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Instructional Leadership: Learning Leadership for School Improvement and Innovation

About the program

Instructional leadership is about improving the quality of instruction and reducing variability in instructional quality in every classroom to improve outcomes for all students. Unlike traditional definitions of transformational leadership, instructional leaders are directly involved with improving instruction, not just supporting the conditions for teaching and learning. The program links the most recent research on instructional leadership directly to the Practices in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals, with an emphasis on leading change and nurturing collective efficacy.

The program then takes instructional leadership to the next level – learning leadership. This is leadership for and of learning – for teachers, students and school leaders themselves – viewed through the Requirements and Emphasis lenses of the Standard.

Improvement is aimed at improving structures and processes in educational systems to improve outcomes. Improvement may be thought of as doing what has been proven to work better and with higher reliability. Innovation provides new and ultimately better ways of teaching and learning.

Topics of study and engagement include:

  • Strengths-based leadership and leadership for team learning
  • Leading from your personal Why
  • Mindsets and mind frames
  • Action research and disciplined inquiry
  • Benchmarking to and becoming among the “best in the world” for 21st century learning (McKinsey and OERI).

Five modules

This is a five-day program.

Module 1 – Defining and Delving into Instructional Leadership
Module 2 – Instructional Leadership: Starting with Why and Developing Collective Efficacy
Module 3 – Leadership for High Performing School Systems: Leading Change and Improvement
Module 4 – Learning Leadership: Starting with Your Personal Why and Leading with Your Strengths
Module 5 – Improvement and Innovations for Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Learning intentions

By the end of this program, it is expected that participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • use the profiles and other instruments to self-assess their personal strengths and attributes as instructional leaders and develop action plans for themselves and their school
  • self-assess their school’s level of collective efficacy and where to capitalise on school strengths and lead improvement and change
  • benchmark their school to the McKinsey performance trajectory and develop a strategic plan for improvement and innovation
  • develop action steps to lead teachers in action research and disciplined inquiry focused on improving teaching and student learning.

Target audience

Principals, deputy principals and middle leaders.

About the facilitators

Dr Geoffrey E Mills, Emeritus 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. 

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

    Commencing 24 October 2018
    Registrations close:
    Friday 21 September 2018



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    Instructional Leadership with
    Dr Geoffrey E Mills

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    Instructional Leadership with
    Hayley Taylor, Principal,
    Cunderdin District High School

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4  Day 5 Times
24 October 2018
25 October 2018
26 October 2018
29 October 2018
30 October 2018
8.30am to 4.00pm

**Please note**

Registrations close Friday, 21 September 2018.

Register now.




Leadership Institute
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville

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On the day 

  • Programs start at 8.30am. (Institute doors open at 8.00am.)
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Leadership Institute is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville. We co-locate with the School 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: Learning Leadership for School Improvement and Innovation on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


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