrooms that are Uplifting for the Spirit.  Adelaide, Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John  (2006)  Learning in the Emotional Rooms – A1 POSTER. Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John  (2006)  Your Amazing Brain – A1 POSTER. Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John  (2008)  Information Processing Model – A1 POSTER. Focus Education Australia.
*Joseph, John  (2008) Mind Your Brain DVD-ROM. Adelaide, Focus Education Australia

Testimonial from Bryan Hughes

21 June 2007

John Joseph is one of the very few Educational Consultants I have heard that is able to captivate his audience but also presents with the credibility of actually getting his hands dirty in the classroom doing action research projects with schools and teaching students in the ‘classroom’. He presents knowledge about the brain through hands-on practical activities like cutting up a brain, designing a brain out of plasticine, looking at incredible graphics and listening to real life stories allowing for a very wide range of learning styles to be connected to real life experiences.
John has journeyed to Katherine in the Northern Territory three times over the last 12 months working with students, parents and teachers in our urban town, remote schools and school of the air. Each visit he has left us wanting to know more and with a new level of understanding of ‘how the brain works’ and thus an increased capacity to achieve the core business of education – the teaching and learning of ALL kids in our classroom.
I recommend John to you as someone who will make a significant impact to your learning and I look forward to working with him in the future.

Bryan Hughes