Professional Development Opportunities

by | Mar 29, 2017 | Bush Voices

There are a number of exciting professional development opportunities for rural and remote educators on offer. Below is an overview of such professional development opportunities.

CEP Professional Development Opportunities:

The Country Education Partnership has developed a range of professional development opportunities focused on rural education leaders and educators and they include:

  • “Enhancing Education Opportunities through Clustering and Partnership”

Facilitated by Maggie Farrar, May and August (three regional locations). maggie presenting

Maggie Farrar will work with rural school clusters to enhance and improve the learning opportunities for students and staff in rural and remote education settings via collaborative approaches. Maggie has extensive experience in supporting education organisations in developing collaborative approaches to enhance opportunities for both students and staff.

Click on the following link for more details: Maggie Farrar 2017 Program Flier (2)

  • “Making a Real Difference to Student Learning”

Three forums located across Victoria (including Wodonga, Mildura and Gippsland) will be facilitated by Sir John Jones.


High calibre, inspirational, deep thinking and engaging are just some of the ways educators have described being in the company of Sir John Jones when he discusses education and how best to ‘make a difference to student learning’.

Sir John Jones is keen to share his personal stories and experiences, highlighting how educators can make their biggest impact and positively make a difference to student learning.

Click on the following link for more details and to register: Sir John Jones 

  • UK Education Leaders Benchmark Tour: “Establishing a Culture of Improvement” UK flag

Country Education Partnership will once again offer an Education Leaders Benchmark Tour to the United Kingdom to explore how education communities (especially rural communities) have developed strategies and approaches to improve student learning opportunities and outcomes for their children and young people.

Click on the following link for more details:Overseas Tour Brochure UK 2017 (6)

  • Canada Education Leaders Benchmark Tour: “

canada flagThe Education Leaders Benchmark Tour to the USA and Canada will be focused on building the education leadership capacity across rural and remote learning communities. The tour will involve a combination of visits to schools, involvement in high quality conferences and forums, and meetings/forums with key people involved in education improvement and development.

Click on the following link for more details:  Overseas Tour Brochure America 2017 (1)

 Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership:

Through its partnership with Bastow Leadership Institute to support them in ensuring that the programs, forums and opportunities that are provided through them are accessible to rural and remote communities.

  • Bastow Professional Development Programs:

The Bastow Institute of Education Leadership has recently released their program offerings for Term II, and they can be accessed through the link: Bastow PD Programs – Now Available.Bastow Institute

In addition, Bastow is offering two “Bastow Changemakers” programs in rural/regional setting this year – one in Warnambool and one in the Latrobe Valley.  For more information on this program, click on the link: Bastow Changemakers

Australian Education Union:

  • AEU Principal’s Conference: “Leading an Inclusive School”

The AEU is hosting their annual Principals Conference to be held on Friday, 28th April, with a dinner being AEU logoavailable on Thursday, 27th April.

The conference theme of “Leading an Inclusive School” will have a number of key presenters including, Ms Gill Callister, Dr Tim Soutphomassane, and Graeme Innes, AO.

The conference will be held at the AEU offices in Abbotsford.

For more information, click on the following link: AEU Principal’s Conference

Future Connections Conference:

  • Future Connection 2017: Rural & Regional Schools Conference

This conference aims to provide an opportunity for educators in rural and regional schools to connect and share their knowledge and experiences, learn of initiatives taking place across sectors, discuss the future of education in the rural and regional context, learn from the research around youth health and wellbeing in rural and regional settings and continue in the development of outstanding school leaders.

The conference will be held on the 28th and 29th of April in Moama, NSW.

For more information, click on the flier: Future Connections Flyer