Introducing the Inaugural NESLI advisory board

NESLI is extremely proud to share the 10 global experts who have been selected to make up NESLI’s International Advisory Board.

The group will meet on a regular basis to discuss how NESLI can ensure they are providing world class leadership programs and wellbeing support to teachers, principals and schools globally. A key focus will be ensuring that the programs are accessible to schools in low socio-economic areas world-wide.

Co-Chair’s Dr Janet Smith and Professor Mike Gaffney are joined by Professor Stephen Heppell, Professor Jan Heystek, Mr Antti Ikonen, Dr Bernadine Futrell, Dr George Odhiambo, Professor Gu Qing, Professor Jim Spillane and Professor Allan Walker.

Professor Mike Gafney and Dr Janet Smith

Co-Chair's of the board, Professor Mike Gaffney and Dr Janet Smith

Dr Smith said of the board: “NESLI is proud and delighted to announce the establishment of its new International Advisory Board, which consists of a diverse range of renowned global educational leadership experts who will provide us with strategic advice about our programs.

“The Advisory Board will assist us to explore important issues including equity and inclusion, gender, principal/teacher wellbeing and contemporary global challenges such as the education of refugees. It will be an honour for me to co-chair this advisory board with such an outstanding group of educational leaders.”

Professor Gaffney added: “The NESLI International Advisory Board brings together experts in educational leadership from across the globe. 

"Their collective experience in research, policy and practice relating to the principalship, school improvement and education system transformation is unrivalled. This will enable the board to provide authoritative and contemporary advice to assist in the design and delivery of NESLI programs for school leaders.

"NESLI’s priority is providing readily accessible, needs-based, futures-focussed professional learning for the next generation of school leaders in ways that are customised to local settings. The board will play a key role in advising on the development of leadership programs that will make a difference, particularly in addressing the needs and challenges facing educators in low GDP countries."

Professor Gaffney added: "These are exciting and critical times in education – globally and locally. The identification, development, and support of school leaders is paramount. The International Advisory Board is ideally positioned through its professional and academic networks to supporting our work in encouraging quality practice and inspiring futures for school leaders across the world."

NESLI National Director Damien Farrell said of the development: “NESLI is extremely excited to be entering this new phase in our global growth. We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of all educators, all around the globe, and to providing educators with internationally acclaimed leadership development opportunities.”

The board will meet for the first time this month.

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