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04 Sep

Thinking Ahead: Future Focused Leadership

This program will open you up to the opportunities available to educational leaders, navigating the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) global environment we are working in as part of a broader community.
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04 Sep
3 weeks
Assistant principal
+ 4 more
Fully Subsidised
Thinking Ahead: Future Focused Leadership
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    Thought leader Valerie Hannon offers five ‘signposts’ that allow busy leaders, challenged by the immediate operational demands of school leadership, to see above those demands and to rethink schooling in a future focused way. 

    Be inspired by ideas, case studies, tools and frameworks that will allow you to raise your sights to explore the conditions and demands of the future that will impact your learners. 

    Throughout the 3 workshops – offered online to allow for flexible learning access – you will be able to apply what you have learned in a practical way through individual and collaborative activities to enable you to become a leader of a ‘future-fit’ school.


    Designed for Victorian government school principals, including executive class principals, who have the option to participate with their assistant principals and leadership team, learning specialists and leading teachers.


    Valerie Hannon

    Valerie Hannon is a global educational thought leader and co-founder of both Innovation Unit and of the Global Education Leaders Partnership. Formerly a secondary mathematics teacher, Valerie is an adviser to the OECD in its High Performing Systems for Tomorrow project and a regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences and workshops, drawing upon substantial research and publications. Her latest book is FutureSchool (Routledge).

    Kendra Parker

    Kendra Parker is currently Principal in Residence at the Academy, having most recently been principal of Lysterfield Primary School. As a school leader she is passionate about developing students with the knowledge, skills and characteristics to be productive and successful in their future in a global, connected society by nurturing their curiosity and passion for learning. 

    At the Academy, Kendra is committed to developing leaders at all levels who have this same passion for students. Her work at the Academy has included working with Viviane Robinson on the Academy Leadership Excellence Framework and creating a set or resources to support schools to reach for educational leadership excellence.

    Structure of program

    Over 3 weeks, you are expected to engage and contribute to:

    • 3 online workshops (6 hours)
    • self-directed learning (2 hours) 

    Online workshops 

    Online workshops are delivered over 3, two-hour sessions. Workshops are an opportunity to deep dive into key themes of the program.

    Workshop 1: 5-signposts and the New Education Narrative

    You will discover why we need to address the issue of education leadership for the future, confront the change forces that are shaping our students’ world, consider what leaders can do to help them thrive and the role narrative plays.

    Workshop 2: Equity and Futures Literacy

    You will develop an understanding of how equity is fundamental to thriving and the essential role of school leaders as advocates for diversity and inclusion. Learn about futures literacy and ways thinking that help you future-proof and make your school ‘future-fit’.

    Workshop 3: Ecosystems and Innovation

    You will explore the ecosystems that necessarily connect schools to community and the world and your role as a leader in creating partnerships that allow new learning opportunities and pathways for all learners. Linking to futures literacy, you will consider lessons from case studies across the globe that model necessary change and innovation in an environment of disruption. You will be supported to complete a future planning canvas to continue your response after this program ends.

    Learning outcomes

    By successfully engaging in this program, you will be able to:

    • explore and reflect on the nature of the leadership required at this pivotal time in human history to create schools of the future
    • consider the elements needed to create a school where students thrive
    • use tools and frameworks to become leaders of 'future-fit' schools
    • plan for how you will further your own development in each of the 5 ‘domains’ of future focused educational leadership for your context while considering future trends in teaching and learning.

    Fees and financial support

    Fully subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government school participants.

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