Issues and Insights
An exclusive 4-week webinar series for WAPPA members
This series is a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues and thought leaders of significant topics for educational leaders.
Webinar 1 – Kristen Douglas
Thursday 24 February 2022, 11:00am AWST (2:00pm AEDT)
Social, Emotional, Relational Leadership
School leaders are leaning into understanding social neuroscience and the importance of relationships, communication, empathy, psychological safety and trust. It’s the soft skills that will have the most powerful effect in 2022. This session will explore micro and macro behaviours of contemporary school leaders leading in complex times. This session will also focus on using reflective practice and contemporary leadership skills in developing, growing, and stretching school teams in 2022 and post COVID-19.
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Webinar 2 – Andy Hargreaves
Thursday 3 March 2022, 7:00am AWST (10:00am AEDT)
Wellbeing in Schools: Three forces that will uplift our students in a volatile world
The pandemic afflicted our students and teachers with terrible problems. But it also woke us up. Wellbeing moved from the back of the school bus into the driver’s seat. For seven years, my colleague Dennis Shirley and I worked with educators in 10 districts to study how they were rolling out wellbeing strategies. This webinar will share what we’ve learned from this work – not just about why we need to place more emphasis on wellbeing, but how to do it, and how to approach it with more depth and challenge too.
- How should schools address the ill-being caused by too much testing and examination.
- What ethical strategies should they adopt to manage and monitor digital harms like excess screen-time.
- How can wellbeing and academic success be brought together rather than being dealt with by different people in separate compartments?
- Is there a trade-off between wellbeing and academics? Are some effective pedagogies just not very joyful?
- What does it mean for wellbeing to be spiritual, physical and societal, in nature and not just psychological?
Wellbeing shouldn’t just help children be calm and resilient as individuals in a bad world. It should also rouse them up to envision and build a better world together. These are some of the themes this webinar will address.
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Webinar 3 – Pasi Sahlberg
Thursday 10 March 2022, 11:00am AWST (2:00pm AEDT)
Growing Up Digital: Towards digital wellness for all
Digital media and technologies have become an integral part of our lives. In the post-pandemic recovery, it is obvious that how we live, learn and work will be increasingly defined by available technologies. With these significant advancements also come challenges and risks: How to enjoy these benefits without jeopardising our wellbeing, health and relationships. This session will draw from the global Growing Up Digital study. Using findings from Australia as a basis, Pasi will offer an optimistic look at the current situation of young people growing up in a digital world and explore practical ways to improve digital wellness for all of us.
Webinar 4 – Tracey Ezard
Thursday 24 March 2022, 11:00am AWST (2:00pm AEDT)
Ferocious Warmth Leaders: Elevate positive ripples with the head and the heart
The context we have lived within for the past two years has strengthened our understanding of what really matters in our leadership - that connection and relationships are critical for deep problem solving and collaboration. Trust and psychological safety are must haves, not just nice to have. Ferocious Warmth leaders forge these connections as well as cultivating authentic and deep collaborative staff learning environments. They have focussed on both results and relationships, culture and strategy to lead their schools through the most tumultuous time in education. This session will highlight the key elements of the ferocious warmth leader and ways to elevate your positive ripples.
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