Leading Professional & Difficult Conversations Masterclass Sydney 2022
Proudly in partnership with Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) building leaders of the future!
ACEL’s vision is to contribute to a vibrant professional learning community founded on a shared commitment to improve the quality of learning for all. We are a not-for-profit professional association drawing from national and global learning opportunities. We do this by actively supporting the development of educational leadership capabilities across Australia through our Branches, conferences, workshops, leadership programs, in-house publications and online resources.
The Leading Professional & Difficult Conversations masterclass will broaden your understanding of:
- Improve school culture
- Build the skills to effectively enter and lead a range of complex conversations
- Improve overall outcomes through conversations
- Develop a deeper understanding of how conversations are essential to high performing leadership
Neil McDonald, CEO QELi
Neil McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of QELi, an innovative not-for-profit institute committed to delivering excellence in leadership by supporting leaders and organisations to establish a strong vision, improve outcomes and lead change in their school or organisation.
He has over 25 years of school system and leadership experience as a teacher, principal and Assistant Regional Director within the Department of Education.
Under Neil’s leadership, QELi engages with leaders across all sectors in Australia and internationally, working closely with schools and systems to develop and deliver tailored leadership and capability professional development programs for driving collaboration and organisation improvement.
Prior to commencing at QELi, Neil was Executive Director, Organisational Transformation and Capability, in the Department of Education and was instrumental in leading the Departments Teaching and School Leadership Program.
Dr Barbara Watterston, CEO ACEL
Barbara has extensive experience in education and has held a number of executive leadership positions across Australia within the education and not-for-profit community sectors. An engaging facilitator, Barbara’s national and international research, consultancy, coaching, and speaking engagements centre on leadership development that emphasises the impact of high-quality leadership on student learning.
Recognised for her contribution to educational leadership and professional learning, her national research report, Insights: Environmental Scan Principal Preparation Programs contributed to five major national recommendations for preparing future school leaders.
Barbara’s advocacy for women in leadership was fuelled by the lack of representation of women in leadership roles together with the importance of enriching a more multi- faceted, diverse and inclusive perspective of educational leadership. Barbara’s doctoral thesis focused on gender, leadership, and learning, which informed her contribution as co-editor of the book Women in School Leadership: Journeys to Success, and more recently, Step In, Step Up with co-author Jane Kise, which received a silver medal in the 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards.
Her expertise is regularly sought out to contribute in an advisory capacity. Barbara’s Australian and international projects include emerging, executive, and system leadership programs. She has a special interest in the links between leadership sustainability, wellbeing, and impact on performance to ensure learning, for all, can thrive.
Welcome & Preparation
Participants will receive their welcome email with workshop details and a professional pre-reading to complete – week of 7 November 2022
Participants will engage in a one-day workshop.
Key learning areas:
– Why conversations are important in our schools/organisations
– Leading conversations effectively
– A model for navigating critical conversations
Participants will be emailed their certificate of completion – week of 28 November 2022