Our story

Following an eye-opening trip to Antarctica in 2005, Jason Kimberley founded Cool Australia. The goal? To turn a passion for equitable, real-world education into tangible global impact.

Since 2008, over 175,000 educators across the globe have signed-up to download and teach with Cool Australia teaching resources in their classrooms. The result? Better student engagement and a greater understanding of critical environmental and social issues.

An organisation that started with humble beginnings has grown into something much bigger. Cool.org is the evolution of a simple, yet important idea; that our educators, and our kids, deserve the best.

Why we exist

45%of teachers are forced to work outside their field of expertise
76%of teachers find their workload unmanageable
90%of teachers don't have enough time to effectively prepare for classroom teaching
25% of students drop out of school before their final year

Our leadership

CEO - Thea Stinear

Education leader and mentor with a deep understanding of the education sector, having won multiple awards for her work in education. A business leader with exceptional skills as an analyst, strategist and forward-thinking guru.

Founder - Jason Kimberley

An adventure enthusiast, photographer and man of action. Following a trip to Antarctica in 2005, Jason founded Cool with an uncompromising passion for providing high-quality, real-world equitable education for all.

Chair - Jan Owen AM

Highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author, spending the last 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. Sought after global speaker and strategy advisor.

Our board

Jan Owen AM

Jason Kimberley

Helen Whitehead

Julie Buxton

Andrew Picken

Josh Cubilo

What educators say:

  • There is so much that is demanded of teachers now, and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. The Cool resources are planned with every aspect of the curriculum in mind, so we can rest easy and teach with confidence that we are meeting the needs of students and the curriculum.

    Renee ChenPrimary Teacher, QLD
  • Cool Australia, one of the coolest sites to save time and find interesting, relevant and impactful lessons and ideas. When you’re looking for differentiated learning its a real winner!

    Jessica HenryPrimary Teacher, VIC
  • I would like my children to look at the world with optimism, and not cynicism. Perhaps it’s naive but to some extent I feel that the weight of the world is on their shoulders and it is our duty to make them feel hope in the world that they can be part of action and change. Cool allows teachers a jumping off point for this

    Elizabeth MunroPrimary Teacher, NSW

Get in touch

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