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Welcome to the latest issue of the PAIge

Issue 4: May 2018

PAI-CEO-Paul-Geyer.gifWelcome to The PAIge, your monthly update from Principals Australia Institute.

In this edition you will find out more about a new professional development offering from PAI - the Effective Educator, a one-day workshop on integrating effective teaching strategies, plus we profile other PD workshops which are being delivered across Australia: Leadership Coaching and Teacher Wellbeing.

Do you know a principal who has shown outstanding commitment to professional learning for both themselves and their team? I encourage you to nominate them for a 2018 John Laing Award via your relevant principal association before June 30 – you will find the details you need below. One of the 2017 recipients, Trudy Moala of Grace Lutheran Primary School, was recently profiled in an Education Review piece, which you can also read below.

We hope you enjoy this edition of The PAIge.

Paul Geyer

Chief Executive Officer


PAI News

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 John Laing Awards for Professional Development. The annual awards acknowledge principals in every state and territory who demonstrate outstanding leadership in providing professional learning in schools.

The Awards were set up in 2004 in honour of John Laing, a former Tasmanian school principal worked for PAI (then the Australian Principals Association Professional Development Council) in 1993. He was the driving force behind the first cross-sectoral professional learning projects for all principals in Australia, and was a pioneer in recognising excellence in educational learning for school leaders.

For details, including forms and how to nominate someone via the relevant principal association, please visit the PAI website.
The classroom teacher plays a pivotal role in a student’s academic achievement and engagement and what the teacher does and say has a significant impact on a student’s resilience and sense of efficacy.

The Effective Educator workshop provides the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own teaching strategies and interactions with others to evaluate their own effectiveness as educators. Participants will explore the mindset of an effective educator, and how this supports student engagement and wellbeing. PAI is committed to the provision of learning opportunities that inspire and inform Principals, school leaders and teachers.

This is a new workshop that is due to commence in August 2018. For more information about this workshop call PAI on 08 8394 2100.

PAI in the media

Education Review had an in-depth chat with Trudy Moala. Trudy has led primary schools for 24 years. Starting her career in Adelaide as a primary school teacher, her life took an intrepid turn when she travelled to the Kingdom of Tonga to teach English. She’s since worked in Japan too, but it’s Queensland that she calls home. In 2017 Trudy was awarded The John Laing Award managed by PAI for Professional Development.  

You can read about the great insights Trudy has gained over her years in the education sector here in on the PAI website
The Educator asked Principals Australia Institute CEO, Paul Geyer, about a series of new workshops in Adelaide that will help principals drive a culture of high performance in their schools.

"One of them, the Driving Performance Workshop, enables school leaders to promote and sustain quality team performance." Read the full article, 'How you can drive performance in your school', on The Educator's online publication.

With just over two months to go have you purchased your ticket to the The Educator Leaders Summit? PAI's Financial Strategies for Schools PD partner - Paul Campey from Resolve Consulting will be presenting on 'Strategic and financial planning for school leaders' and our CEO Paul Geyer will also be at this event chairing the Leadership Stream.

Find out more about our Financial Strategies for Schools workshops here.


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.

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Coaching can have a real impact in shaping a culture of challenge and support to enable effective student learning outcomes, yet many leaders find coaching conversations to be difficult, too time consuming, or don’t feel confident enough to use the coaching approach and too often avoid them altogether or defer to the limitations of the ‘telling’ approaches.  

Principals Australia Institute (PAI) invites principals and school leaders to participate in Leadership Coaching, a professional learning opportunity to develop coaching skills. We are proud to have partnered with Coach Studio (led by founders Inta Sellick and Megan Fraser), a South Australian based business with a global reach. Coach Studio provides the following: leadership and executive coaching, ‘Leader as Coach’ programs, group coaching and facilitation and creating a coaching culture. You can also read more about how leadership coaching can bring benefits for principals, staff and their students in a recent article published by The Educator, here.


More than 1 in 4 Australian teachers suffers from emotional exhaustion after starting their careers and expect to leave the profession within the first 5 years of teaching.  One of the major reasons for higher levels of stress and burnout includes tougher emotional conditions than they expected, coupled with a lack of wellbeing support and preparation. 

Principals Australia Institute (PAI) has developed the Teacher Wellbeing workshop. It will give teachers a shared understanding of what wellbeing really means and strategies to support them to take immediate action, as well as plan for the long term.

For more information about our Teacher Wellbeing workshops, please visit our Events Calendar, or call PAI on 08 8394 2100.


Articles of Interest

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A range of practical tools will be available on the Child Safe Organisations website in mid-2018. Initially, these will include: an introductory self-assessment tool for organisations, an organisational Charter for Commitment to children and young people, an online safety checklist for organisations and a guide for parents and carers. Read more about these tools in the Child Safe Organisations e-newsletter.


A UK study has found "10% of ten-year-old girls reported spending one to three hours a day (compared with 7% of boys) and this increased to 43% of girls at age 15 (and 31% of boys)" on social media.

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Top 10 STEM education tips for schools
First published by The Educator


“As ACER’s director of research development and quality assurance, Dr Michael Timms, recently pointed out, Australia’s “unbalanced and fragmented” STEM curriculum is leading to declining interest among students.”


Pastoral Care: Reviewing staff wellbeing
By Leanne Lester and Donna Cross (first published by Teacher Magazine)


“In their Teacher article Pastoral care: A 10-step plan, Leanne Lester and Donna Cross discuss the need for schools to carry out regular reviews of pastoral care policies, program and practices. Here, they look in greater depth at Stage 2 – reviewing staff wellbeing.” 

PAI's Teacher Wellbeing workshops equip teachers and school staff to develop a resilient mindset and problem-solving strategies in and out of the classroom and our Principal Wellbeing workshops address current health and wellbeing issues for school leaders. 


PAI Resources

Stock up on resources for Term 2 from PAI's online shop:

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.