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Leading by Learning

  • Audience
    Assistant principal
    System leader
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    8.30am - 12.30pm, 2 weeks
  • Mode
  • Fees
    $434.50 Co-contribution

Learn how to collaboratively problem solve and build organisational trust

Every interaction that happens in an organisation impacts on its culture and has the power to either build or reduce trust. When leaders engage in problem-solving conversations, they often do so in ways that inadvertently bypass the cause of problems and reduce trust.

Leading by Learning is designed to teach you a theory and practice called ethical instructional leadership that enables you to make significant progress on the problems of practice that prevent you or your colleagues from achieving their improvement goals.

The workshop introduces a way of thinking and acting which enables you to discuss problems honestly and respectfully, resulting in increased organisational trust, shared commitment to outcomes, and organisational learning.


Designed for those who influence the learning of others, particularly principals and school leaders who wish to be more effective in problem solving.


Developed by renowned education experts Professor Viviane Robinson and Jacqui Patuawa in partnership with Evaluation Associates.

Leading by Learning workshops are delivered by Victorian Department of Education and Training system leaders.

The workshop is delivered online over 4 half days.

Sessions 1 and 2 

You will learn:

  • the theory of Leading by Learning
  • how to use behavioural evidence to display this theory in addressing your selected on-the-job problems
  • the difference between a control-focused and a learning-focused theory of action
  • how to evaluate the extent to which your theory of action is control- or learning-focused.
  • why unlearning control-focused thinking and action is a prerequisite for becoming more fluent in a learning-focused approach.

Sessions 3 and 4

You will learn:

  • how to be more learning-focused in conversations and meetings, through extended periods of practice in plenary, trio or 1:1 groups
  • how to extend your understanding of how to lead and build trust
  • how to integrate honesty and respect in your critical evaluation of aspects of another’s practice.

The facilitators work with live speech recordings and practice to identify gaps between espoused theory and theory-in-use.

Facilitators will provide video transcript examples and will give feedback, and role model best practice using the situations which participants have selected.

Pre-workshop activities:

Prior to the workshop, you will read a professional article on Leading by Learning theory and practice, which will be discussed during the course.

Between Day 1 and Day 2, you will read a second professional article on Leading by Learning theory and practice which will be discussed during the course, You will also be asked to analyse your current practice in relation to the theory introduced on Day 1.

You’ll learn how to:

  • be more effective in problem-solving conversations and meetings
  • reduce the undiscussable issues in your school by building trust
  • make greater progress in collaboratively solving problems of teaching and learning.

Sam Driscoll
Acting Course Coordinator
03 7022 5562



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