NESLI ​Newsletter

NESLI appoints ten global experts to be part of our International Advisory Board

NESLI is proud to share the details of our new International Advisory Board. The board is comprised of 10 global education experts who will meet on a regular basis to discuss how NESLI’s programs can be made accessible to educators worldwide. A big focus of these discussions will be around making the courses accessible to low GDP countries. 

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Below: Advisory Board Co-Chairs Professor Mike Gaffney and Dr Janet Smith   

International Advisory Board NESLI in text


Exclusive 50% discount to 'Transforming Australian Schools' Conference (until sold out)

NESLI is excited to be presenting a conference on innovations in leadership, wellbeing, culture and community within the context of schools as part of the National Education Summit in Melbourne this August. You can attend the two-day conference for 50% off the standard rate ($350 rather than the standard $700) by entering code NESLI50 at the time of booking. Sessions include:

• Understanding the impact of relationships on school wellbeing

• Exploring adaptive leadership for women in schools: beyond technical responses 

• Growing a school culture that matters

• Communication, rapport and feedback.

More information and to book (remember to use code NESLI50 to receive 50% off the two day ticket): Transforming Australian Schools

QELi and NESLI form partnership to boost professional development opportunities for educators in Queensland and across Australia

The Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) and NESLI are delighted to announce a new partnership to further strengthen educational leadership collaboration by providing greater access to professional development opportunities for educators and school leaders in Queensland and across Australia.

QELi and NESLI will collaborate to co-create blended learning programs for educators and school leaders, leveraging QELi’s expertise in delivering high-impact, quality face-to-face training and NESLI’s experience and proficiency in designing and building state of the art online learning platforms. 

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Interview with Gabbie Stroud about teacher wellbeing

Have you read the memoir Teacher? This recently published book by Gabbie Stroud is an emotive recollection of the first 16 years of her teaching career: how she began, what she has learnt about Australia’s education system and how it broke her heart. A fascinating memoir detailing her perspectives on how we have to put the heart back into teaching. We recently chatted to Gabbie

Gabbie Stroud in text


A message from Joanne Willesee

Joanne is a past NESLI program participant who is now working to establish a brand new school. She sent us this message that she wanted to share with people who may be considering the program: 

"I commenced the Women's Advanced Leadership Program the year after completing my Master of School Leadership and was hesitant as I worried it would be similar, however I was very much surprised. The focus of the course was very much on a personal level from the perspective of ‘me as a leader’.

It provided a great balance of research papers, links to TED talks, exposure to experts in leadership with the need to critically self-reflect. But it wasn’t just about the research. It required me to challenge myself and have honest conversations and deep reflection on how the research might apply to my leadership practice at the time, and what I might aspire to in the future.

"The spaced learning through research, webinars and online discussion forums was excellent. It allowed you time to process the materials, reflect and in some cases apply the learning before the next session. Since completing this course I did another extensive leadership program but still feel the NESLI program was more valuable for my leadership development.

"In the three years after completing the course, I have been successful in commencing my first principal role in establishing a brand new school in the Perth, WA suburb of Hammond Park. I believe the NESLI experience set me on my journey to ensure I engage in ongoing research and readings about leadership and ensure I critically reflect. My professional reading book collection is now enormous, and this was sparked through the sharing from the course. I have regularly recommended this program to other leaders."

Below: Jo Willesee on site overseeing the building of her new school

Joanne in text


New NESLI partnerships to celebrate

NESLI is proud to be entering into system level partnerships that will allow us to further expand the provision of our programs, particularly in the wellbeing space. School leaders and teacher wellbeing is a national crisis in Australian schools and we welcome every opportunity to expand these programs and support Australia’s educators.

A recent partnership with the South Australian Department of Education means we will be able to provide teachers at 150 schools with the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit. Furthermore, a partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga, involving a diocese-wide deployment of the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit, will see even more Australian teachers join the other 7,000 teachers who have already participated in the program.

NESLI has also developed the Principal's Wellbeing Forum in response to the insights and recommendations flowing from Dr Phil Riley's Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey. These programs support principals to better understand and proactively manage their day to day health and wellbeing while increasing social capital levels in their schools.

NESLI has partnered with the Queensland Secondary Principal’s Association (QSPA) where over thirty principals are currently participating in the Principal's Wellbeing Forum. The Association of Independent Schools ACT, in partnership with NESLI, have also co-designed a program aimed at equipping school leaders with strategies to manage emotional demands. The Principals’ Wellbeing Program (PWP) supports principals to manage their emotional demands. Furthermore, NESLI has implemented a program with the South Australian Department of Education as an intervention to enable leaders to adopt strategies that reduce the impact of trauma.

For more information on how NESLI can work with your organisation to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes, please contact Jock Allan, Program Director, at

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