Bill is a husband, father, mentor, teacher and author. He lives in Adelaide, Australia and is married to Christie-Lee. They have three children, Lawson, Millah and Judd.
Working in private practice at Fullarton House, Bill mentors young people who live with a wide range of challenges such as learning differences / disabilities, emotional or behavioural difficulties and young people who are just doing it tough. Alongside this work, Bill has the privilege of supporting and mentoring teachers, school leaders and parents, assisting them to work together to meet the needs of these students. Bill specialises at Fullarton House in teaching students with Dyslexia and offers training for schools in the area of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs). Bill runs the popular Teaching Students with Dyslexia (TSD) suite of trainings for those wishing to works as Specialist Multisensory Literacy Teachers. Bill has co-authored The Playberry Dyslexia Solutions Multisensory Literacy Program with Alison Playford.
Bill advocates for evidence based teaching of reading and spelling in schools and better recognition of SLDs. Bill was recently featured in the Australian Dyslexia documentary 'Outside the Square'.
Bill's parenting book "Raising Beaut Kids: Recipes for Parents on when to say 'yes' and how to say 'no'" has been well received and has seen Bill working with parents and families in a coaching role, as well as delivering Parent Education Workshops across Australia.
Bill has previously worked as a School Teacher, School Counsellor and Behaviour Management consultant within the South Australian Government and Catholic School systems as well as in a variety of educational leadership roles . Bill has taught and mentored primary and secondary students in mainstream and alternative educational settings in Australia and the U.K.
Bill's work in the field of Restorative Justice and Appropriate Dispute Resolution began as a School Counsellor in an Adelaide school. This school became a leader in the use of Restorative Practices in behaviour management and served as a beacon of good practice to other schools and educators from across Australia and overseas. Since then, Bill has facilitated professional learning for teachers, leaders and community groups in workshops, on-line forums, and international conferences. Bill is a current director and board member of Restorative Practices International.
Bill works with organisations to transform conflict, promote understanding (through raising emotional awareness) and helps organisations to build accountability processes that are high on both expectations of behaviour as well as the crucial support structures that allow people to work at their best level. The word 'behaviour' is often a non-discussable in adult work environments, but it impacts everything, right down to the bottom line. After all, culture is behaviour.
Bill is widely recognised for his in depth of knowledge about Behaviour Management, Restorative Justice and cultural renewal in educational settings. He is well known for his passion for relational teaching, strategic community building and Circle Time as well as his unique and engaging style in facilitating professional learning workshops for schools, school clusters and other organisations.
A Practical Introduction to Restorative Practices in Schools
(Jessica Kingsley Publishing) 2016
'Working Restoratively in Schools: A Guidebook for Developing Safe and Connected Learning Communities' (Inyahead press) in 2009.
Bill has jointly written a chapter on Restorative Practices in Mark LeMessurier's award-winning book 'Teaching Tough Kids'.
"The Grab and Go Circle Time Kit for Teaching Restorative Behaviour: 13 sessions for Junior Primary"is out now and available for order from this website, or from inyahead press.
Raising Beaut Kids: Recipes for Parents on when to say yes and how to say no" with his dear friend and colleague, Mark LeMessurier. It’s cookbook-styled, with each chapter offering a typical problematic scenario that parents often face at home with their children and teens - accompanied with the ingredients that fire things up!
A chapter titled "They Suck, School Sucks, I Suck: The secret emotional life of a child with a brain that learns differently" in the book "Emotional Foundations of Restorative Practice: Theoretical Explorations in Case Studies" (Jessica Kinsgley Publishers)
Bill is an associate of Dr. Sue Roffey and works with Sue as a trainer in Circle Time Solutions in schools. http://www.sueroffey.com/
Bill is passionate about helping young people to better connect with their educational experience as well as working with his teaching colleagues to help them discover (or re-discover) the thrill of helping young people reach their potential.
At the heart of everything Bill does is his belief that relationships, performance and learning are inseparable, and that without a focus on strengthening relationships in organisations and schools, human performance will suffer.
This is why the mission of Hansberry Educational Consulting is to strengthen the connections between relationships and learning