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Leading culturally diverse communities: challenges and opportunities 2022077F is a Course

Leading culturally diverse communities: challenges and opportunities 2022077F

Jun 6, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022

$670 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 7 June 2022, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are a teacher, middle level leader, or principal working in diverse communities.


Every school is becoming more culturally diverse, both the student and staff community. Leadership challenges include leading people with varied beliefs, values and expectations about what quality education looks like. This workshop has three purposes. First is to explore global research on school leadership in culturally diverse communities and how that is relevant to Australia. The second purpose is to explore how effective leadership is context driven, and to explore tools which provide guidance on effective leadership practices which could be relevant for individual school communities. The final purpose will be to consider real life contexts and possible ways of addressing the challenges of leadership in these communities, whether a classroom, staff room or whole school community. There will be opportunities for participants to share and explore their own contexts and challenges, consider feedback and devise the ‘next steps’.  This workshop would be valuable for leaders of any culturally diverse community of staff, students and parents.

Quotes from particpants in leadership workshops focused on impact of culture:

‘We have been talking a lot about how culture impacts expectations of leadership and contrast different leadership styles – so just being able to ask the right questions about communication, about working with bilingual and multilingual learners, those are some of the ways I think it has impacted my leadership.’

‘Assumptions and strategies that we use as leaders coming from a western background do not always work in a variety of different cultural contexts’

‘One leadership approach is not better than another – just more right for a particular situation – flexibility and adaptability is key’

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

  • School governance – Philosophy                                                                                                           
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment                                                                          


Key takeaways               

  • understanding of how different societal cultures have different assumptions about leadership and learning
  • knowledge of which behaviours are most often effective in leading culturally diverse communities
  • understanding of how to balance one's own values and culture with the needs and values of those we lead in order to lead effectively
  • a variety of resources to support further exploration of the topic.


Presenter information

Dr Darlene Fisher           

For 35+ years, Darlene has been a leader and teacher in schools in Australia, Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, UK and the USA. 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 development. She has worked with teacher training for Cambridge (CIE), ECIS and mentored heads of school and consulted on curricula and teacher development across Asia, Middle East and Europe.