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Virtuous Educational Leadership (Webinar) - Viviane Robinson

Virtuous Educational Leadership: Doing the Right work the Right Way by Viviane Robinson


The development of educational leaders requires more than an emphasis on knowledge and skills, because leaders can be knowledgeable and skilful, and still do things for the wrong reasons and from the wrong motives. In this webinar, Viviane Robinson takes a more holistic approach by focusing on the development of leadership character through cultivation of relevant virtues. Virtues are desirable dispositions, and are inclusive of leaders’ knowledge, skills, reasoning and motivations. She focuses on those particular virtues that are critical for excellence in educational leadership. 

This webinar series is based on Viviane’s latest book “Virtuous Educational Leadership: Doing the Right Work the Right Way (Corwin, 2023).  Each webinar is highly interactive, practical, and focused on a few key questions. 

  • What is the right work of educational leadership?
  • How do virtues help leaders do that work in the right way?
  • What is the difference between values, and virtues and why are the latter so much more practical?
  • Which virtues are particularly relevant to educational leadership?
  • How can they be learned?


What will be learned?

By the end of the series, participants will not only understand the nature and importance of virtues but have a clear sense of how to build more virtuous leadership in themselves and their teams.

Who will benefit?

Any educator who seeks to become a more excellent leader, regardless of their formal position or their leadership context, will benefit from the series. Therefore, system, senior, middle and teacher leaders are welcome as are teachers who wish to develop as leaders. 

Webinar #1. Doing the Right Work the Right Way

In this webinar we discuss: 

  • what virtues are, and why they are so practical.
  • how knowledge of the distinctive purposes of education helps us to decide which virtues are critical to doing the right work the right way.
  • the three clusters of virtues that are required for excellence in educational leadership:
    • Leadership virtues
    • Problem solving virtues
    • Interpersonal virtues

Webinar #2 Virtuous Leadership of Educational Improvement

With the foundation laid, we move in the second webinar to showing how the three clusters of virtues are applied to the work of leading improvement – whether at team, school or system level.

Rich examples from different school contexts are used to describe how a structured approach to solving complex problems, combined with problem solving and interpersonal virtues, foster successful improvement.

During the intersession break, participants will be able to reflect on the match between their own approach to leading improvement and that presented in the webinar and be ready to discuss their reflections in the third webinar.

Webinar #3: Being Virtuous in Tough Spots

Much of this webinar is devoted to discussion of situations in which participants find it difficult to be virtuous. One such situation is the provision of critical evaluation and critical feedback. Viviane will provide examples of what virtuous critical feedback looks like and discuss why it is so rare in education. By exploring these examples participants will learn:

  • what makes a situation seem tough.
  • how interpersonal vices prevent virtuous thought and action.
  • what virtuous behaviour looks like in practice.

An extended opportunity is provided for participants to make a plan about how to further develop their virtuous leadership through professional reading, collaboration and practice.

Participants may wish to tune into Viviane's podcast at

Webinar 1  - Tuesday 23 May 2023 - 3.30-5.00pm (Sydney time)
Webinar 2  - Wednesday 31 May 2023 - 3.30-5.00pm (Sydney time)
Webinar 3 - Wednesday 7 June 2023 - 3.30-5.00pm (Sydney time)

Costs (incl GST)  - all registrations include a copy of Viviane's "Virtuous Educational Leadership: Doing the Right Work the Right Way" book! 

All 3 webinars - $327 (ACEL member) / $407 non member
Single webinar - $147 per webinar (ACEL member) / $167 non member

Group Discount (3+) - for entire series of 3 webinars only
$277 (ACEL member) / $357 (non member)

Join ACEL at a discounted 12-month membership fee of $160 (normal price $205) to qualify for ACEL member rates!

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5/23/2023 3:30 PM - 6/7/2023 5:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time

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Tuesday, 23 May 2023

5/23/2023 - 6/7/2023