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Leading Reflective Practice

About the program

Leading Reflective Practice is a two-day program designed to introduce participants to how reflective practice can be used to drive school-wide instructional improvement. The program is for school leaders (principals, deputies, HOLAs and lead teachers) who are committed to leading reflective practice with their colleagues with a focus on significant problems of practice. At the completion of the program participants will have plans ready to be implemented in their schools.

Dr. Geoffrey E. Mills is a leading expert in the field of reflective practice and is the author of Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (6th edition, 2017). According to Dr Mills (2017):

“Action research is any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers, principals, school counsellors, or other stakeholders in the teaching/learning environment to gather information about how their particular schools operate, how they teach, and how well their students learn.”

Participants will follow Dr Mills’ four-step Dialectic Action Research Spiral:

  1. identify an area of focus
  2. collect data
  3. analyse and interpret data
  4. develop an action plan.

Learning intention

By the end of this program it is intended that school leaders will be able to:

  • demonstrate their knowledge of data collection, data analysis and interpretation and action planning through the development of reflective practice plans focused on a problem of practice
  • prepare their reflective practice plans with a sustainable timeline for implementation.

Target audience

School leaders will benefit from attending this program.

About the facilitator

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.

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Developing self and others
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change.

    Two-day program

    15 and 16 March 2018



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Day 1 Day 2 Times
15 March 2018
16 March 2018
8.30am to 4.00pm

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Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford 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 Leading Reflective Practice on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

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

Leading Reflective Practice

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