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Leading Reflective Practice

About the program

Leading Reflective Practice is a two-day program designed to introduce participants to reflective practice and how it can be used to drive school-wide instructional improvement. The workshop 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:

  • contribute to collaborative discussions focused on using reflective practice as a strategy to drive classroom-based, and school-wide, school improvement
  • learn how to systematically collect data, analyse and interpret data and to use data to drive the development of action plans focused on improving student outcomes
  • develop collaborative Professional Learning Community (PLC) networks to assist with the implementation of reflective practice school improvement efforts.

Success Criteria

As a result of this program 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 to implement their reflective practice plans with a sustainable timeline for implementation, feedback and the sharing of findings with their colleagues in the workshop.


Who will benefit?

School leaders will benefit from attending this program.

Participant expectations

By participating in this course, you commit to:

  •     actively engage and contribute in all activities
  •     completing evaluations of the course.


About the facilitator

Perth-born Dr. Geoffrey E Mills is an internationally renowned researcher and author and owner of Geoff Mills Consulting. He is also a Principal Associate with Learning Currents International, LLC.  

Geoff moved to the USA in 1986 to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. After completing his PhD in 1988, Geoff accepted his first teaching position at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). After 12 years of teaching, Geoff moved in to university administration and as Dean of the School of Education at Southern Oregon University for 12 years. Geoff is currently a Professor of Education in the School of Education at Southern Oregon University.

Geoff has travelled extensively and given invited action research presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Greenland, United Kingdom, Canada, and many states in the USA. In addition to Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e (2014), Geoff is also the only active author of Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications (2016) now in its 11th edition.

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

    7 and 8 December 2017


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Day 1 Day 2 Time
7 December 2017
8 December 2017
8.30am - 4.00pm






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.
  • Wifi connection is available


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 enrol


Further information

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

Leading Reflective Practice

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