Leading Improvement in Your School: Making It Happen
with Vic Zbar & Pamela Macklin


21 May 2021
Rydges Melbourne
8.30am - 15.30pm AEDT

Workshop Cost

Non Member - $330
ACEL Member - $300

Combine and Save*

*Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership

Group Rates (3+)

Non Member - $315
ACEL Member - $285

ACEL is proud to partner with Vic Zbar and Pamela Macklin who will be presenting their Leading Improvement in Your School: Making it Happen day-long workshop in May 2021. This workshop is for leaders with responsibility for whole school improvement. It is suitable for individual leaders but also sees significant benefit for leadership teams who can work together on identifying where their school is at and how different strategies can be implemented to complement your school improvement plan. Participants will also look directly at the makeup of leadership teams and how they can work together to achieve best results. Looking at school improvement for teachers will also feature with a focus on how they can work together.

In light of the events of 2020 which continue to today, schools are having to review and revise  their annual and multi-year plans. This workshop can support this process through looking at the different stages of school improvement, including assessing where your school is currently, and how your staff can act as a team in order to achieve improved outcomes.

Vic Zbar

Vic Zbar has extensive consultancy and project management experience and is recognised internationally for his writing on education and a range of education reports. Prior to the establishment of Zbar Consulting, Vic was the Assistant Director of Human Resources in the Victorian Department of Education, having earlier been principal adviser to the Chief Executive, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the work of most aspects of the then Office of Schools. He is a widely-published author in both education and management and is the author of the best-selling Managing the future, and its sequel, Key management concepts.

More recently Vic co-edited four volumes of Leading the education debate, published by the Centre for Strategic Education (CSE), and co-authored Better schools, better teachers, better results, published by ACER. He has written numerous articles and papers, and recently authored Leadership to make things happen in your school also published by the CSE.

Pamela Macklin

Pamela Macklin has held a number of senior positions in Australian education, including Deputy CEO (Professional Resources) at the Australian Council for Educational Research and Deputy CEO of Curriculum Corporation. She is an experienced senior executive, coach, teacher, education consultant and writer. Pamela has significant experience in the development and management of major community and education projects. Her interests lie in leadership coaching, the management of organisational change and improvement, educational policy, curriculum, assessment and school improvement. Her national and international work has focused on education reform and has included the development of policy and implementation strategies in areas such as ICT in education, literacy, numeracy, studies of Asia and gender equity.

Pamela is an experienced company director and has held several positions, including Chair, on not-for-profit Boards.

Driving School Improvement - Second Edition

'You will find no book that is as thorough and helpful for improving one's school on an ongoing basis.' - Michael Fullan.

Driving School Improvement: Practical strategies and tools is designed to support school leaders in practical, adaptable and context-specific ways to advance their school’s improvement journey. The focus of the book is implementation. A broad collection of tools, activities and proformas are provided, which have been used successfully in a range of schools. School leaders can begin at their school’s point of need and select the path that is most valuable to their setting.



“This program offered an opportunity to identify what is most important and where to start in leading a school towards improved teacher practice. This excellent presentation provided a clear framework and some practical tools to use in the process.”

Kerry Chipchase
Principal, Lesmurdie Senior High School

Vic Zbar recently presented virtually for QELi on his new book “Driving School Improvement”.  The presentation was outstanding with lots of practical examples for leaders.  Vic engaged the participants through detailed research while imparting this knowledge into bite sized pieces that leaders were able to connect with and develop into a plan of action.  I would recommend this workshop to any educational leader who is looking for proven actionable strategies that can be implemented tomorrow.

Chris Thomas
Director of Programs at the Queensland Educational Leadership Institute (QELI)

"The master class was very affirming of the work we have already done in this space since attending the Leading School Improvement program. It energised the team to keep the focus on what matters most – teaching and learning. It was a valuable investment of our resources."

Sharon Lyon
Deputy Principal, Ashdale Secondary College (NB: Sharon is now principal at Belridge SHS)

“This professional learning was excellent. Vic outlined how to ‘diagnose’ an improvement agenda, lead a team and pursue best practice to broaden and deepen our knowledge and skills. The self-assessments, tools, processes and case studies provided were a great way for us to share strategies and reflect upon current practice and plan for improvement.”

Aaron Young
Principal, Hillman Primary School (NB: Aaron is now principal at Bibra Lake PS)