The 2018 program has concluded. The 2019 program will be announced soon.

Masterclass for Principals and School Leaders

G9 Education presents Master Classes for Principals and school leadership teams. G9 is a consortium of highly experienced educational consultants working to improve schools and schooling.

The Master Class has been designed to give school leaders practical guidance about how to design, align and implement key school improvement reforms. The sessions focus on; outlining the role of the school leader in promoting and sustaining school improvement; key levers within schools for generating improved performance; identifying the stage of development of your school and improving the quality of teaching and professional learning.
The program has a school-wide focus and will outline proven practices for getting whole-school curriculum right; getting staff performance right; and getting whole-school teaching right. The content is derived from a well-established evidence base and will focus on how to re-engineer current core schooling processes and practices to produce significant school-wide improvement. Presenters will explore practical ways of looking at taken-for-granted approaches that may no longer represent best practice.
Key topics include:

Participants will be challenged by the latest research explaining why schooling needs to be transformed and participate in sessions that build the case for and provide the strategies to:

  • build a positive view of students, teachers and schools by focusing on curiosity, engagement and empowerment (Session 1 with Wayne Craig)

  • manage, monitor and embed a school-wide approach to sustaining the implementation of high impact classroom practices (Session 2 with Peter Cole)

  • focus staff performance on the things that really matter (Session 3 with Ross Kimber)

Session 4 with Chris Wardlaw will be hands-on using tested evidence-based tools that support leaders and teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • collecting real-time data on high impact leadership and teaching practices

  • interpreting and reflecting on data to pinpoint those practices that are working well and those that need improving

Registration – $295
Catering includes: Arrival, Morning Tea and Lunch
Group bookings are available & all prices are inclusive of gst

Session 1:

Speaker: Wayne Craig
Former Australian Vice President for McREL
Former DET Regional Director of the Northern Metropolitan Region from 2005-12

Wayne Craig

Wayne Craig


9:30am – 10:40am

Reach (and teach) for the Stars: An optimistic approach to school improvement 

Session overview:
Wayne will address five key questions:

  • How do we build a positive view of students, teachers and schools?

  • Why must we move away from ‘back to the future’ and lowest common denominator policy approaches?

  • How can we build literacy for now and the future not just the past?

  • Why do we need to focus on curiosity, engagement and empowerment?

  • What are practical ways for ensuring thinking, understanding and learning occurs in schools?

Morning Tea

10:40am – 10:55am

session 2:

Speaker: Peter Cole
Former DET Senior Executive

Peter Cole

Peter Cole


10:55am – 12:05pm

Never Ending Capacity Building

Session overview:
Peter will address three key questions:

  • What’s wrong with the conventional professional learning model?

  • What professional learning model guarantees improved school-wide teaching practice?

  • How do we implement an effective, on-going, team-based and school-wide professional learning model that deeply impacts on classroom practice?


12.05pm - 1.05pm


Speaker: Ross Kimber
Former DET Regional Director of the Eastern Metropolitan Region

Ross Kimber

Ross Kimber


1:05pm – 2:15pm

Getting Your Staff Performance Right

Session overview:
Ross will address three key questions:

  • What can good teacher performance and development do?

  • What are the processes for setting, reviewing and providing effective feedback on performance goals?

At the end of this session leaders will know how to focus staff performance on the things that really matter.

session 4:

Speaker: Chris Wardlaw
Former Deputy Secretary Department of Employment and Training, Chair of VCAA Board

Chris Wardlaw

Chris Wardlaw


2:15pm – 3:25pm

Generating Whole School Improvement

Session Overview
Chris will facilitate a hands-on session that enables participants to experience using and reflecting on a range of school improvement tools that they can use when back in their school.

At the end of this session leaders will have used real time data gathering tools that monitor:

  • instructional leadership practices

  • the quality of their school’s performance and development processes

  • classroom management practices

  • a real time monitoring tool to conduct a deep inquiry into classroom instruction practices


Conference close

3:25pm – 3:35pm