Pre-Conference Master Classes

Master Classes – January 8, 2023

Take your knowledge to the next level!

The ICSEI 2024 master classes provide intensive, hands-on opportunities to discuss and debate ideas, evidence, practices and strategies.

The sessions allow ICSEI 2024 participants not only to learn from leading international experts, but also to bring in their viewpoints, share their experiences and raise questions regarding their own work. 

To provide congress delegates with flexible registration options, the masterclasses run on the Pre-Conference Day: Monday, January 8.

  • Morning Sessions will run from 09:30-12:00
  • Afternoon Sessions will run from 15:00-17:30

Participants must be registered for the congress in order to register for a Masterclass. The registration fee is $75 AUD for each Masterclass. 

The following Masterclasses are confirmed for Monday, Jan. 8, 2024

Morning Sessions (09:30 – 12:00)

Data-informed Decision Making in Professional Learning Networks: Data teams and students

Cindy Poortman and Kim Schildkamp

How can we increase student learning in our school? How can we enhance the wellbeing of our students? How can we improve the information literacy of our students? Data can help answer these types of questions. An effective way to use data to improve education is via data teams (professional learning networks (PLNs) engaged in data use). Collaboratively addressing challenges and ambitions by using data helps teachers and school leaders (and students) to better address students’ needs. Although results in terms of teacher learning and practice are promising, the use of data in data teams does not automatically lead to school improvement. In this masterclass we will describe what successful data use (in data teams) looks like….more information 

The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are…and How Can We Help Them Belong?

Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley

We are living and working in a time when identity is all the rage – literally as well as figuratively. Identity politics, cancel culture, parents’ rights, teachers’ plights. How do we recognize and include all young people’s identities and honestly address the injustices and exclusions that many groups of young people and their families face without getting drawn into culture wars of accusation, indignation, guilt, and shame? How can we do the right thing without silencing ourselves for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing? This workshop takes off from the brand new, controversial book by Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves on The Age of Identity….more information

Afternoon Sessions (14:00 – 16:30)

Designing and Leading Professional Learning Networks

Andy Hargreaves and Danette Parsley

Engaging educators in meaningful and impactful collaboration through professional learning networks (PLNs) is an increasingly common—and potentially effective—strategy for innovation and improvement in schools. It is a popular strategy for a reason: we know that teachers are the most important within-school factor that affects student learning and achievement, and teachers working with teachers is key for advancing professional capital and transforming classroom practice. But do all PLNs reach their full potential and achieve their desired outcomes? Not necessarily. That’s where an intentional design (or re-design) approach can help. In this masterclass….more information

Creating the Conditions for School Belonging

Kathryn Riley and Julia Dobson

“Belonging is that sense of being somewhere you can be confident you will fit in, a feeling of being safe in your identity and at home in a place”.

Working out how to grow school belonging is a compelling activity! It’s compelling because when belonging is a school’s  guiding principle, more young people experience a sense of connectedness and friendship, perform better academically, and come to believe in themselves. Their teachers feel more professionally fulfilled and their families more accepted.

In these uncertain times, we all want to be known and seen for who we are. A sense of connectivity and belonging in school sets young people, up for life, yet growing numbers feel marginalised or excluded.

Join us in this mutual learning space, designed to help you:  

  • Share your understanding of the bigger picture .. by dipping into the evidence; looking through the ‘Prism of Place and Belonging’; & deciding on ‘first principles’;
  • Make sense of what you see .. through our ‘Belonging’ World Café;
  • Develop your engaged scholarship .. by taking account of the voices of professionals, stakeholders (including young people & their families) & researchers….more information

Cross Cultural Perspectives on Positive Leadership and School Improvement

Mohammed Elmeski and Karen Seashore

This session will explore the potential for Positive School Leadership (POS) perspectives to contribute to educational scholarship and practice in different national and regional contexts.  POS is based largely on scholarship carried out largely in North America, and focuses on leadership behaviors that are grounded in particular values and assumptions about adult relationships, organizations, and their consequences for individual educators and school teams (Murphy & Louis, 2018).  However, articulated and implicit value systems and preferred relationships in work settings are highly variable between countries (Hofstede, 2001)….more information