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The VPA provides a range of professional development programs for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders each term. Programs are designed to meet the needs of members, and are run by the Association.

Term 2 2019

 


Applying for Principal Class Positions – Rob Newton and Garry Schultz

This workshop will be facilitated by Rob Newton and Garry Schultz, Field Officers and former principals. It is designed for leading teachers applying for assistant principal positions and assistant principals who are applying for principal positions.

Both Rob and Garry provide advice and support for principals in their role as VASSP Field Officers.

Part 1 – The Application:
  • Composition
  • Addressing the criteria
  • Selection process
  • Impressing the panel
Part 2 – Preparation for interview:
  • Predicting the questions
  • Interpreting questions
  • Structuring responses
  • Presenting your response
  • Preparation tips
Part 3 – The Interview:
  • Mock interviews
  • Feedback on interview performance
Morning tea and lunch provided. 

Date: Thursday 23 July
Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Venue: VPA Office, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

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Avoiding the MPB – Alison Murphy

Alison Murphy was appointed Senior Chairperson of the Merit Protection Boards in March 2019. Alison served 11 years as Principal of secondary schools in the Geelong area with a previous 8 years as Assistant Principal.

This workshop is designed to inform Principals and Assistant Principals about the role of the Merit Protection Boards. The workshop will examine the principles of ‘merit and equity’ while exploring the processes and procedures that can lead to the lodgement of a grievance. The following topics will be covered:

  • Selection processes – ongoing, fixed term, higher duties
  • Personnel decision making – translation to ongoing, leave, probation, managing complaints and everything else
  • How to manage a grievance
  • Your questions answered!

Date: Thursday 25 July
Time: 9.00 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: VPA Office, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

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Optimising Staff Recruitment

Sue Bell and Garry Schultz bring their vast experience to a day that covers everything from the continuum of recruitment, understanding the new key selection criteria, and checking referee reports. Choosing the right person to fill the position of teacher, ES staff or school leader is a crucial decision for schools, so building the necessary skills and understanding is essential.


Topics covered will include:
  • A deep understanding of the new DET selection criteria for teachers
  • Knowledge of how to assess a candidate against criteria
  • Insight into selecting a person who will add to thepositive culture of your school
  • Information on the latest trends in getting the most outof interviews - allowing candidates to shine
  • An ability to ask the right question
  • An answer to the question - ‘Should we have studentson our panels?’
  • Using referees to gain a true picture of the candidate.

Date: Tuesday 6 August
Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Venue: VPA Office, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

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Introduction to Leadership Coaching – 2 Day Program

Who is it for?
For principals, heads of departments, team leaders and anyone in a school or system leadership role.

What are the benefits? 
  • Clear understanding of what coaching is and what it is not
  • Confidence to use the GROWTH coaching framework immediately
  • Practical way of setting and achieving professional goals
  • Experiencing the impact of coaching conversations applied to real schools
  • Workplace topics

Date: Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September 2019
Time: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: VPA Office, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

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Unlocking Potential: Building student learning strengths – Andrew Fuller


This session with well-known Clinical Psychologist, Andrew Fuller, takes the research on positive education and resilience back into classrooms. Neuro-developmental differentiation (NDD) differentiates according to what is strong, rather than what is wrong, to build learning strengths and excellence for all students.

Topics covered will include:

  • Motivation and pleasure in learning
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Number smarts
  • Thinking and logic
  • Perceptual and motor co-ordination
  • Concentration and memory
  • People skills
  • Planning and sequencing
  • Confidence and the resilient mindset for success

Date: Friday 13 September
Time: 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
Venue: VPA Office, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

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Quality Teaching Rounds

Laureate Professor Jenny Gore will be again be delivering the two-day Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) training program. QTR is a structured evidence-based model for peer observation designed to enhance teachers’ pedagogical practice. The Quality Teaching model, a pedagogical model based on a sustained program of research, provides the framework. The training program requires a minimum of three school leaders with classroom teaching duties who have the authority to lead the implementation in their schools.

This is a very popular workshop and there are limited places available. 


Date: Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November
Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Venue: VPA Office, 13–21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

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