REXpert Chat Series

The aim of REXpert Chat is to foster a community of educators who are interested in a particular area of education. REXpert Chat gives teachers, student teachers, and teacher educators in Ireland the opportunity chat with internationally renowned educational experts; to pose questions, share professional insights and discuss how the REXpert’s research relates to the Irish classroom context. REXpert Chats are online, text-based discussions, which will last approximately 40-60 minutes. A series of REXpert Chats will take place over the coming months.


The current series of REXperts includes:

  • Professor Catherine Snow: Oral Language and Literacy Development
  • Susan Brookhart: Classroom Assessment
  • Professor Lani Florian: Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Professor Neil Mercer: Dialogic Teaching


REXpert Chat facilitates the establishment of special interest groups (SIGs) which can be sustained long after the REXpert Chat event. Within T-REX SIGs members can continue to engage in discussion, share their classroom experiences, share their research experiences, share research papers and potentially engage in collaborative research together.



REXpert Chat May 2017

Meet our May REXpert: Prof. Lani Florian.

Lani_Florian_1Professor Lani Florian is Bell Chair of Education at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Her influential research on inclusive education has led to invitations from around the world to speak, conduct workshops and provide technical assistance on inclusive education projects in many countries and to international agencies including UNICEF, UNESCO, OECD, Open Society Foundations, and the Council of Europe.
Professor Florian is a member of the American, British and European Educational Research Associations. She serves on the board of five academic journals and is series editor of Inclusive Learning and Educational Equity a forthcoming series of books to be published by Springer. She is editor of the Sage Handbook of Special Education, now in its second edition, and co-author of Achievement and Inclusion in Schools.
She is currently visiting adjunct professor at Teachers College Columbia University, New York. Recent publications are in the area of inclusive pedagogy, teacher education and international education.

REXpert Chat with Prof. Lani Florian will take place on the 4th of May from 7pm to 8pm. The Inclusive Education SIG will be open from Tuesday the 25th of April. Post your questions for Prof. Florian before Tuesday the 2nd of May. Prof. Florian will selected 4-6 questions to discuss on the 4th. Get your questions in early!!!


REXpert Chat April 2017

Meet our March REXpert:  Dr. Susan Brookhart.

susan_brookhart_photoSUSAN M. BROOKHART, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned expert in classroom assessment. She currently works as an independent educational consultant, professional developer, and author based in Helena, Montana, USA. She is also currently an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Duquesne University, where she previously served as a full-time professor and department chair. Dr. Brookhart’s interests include the role of both formative and summative classroom assessment in student motivation and achievement, the connection between classroom assessment and large-scale assessment, and grading. Dr. Brookhart was the 2007-2009 editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education. She is author or co-author of seventeen books and over 70 articles and book chapters on classroom assessment, teacher professional development, and evaluation. She serves on several editorial boards and research advisory panels. She has received the 2014 Jason Millman Award from the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) and the 2015 Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award from Educational Testing Service.

The Rescheduled REXpert Chat with Dr. Susan Brookhart will take place on the 20th of April from 8pm to 9pm. Join the Classroom Assessment SIG and post your questions for Dr. Brookhart. Dr. Brookhart will select 4-6 questions to discuss on the 20th. Get your questions in early!!!


REXpert Chat March 2017

Meet our March REXpert:  Professor Catherine Snow.

Catherine Snow is an American educational psychologist and applied linguist and Professor of Education in Harvard University. She is a world renowned expert on language and literacy development in children. Her work focuses on how oral language skills are acquired and how they relate to literacy outcomes. Professor Snow has contributed significantly to theories of bilingualism and language acquisition through parent-child interaction. She founded the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) database, a corpus of children’s speech used by numerous language acquisition researchers. More recently, her research has focused on early childhood literacy, investigating linguistic and social factors that contribute to or detract from literacy. She has also published extensively on pragmatic language development. She is currently involved in efforts to improve middle-school literacy outcomes, in partnership with other Boston area researchers and the Boston Public Schools.
Professor Snow is past president of the American Educational Research Association (2000-2001). She also chaired the RAND Corporation ‘reading study group’ from 1999.

REXpert Chat with Professor Catherine Snow will take place on the 15th of March from 8pm to 9pm. The Oral Language and Literacy Development SIG will be open from Monday the 6th of March. Post your questions for Professor Snow before Friday the 10th of March. Professor Snow will selected 4-6 questions to discuss on the 15th. Get your questions in early!!!