Kathy Walker is one of Australia's leading curriculum and teaching/learning experts in personalised learning. She is the designer of the Walker Learning Approach, a major personalised learning pedagogy (preschool to Year 8) that is implemented in Australia and internationally, and the founder of Early Life Foundations.
Kathy is an education consultant, and conducts professional development sessions throughout Australia for staff working across all sectors of early childhood and primary education as well as a range of government organisations. She also works with parent groups on a variety of topics.
Kathy is the author of the best-selling Play Matters, and is co-author with Shona Bass of Engagement Matters: Personalised learning for Grades 3 to 6, and the newly published Early Childhood Play Matters.
In 2008, Kathy was awarded a Fellowship from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders for her extensive contributions to the improvement of student outcomes as a teacher, lecturer and consultant. In 2012 and 2014 she was nominated for the Australian of the Year award, and in 2014 was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM).