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Developing leadership agency is a Course

Developing leadership agency

Mar 9 - Mar 10, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


This learning event is right for you if you are an educator seeking to empower those in your team, at any level of the school


Agency is an essential skill for leaders to enable in their staff and student learners. This one-day workshop will provide a combination of theory, shared experience and practical steps to develop agency in the learning community. The workshop has three purposes:

  • to explore the global research on the important aspects of agency and their benefits to student achievements and community wellbeing
  • to examine ‘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
  • to consider real life challenges and possible ways of addressing them. 

There will be opportunities for participants to share their own contexts and challenges, consider feedback from the group and devise their next steps. This workshop would be valuable for school leaders at all levels who are responsible for pedagogy and/or wellbeing.

School communities thrive within a culture of shared and respected agency for change deeply connected to school mission and vision.

Key takeaways              

  • clarity about what agency is and what it is not (not a licence to do whatever you want)
  • access to research about the importance of agency
  • strategies for developing agency among staff
  • clarity about the link between staff agency and staff supporting agency with students
  • a draft plan for developing and implementing agency in one aspect of your school.

Presenter information

Dr Darlene J Fisher

For over 35 years, Dr Darlene Fisher has been a leader and teacher in schools in Australia, Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. 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 learning. Darlene has worked with teacher training for Cambridge, ECIS, and mentored heads of school and consulted on curricula and teacher development across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.