Department of Education

Leadership InstituteEmerging Leaders ‹ Introduction to Instructional Leadership

Introduction to Instructional Leadership

About the program

Highly effective instructional leaders create a culture of teaching excellence by improving the quality of instruction and reducing variability in instructional quality, in every classroom, in order to improve student learning.

Instructional Leadership needs to be aimed at enhancing structures and processes in our educational systems in order 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.

Unlike traditional definitions of transformational leadership, instructional leaders are involved with improving instruction, not just supporting the conditions for teaching and learning. They do this by developing the culture, structures and conditions to facilitate professional dialogue, collaboration and knowledge exchange. They use evidence to make instructional decisions for their school. 

Topics of study and engagement include:

  • strengths-based leadership and leadership for team learning
  • leading from your personal why
  • mindsets and mind frames.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this program, 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 schools
  • 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.

Target audience

Principals, aspiring principals, middle leaders and emerging 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 Kerr wearing blue shirt in front of lush garden.
Dr Andrew Kerr, Geoffrey Mills Consulting Associate 

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 working with students of poverty.

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 Associate Vice President of Workforce Development at Illinois Central College in the United States. 

Alignment to professional standards 

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Leading Improvement, Innovation and Change
  • Leading the Management of the School
  • Engaging and Working with the Community.


    Two-day program


    31 Oct and 1 Nov 2019


    Register now




Back to top


Day 1 Day 2 Times
31 October 2019
1 November 2019
8.30am to 4.00pm

Register now.




Leadership Institute
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville

Back to top

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.

Back to top

How to register

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

Cancellation policy

Please note that a cancellation policy of 30 days applies to this program. Participants who withdraw their enrolment: 

  • more than thirty days prior to progam commencement will receive a full refund.
  • less than thirty days prior to progam commencement will be considered for a refund on a case-by-case basis, and at the discretion of the event organiser.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email 


Introduction to Instructional Leadership

All contents copyright Government of Western Australia, unless otherwise stated.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this site may contain images of people who are deceased.

Copyright material available on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence
Exclusions may apply: