About us

Specialists in Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Playful Learning

Early Childhood Education

Literacy

Playful Learning

We are a small group of education consultants who specialise in Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Playful Learning.

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, we have national and international experience in supporting educators in early childhood and primary (elementary) settings to provide rich, engaging, playful and authentic learning environments.   

    Lisa Burman launched this consulting company in 2008 and continues to lead and guide our thinking and work as we expand.

    Who We Are

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    LISA BURMAN

    Director & Principal Consultant

    Lisa is an experienced teacher and school leader.  She currently works as a Pedagogical Consultant in Australia, supporting educators and prior-to-school and primary school leaders to develop site wide plans for pedagogical change.  Lisa’s interests include early childhood education and care, imbedding and contextualizing the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project within learning environments, play, literacy learning, inquiry learning and strengthening children’s connections to nature. She is passionate about pedagogies that see children as capable and competent learners who are skilled in researching life and making connections. Her favourite work is side-by-side with children and educators in their learning settings.

    Lisa has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including International Reading Association Annual Convention (Chicago, 2006), Australian Literacy Educators Association Annual Conference (Darwin, 2006), National Staff Developers Association New York State Conference (Rochester, 2006) and National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Convention (Atlanta, 2006).  She was honoured to be invited to give a “RED-TALK” at the REAIE Landscapes of Imagination conference in 2015. Each year she is invited to present keynote addresses and facilitate workshops at regional and international conferences.  Her first book was published by Redleaf Press and is titled “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn”.

     

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    AMANDA BARTRAM

    Associate Consultant

    Amanda is a passionate and innovative early years educator, who has recently embraced the ‘wonderful messiness’ of consultancy work with Lisa Burman Consultants.

    In her previous role at Blair Athol North B-7 School, Amanda developed a model of ‘doing school differently’ with a group of children in years 2 to 7 in the Red 5 Studio project. In this project, educators listened and responded to children in authentic ways; providing possibilities for engagement, increased wellbeing, a sense of community connectedness and a deep commitment to personalised learning – including children planning their own learning every day!

    Amanda lives her belief that children are competent and capable – a view which underpins her daily work with children, their families and other educators.

    Amanda facilitates professional learning in areas such as: Engaging Learning Environments, Bookmaking & Writer’s Notebooks, Nature Play, Loose Parts & Blocks and Making & Tinkering.

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    KATIE ASHMEAD

    Associate Consultant

    Katie began her career in England and has been working in Adelaide for over 12 years. She is experienced with a diverse range of skills. Having implemented Writers Workshop with a bookmaking focus for Reception (Foundation) to year 3 children over a number of years she is passionate about creating opportunities for playful and powerful learning for children in their first years of school. In partnership with Marilyn Hayward, she has facilitated the Introduction to Bookmaking mini courses for Lisa Burman Consultants since 2014. These focus on the Bookmaking pedagogy with three to eight year olds.

    For the last two years Katie has facilitated the Bookmaking Inquiry group and has coached teachers on implementing book making into their sites. She has also welcomed many educators into her Writing Workshops so they can observe and feel the power of this pedagogy first-hand.

    Katie is understanding of the challenges teachers face both as newly qualified and long term teachers and believes that every child matters. Katie facilitates professional learning in Writers Workshop, Reading Workshop and leads teachers in professional dialogue.

    Lisa is both responsive to our new challenges and inspires us to go even deeper and explore how we can continuously improve. Her approach meets all staff at their point of nudge and as such teachers and co-educators alike scramble to work alongside her.

    Lisa has had a huge impact on the school through co-authoring School Literacy Agreements; on individual staff, empowering them through co-planning and modelling effective approaches to literacy; and on children, directly through her presence in classrooms and indirectly through the improved practices of staff.

    Andrew Plastow | Principal
    Alberton Primary School