The pathway to the ‘sweet spot’

A participant in NESLI’s Advanced Leadership Program shares her thoughts on integrity, authenticity and communication as a female educator.

EQ vs IQ: Clash of the Titans

Are EQ and IQ destined to be at war? Darwin-based education leader Paul Drewitt investigates.

NESLI Leaders in Action: Meriyln Burton

Merilyn Burton is Principal of Pelaw Main Public School in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. Merilyn says that NESLI's ALP has taught her a lot about herself, what she values and the kind of leader she strives to be.

2018 named ‘Year of Women in School Leadership’

NESLI announces a strategic framework of research, events and programs designed to increase the representation of women in school leadership roles.

Five things teachers need to do this summer

Dr David Franklin takes a look at how teachers can pay attention their wellbeing in addition to fine-tuning and updating their craft.


Succeeding in School Leadership 2016 is here

Our leadership masterclass is off to a flying start. Participants have already heard incredible insight from a range of renowned leaders, including global educator, Steve Wheeler and World Vision CEO, Tim Costello.

You can follow the event (if you're not already) via @NESLIschools on Twitter and look out for the official event hashtag: #succeedingschools

Succeeding in School Leadership 2016 offers an accessible, engaging take on leadership and high-performance in the k12 environment.  During this ten-day online event, school leaders are being exposed to innovative leadership ideas and advice from a wide range of viewpoints. A key focus of the event is unwavering, supporting and improving our schools and broader school communities.

The event includes a wide range of live, interactive content. Additionally, the event also features on-demand access to a state of the art learning platform for 30 days. The learning platform features a library of additional resources expanding upon key leadership themes and presentation topics. The on-demand event feature ensures participants can easily and quickly catch up on anything they miss and are free to dip in and out of their preferred sessions and activities as time permits.

Featured presenters

​Steve Wheeler - Edupunk, STEM Specialist, Author and Speaker

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities where he chairs the Digital Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams.

Major General Simone Wilkie - Commander ADC, Department of Defence

Simone has commanded at all levels within the Army and Joint Defence environment including: the Officer in Command of 136 Signal Squadron; the Commanding Officer of the Royal Military College Duntroon RMC-D; the Commandant of the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC); the Assistant Commander of the Australian contingent in Afghanistan; and her current appointment as Commander of the Australian Defence College.

Tim Costello - CEO of World Vision, Lawyer and Trained Educator

Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most sought after voices on issues of social justice, leadership, and ethics. Since 2004 Tim has been CEO of World Vision, Australia’s largest international development agency. He recently stood down from this position to take up the newly created executive role as chief advocate.

Trained in economics, law, education and theology, Tim has practised law, served as a Baptist minister, and has been active in church and community leadership, local government and national affairs.

Dr Rachel Boechler (USA) - Former School Superintendent, Leadership Consultant and Facilitator

Rachel has over twenty-five years of experience in public education as a secondary-level teacher, guidance counselor, Director of Guidance, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and Superintendent in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, she served as Chairperson and Assistant Professor at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the College of Education & Leadership. Her doctorate is in Urban Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham - Minister for Education and Training

Simon Birmingham has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since May 2007 and in September 2015 was appointed to position of Minister for Education and Training.

Simon grew up near Gawler in Adelaide's north on his family’s small horse agistment property. Simon was educated at government schools before going on to study at the University of Adelaide where he completed a Masters of Business Administration.

Prior to entering the Senate, Simon worked for a number of industry bodies, establishing particular experience in the wine, tourism and hospitality sectors – industries that are critical to South Australia's prosperity.  

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