Creativity or innovation in education? That is the question

Are innovation and creativity part of the same process? Darwin-based education leader Paul Drewitt takes a look.

NESLI Leaders in Action: Drew Mayhills

Drew Mayhills is a passionate lead educator based in Perth. Completing the Leading Teachers Colloquium with NESLI has given Drew a rich palette of ideas to draw from as well as future direction for his career.

Five ways education is like Game of Thrones

Winter is Coming! Dr David Franklin takes a look at how working in primary and secondary education is a bit like Game of Thrones.

Five ways to enhance wellbeing

The recent Enhancing Staff Wellbeing in Victorian Schools covered how principals can support increased wellbeing across school communities. Here are five key takeaways from the day.

What I learned from the Advanced Leadership Program

A participant in the Advanced Leadership Program reflects on her experiences and shares some tips for women school leaders.


Succeeding in School Leadership 2016 competition winners

A huge thank you to all who registered for our Succeeding in School Leadership 2016 competition.

We carefully considered all answers to the question: What does effective leadership mean to you, and why is it so important in schools today?

Our winning entries

Major prize winner
Our major prize is a five participant leadership experience to Succeeding in School Leadership 2016.

Julia Andriske “Effective leadership means having exceptional communication skills and the ability to seek and use feedback from all stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes. Effective leadership is vital to schools today if they are to maintain the positive traditions of a school whilst striving to stay up-to-date with emerging ideas and technology.”

Runners up
Each runner-up will receive a complimentary ticket to Succeeding in School Leadership 2016.

Cliff Powys “Effective leadership is the difference between knowing and hoping. It’s important that schools don't just hope that something will go right.  Instead, they know and believe it will because they planned and prepared for it together through strong educational leadership.”

Drew Mayhills “To me, effective leadership is the art and science of transforming a vision into reality. Effective leadership in schools is of the utmost importance if we are to realise a responsive, holistic and empowering educational system which enables young people from all walks of life to become lifelong learners, in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

Stuart Taylor “Effective leadership is built from a relationship of deep trust and high levels of respect. It harnesses a collective vision for a better future and focuses energy and resources to achieve goals. Effective leadership is in constant celebration of the achieved milestones. Effective leadership disseminates the ownership of monitoring and encouraging amongst all the team. It develops a broad ownership of the professional practice of the school. That’s why it is so important.”

What is Succeeding in School Leadership 2016?

Succeeding in School Leadership is a leadership experience like no other. A ten day, international event, delivered live online. Through its unique immersive online platform, Succeeding in School Leadership 2016 offers a powerful and highly accessible learning opportunity for school leaders seeking to enhance their leadership knowledge and capacity.

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