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Leadership and agency: fusing community wellbeing with resilient learners 2022079F is a Course

Leadership and agency: fusing community wellbeing with resilient learners 2022079F

Oct 4, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022

$670 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 5 October 2022, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne



This learning event is right for you if you are a teacher, middle level leader, or whole school leader wanting to increase agency in your learning community.



Agency is an important and active concept for the Victorian government. This workshop will provide a combination of theory, shared experience and practical steps to develop agency in the learning community. This workshop has three purposes. First, is to explore the global research on the important aspects of agency and their benefits to student achievements and community wellbeing. The second purpose is to explore ‘agency’ from the perspective of all stakeholders in the school: high level leadership, staff and families, and the perspectives on agency for learners in the classroom. The final purpose of the workshop is to consider real life challenges and possible ways of addressing them.  The Covid-19 experience has required increased agency of both staff and students and is an important part of understanding how we prepare for a new future. There will be opportunities for participants to share their own contexts and challenges, consider feedback from the group and devise 'next steps'. This workshop would be valuable for school leaders at all levels who are responsible for pedagogy and/or well-being.

'When students are agents in their learning, that is, when they play an active role in deciding what and how they will learn, they tend to show greater motivation to learn and are more likely to define objectives for their learning. These students are also more likely to have “learned how to learn” – an invaluable skill that they can and will use throughout their lives. '

OECD  Future of Education and Skills 2030.


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


  •  Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes   
  •  The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Student learning outcomes  



Relevant Australian professional standards for teachers

1.  Know students and how they learn

3.  Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning


Key takeaways               

  • a list of resources on the research around agency
  • an understanding of why agency is important and has positive impact on achievement for students and teachers
  • a set of tools and suggestions for structuring the development of agency in a classroom, section, or whole school
  • a possible plan of action for developing agency in your own context.


Presenter information

Dr Darlene Fisher  

For 35+ years, Darlene has been a leader and teacher in schools in Australia, Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, UK and the USA. Her Doctorate focuses on the impact of culture on effective leadership practices. Darlene’s work includes International Accreditation Leader for NEASC. Previously she was Chief Learning Officer at ECIS, responsible for developing and presenting teacher and leader professional development. She has worked with teacher training for Cambridge (CIE), ECIS and mentored heads of school and consulted on curricula and teacher development across Asia, Middle East and Europe.