CEP Professional Development Opportunities for 2015

The Country Education Partnership is facilitating a number of quality professional learning programs and activities throughout 2015.

A brief outline of these is detailed below:

1.  0-18 Years Learning Education Leaders Tour

IMG_8243The Country Education Partnership has had a long history of supporting P-12 education settings, whether that be through one site education settings, or clusters of schools working co-operatively in providing such learning.

In addition, CEP has been working with similar organizations in other states (eg Area Schools Associations within South Australia and District High Schools within Western Australia) to support the provision of education within such settings.

Central to this work was the research project undertaken by CEP in 2006 looking at the impact of such educations settings on student learning opportunities and outcomes.

With the number of P-12 education settings growing within rural across Victoria and other states, CEP is facilitating an education leaders activity for principals, assistant principals and education leaders from such settings or clusters during 2015.

For 2015, CEP will be working with the Area Schools Association of South Australia in providing an “Education Tour” throughout Victoria and South Australia visiting settings where exempla practice exists. In addition, there will be a number of facilitated discussion forums throughout the tour exploring the full potential -18+ education settings provide both educators and students.

Theme:                      0-18+ Learning – The Real Potential

Duration:                Up to 10 day tour visiting education locations in both Victoria and South Australia

Dates:                        TBC, but suggestions are that it occurs towards the end of Term II in 2015.


  • A number of school visits to clusters or education settings providing innovative 0-18 learning across Victoria and South Australia;
  • Focused discussions exploring the real potential that 0-18 years learning settings provide.
  • Considering the outcomes and result of the P-12 Education Research undertaken in 2006.

2. Rural New Graduate Tour to New Zealand

CEP tour 016CEP has facilitated two overseas tours for new graduates (up to four years qualified) over the past four years – offering a tour each two years.

In 2015, CEP will facilitate an expanded program to support interested rural new graduates during 2015. This program will involve:

  • a number of face to face, and online, discussion forums for those involved within the program;
  • offer to attend any forums that CEP facilitates;
  • the involvement in a 10 day tour program to New Zealand which will include:
    • involvement in the world renowned ULearn conference
    • visits to a number of schools providing exciting and innovative learning programs and;
    • discussion with key educators.

Dates:  Proposed Dates being 6th October to 16th October 2015 – Dates to be confirimed when the ULearn Conference is finalized.


  • Contemporary learning
  • Personalised learning
  • Use of digital learning
  • The design and use of learning spaces

Venues:                     A variety of schools throughout New Zealand.

Costs:                         Still to be finalized (dependent on conference registrations, etc) but will be approximately $3,500 – $4,000.

3. Rural Education Leaders Program

Phil Canada 024Country Education Partnership has organized a couple of tours to Canada for Education Leaders throughout rural and remote communities. In 2015, CEP is currently putting together a twelve month program for a group of education leaders from rural and remote communities.

Theme:                      Building the Capacity of Education Leaders within Rural Communities

Program Overview:                                    

  • Involvement in a high quality leadership program in partnership with private industry;
  • Involvement in ongoing discussions through a combination of online and face to face forums supported by a highly qualified coach.
  • Involvement in a two week tour to USA and Canada which will include:
    • Participation within The Quest Conference in Toronto – with presenters such as Fullan, Hargreaves, etc;
    • Visits to a number of education communities where leadership has had a significant impact on student learning;
    • Focus on learning communities that utilize collaborative practices to provide learning;
    • Meeting with leading educators in a range of discussion forums.

Dates:             The program will operate throughout 2015, with selection of participants being undertaken during Term I; involvement in the leadership program during Term II and Term III; ongoing discussions throughout the year; the overseas tour to align with The Quest conference, Toronto, Canada which is normally held in November (final dates will be confirmed early in 2015).

Cost:                 To be finalized, but it is hoped that the Dattner leadership program and the coaching support will be funded, thus leaving the cost of the overseas tour (including the conference registration) as the only costs for participants.  Final Costs are expected to be in the vicinity of $8,000.

4. Education Leaders Tour to UK

IMG_1265Dates:   Late in Term III

Who For:     Teams of education leaders from rural learning communities

Following the great feedback and success of the Rural Education Leaders tour to Europe over the past four years CEP will once again host a 16 day education leaders tour to Europe and the UK.

This years tour will encourage teams from a learning communities, or clusters, to participate – at least 2 education leaders.

Under the general banner of “Establishing a Culture of Improvement” the tour will focus on the key areas of:

  • building and sustaining collaborative partnerships and alliance
  • contemporary learning approaches
  • collaborative leadership
  • collaborative autonomy

The tour will have three key elements:

  1. Pre Tour Forum: participants will be involved in a facilitated workshop that will “set the scene” for the tour as well as identify an area of focus that participants will undertake with their “learning community team” through an Action Research framework.
  2. The Tour: participants will be involved in visits to education settings who have implemented approaches and strategies that have resulted in improved teaching and learning and student learning outcomes, as well as being involved in forums and workshops with internationally recognized educators.
  3. Post Tour: participants will be expected to develop a report of the learning’s gained from the tour and explore how they can contribute to, and enhance, learning opportunities and outcomes within rural and remote learning communities into the future.