About the Institute

The School Leadership Institute (SLI) was established in 2018 to provide leadership development programs and support for current and future school leaders at key points in their career. We offer world-class, evidence-informed and future-focused leadership programs so that our school leaders can focus on the learning of both teachers and students in their schools.

Our vision is to shape a future that enables all educational leaders to influence and impact positively on the learning of teachers and students in our public schools.

Our mission is the provision of world-class, evidence-informed, future-focused leadership development programs and initiatives to make the difference we seek in public education.

Research has shown the direct connection between school leadership, teacher professional learning and improved student outcomes. Excellence in leadership is a crucial factor in determining whether students and schools succeed. It is second only to the in-school effects of high quality teaching

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What we do

The SLI develops programs and resources to build school leadership capacity across the NSW public school system.

These include

The SLI is also working on other development resources for school leaders.

We also offer a range of resources for school leaders, and research into leadership practices and drivers of leadership effectiveness..

The SLI Development Continuum underpins all our programs and is aimed at developing the leadership capabilities of school leaders at each stage of their career. It sets out opportunities for leadership learning through different career stages. At each stage the learning focus is on developing skills, capabilities and mindsets to enhance leadership impact. The continuum also identifies key transition points for teachers and school leaders into broader leadership roles.

Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute

Joanne Jarvis standing in front of a painting
Image: Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute

Joanne Jarvis has been an active contributor to the professional learning of teachers and school leaders throughout NSW over an extensive period of time. Her leadership of professional learning in effective leadership, curriculum and formative assessment has resulted in positive evaluations across NSW.

Joanne has a strong background in curriculum development and school leadership and has been a NSW secondary school principal for 14 years. Joanne is a member of the executive of the NSW Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL). She is a NSW Fellow of ACEL and in 2017, she was honoured to be conferred as a national Fellow of ACEL.

School Leadership Advisory Board

The School Leadership Institute Advisory Board provides independent expert advice to guide the activities of the School Leadership Institute. The department has engaged Emeritus Professor of Education Bill Louden from the University of Western Australia to chair the Board. Ann McIntyre and Dr Simon Breakspear have joined the Board as international experts in leadership development, in addition to representatives from stakeholder groups, who will provide valuable insights regarding the needs of school leaders.

For detailed information on members visit School Leadership Institute Advisory Board.


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