• Duration
    5 days
  • Location
    East Melbourne
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Fees
    Fully Subsidised

Create the conditions for leaders and educators to effectively collaborate, so that every student thrives.

Deep dive into Data Wise Australia and discover how you can drive collaboration while equipping yourself with practical tools to build an equitable school.

Engage in learning the Harvard Data Wise Improvement Process—an 8-step model that guides you and your team to work collaboratively, leveraging evidence-based analysis.

You will build your capacity to plan and launch the inquiry process in your setting.

Leave feeling empowered to lead collaborative analysis of diverse data sources, such as periodic formative assessments, daily student work, classroom practice observations, and standardised tests.


Designed for school teams of 3-5 people, including:

  • a principal
  • at least 1 teacher
  • one or more other school leaders, such as business manager, learning specialist, team leader etc.

Preference will be given to teams that include at least 1 curriculum and instruction specialist, such as a literacy or mathematics coach .


Designed by Harvard Graduate School of Education and facilitated by: 

  • Kathryn Parker Boudett, Senior Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director, Learning And Teaching, Harvard
  • Penny Jayne, Managing Director, Global Education Equity Alliance - Victoria, Australia

Data Wise Australia is delivered over 5 face-to-face days in Melbourne.

During the program, your school team will have the opportunity to interact with the Data Wise teaching team.

Additionally, you will engage with peers from diverse settings across Australia, all committed to learning how to lead collaborative inquiry.

In a hands-on, interactive format, you will learn and use tools to present, discuss, and act on data.

Following the face-to-face workshop intensive, you and your team will implement the launch plan developed in the Data Wise Leadership Institute. Together, you will progress through the eight Data Wise Improvement Process steps.

You and your team will receive job-embedded coaching and feedback as you implement the Data Wise Improvement Process in your school.

Your team will have monthly meetings with a dedicated Certified Data Wise Coach. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to connect with Harvard faculty and fellow alumni in three live online events.

These events aim to bring the Data Wise community together, fostering the sharing of work, celebrating success, and addressing common challenges.

Once you finish this program, you will have gone through a complete cycle of the Data Wise Improvement Process, equipping you to carry out future cycles independently.

Attendance requirements

To successfully finish this program, you need to attend and actively participate in all 5 face-to-face days.

You’ll learn how to:

  • articulate how and why equity is central to your school improvement work
  • take an equity lens at each step of the Data Wise Improvement Process
  • demonstrate a relentless focus on evidence when collaboratively analysing a wide range of data sources, including annual standardised tests, periodic formative assessments, daily class work, and observations of classroom practice
  • engage in intentional collaboration by using a Meeting Wise rolling agenda and practising wise meeting facilitation and participation
  • create a plan for integrating the Data Wise Improvement Process and ACE Habits of Mind into the core work of a school.

The course fees are significantly subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government school teams.

Co-contribution: $500 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant.

Schools that are more than 100km from Melbourne are eligible to claim the accommodation subsidy.

See Fees and financial support for more information.

Non-government school participants are not eligible for subsidies and will be subject to a full-fee enrolment.

Course fee: $5,533 (incl. GST) per non-government school participant.

Please register your interest with the Academy before September 2, 2023. All applications will be forwarded to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for approval.

Successful applicants will be notified by September 12 and required to attend a mandatory webinar on September 14 for the Harvard Graduate School of Education admissions processes.

Last updated 23 August 2023