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The Leadership Institute supports classroom teachers and teacher leaders to move into school leadership roles. Participants develop leadership potential and explore the opportunities to improve student performance.

Programs are designed to support emerging leaders to:

  • enhance the capability to lead high quality teaching and learning and contribute to whole school leadership
  • develop leadership potential in becoming an effective leader
  • share their expertise and lead others in areas such as classroom performance, curriculum implementation and resource development
  • lead small initiatives and improvement with clear accountability measures.

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 Express your interest to participate in the co-design of a new aspirant Aboriginal leadership program

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    Three days over three months
    No cost

The Leadership Institute is committed to improving equity and diversity and increasing the number of Aboriginal peoples in leadership positions. As part of the Department's broader Leadership Strategy, and in the context of the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework, we believe we need to identify, develop and support the next generation of Aboriginal leaders.

This is an important opportunity to empower Aboriginal staff to design a leadership program that will meet their needs and aid in the development of strong Aboriginal leaders across all schools. 

Expressions of interest have now closed.


Level 3 Classroom Teacher
Professional Learning Program
Senior Teacher
Professional Learning Program
Explore: A Career in School Leadership Middle Leaders: Leading from Within Graduate Certificate
of Education Business Leadership

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    Comprises information session
    and two further sessions

Level 3 Classroom Teachers play an important role in school and system improvement. The Institute provides teachers aspiring to Level 3 Classroom Teacher status with support through a staged suite of professional learning offerings.

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Senior teacher reading to students in library

    Online program

Senior Teachers are experienced teachers committed to high-quality teaching and ongoing professional learning. They play an important role in mentoring and supporting other teachers, developing pedagogy and the leadership of the school.

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Principal in front of school

    Six-week online program

This program is for teachers emerging leaders, middle leaders, aspiring principals and newly appointed deputy principals aspiring to the role of school principal. It provides research-based evidence, professional readings and opportunities for participants to reflect on their current professional needs, and aligns to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.

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    Two-day program

This program is designed to help emerging and middle leaders understand their role to support those managing them and those they manage. It focuses on developing an understanding of human nature within working relationships that will enable them to build relational trust and solve complex problems.

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    Post-graduate qualification
    ‚Äč$2400 per unit

This qualification is offered in partnership with Deakin University. It is suitable for anyone managing the business of education, including principals, deputy principals and managers corporate services. It is designed to help participants lead diverse teams, adapt to change and work collaboratively to achieve improved governance and business outcomes in the workplace.

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Verbal Judo for Individuals Introduction to Instructional Leadership Action Research to Support Instruction Resilience in the Workplace
Instructional Coaching:
Leading the Impact Cycle

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    One-day program

This program is for anyone who has direct contact with students, parents, work colleagues and the community in emotionally charged and difficult situations. It gives participants the advantage of knowing what to say, how to say it and why it works.

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 Dr Geoff Mills by the gardens of the Leadership Institute

    Two-day program

This program will give you the opportunity to self-assess your school’s level of collective efficacy and identify how to capitalise on school strengths and lead improvement and change. You will be able to benchmark your school to the McKinsey performance trajectory and develop a strategic plan for improvement and innovation. Dr Geoffrey E Mills, Emeritus Professor of Education, Southern Oregon University, will examine strengths-based leadership and leadership for team learning, leading from your personal why and mindsets and mind frames.

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    Half-day program

Dr. Geoffrey E Mills is a leading expert in the field of action research and is the author of Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (6th edition, 2018, published by Pearson). Dr Mills will introduce you to reflective practice and how it can be used to drive school-wide he will introduce you to reflective practice and how it can be used to drive school-wide instructional improvement.

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    One-day program

This program encourages you to reflect on your personal practises - where you are currently thriving and where you have opportunities for growth. It is intended that you will come away highly motivated and inspired to apply practical tools to master stress and go beyond coping to thrive. This one-day program includes access to the Resilience Diagnostic tool (with pre-and post-assessments).

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School leadership team and staff  

    Two-day program

This two-day program is designed around the key themes of Dr Jim Knight’s 2018 book, The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching. Dr Knight has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching and professional learning. The aim of this program is to support educators in establishing coaching cycles that are targeted and aligned to identified pedagogical practices in schools.


Introduction to Leadership Coaching

Growing Effective Teams
Email and Workflow Mastery
Application Writing and Interview Skills
for Emerging Leaders

Interview with Impact:
First Impressions Count

Principal speaking with staff member in his office

    Two-day program

A coaching approach can be used in a brief, informal setting or a formal performance management situation. This program provides the skills and confidence to apply coaching approaches to managing others using the GROWTH coaching model.

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    Two-day program

This program is for leaders who need to develop a common purpose among team members. It uses a questioning approach and is designed to help encourage team members to take ownership of the shared priorities and explores how leaders can have the rigorous, open dialogue with different personality types.

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    One-hour video presentation
    No cost

This one-hour video presentation provides participants with easy-to-follow systems for taming their inbox, enabling them to focus on the right work at the right time. The program outlines, in a practical, no-nonsense way, how to set up an integrated workflow management system that takes the stress out of managing email and workload. The program is suitable for users of Microsoft Outlook™.

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Young man with glasses using laptop

    One-day program

This program provides the opportunity to refine written application skills and build on that foundation to shape and improve interview performance in the range of situations job candidates can experience. The focus of this workshop is to support emerging leaders (ie: classroom teachers and teacher leaders) to move into school leadership roles. 

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Presenter with hands on hips on front of presentation screen

    Two-hour workshop

This workshop teaches participants about what happens to their body and brain as they feel interview stress, and provides the opportunity to learn and practice simple techniques to quell the physiological effects of stress that affects their performance.

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