Research Group


By forming Research Groups, WLSA provides a network of international connections and innovation between educators and experts around the world. These groups help to provide WLSA with new, culturally broadening material and ideas and also act as a platform for people to meet from around the world.

Research Groups are collaborative working teams designed to investigate opportunities for research and collaborative working around specific themes relevant to WLSA events, activities, and services, as well as wider themes from the field of education. These dynamic groups will have a direct impact on the design, development and implementation of WLSA’s services, events and programmes. 

Join a Research Group

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Research Group Descriptions

Curriculum and Training

Curriculum and Training

Events and Programmes

Events and Programmes

Online Learning

Online Learning



Meet the WLSA Researchers

  • Brian Filiatraut

    Brian Filiatraut

    Chair, Online Learning Research Group
    Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Director of Sustainability

    Brian Filiatraut is Director of Sustainability at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, NY. He has eleven years experience of extensive, hands-on instructional training, long-term project management and leadership, partnership development, and environmental research and analysis. He aims to reduce consumption, streamline processes, and improve quality of life through the use of innovative and sustainable solutions. At Poly Prep, Brian has been leading efforts to lower the school’s footprint on its two campuses by working with administration, operations, buildings and grounds, students, faculty, and parents while incorporating it into the student curriculum. He leads sustainability programing across three school divisions (K-12) and within each department through curricular design and support, co-curricular activities, and school-wide events. Additionally, Brian has taught or currently teaches Environmental Science (for 11th and 12th graders), 7th grade science, and Science Research - a 3-year program for students in grade 10-12 who work independently to design and develop their own research projects, for which they submit their findings to competitions.

    Prior to Poly Prep, Brian earned his B.S. in biology from the University of Dayton and his M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has worked on various sustainability and energy related initiatives for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, the New York Power Authority, and as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow at the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

  • Charlie Jenkinson

    Charlie Jenkinson

    Chair, Events and Programmes Research Group
    Haileybury, Hertford, United Kingdom
    Head of Sixth Form

    Mr. Jenkinson is currently Head of Sixth Form at Haileybury College (UK), where he teaches Geography. He has also worked at Eton College and Oakham School where he developed collaborative online projects between students in the UK and India. Mr. Jenkinson has presented papers at various international education conferences, including in Turkey, Japan and the USA and he currently serves as a governor at The Langley Academy. At WLSA, he is helping develop conference materials and the online course in cross-cultural leadership.

  • Dr. Helen Wright

    Dr. Helen Wright

    Chair, Publications Research Group
    Global Thought Leadership, United Kingdom
    Non-Executive Director and International Education Advisor

    Dr Helen Wright has had an active and distinguished career in education at a national and international level, culminating in leading WLSA Associate schools in the UK and Australia for over 13 years.

    Since leaving Headship in 2014, Dr Wright has pursued a particular focus on social mobility for all young people, and her book ‘Powerful Schools: how schools can be drivers of social and global mobility’ was published by John Catt Educational in May 2016. She now has an active portfolio career, including as an international executive search consultant and executive coach of senior educational leaders, and she is a non-executive director and advisory board member on several boards in the UK and overseas, including a number of education technology start-ups.

    Dr Wright is regularly asked to write and speak at conferences worldwide on futures-thinking in education, social mobility, parenting, gender and diversity, and global citizenship, and she travels regularly to visit international schools – in the past two years, for example, she has visited schools in the US, Hong Kong, Australia, Qatar and Malaysia. Her international experience combines with her incisive focus on education to form a vision of the transformative power of education for all – locally, nationally and globally.

  • Philip Stewart

    Philip Stewart

    Events and Programmes Research Group
    Pioneer World School, India
    Head of School

    Philip Stewart is currently Head of School at Pioneer World School in Hyderabad in India. He has studied at Adelaide University and the University of New England in Australia and Harvard University in the USA. He is currently a Board member of Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist related Educational Institutions (APAMEI) and a former executive Board member of International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU) and Regional Representative of Round Square for Australasia and East Asia. With these organizations, he has convened and presented at conferences in Adelaide (Australia), Rosario (Argentina), Washington DC (USA), Hiroshima (Japan) and Seoul (Korea). Through Round Square, he has been a project leader for numerous Service Learning projects in India and the Philippines.

    He is heavily involved in International Education through Service Learning and Round Square, and through his role as Head of International Programs at Westminster School, a prestigious K to 12 Independent School in Adelaide, Australia, and a member of WLSA.

  • Rob McGuiness

    Rob McGuiness

    Events and Programmes Research Group
    Appleby College, Canada
    Assistant Head of School, Global Education

    Rob McGuiness has been working at Appleby College for the last 15 years and is currently the Assistant Head of School, Global Education. Under Rob’s leadership, the school has developed an extensive program of global experiential learning which includes a dynamic and diverse range of intercultural and international service learning trips. The last five years have also involved significant work on integrating Global Education into the classroom, including extensive faculty professional development to support this. Rob oversees the school’s Diploma in Global Leadership, including mentoring students in their development of long-term Global Action Plans. Rob is also the school's Director of Risk Management.

  • Trevor Hall

    Trevor Hall

    Chair, Curriculum and Training Research Group
    Westville Boys School, South Africa

    Trevor Hall was appointed to the position of Headmaster of Westville Boys’ High School (South Africa) in 1997, during a time of considerable change in South African education. Apart from leading a large school comprising 1 250 students, he serves the South African Department of Education in various capacities: as a moderator of National Grade 12 public examination papers, as a consultant on curriculum and examination matters and as a trainer of national and provincial examiners.   He was integrally involved in the development of the current South African high school curriculum, and is often required to present papers on various educational topics such as governance and management of schools, student leadership programmes and emotional intelligence.  He also undertakes freelance work for the national accrediting body, Umalusi, as a researcher on curriculum matters and as a moderator and quality assurer of Matric exams.

  • Ying Zhang

    Ying Zhang

    Publications Research Group
    Montgomery Bell Academy 

    Ms.Ying Zhang teaches Chinese at Montgomery Bell Academy since 2011. She teaches all levels of Chinese, from Chinese I to Chinese IV AP. She has done AP Reading in 2016. She is also in charge of student exchange program with Chinese schools. She has earned Master’s degree of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 2011.