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Leading with intention: unlocking deeper collaboration and driving results 2024113F

Aug 27, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

$990 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time 

Tuesday 27 August 2024, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm 

Delivery mode 

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


School leader 


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Leaders often engage in strategies that result in little impact. They become activity-rich and impact-poor. In this engaging learning event facilitated by Michael Nelson and Peter DeWitt, they will model how leaders can develop internal and external self-awareness, foster human interconnectedness as a school community, and engage in a reciprocal transfer of learning that will help further a deeper social-emotional and academic impact on student learning. 

Key takeaways 

  • actions to take to develop internal and external self-awareness to understand how to find a balance between management and instructional leadership, and build the professional capacity of school personnel
  • understanding of the important elements of human interconnectedness that will help create a community of care and support for students, as well as meaningful engagement of families and community
  • greater understanding of the important elements that create a culture of learning for self, students, and colleagues
  • tools and understanding of the role of technological advances such as AI to help support my leadership moves.

Presenter information


Peter DeWitt  

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) was fortunate enough to have been a K-5 teacher for 11 years and a principal for 8 years where he grew as a learner and leader. For more than 8 years now, he has been facilitating professional learning nationally, and internationally, based on the content of many of his best-selling educational books. DeWitt's areas of expertise are instructional leadership, developing collective efficacy among leadership teams, and fostering inclusive school climates. Peter's articles have appeared in educational research journals at the state, national and international levels. His many books including Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening the Impact of Instructional Leadership teams have been translated into numerous languages.

Michael Nelson 

There is no more noble profession than that of an educator was what Michael Nelson’s mom said almost every day while he was growing up. For almost 40 years, Michael has been an educator. His mom would be pleased.  Even though Michael still considers “teacher” as his  primary title, he has served in roles of principal, district instructional leader, superintendent, and currently as assistant executive director developing programs and initiatives for superintendents and district leaders in the state of Washington.   One foundational leadership value in which Michael leads is the development of a kind, compassionate, and empathetic culture rooted in belonging and equity. He describes his leadership work as building human connectedness, recognizing you must always model what you lead as you build teams of individuals supporting students in their learning.  Michael has received many state and national awards during his time as a principal and superintendent. As a principal, he was acknowledged by Pacific Lutheran University as its Outstanding Recent Alumni in 1997. At the same  time, the school he was leading as principal received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education.   As a superintendent, he was named Washington state’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year. During his tenure as superintendent, Michael was elected President of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) by his peers.   While WASA President, he was one of two superintendents in the nation selected to participate in the Embark Program facilitated by the United States Navy. He spent time on the USS Ronald Reagan learning from all levels of the men and women serving on this aircraft carrier.  He also has received the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Educating the Whole Child Award.  

Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards  

  • School governance – Philosophy ​
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes ​​