Film Class 2018

Cindy Barnsley is an educator who is motivated by a strong belief in the transformative potential of education. She has a proven track record as a leader who is focused on mission-based education and developing the potential of every student. She is an accredited Instructional Coach (Institute of Leadership and Management, UK), IB Examiner, Workshop Leader, and has been an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2009.

Professional Experience                                       

Shekou International School, China, 2020-current
Secondary Associate Principal 

International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia, 2018-2020
Secondary Deputy/Head of Curriculum
IBDP Language and Literature
Years 7 & 8 Language and Literature

United Nations International School Hanoi, Vietnam, 2014-18
Middle Years Programme Coordinator
MYP Arts (Film and Media)
MYP Individuals and Societies

IBO MYP Individuals and Societies Assistant Examiner 2017

The Armidale School, Armidale, NSW, Australia 2011-2014
Curriculum Coordinator
National Forensic Science Camp (FSC) Coordinator

The Australian International School Saigon, Vietnam 2009-2011
English Head of Department
Language and Literature Teacher

The Armidale School, Armidale, NSW, Australia 2005-2009
High School English Literature (grades 9-12)
High School History Teacher (grades 9-12)

Fairfax Media 1997-2005
Australia Print Newspaper Journalist and Sub Editor


Masters of International Education (School Leadership) current – expected completion 2021
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (1997) Graduate Diploma of Education (2005)
University of New England Armidale, NSW, Australia


Presenter: Creating systems to enhance student engagement and agencyEARCOS Middle School Leadership Conference, April 2018

Presenter: Teacher Agency and Professional Learning PathwaysIBO Global Conference, Singapore, March 2018

Presenter: Examining the purpose, challenges and methods of effective feedbackAsia Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success 2016, Australian International School, Singapore, September 2016

Presenter: Developing a “Growth Mindset” in schools, The Armidale School, NSW, Australia, May 2014

Presenter: Designing better learning experiences using SAMR and TPACK, ICT Integrators Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, March 2012

Presenter: Create, Connect, Collaborate: Wikis and Blogs, Innovative Technology in Schools Conference, (ITSC), Sydney, December 2008

Presenter: Authentic Assessment and Web 2.0: International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology, (iCTLT), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Singapore, August 2008

Project Leader: “The Write Stuff”: Literacy Development and Technology Integration, 2012 & 2013, Australian Government Quality Teaching Program Research Grant, Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Co-researcher: Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Grant: Engagement and ICT, February 2009

Professional Development

Concept-Based Inquiry in Action, Professional Learning International, February-May 2021

Designing for Online Learning, Global Online Academy, June 20-27, 2020

Leading Schools, (1st of four modules of Certificate in School Management and Leadership), Harvard Graduate School of Education & Harvard Business School, October-November, 2019

IBO Workshop Leader/Site Visitor Training, July/September 2019, online & Seoul, South Korea

IBO Leadership Institute: Leading through an understanding of culture and context Cat 3, Penang, Malaysia, June 17-19, 2019

IBO Leadership Institute: Leading with a clear vision and strategy Cat 3, Penang, Malaysia, June 20-22, 2019

IBO DP English A: Language and literature Cat 3, Canadian International School, Singapore, March 15-17, 2019

Performance Coach Training, Culture at Work & Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Alice Smith School, Malaysia, October 10-12, 2018

Leadership/Management Training, Deidre Fisher Education Service, Penang, Malaysia, August 12-13, 2018

IBO Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the MYP (Cat.3) online, May 2018

EARCOS Middle School Leaders Conference, Shanghai, China, April 2018

IBO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Singapore, March 2018

Accelerating School Innovations, Shabbi Luthra, UNIS Hanoi, Hanoi, March 2018

Vietnam Tech Conference, UNIS Hanoi, Hanoi, March 2018

Education Redesign: Building a New Model for All, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 5-19, 2018 online

Embedding Formative Assessment, Dylan Wiliam, Bangkok, June 2017

Asia Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success, Singapore, September 10-11, 2017

Fundamentals of Sheltered Instruction: Featuring the SIOP Model, CALP, 2017, online

Blending English Language Learners into Mainstream Classrooms, EARCOS Workshop, Dr. Virginia Rojas, Hanoi, Vietnam, April 22-23, 2017

IBO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Yokohama, Japan, March 29-31, 2017

IBO Understanding Leadership (Category 3) Workshop, Yokohama, Japan, March 26-28, 2017

How can leaders who supervise or coach teachers develop effective supervision strategies which empower teachers to take responsibility for their own learning and professional growth? Dr. Fran Prolman, In-school workshop, UNIS Hanoi, February 13-15, 2017

IBO Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar Regional Network Support Visit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 25-27, 2016

IBO MYP Creating authentic units in the MYP (Category 3) Workshop, Sydney, Australia, April 1-3, 2016

Creating Cultures of Thinking, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2016, online

IBO MYP Projects (Category 3) Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, September 18-20, 2015

IBO Heads of School/MYP Coordinators: Delivering the Middle Years Programme (MYP) (Category 2) Macau, China, March 2015

IBO Asia Pacific Annual Conference, Macau 2015, 

Visible Thinking Routines, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2016, online

IBO Head of Schools/IB Coordinators: Implementing the MYP Curriculum, Online Category 1, June 2014

Association of Independent Schools, Directors’ of Studies Conference, Abbotsleigh, Sydney May 25-26, 2014

Edval Timetabling Software Training, May 2014

The Principles of Positive Education, February 2014

Implementing the New 2015 Higher School Certificate English, Sydney, Australia, September 2013

New Australian History Syllabus Familiarization: 7-10, May 2013

Higher School Certificate (HSC) English (Advanced) Marker, 2011 and 2012

SAMR Model of Technology Integration: Dr. Ruben Puentedura Presentation, Australian National Museum, Sydney, April 2013

Independent Schools’ Association: A tapestry of whole school learning, Sydney, Australia, August 2012

Supervisor, Practicum Teachers, University of New England, May 2012

Timechart Timetabling Training, Sydney, Australia, April 2012

Using Data Effectively to Drive School Improvement, Sydney, Australia, November 2011

Every teacher counts: addressing underperformance and negotiating for improvement, Sydney, Australia, November 2011

Supervisor, Practicum Teachers, University of New England, October 2011

IBO Middle Years Programme Language A (Category 1) Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2009

IBO Introduction to the Middle Years Programme (online), Triple A Learning, August 2009



Apple Distinguished Educator, 2009

Allan Kerr Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007, Australian College of Educators

Best Print Investigative Journalism Award, 2005, Australian Journalists’ Association

James Dolan Memorial Prize for History, 1996, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia