• Duration
    6 weeks
  • Location
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

A Harvard leadership program for principals

Delivered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Navigating Complexity engages principals and leadership teams in collaborative learning designed to extend and strengthen leadership skills.  
You will join a cohort of international participants in workshops and weekly collaborative activities exploring themes critical to school leadership, such as equity, social-emotional learning, family and community engagement, school culture and strategy.  

By the end of the program, you will have greater confidence in your leadership skills and decision-making abilities, along with the support of a lasting and global peer community.


This program is designed for Victorian government school  principals and up to 2 members of their leadership team.

While principal-only applications will be considered, we recommend that you attend with 2 members of your leadership team (such as assistant principals and teacher leaders) to consolidate learning at the school level.  

We encourage rural and remote schools to submit an expression of interest - we can assist smaller schools in forming teams to help consolidate and share learnings.


Developed by the HGSE and facilitated by former senior lecturer Katherine K. Merseth

Over 6 weeks (totalling approximately 18 hours) you will engage in and contribute to:  

  • 5 weekly virtual workshops (45 minutes)  
  • 5 separate small group sessions run by a Harvard faculty facilitator (45 minutes - 1 hour per week).

Workshops involve faculty-led videos and readings, individual reflection and interactive activities.   

Additional information can be found on the Harvard website

You will:

  • examine your leadership practices through the lens of school culture, equity, social-emotional learning, family and community engagement, and strategy
  • learn new frameworks and best practices for leading your school and managing complex, competing initiatives
  • collaborate with experienced program facilitators and a supportive global peer network to implement strategies that ensure equity and success for all students
  • establish communities of practice to discuss challenges and opportunities.

Fully subsidised for Victorian government schools. Fully subsidised places are limited to the first 100 applicants. 

Last updated 08 August 2022