Derek Bartels is the driving force behind innovation in Queensland Lutheran schools. He has drawn from the most up-to-date research globally to lead educators to innovate according to their individual school contexts. Bartels has promoted and encouraged innovative practices through face-to-face interaction, public speaking, social media and study tours. As a direct result of Bartels’ leadership and passion for innovation, Queensland Lutheran schools are leading the way in contemporary and innovative practices in pedagogy, physical learning spaces and technology. Despite his employment in Lutheran education, Bartel’s infl uence extends to other sectors and industries not only in Australia but worldwide.

Australian Educator magazine December 2016