Leading School Transformation


Educational leaders recognise the importance of preparing their students for the future. Teachers need to be providing students with the skills and knowledge required to be successful in the rapidly changing world. Research identifies the need for schools and students to change the way learning occurs.

The Leading School Transformation program supports participants in learning then implementing change processes in their workplace through the 4Cs approach (creativity, critical reflection, collaboration and communication).

ACEL is coordinating a four day face-to-face program with developers and facilitators Dr Michael Anderson and Dr Miranda Jefferson. Participants in the program become active change agents in their schools or systems by learning about and implementing the 4Cs approach over a three month period.

“This program provided me with the skills and strategies to put innovations in place at my school.”


System leaders, including directors, Principals, Deputy Principals, Head Teachers and Leaders are invited to register.

Participants will develop:

  • An understanding of their own and their school’s readiness for transformation.
  • A practical and contextually applicable understanding of how the 4Cs can drive school transformation
  • A working introduction of how the 4Cs can be implemented through collaborative leadership.
  • Opportunities to make plans for transformation and reflect on the initial stages of the implementation of those plans


  • Workshop 1: 2 days face-to-face
  • Three months in workplace, includes project implementation and School visit to school implementing 4C transformative leadership
  • Workshop 2: 2 days face-to-face.


  • Leading Transformation through the 4Cs: Participants will learn about the 4Cs approach and how it applies in schools
  • Implementing the 4Cs for School Transformation: Participants will engage with frameworks and tools for implementing the 4Cs
  • Planning for Collaborative, Creative, Critically Reflective and Communicative Transformation: Participants will plan for change in their schools using the 4Cs
  • Reflection on the Transformation Journey: Participants will reflect on and review the transformation journey in schools
  • Developing a Renewed Agenda for Change: Participants will develop and implement strategies for sustainable change using AIFER (Agency, Inquiry, Feedback, Experiential/Embodied and Rich tasks)
  • Understanding School Transformation: Participants will view change at a policy, practice and research level

The content of the workshop has a firm foundation in the most recent change management research, and demonstrates clear links to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals – Professional Practices.

The workshop is highly practical with significant time for planning and implementing the skills and knowledge in the workplace.


Day 1

  • Reflecting on the realities of schools transformation (including a discussion of The School Disposition Wheel).
  • The role of agency and a 4Cs approach to schooling. What effective 4Cs practice looks like on the ground.
  • Sessions will cover:
    • A thought experiment: Are schools equipped for transformation?
    • The creativity cascade: Mapping the contours of transformation
    • Diving deeper into learning and how it is integral to 4C transformation of schools

Day 2​

  • Implementing the 4Cs for school transformation
  • Leading school transformation: plans for collaborative, creative, critically reflective and communicative transformation (for report back on day 3)
  • Steps to transformation. Developing driving questions and inquiry methods for transformation
  • Session will cover:
    • Stories of transformation at the chalkface
    • Collaboration for pedagogy and practice.

Inter-workshop content
Monthly check-ins on progress for 3 months
School visit to school implementing 4C transformative leadership

Day 3 (3 months later)

  • Reporting on the journey so far – presentations iof action Inquiry
  • A school leader’s perspective: the challenges and opportunities of transformation
  • Strengthening transformation through AIFER (Agency, Inquiry, Feedback, Experiential/Embodied and Rich tasks) and critical reflection.

Day 4

  • Developing a roadmap for change: applying strategies and frameworks in school transformation
  • Understanding and leading transformation: a plenary

“This program has given me the tools to transform my workplace in new and exciting ways. The framework and tools are practical and very useful.”


Dr Michael Anderson
Dr Michael Anderson is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has taught, researched and published in education and transformation for over 20 years including 13 books and 55 book chapters and journal articles. Michael is co-founder and academic leader of 4C Transformative Learning and presents internationally to schools and other groups on transformation, creativity and learning. His international research and practice focus on how the 4Cs can be integrated using coherent frameworks to make learning meet the needs of 21st Century learners.

Dr Miranda Jefferson
Dr Miranda Jefferson is co-founder and innovative practice leader of 4C Transformative Learning and has been involved in leading innovation in schools for over 20 years. She leads programs, initiatives and research in curriculum reform, educational change and school transformation in several schools. Miranda has taught curriculum learning and teacher professional practice in the Education Faculty at the University of Sydney, and has been on the Arts Curriculum advisory board for ACARA.


Workshop 1 (2 days): 31st May - 1st June 2018 (Sydney)
Workshop 2 (2 days): 30th - 31st August 2018 (Sydney)

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: $1850 inc GST (travel and accommodation costs not included) 

Completing Leading School Transformation program will contribute 24 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.3.4, 6.3.4, and 6.4.4. from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead Level Accreditation in NSW.