Hello, and welcome to the Social Change Agency!

My name is Maria Delaney and I am passionate about advancing learning and leadership for social change in education, community, and policy-making contexts. For more than 30 years I have worked with colleagues to design, develop and facilitate professional learning and teaching programs for schools, universities and community organisations (see my CV ).  Currently my work is focused on the prevention of violence against women, respectful relationships education, and facilitating communities of practice.

I am available on a consultancy basis and would be delighted to discuss possibilities for supporting your school or organisation.

Visit the Services page for more information, and the Resources section for professional learning and teaching resources. Take the links at the bottom of this page for more information about some of my previous and current roles.

I am currently focused on providing professional development for Respectful Relationships Education in Queensland schools. Please contact me at delaneymt@gmail.com to arrange a complimentary introductory presentation for your school or organisation staff or leadership team.

* What is ‘RRE’? Where does it fit and what does it look like in the classroom? Using your critical social lens for curriculum design and adaptation.

* Pedagogy for change – developing a critical yet compassionate, creative, trauma-informed and healing-centred approach. Working with boys and young men. Educators and students as change agents.

* The Whole School Approach: school culture and environment, leadership and commitment, professional learning strategy, teaching and learning, community partnerships, support for staff and students. A road map for getting started (or going further).
Why work with me?

I have over thirty years’ diverse experience including leading roles in research, design, development and implementation of strategies, resources and programs for gender equity, the prevention of violence against women, and respectful relationships education in Queensland, nationally, and recently in Victoria.

I have worked across community, education and government organisations as a teacher, teacher educator, policy and project officer, researcher, academic, private consultant, community worker, activist and organiser. Through these wide-ranging experiences I have developed a comprehensive knowledge and resource base for enriching learning and outcomes through pedagogy, curriculum, policy and  leadership, and I have fostered close and ongoing working relationships with key stakeholders at local, state and national levels. I am familiar with national and Queensland prevention policy, program developments and publications, including the Prevent. Support. Believe. Framework and the work related to the Third Action Plan of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Teaching intermittently in Queensland primary schools from 1984 until 2016;
  • Research on ‘Changing the story of gendered violence, new educative approaches’ with Professor Amanda Keddie
  • Evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of the Our Watch Respectful Relationships Education in Primary Schools pilot project 2018 – 2019;
  • Design and facilitation of the Qeensland pilot workshops with Dr. Jenny Nayler in collaboration with the Our Watch and DoE team;
  • Training and support for the DET Victoria Respectful Relationships staff, and for community workers to support RRE in schools, as the Prevention of Violence Against Women Specialist: Capability Building for the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria 2018-2020;
  • Design and development of training resources for practitioners and organisations to be feminist, trauma-informed and healing-centred, drawing on the work of the Healing Foundation, ANROWS and Our Watch, as Community Development and Education Officer for Women’s Health Queensland in 2020
  • Review and improvement of the facilitator training and resourcing for the ‘All Schools Sexuality and Relationships Education’ and design of RRE workshops for True Relationships and Sexual Health in 2017;
  • Reviews of the Queensland and Victorian respectful relationships curricula for Our Watch in 2017;
  • Various university research activities in the area including with leading respectful relationships education researchers, Professor Amanda Keddie and Associate Professor Debbie Ollis.
  • Collaborative design and delivery of national leadership training workshops and the development of Gender and Education Guidelines for schools for the Association of Women Educators Leading Social Change
  • Co-convening the education stream and presenting on Violence Prevention in Education: A Systems View at the Prevalent and Preventable International Conference on Violence Against Women, AWAVA and Our Watch, 2016
  • Management of a school cluster implementation of the national Success for Boys project (2006) including professional learning activities, a conference for the staff of 6 schools, supported local action research, and reporting on outcomes.

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Current activities:

  • Senior Education Officer – Body Safety Australia – delivering Professional Development workshops for educators and Parent/Carer information sessions, on child safety and protection, gender diversity and equity, and respectful relationships education
  • PhD researcher investigating social justice policy agency with/in the education bureaucracy
  • Research Fellow – Deakin University – Changing the story of gendered violence, new educative approaches; Masculinities and social cohesion – a study of programs for young men; Understanding and addressing resistance and backlash to gender equality reform
  • Research Officer – Edith Cowan, Western Sydney and RMIT Universities – Everyday Sexisms in Australian Universities

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