Leaders Library
with Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley



Dates

Webinar 1 – 9th Sep 2021
Webinar 2 – 16th Sep 2021
Webinar 3 – 7th Oct 2021
Webinar 4 – 14th Oct 2021
Webinar 5 – 21st Oct 2021


Series Cost

Non Member - $440
ACEL Member - $390

Combine and Save*
$550
*Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership


Group Rates (5+)

Non Member - $400 pp
ACEL Member - $350 pp

We are delighted to welcome Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley as they open ACEL’s Leaders’ Library series with their recently released book Five Paths of Student Engagement: Blazing the Trail to Learning and Success.

"There is nothing trivial about engagement. Join us, as together we will explore what engaging with learning may or may not mean today. We will reveal the approaches that have proved successful, some of which may surprise you".

Come and unpack and explore the chapters within. Grounded in psychological and sociological theory, Andy and Dennis will cover each facet of engagement, including recommendations of practical approaches for classroom instruction, school leadership and educational policies.

“We’ve structured the 5 Leaders’ Library sessions to roughly follow the sequence of the book, but not exactly. We want to provide numerous opportunities for participants to reflect on their own experiences and challenges, that we will build into each and every session with a clear structure for everyone to follow. This will allow us to get into the core ideas and practices quickly and with real depth of understanding.”

And so, to begin….
Prior to each session, we encourage you to read the relevant chapter(s) and consider your responses to the questions posed in each descriptor.

Andy Hargreaves

Andy Hargreaves is Director of CHENINE (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education) at the University of Ottawa, and President of the ARC Education Project that brings together Ministers and senior leaders from 7 nations committed to humanitarian goals in education.

His latest book is his memoir of social mobility, of growing up and being educated in a working class community and a redbrick university in the North of England. *Moving* is published by Solution Tree.

Andy has delivered invited addresses in more than 40 countries, the majority of US states and all Canadian provinces and Australian states.

Dennis Shirley

Dennis Shirley is Duganne Faculty Fellow and Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College in the United States. Dennis dedicates his life to the improvement of teaching and learning for students so that they may flourish wherever they may be. He has conducted research and led professional development workshops for teachers, principals, and affiliated staff in 30 nations in 6 continents and his work has been translated into many languages. He led the Massachusetts Coalition for Teacher Quality and Student Achievement for 7 years and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change for 7 years as well. He is the author of many books that are popular with educators, including The Mindful Teacher and The New Imperatives of Educational Change.

Dennis has worked with educators around the world to help with clarifying their challenges, identifying promising strategies, and implementing and assessing change. He is skilled at breaking down ill-defined problem sets to establish ambitious goals that can be attained with persistence, creativity, and dignity. Combining cutting-edge research with high levels of engagement for the educators charged with educating the young on a daily basis, Dennis is highly sought-after because of his respect for teachers and administrators and his enjoyment of the pleasures involved in working with students to improve their learning.

Dennis holds a doctoral degree from Harvard University.  In addition to his appointment at Boston College, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Bosch Foundation in Berlin. His newest book with Andy Hargreaves is entitled Five Paths of Student Engagement: Blazing the Trail to Learning and Success.

Each Webinar will include:

•  Pre-session opportunity to send questions to Andy and Dennis
•  Q&A time during the session using the Chat Bar
•  Online live with Andy and Dennis
•  ACEL Webinar support team
•  Journal Articles for pre-reading and to review later

Attending the Webinars

You will be emailed a personal link to each webinar the day prior to the event. It is advised that you attend the webinar 10 minutes before commencement to avoid missing any content.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected] or call 02 8396 0800.

Webinar 1:
What's happening to engagement?
(Preface and Chapter 1)


Date:
Thursday 9th Sep 2021


Time:
9.30am [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
9.00am [SA]
9.30am [QLD]
9.00am [NT]
7.30am [WA]
11.30am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Why does it matter? What's the relationship between achievement and engagement? What's the state of the world and our schools that's making kids turn off and tune out? What happened to engagement during COVID-19 in Australia and elsewhere? How do we get it back?

Click here for additional pre-reading.

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Webinar 2:
What are some of the common misunderstandings about engagement?
(Chapter 3)


Date:
Thursday 16th Sep 2021


Time:
9.30am [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
9.00am [SA]
9.30am [QLD]
9.00am [NT]
7.30am [WA]
11.30am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Is engagement easy or hard to see or to notice? What are some of the myths of engagement that may only be part of the answer but that are sometimes overinvested in? Here is where we often will get stuck in on issues of relevance and deep learning, technology and digital, and fun and happiness.



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Webinar 3:
What are the enemies of engagement that are getting in the way of helping our kids?
(Chapters 4 and 5)


Date:
Thursday 7th Oct 2021


Time:
9.30am [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
9.00am [SA]
9.30am [QLD]
9.00am [NT]
7.30am [WA]
11.30am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

How can we avoid these enemies, minimize their effects, or eliminate them altogether? Here we will talk about testing, NAPLAN, and standardization; lack of belonging due to isolation, separation, competitiveness between schools and sectors; narcissistic individualism, helicopter parents, and streaming; disempowerment and student voice; and digital distraction.

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Webinar 4:
Five Paths. The way out.
(Chapters 2 and 6)


Date:
Thursday 14th Oct 2021


Time:
9.30am [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
9.00am [SA]
9.30am [QLD]
9.00am [NT]
7.30am [WA]
11.30am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Here, we go back to Chapter 2 to look at psychological theories and what they can and cannot tell us, integrated with a more socially aware approach we have taken so far. This is where we will explore how to develop intrinsic motivation; how to cultivate a sense of purpose and importance; and how to build belonging with people who are similar and are near at hand and kids who are different and far away. We will discuss the realities of enough empowerment (but not too much); and we will address mastery as not just a set of incremental gains but rather as a way to challenge young people to be able to create true masterpieces of their own in their chosen area of learning.



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Webinar 5:
The way forward.
(Epilogue)


Date:
Thursday 21st Oct 2021


Time:
9.30am [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
9.00am [SA]
9.30am [QLD]
9.00am [NT]
7.30am [WA]
11.30am [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

What's next for our kids? Where are the opportunities and challenges for their engagement with learning? Here is where we can also take any questions about what it's like to work together, write a book, get engaged ourselves with the issues and with each other, in collaboration. What keeps all of us engaged as adults, not just for a moment or two, but over the course of a lifetime?

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