International Accreditation Leader
Prior to joining NEASC as a consultant and International Accreditation Leader, Darlene worked for 30+ years as a leader and teacher in day and boarding schools in Australia, USA, Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, and the UK. She has experience with IB programs, and the Australian, US and UK curricula in many culturally diverse school communities.
At NEASC Darlene has worked with more than 50 schools on their ACE Learning transformation, through leading accreditation teams as well as providing consulting and ongoing support for schools with specific areas they wish to focus on for their transformation. In the past year she has worked closely with team members from IB and NEASC to develop and trial the Collaborative Learning Protocol (CLP) which aligns both IB re-evaluation and NEASC accreditation into one protocol to provide one process for schools to achieve both aims, a process which is heavily focused around the growth and transformation of learning.
Darlene previously served as Chief Learning Officer at ECIS with responsibility for developing and presenting teacher and leader professional development with a particular focus on international education. She has also worked with teacher training for Cambridge, as well as mentoring heads of school and consulting on curricula and teacher development in schools across Asia, Middle East and Europe.
In recent years, Darlene has been collaborating with a core team for the International Baccalaureate (IB) on professional development for aspiring and experienced school leaders and created ‘The Essentials of International Leadership’ as well as further PD for experienced and aspiring heads of schools. She continues to work with school leadership learning and research around the globe.
Darlene holds a doctorate from the University of Bath, UK where the thesis focused on international school leadership and how culture impacts what is effective leadership. She also holds a master's degree in history from St. Andrews University, UK.