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A newsletter of Principals Australia Institute

Issue 5: August 2014

From the CEO

The combined educational and research capability of the Institute draws on decades of experience and our everyday connections with school leaders around the country.

Our areas of capability include:

  • Promotion of the profession including the Australian Principal Certification Program
  • Management of high quality and well respected leadership development programs
  • Development and delivery of nationally specified training
  • Elearning solutions
  • Professional development workshops and programs
  • Research projects

I encourage you to contact Principals Australia Institute staff in your region and explore how we can work closely together.

Jim Davies - CEO
Principals Australia Institute

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Find what you're looking for

PAI is pleased to launch Haystackforschools.com.au

Haystack assists school communities to locate products and services relevant to their work in the education sector:

  • Search our interactive catalogue
  • Find what you need
  • Rate the products and services

Go online and register by October 31 2014 and you may win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 64GB.

Visit haystackforschools.

New online learning module for secondary schools

The first three online learning modules for schools using the MindMatters framework have been launched this week:

  • What is mental health?
  • Adolescent development
  • Relationships and belonging

The modules are part of a suite of professional learning resources that support secondary schools to strengthen their students’ mental health and wellbeing. MindMatters schools can also access on the ground support from our state and territory staff members.

Introducing the KidsMatter Primary Portal - the new online resource

For the first time, schools in the KidsMatter Primary network can access professional learning online using the KidsMatter Primary Portal.

The Portal has been designed to enhance schools’ implementation of KidsMatter Primary and will allow schools to tailor learning to suit their own needs, context and pace. Face to face events and support are also available to guide schools’ work in strengthening student wellbeing.

Read more.

Surveys for school leaders

Australian Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey

Take part in this survey about the impact of workloads on the health and wellbeing of school leaders. This is the fourth year of a longitudinal study of the occupational health, safety and wellbeing school leaders. Previous participants are encouraged to participate again using their personal email link. The survey closes at the end of September.

Start the survey

UNESCO survey about the development of 21st century skills

The UNESCO Education Research Institutes Network (ERI-Net) is conducting a survey for principals and school staff across the Asia-Pacific region about the development of 21st century skills such as critical and innovative thinking, inter-personal skills, intra-personal skills and global citizenship.

Survey for Principals

Survey for Teachers

For more information contact Professor Martin Westwell at Flinders University.

Senior Secondary Languages Education Research

As part of the Australian Government’s ‘Strengthening the Australian Curriculum’ initiative, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is conducting research on the teaching of languages in secondary schools. Participation is voluntary and individuals or schools will not be named or identified in the final written report. The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to finish.

Start the survey.

John Laing Awards in WA

The annual Principals Australia Institute's John Laing Professional Development Awards are a peer-nominated celebration of school leadership and professional learning.

Congratulations to the 2014 honorees in Western Australia:

  • David Barras
  • Anthony (Tony) Curry
  • Marie Donovan
  • Lynda Fisher
  • Nancy McNally

John Laing Awards will be held throughout the country in the months ahead.

PAI in every region

We aim to work with every school in Australia and make a positive difference to students’ educational outcomes.

The Institute has a highly skilled, passionate and dedicated team in each state and territory who:

  • Implement high quality initiatives such as KidsMatter Primary, MindMatters and DaretoLead
  • Engage with school leadership teams to drive school planning and improvement to deliver measurable change;
  • Build the capacity of all staff through whole-school professional learning using an innovative blend of online, webinar and face-to-face methods

To find out more about connecting with PAI staff in your region contact your local team.

News in brief

Resources for the first 8 years

Grow & Thrive provides information on children's learning, health and development for early childhood educators, primary teachers and families.

The website is managed by the Centre for Community Child Health.

Read more.

20% discount for wellbeing conference

Mind & its Potential 2014 two-day conference is in Sydney from October 27 - 28 2014.

As an endorsing body, Principals Australia Institute can offer you a 20% discount.

Read more.

Dare to Lead Report released

PAI is pleased to release a report that highlights the work of Dare to Lead in enhancing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Read more.

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