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Leading effective action-research cycles is a Course

Leading effective action-research cycles

Starts Oct 12, 2020

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Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 13 October 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm   


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are a principal/senior leader wishing to drive continuous improvement using effective frameworks across multiple areas within a school


Every school leader is focussed on school improvement, with the term ‘continuous improvement’ used frequently.  What does this look like in practice?  How can an explicit improvement agenda be actioned in an effective and deeply understood way across varying areas within the school?

This one-day program aims to assist senior leaders in designing action-research cycles unique to the rhythm and context of the school to ensure that continuous improvement is part of the natural work of everyone in the school community.

Participants will:

  1. identify an area of school improvement relevant to 2021
  2. understand the key features of action-research cycles
  3. be provided with an action-research framework that can then be applied for their context
  4. create a plan for implementation in 2021.

The recommendation that, ‘data are used in building a culture of self-evaluation and reflection across the school’ from The National School Improvement Tool provides an aspiration for leaders. This course provides a supported approach to make it happen.

Key takeaways                

  • provision of an action-research framework
  • greater understanding of the role action-research plays in continuous school improvement
  • identification of an action-research cycle applicable for your unique context
  • an action plan for 2021 implementation

Presenter information

Karen Milkins-Hendry

Karen Milkins-Hendry is Dean of The Development Centre at Independent Schools Victoria. Her 26 years working in schools included leadership experience that spanned across pastoral and academic areas with extended periods as Acting Principal. This background provided valuable strategic skills and experience to bring into both the development and implementation of leadership programs. With a teaching background as broad as Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry through to VCE Theatre Studies, Karen relishes her current role of engaging with the broader educational community with a view to providing evidence-based support to the unique improvement journey of schools. 

Michael Noonan

Michael Noonan is the Manager, Research Programs at Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). Before joining ISV, he was a senior consultant at Phillips KPA where he led numerous national research and evaluation projects spanning the schools, vocational education and training and university sectors. Michael has conducted research with all Australian governments and consulted to most Australian universities. He is a skilled social researcher and policy analyst specialising in the policy and program evaluation, strategy, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Michael holds a first class honours degree from the University of Melbourne.