Our Team

Associate Professor Jacqueline D’warte

Dr Jacqueline D’warte is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Western Sydney University and a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Educational Research. Jacqueline has been a teacher in Australia, India and the United Kingdom and a teacher educator and lecturer in New York City and at the University of California Irvine and Los Angeles. Jacqueline’s research interests include language and literacy teaching and learning and the connections between language, identity, equity and learning in culturally and linguistically diverse educational settings. Jacqueline’s recent research includes engaging teachers and students as co-researchers and ethnographers of students’ language and literacy practices, and studies of multilingual pre-service teachers and professional learning for teaching and leadership in low SES schools.

Dr Kathy Ruston

Dr Kathy Rushton is a lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, she also provides professional learning for teachers in the areas of literacy and language development. She is an experienced TESOL and classroom teacher having worked in primary and secondary settings and with adults learning English. She is interested in the development of language and literacy in educational settings especially in culturally and linguistically diverse socio-economically disadvantaged communities. Her current research projects include a study of multilingual pre-service teachers and the impact that teacher professional learning has on the development of a creative pedagogical stance which incorporates translanguaging and supports student identity and wellbeing.