Department of Education

Instructional Leadership

About the program

Instructional leadership plays a key role in the quality and variability of instruction between teachers, which has an impact on student learning. Successful school leaders create an environment that motivates teachers and provides them with opportunities to increase their capability, which leads to continuous improvement in the standards of teaching and learning.

This program introduces and unpacks a model for instructional leadership that is designed to enable school leaders to be successful in a variety of contexts.

The five-day program has six modules:

Module 1 – Defining and Introducing a Model for Instructional Leadership

Module 2 – Instructional Leadership: Starting with Why

Module 3 – Developing Collective Efficacy through Teacher Collaboration

Module 4 – Leadership for High Performing School Systems

Module 5 – Instructional Leadership for Improvement and Innovation

Module 6 – Leading Collaborative Learning Communities.

Download the module overviews here.

Success criteria

By the end of this program, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • self-assess their personal strengths and attributes as instructional leaders and develop action plans for growth
  • benchmark their schools to the McKenzie performance trajectory and develop a strategic plan for improvement and innovation
  • self-assess their school level of collective efficacy and where to capitalise on school strengths and to minimise school weaknesses
  • measure the impact of research-based strategies on individual and team coaching
  • under the processes to lead teachers through an action research focused on the impact of school improvement innovations on student outcomes.

Target audience

School leaders 

About the facilitators

Dr Geoffrey E Mills, Professor of Education, Southern Oregon University

Perth-born Dr Geoffrey Mills moved to the USA in 1986 to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. After completing his PhD in 1988, he accepted his first teaching position at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). After 12 years of teaching, Geoff became the university’s Dean of the School of Education for 12 years. Geoff is currently a Professor of Education in the School of Education at Southern Oregon University.

Dr Mills has travelled extensively and given invited action research presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Greenland, United Kingdom, Canada, and many states across the USA. He is an internationally renowned researcher and author and owner of Geoff Mills Consulting.

James Eck, M.A., Founder, InnovatED Leadership

James Eck is an independent consultant and coach, founder and owner of InnovatEd Leadership and Principal with Learning Currents International, LLC. He specialises in educational leadership and a high-reliability systems approach to educational improvement and innovation.

He is a long time educator, having been a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent in various districts in Colorado for more than 20 years. Following that, James worked for the Colorado Department of Education as assessment coordinator for the Colorado Reading First Initiative.

Dr Andrew Kerr, M.A., Founding Principal, Learning Currents International, LLC

Dr Andrew Kerr is an international education and leadership consultant whose clients include district, state and national school systems, international schools, corporations and not-for-profit organisations. His background includes 20-plus years of education and leadership throughout North America, the Pacific islands and Asia. Andrew’s specialty areas include global education, curriculum and instruction, leadership development, family and community engagement and technology planning and implementation.

Andrew has worked extensively in rural and underserved communities presenting research-based best practices in culturally appropriate contexts. He holds a doctorate degree from Creighton University and is the Founding Principal of Learning Currents International, LLC. 

Alignment to professional standards 

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:‚Äč

  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Leading Improvement, Innovation and Change


    Five day program


    No current intakes

    Register four or more
    participants from your school
    and receive $500 discount
    per person.

    Email Dianne Rigby for




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There are no current intakes for this program.



Register four or more participants from your school and receive a $500 discount per person. Email Dianne Rigby to make arrangements.


Institute for Professional Learning   
164-194 Oxford Street
Subiaco Football Club
246 Vincent Street
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On the day 

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Instructional Leadership on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Instructional Leadership

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