ED-TECH comes to Australia; Rising Team for Schools

The Menzies School Leadership Incubator and Silicon Valley software company, Rising Team are partnering to launch Rising Team for Schools, a platform designed to boost collective efficacy and create high-performing teams in schools. Principals and their teams can use the platform to track efficacy and build engaged, connected and successful teams.

Despite significant investment in leadership development, the school leadership pipeline in Australia is in crisis. The work of the Menzies School Leadership Incubator suggests we need a new approach to leadership that supports school leaders to better manage transformational change and deepen collaborative capacity necessary to cultivate collective efficacy to improve student learning outcomes.

This leadership challenge requires that we think about school leadership in new ways. The increasingly complex and challenging contexts within which schools operate can be more effectively navigated when leaders are focused on deepening collaborative capacity such that schools more efficiently and effectively harness multiple expertise, aligned, and focused on improving student learning outcomes. The education system currently focuses on the development of leaders, however, to build collective efficacy we need to focus on both leader and leadership development, a combination of leadership of self, leadership of others and leadership of systems.

The Menzies School Leadership Incubator aspires to contribute to the systemic changes required to build a pipeline of well-equipped school leaders to lead increasingly challenging and complex school contexts; ultimately improving the learning outcomes for all Australian students. The Incubator has an explicit focus on increasing the capability of leaders to build collective efficacy.

Launched in 2019, the insights generated through the Incubator invite us to consider new ways of working and reorienting our thinking about leadership in the education sector.

To learn about our progress, please view our latest Impact Report: “School Leadership that Cultivates Collective Efficacy” and watch the recent webinar with special guest Laureate Professor John Hattie.

We invite you to connect, join and collaborate with us as we continue to develop and pilot a new approach to school leadership.

Recruitment of the 2023 Rising Team for Schools – Pilot Cohort

It is with great pleasure we introduce the following outstanding school principals who have been selected to participate in our 2023 Rising Team for Schools – Pilot Program. With a successful recruitment process conducted across Australia, we identified these individuals as possessing exceptional potential, and we’re honored to have them on board.

  • Cliff Powys – The Southport School, QLD
  • Giselle Talbot – Marist College Bendigo, VIC
  • Annette Rome – St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar, VIC
  • Deb Cox – Nundah State School, QLD
  • Leslie Tilbrook – St Philip’s College, NT
  • Michelle Cotter – Avila College Mt Waverley, VIC
  • Joshua Moore – Flinders Island District High School, TAS
  • Glenn Forbes – Forest Lake State School, QLD
  • Fiona Stevens – Tamborine Mountain College, QLD
  • Angela Drysdale – St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, QLD
  • Kylie Bruce – Camira State School, QLD
  • Nick Scully – Kolbe Catholic College, VIC
  • Kate Fogarty – Assumption College, VIC
  • Anthony Boys and Chhaya Narayan – Marist College, NSW
  • Anne Stout – Port Melbourne Secondary, VIC
  • Carolyn Blanden – Warakirri College, NSW
  • Sean Butler – Preston High School, VIC
  • Sunyl Vogt  – Mypolonga Primary School, SA

They will each receive:

  • Access to the Menzies School Leadership Incubator insights and network to support their leadership journey to build collective efficacy in your school.
  • Participation in the Rising Team for Schools Pilot
  • A facilitated peer-to-peer network to support their leadership journey
  • PLUS a $2.5K bursary toward their leadership journey

For further information on this opportunity, please view: Menzies School Leadership Incubator: Rising Team for Schools – PILOT STUDY INFORMATION SHEET 

2023 Menzies Orator

The Menzies Foundation is delighted to announce American Technology Executive, Jennifer Dulski will be joining us in Australia in August 2023 as the Menzies Orator. Jennifer Dulski, is the CEO & Founder at Rising Team, Faculty at Stanford GSB, Board member and bestselling author of Purposeful.

Jennifer Dulski has a wide range of executive experience including leadership roles at Facebook, Google and Yahoo!, and founder, CEO and president roles at early stage and scaling startups.

More information to come.