Craig Smith - National Coordinator, Website & LMS

Tell us about your previous roles

I have worked as a classroom teacher, education outreach consultant and school coordinator for a school for children with autism for twelve years. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to work with families, schools and education systems across the world, including work with the United Nations in Shanghai, the education ministry in Singapore, and providing special education masterclasses across South Africa and New Zealand. I’ve also authored a number of free online textbooks and education courses based around the special interests of students with autism.

How did you start working with Positive Partnerships?

I’ve always been passionate about the role that technology can play in sharing knowledge and in engaging new ways of learning. I have been active in technology and autism education projects for many years, from running iPad workshops through to creating online learning curriculums through to designing wearable technology and building apps. When I saw the opportunity to connect this experience with a role within Positive Partnerships where we could expand the way in which we can reach families and schools through our online platforms, I couldn’t resist applying for the position.

What personal values and attributes do you bring to the role?

I am passionate about designing playful, accessible, futurist ideas to help reach all learners on the autism spectrum. I aim to contribute to the building of kinder, smarter communities. I believe our work in Positive Partnerships shares these same ideals – we want to support strong and productive relationships between home and school to achieve the best outcomes for every child.

What’s something not many people know about you?

Last year I gave a live performance of my electronic music compositions in Singapore – this year in my spare time I’m writing a novel and developing it as a video game. Got to stay busy!