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A newsletter of Principals Australia Institute

Issue 1: February 2014

From the CEO

Jim Davies

Term 1 is well underway, and at PAI we remain committed to providing professional learning and support for school leaders in every state and territory and to building the capacity and profile of the profession.

The recent release of our annual report showcases the significant impact our programs and services are having around the country.

I also draw your attention to our National Consultation on the Australian Principal Certification Program and urge you to take part in the event nearest you.

Jim Davies - CEO
Principals Australia Institute

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Principals invited to take part in National Consultation

Have your say

SA - February 17
WA - February 21
VIC - February 24
QLD - February 26
ACT - February 27
TAS - March 3
NSW - March 6
NT - March 12

Australian Principals are invited to contribute to a national consultation that will help shape Principal Certification. This Australia-wide consultation will give principals and school leaders around the country the opportunity to provide feedback on the design, development and implementation of the Australian Principal Certification Program.

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Read our annual report

Principals Australia Institute has released our first annual report since we became a company by limited guarantee. The report highlights significant achievements in the 2012-13 financial year including:

  • Our diverse work with Australia’s 10,000 primary and secondary schools
  • Over 30,000 people attended PAI workshops, webinars and training
  • Our workforce expanded by 16% with 123 staff located across Australia as at June 2013.

Read the report.

Want to learn and thrive in 2014?

Research in Practice

Register now!

NT - March 20
QLD - March 21
VIC - March 25
WA - March 27
SA - March 28
TAS - April 1
ACT - April 3
NSW - April 4

All events inc breakfast

Principals Australia Institute is partnering with Microsoft to help you explore what it takes to lead and inspire quality 21st century learning. Breakfast events in every capital city will cover:

  • Latest ICT trends
  • Research findings on how educators can thrive in the midst of rapid technological change
  • How to avoid common pitfalls

A must for ICT leaders and anyone who wants to make an impactful use of technology in their classrooms.

Download the flyer

Register now


Registration opening soon for Student Principal for a Day

Registrations will open later this month for Student Principal for a Day (sp4d). This year’s event is on June 4.

Student Principal for a Day offers a hands on leadership development experience for primary and secondary students.

Students negotiate a program of activities with their principal as well as taking part in webinars with students around the country.

Download our flier
Find out more.

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Indigenous education on your agenda?

Dare to Lead provides professional services such as workshops, school reviews and webinars to a network of 5000+ schools, all aimed to enhance the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and promote Reconciliation. 

The new concept of Premium Membership gives members access to new resources and professional learning activities for an annual subscription of $200 + GST; dozens of schools have already registered as ‘premium members’. Find out more.

Photo: Schools like Yule Brook College have a long partnership with Dare to Lead. 

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Victorian schools wanted

Turning Point, in conjunction with Monash University, has been funded to run and evaluate a new help seeking program with year 9 students at 20 schools across Victoria.

The MAKINGtheLINK health education program teaches young people to link their friends up with professional help if they are concerned they may be developing a mental health or substance use problem.

Read more on the PAI websiteRegister you interest with project manager, Fiona Blee or call (03) 8413 8464.

Research in Practice Webinars

Read more about and register for our FREE upcoming Research in Practice Webinars.

- 26 Feb ACEC2014 Now It’s Personal - Alec Couros, Kathy Schrock, Toni Downes

- 27 Feb Human Rights in the Australian Curriculum - Professor Gillian Triggs

- 5 Mar beyondblue: The SenseAbility Evaluation Kit - Dr Kate Jacobs

- 26 Mar Big History and why it matters for education - Professor David Christian

News in brief

Wellbeing in Anangu Schools

A research paper has just been released that details MindMatters’ work in an Anangu schools context over the last 10 years. Kulintja Nganampa Maa-kunpuntjaku (Strengthening Our Thinking) is written by Senior Research Fellow, Sam Osborne. Read more.

Conference in Suzhou

Suzhou, China and Australia: An Educational Working Conference in on March 23-29 2014. This is a working conference for Australian educational leaders to consider and plan while in China for the Asia Century focus in Australian schools. Read more.

Call for papers

ACER has issued a call for papers by school teachers and leaders to be presented at the Excellence in Professional Practice Conference in Melbourne from 16 to 17 May 2014. The conference is presented by practitioners, for practitioners. Read more.

Speech Pathology Australia - Senate Inquiry

Speech Pathology Australia is calling on individuals and bodies to make submissions to the Senate Enquiry into the prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology services in Australia. Submissions close Feb 21. Read more.

Using data for school improvement

A new book, published by ACER Press, shows educators how they can use data to evaluate their programs. Using Data to Improve Learning, by Professor Anthony Shaddock, explores the importance of data in education and the ‘evidence revolution.’ Read more.

India study program

The Asia Education Foundation is offering a study tour to India. Scholarships available. The School Leaders in the Asian Century: India Study Program provides an opportunity for Australian and Indian school leaders to exchange professional experiences and expertise. Read more.