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Unlocking and mastering the power of the Core + Task in leadership 2023103F is a Course

Unlocking and mastering the power of the Core + Task in leadership 2023103F

Starts May 10, 2023

$1,900 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Day 1: Wednesday 10 May 2023, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

Day 2: Thursday 11 May 2023, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


School Leader, Curriculum Leader, Senior Leader, Deputy Principal, Principal

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Join Dr Liz City for a 2 day masterclass that will take you from unlocking the power of core analysis and task through to mastering the strategies to deepen learning.

Day 1: Unlocking the power of the Core and Tasks in your leadership

You know that learning is at the heart of our work, and yet amid the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and multiple distractions of everyday leadership, how can you actually improve learning? In this session, we will focus on diving into the instructional core, which is essential for any leadership of learning with tasks as a key driver. We will investigate why task matters and then practise the how by analysing tasks for both children and adults to increase focus on what is most important. You will leave this session with a sharper focus on tasks and why they matter at every level of schools and school systems as well as some key questions and skills for engaging colleagues in using tasks to drive and impact learning. Liz will also share some of her evolving thinking about the instructional core. Hint: it involves fractals!

Day 2: Mastering Task, deepening learning

You have some understanding of the instructional core and tasks. You’ve practiced analysing tasks. Now what does it look like to integrate that understanding and skill with your everyday practice? How can you apply that understanding to everything you do, and thus deepen learning? In this session, we will invite you to bring tasks from your own context and workshop those tasks with colleagues. What kind of learning would you predict from that classroom, from that teacher team meeting, from that leadership team meeting? How well does that prediction match your aspiration? What might you do to clearly and consistently use tasks to drive hoped-for learning for the children and adults you serve? We will also discuss common dilemmas and questions, as well as your particular dilemmas and questions around task.             

Key takeaways              

  • acquisition of skills, tools and habits that support powerful learning
  • deeper understanding of the importance of instructional core analysis
  • greater understanding of the role of tasks to increase focus on what is most important
  • sharpened ability and strategies to analyse tasks and predict learning based on task at multiple levels of a school (classrooms, teacher meetings, etc.)
  • deeper understanding of task and how to not just analyse tasks, but shift them closer to hoped-for learning
  • developing a collaborative practice rooted in tasks
  • tools and ideas to take back to your school. 


Presenter information

Dr Elizabeth A. City        

Elizabeth City is Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where she is Executive Director of Reach Every Reader and recently served as Director of the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program. Liz has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and consultant, in each role focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential. She is currently focused on accelerating the development of equitable, learning-rich environments.


Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards 

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes