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Instructional leadership: Creating practice out of theory 2023096W is a Course

Instructional leadership: Creating practice out of theory 2023096W

May 31, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

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Date and time 

Day 1: Wednesday 31 May 2023, 9.00 am to 11.00 am 

Day 2: Wednesday 19 July 2023, 9.00 am to 11.00 am 

Day 3: Wednesday 25 October 2023, 9.00 am to 11.00 am 

Delivery mode 

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event 


Principal, Senior Leader 



Instructional leadership is one of the most researched forms of leadership, but very little practical insight into how to implement it exists, and many leaders struggle to put it into practice. Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. will take the research behind instructional leadership, and dive deeper into six areas that are crucial to practices that lead to instructional leadership.  

That deeper dive involves breaking instructional leadership into six distinct parts, which are; implementation, focus 4 learning, instructional strategies, student engagement, efficacy, and evaluation of impact.  

Leaders will learn the six areas of instructional leadership and be provided with time to consider practical ways to implement each one, which also includes understanding implementation science, regardless of whether people are in-person, hybrid or remote. 

The structure of the program is as follows: 

Session 1 - Instructional Leadership & Implementation

Session 2 - Focus for Learning & Student Engagement

Session 3 - Instructional Strategies, Efficacy & Impact


Key takeaways  

  • information about the research supporting instructional leadership which will help them think differently about the way they approach faculty meetings, PLCs and learning walks
  • greater understanding of why credibility plays an important part in our ability to be instructional leaders
  • ways to implement them model using a program logic model
  • strategies about where to focus attention when it comes to learning using knowledge dimension research
  • deeper understanding about the research around student engagement that leads to alienation, and what we can do about it focusing on how to hear students, and use that to guide leadership practices
  • strategies to lead through discussions that focus on high-leverage instructional strategies, and use those strategies to model instruction during staff meetings
  • greater understanding of the role of efficacy in leadership practices. Whether it’s self-efficacy, leader self-efficacy or collective leader efficacy, we will focus on using the research to guide our discussions of learning, race and student engagement to help defy the myths behind them
  • tools for collecting evidence of impact and reflective practices to understand how instructional leadership plays a part in their roles in school by using a framework for learning 


Presenter information

Dr Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) was fortunate enough to have been a K-5 teacher for 11 years and a principal for 8 years where he grew as a learner and leader.  

For more than 8 years now, he has been facilitating professional learning nationally, and internationally, based on the content of many of his best-selling educational books.  

DeWitt's areas of expertise are instructional leadership, developing collective efficacy among leadership teams, and fostering inclusive school climates.  

Peter's articles have appeared in educational research journals at the state, national and international levels. His many books including Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening the Impact of Instructional Leadership teams have been translated into numerous languages.