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Welcome to the latest issue of the PAIge

Issue 2: March 2018


Welcome to The PAIge, your monthly update from Principals Australia Institute.

PAI is pleased to be celebrating its 25th year anniversary. From our beginnings in 1993, originally known as the Australian Principals Associations Professional Development Council (APAPDC), we have been providing professional development support to principals across Australia. In 2018 we continue our commitment to you to provide programs and services that will help strengthen schools and improve student outcomes. I’d like to thank you for your support over the years which has been momentous for our organisation to continue providing quality services for principals and school leaders.

In this edition we also update you on our latest professional development programs and share some news on some upcoming events which will include presentations from PAI. The Managing Student and Staff Wellbeing in Schools Seminar – 23 May 2018 and The Educator – Leaders Summit, 17 August 2018.

We hope you enjoy this edition of The PAIge.

Paul Geyer

Chief Executive Officer


PAI News

Professional Development

Principals Australia Institute can provide consulting and support in your areas of strategic need. We’ll help you develop successful strategies for your school, through our professional development workshops and consulting services. Our staff and partners are experienced in diverse facets of school management, including:
- whole-school wellbeing
- schools and the law
- media training
- financial management
- driving performance
- and leadership coaching

For more information about our professional development courses, please visit our Events Calendar to find a workshops near you or contact Principals Australia Institute on 08 8394 2100 or email us.

PAI 25 Years logo
Principals Australia Institute this year celebrates 25 years of service (1993 – 2018). PAI was first established as the Australian Principals Associations Professional Development Council (APAPDC) in 1993 at the national conference of the Australian Principals Associations to provide support for principals for their own professional development.

PAI in the media

Leadership Coaching

The Educator asked Principals Australia Institute CEO, Paul Geyer, how leadership coaching can bring out benefits for principals, staff and their students. “We’re encouraging principals to reflect on their roles as educational leaders and consider whether their effectiveness and stressors could be supported by an experienced coach, and if they are also effective coaches for their teams” – Paul explains.

Principal Certification

The Australian Principal Certification champions exemplary educational leadership and elevates the professional standing of principals in the community. It recognises the unique role of principals in improving the quality of learning and teaching in schools. Submit your expression of interest now and take the next step in becoming a Certified Practicing Principal…

Financial Literacy

Schools have many areas to manage and keep things working smoothly and efficiently.  Sound financial management in schools is integral to a school operating at its best. Financial Literacy for Schools is an interactive workshop that provides Principals, School Leaders and Business Managers with basic accounting and financial management principles and strategies.

Managing Students and Staff Wellbeing

Education Review will provide the tools principals, school leaders and teachers need to better manage their own workloads and student anxiety and depression in its upcoming seminar, Managing Student and Staff Wellbeing in Schools. PAI’s own facilitator on ‘Principal Wellbeing’ Lynne Symons is one of the experts presenting at this event.

Leaders Summit

The Educator is pleased to announce the inaugural Educator Leaders Summit, Sydney on Friday 17 August. This is an event not to be missed comprising of two separate conference streams focusing on the themes of leadership and education law. Our CEO Paul Geyer will be chairing the Leadership Stream and our Financial Literacy PD partner Paul Campey from Resolve Consulting will be presenting on ‘Strategic and financial planning for school leaders’.

School Libraries

School libraries: miracles and madness

By Jacqui French (published by Schools Catalogue Information Service)


Originally published in the Term 1, 2018 edition of SCIS’s Connections. Jackie French writes about the need for qualified, experienced and compassionate teacher librarians in schools. 


PAI Resources

R3 Relationships

100 practical activities for fostering a positive classroom culture. Themes for a range of age groups include: friendship, helping and cooperating, building bridges, the calm centre and dreaming big.

L5 Leadership workshop

A professional development resource for leadership and aspiring leaders, constructed around the evidence-based L5 framework. This new edition is packed with practical reflective activities for leadership development using current research and can be used across a range of contexts within school settings and beyond.