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Project Wayfinder: Making Meaning for Educator Wellbeing

Ended Dec 31, 2021

Full course description

Delivery mode

Completely asynchronous with modules to be released as you progress through the course.


This learning event is right for you if you are an educator interested in the art and science of purpose-finding and wishing to live a more flourishing life both at school and beyond.


Independent Schools Victoria has partnered with Project Wayfinder and the Stanford Flourishing Project to deliver an innovative learning experience designed to help educators discover a sense of belonging and craft a purposeful life path.

This highly interactive online program has been created in response to research for educators who may be feeling indifferent, despondent, or disenfranchised after a challenging 2020 and guide them into the future.

The bespoke course explores the art and science of purpose-finding as it relates to those wishing to live a more flourishing life both at school and beyond. It will investigate the contemplative, psychological, social, and communal factors that deepen meaning-making.

“Creating purpose and a sense of belonging are two of the most essential elements for people to cultivate for lifelong well-being and flourishing. With their curricula on these topics, Project Wayfinder is shaping the future of social-emotional learning in powerful and necessary ways—I’m truly impressed by their innovative and engaging approach.”

Dr. Aneel Chima, Director, Division of Health and Human Performance, Stanford University

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

  • Staff Employment – Teachers’ requirements

Key takeaways                

  • Understanding of the key emotional, psychological, social and contemplative factors that support purpose-finding and well-being, the basis of a flourishing life.
  • Knowledge of how to apply the tools and skills presented to increase one’s sense of lived purpose, manage stress effectively and enhance overall wellbeing in times of complex change.
  • Reflection on how to construct meaning and purpose in one’s work and life.


Presenter information

Will Hanley                       

Will Hanley is currently Advisor, Innovation Practice at Independent Schools Victoria. Prior to his current role, he taught across a range of subject areas, holding various leadership positions, including Head of Department and Head of House. He has a passion for assisting young people to strive and thrive in multiple endeavours, challenging students to create and collaborate in order to comment on and positively contribute to the society in which they live. Will is a Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment facilitator, and leads Project Wayfinder in Australia, a program that assists young people in developing belonging, purpose and meaning in their lives.



Diane Bourke                 

Diane Bourke is a Project Manager at Independent Schools Victoria after a long career as Head of Junior School. Diane facilitates a variety of projects including Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment, Junior Great Books and Project Wayfinder. She has a passion for reading and learning and strongly believes that a great teacher is one who never stops the quest for collaboration and learning.




Nikki Maguire

Nikki Maguire is an experienced educator, consultant and presenter in primary, secondary and tertiary education across Independent, government and Catholic sectors. She has a passion for the science of learning and inclusive education practices. Nikki has a Masters in Inclusive Education and is a certified International Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment trainer and facilitator, as well as an experienced Dynamic Assessment practitioner. She has worked in learning enhancement, academic coaching, wellbeing and school strategic planning and programme design and delivery.