• Duration
    1.5 hours
  • Location
  • Mode
    Online Blended Webinar
  • Fees
    Fully subsidised

A collection of short webinars that connect Victorian educators to expert local and global perspectives on education and leadership

The Academy is hosting a series of webinars with thought leaders in education as they share the latest research, big ideas and innovation.

Learn about leading school improvement and strategies to increase student engagement and achievement.

You can also visit our Resource Library to view past Thought Leadership Series recordings and find out more about the global names and concepts pushing boundaries in education.


These series are suitable to all Victorian school staff, including education leaders, wellbeing staff and teachers who wish to develop their understanding in topics related to student engagement and whole school improvement.


Cybersecurity and AI at schools

Presenter: Kirra Pendergast

When: Wednesday, 17 April from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Learning outcomes:

  • develop enhanced familiarity of the cyber safety implications associated with emerging technologies in schools
  • effectively navigate the complexities of managing AI-related risks in the school setting as leaders and teachers
  • engage with key strategies for fostering a safe and responsible integration of AI in educational practices

Participants will actively engage with expert-guided strategies and acquire practical skills and insights to navigate the potential risks, challenges and opportunities presented by the use of artificial intelligence in schools.

Kirra Pendergast

About the presenter:

Kirra Pendergast, Cyber Safety Expert

Kirra Pendergast is the Founder and CEO of the Safe on Social, the premier privately-owned provider of online trust, safety education, and consulting services globally. Kirra is a sought-after public speaker and international media commentator on online safety, cyberbullying, and the responsible, safe and ethical management of AI use in education.


Cultural Safety, Competency and Inclusion

Presenter: Tasneem Chopra OAM

When: Thursday, 9 May from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Learning outcomes:

  • gain insight into the art of leadership with diverse intent in education
  • explore the opportunities presented by cultural diversity for transformative educational leadership

Attendees will acquire practical skills and insights to proactively respond to the rich opportunities cultural diversity offers. Participants will delve into strategies and frameworks that empower educational professionals to lead inclusively, leveraging cultural diversity and dual languages/cultural contexts as opportunities to enhance the overall learning experience within their school communities.

Tasneem Chopra OAM

About the presenter:

Tasneem Chopra OAM - Consultant, Speaker, Broadcaster

Tasneem is an experienced Cross-Cultural Consultant and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) trainer helping business, not-for-profits and government understand and navigate diversity and inclusion using an intersectional lens. She helps workforce and leadership to become progressive and versed in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusivity.


Teacher Burnout

Presenter: Dr Helen Kelly

When: Wednesday, 12 June from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Learning outcomes:

  • to recognise why employee wellbeing in schools is important
  • to understand the Burnout Continuum as a framework for considering employee wellbeing
  • to identify the signs, symptoms and causes of burnout
  • to know what schools can do to maximise employee wellbeing and prevent burnout.

Dr Helen Kelly

About the presenter:

Dr Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly is committed to helping schools maximise wellbeing and improve school culture. She led international schools in Asia and Europe, until she retired from her work as a principal in 2020. She has been conducting research in the field of educator wellbeing for almost a decade.


Future of Education, Student Agency, Creativity, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Presenter: Ronald A. Beghetto, PhD

When: Thursday, 25 July from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Learning outcomes:

  • learn strategies to foster a mindset of 'What could be' in teachers and students, encouraging them to envision and work toward positive futures
  • gain insights into designing learning environments that promote student agency and creativity, allowing for personalised and meaningful educational experiences
  • discover how to incorporate principles of responsible Human Creativity x AI use into the curriculum to leverage technology's benefits while minimizing its risks.

Ronald Beghetto

About the presenter:

Ronald A. Beghetto, Creativity Researcher

Dr. Beghetto is an internationally recognised expert on human creativity and the possible in educational settings. Dr. Beghetto has received recognition and numerous awards for excellence in teaching and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University (with an emphasis in Learning, Cognition and Instruction).


Leading Schools During Times of Disruption

Presenter: Bruce Armstrong

When: Wednesday, 28 August from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Learning outcomes:

  • how to navigate disruptive times – major disruptors and implications for leadership
  • what it means to be a well differentiated leader who leads with a non-anxious presence
  • how learning and wellbeing are intrinsically connected as our brain and attention can work together to create flourishing learning communities
  • learning and wellbeing at a school level

Bruce Armstrong

About the presenter:

Bruce Armstrong | Chapter Three

Bruce is an extraordinarily experienced and inspiring Victorian Leader, who dedicated over 33 years to roles across all levels of the Victorian public education system; initially delivering education as a teacher to driving school improvement in leadership roles such as: Principal of Balwyn High School, Executive Director roles in different areas of the Department of Education (DE), Director of the former Bastow Institute, and finally, as the Deputy Secretary of the Regional Services Group (DE).


Women in Leadership Panel

Presenters: A panel composed by Women Leaders discussing how they are using their leadership skills and amplifying their voices to wield positive change, overcome challenges, while connecting with their communities and each other.

When: Thursday, 12 September from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Learning outcomes:

  • explore how these women in leadership foster inclusive and empowering team cultures.
  • acquire practical tools and strategies to cultivate a work environment that encourages diversity, collaboration, and individual growth
  • enhance your ability to navigate leadership challenges with confidence, drawing inspiration from the shared experiences of women in leadership to develop a resilient mindset and practical skills to tackle obstacles head-on and emerge stronger.
  • Online – on the days and times above mentioned.
  • From 4.00 to 5:30 pm (1h 30 mins)
  • Pre-reading and post-reading (when applicable)
  • Presentation with opportunities for the subject matter experts to interact with the audience through breakout rooms, padlets, etc.

Fully subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government, independent and catholic school participants.

Last updated 08 April 2024