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Planning for professional conversations is a Course

Planning for professional conversations

Mar 9 - Apr 7, 2021

$350 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Day 1: Wednesday 10 March 2021, 9.30 to 11.00 am

Day 2: Thursday 25 March 2021, 1.30 to 3.00 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are required to engage in professional conversations in your school. You might be a new leader and/or keen to grow your capability in this area of practice.


Professional conversations are the formal and informal dialogue that occurs in schools and is focussed on educational matters. Typically, they occur between teachers, leaders and other school personnel and can include discussion about teaching practice and strategies, curriculum, student learning, mentoring and induction. Learn about the enablers and barriers to holding successful professional conversations.  Discover the free resources available to you to support your work. Listen to the stories of others who have built expertise in this role. Leave with an action plan for your next steps.

‘Professional conversations can promote the learning of the participants in ways that achieve real changes in teaching practice, improve student outcomes, create better solutions to problems and develop new practice.’  Helen Timperley (2015)

This learning event supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment.   

Key takeaways                 

  • an understanding of the latest research on effective professional conversations
  • introduction to a range of free resources to support your work
  • cconnection with others who have built expertise in this role
  • planning tools to design your next steps.


Presenter information

Aine Maher                       

Aine Maher is an Ambassador for Independent Schools Victoria. She designs and delivers customised professional learning programs in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership development. Aine is an accomplished presenter, a skilled communicator and, with expertise and experience in independent schools over many years, highly knowledgeable in her field. A dynamic networker, Aine has participated in a broad range of state and national advisory and representative committees giving her access to contemporary thinking and practice in learning design, organisational culture and leadership.