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Leading for Impact 2024118F

Nov 20, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

$990 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time 

Wednesday 20 November 2024 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm  

Delivery mode 

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne 


School Leader, Curriculum Leader, Department Leader, Area Leader


Looking to register more than one person? Contact us at isLearn to arrange a group discount for your school. 

We know from research that the biggest direct within-school impact of school leaders is on the culture they create. Indeed, as Leithwood et al. (2019) put it, "school leadership has a significant effect on features of school organisation which positively influences the quality of teaching and learning" and "school leaders improve teaching and learning indirectly and most powerfully through their influence on staff motivation, ability and working conditions". The greatest impact of leadership is then on the culture they nurture within their schools. There are many ways of thinking about culture but perhaps one of the better is through the lens of collective efficacy or the shared set of perceptions that a group can successfully work together to accomplish valued goals. In this session, participants will explore collective efficacy and its enabling conditions for collective efficacy. Perhaps most importantly, they will reflect on how their leadership can nurture collective efficacy in their teams and at their schools. 

Key takeaways 

  • deeper understanding of collective efficacy 
  • strategies for creating a culture of collective efficacy 
  • tools for reflecting on practice to nurture collective efficacy


Presenter information 

Dr. Tim O’Leary 

Dr Tim O'Leary has almost over 20 years of experience in education, software development, consulting, research, and monitoring and evaluation. Tim is also an Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne. Tim began his career as a land surveyor, has worked as an IT Consultant and, after realising the error of his ways, qualified as a teacher in 2003. As an educator, Tim has worked in Government, Independent and Faith-based schools. He has worked across a variety of settings including school, vocational, tertiary, and consultancy. Within schools, Tim's roles have ranged from classroom teacher to school leader; his most recent role was as Director of Learning in an inner-city F-12 school in Australia. As the leader of Educational Data Talks, Tim has worked with schools and government bodies providing research services and advice regarding the reporting of educational data. Tim’s greatest love is working with people to considering how to best use evidence to support school improvement. Tim has published in the areas of data interpretation and analysis, effective score reporting and collective teacher efficacy. He is also obsessively interested in the use of student perceptions of teaching to inform personalised teacher professional development.