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The VPA provides a range of professional development programs for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders each term. Programs are designed to meet the needs of members, and are run by the Association.

Term 2 2018



Tough Conversations

We are excited to present once again the professional learning program, Tough Conversations which will be facilitated by Michael Hawton at North Melbourne and Ballarat.


Michael has been a psychologist since 1988 and a former teacher. He has worked as a mediator in the Family Court of Australia. Michael has written two books: Talk Less Listen More and Engaging Adolescents. Most of Michael’s career has involved working with parents and teachers regarding behaviour management. He is the course developer of Tough Conversations, Engaging Adolescents and 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching. 


Tough Conversations North Melbourne

Date: Monday 23 April at VPA Office, North Melbourne

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Cost: $270 members or $300 non-members

Register for North Melbourne here.


Tough Conversations Ballarat

Date: Tuesday 24 April at Golden City Hotel, Ballarat

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Cost: $270 members or $300 non-members

Register for Ballarat here.


Wellbeing Empowering Leaders (WEL) Program

Register below


North Melbourne

Dates: 7-8 May & 11 October 2018

Venue: VPA Office, North Melbourne


Dates: 21-22 May & 18 October 2018

Venue: Lakeview Motor Inn, 286 Napier Street Bendigo


Dates: 28-29 May & 16 October 2018

Venue: Northern Bay P-12 College, 3-25 Goldsworthy Road, Corio

Cost: Members $1,300, $1,750 Non-Members. Small school (150) group discount if 3 principals sign up together $1000 per member or $1300 per non-member.

Principal Class members are critical in the success of a school. Both APPA and VPA believe that you need to take the time to look after your health and wellbeing for yourself, your students, your school and to model effective leadership habits. This three day professional learning program for leaders includes five hours of individual coaching over six months.


Leading e-learning in the Classroom

Date: Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 31 May
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Participants from a VPA member’s school $500 (incl GST) 
          Participants from a non-member’s school $600 (incl GST) 

Book: Click here to register. 

This two part workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Douch. Andrew delivered a highly successful workshop at last year’s conference and is highly regarded for his innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Session 1 – Reclaiming class time for active learning 
Session 2 – Creative uses of reclaimed class time 



Building Our Vision: Creating a shared sense of purpose

Date: Wednesday 30 May

Time: 8.30am-4.30pm

Developing Your Personal Leadership: Practical tools to improve personal effectiveness

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 8.30am-4.30pm

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