87 episodes

This is the podcast for Aspiring, Middle and Senior Leaders in Education. Each week we dive into a topic to talk leadership, strategy, culture and the business of K-12 education to define what success looks like in an educational setting in the 2020's and beyond. Our mission for the podcast is to create the best free professional learning on the internet for school leaders.

Hosted by Mat Irving and Luke Callier.

EdLeaders Australia Luke Callier and Mathew Irving

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 11 Ratings

This is the podcast for Aspiring, Middle and Senior Leaders in Education. Each week we dive into a topic to talk leadership, strategy, culture and the business of K-12 education to define what success looks like in an educational setting in the 2020's and beyond. Our mission for the podcast is to create the best free professional learning on the internet for school leaders.

Hosted by Mat Irving and Luke Callier.

    E87 | Fostering Community & Authentic Leadership with Darren Cox, Principal at Marsden Park Anglican College

    E87 | Fostering Community & Authentic Leadership with Darren Cox, Principal at Marsden Park Anglican College

    In this episode of the 'Ed Leaders' podcast, join Luke Callier and Mathew Irving as they explore the world of educational leadership with special guest Darren Cox, Principal at Marsden Park Anglican College. 

    Discover the transformative journey from teacher to principal as Darren shares invaluable insights on fostering a thriving school culture through community, authenticity, and proactive engagement. From tackling challenges like staff shortages to envisioning a dynamic learning environment for the future, Darren offers profound insights into fostering a thriving school culture. 

    Plus, learn about Darren's forward-thinking approach to addressing education's evolving needs, advocating for well-being initiatives, and fostering meaningful community engagement. Concluding with rapid-fire insights, Darren highlights the importance of impactful professional development and the necessity for educational rules to adapt.

    Don't miss out on this enlightening discussion! Tune in now!

    Highlights:


    (02:47) Darren's journey in education is inspired by the movie "To Sir, with Love."


    (05:43) Reflection on the journey from teacher to leader and the importance of authenticity.


    (08:38) Learning from both positive and negative role models in leadership.


    (11:21) Reflections on learnings from working outside of schools within the education system.


    (13:40)Challenges and considerations in scaling successful programs or initiatives across multiple schools.


    (14:40) Darren's motivation for returning to a school leadership role and founding Marsden Park Anglican College.


    (17:08)Evolution of understanding fit and advice for younger leaders on discerning their fit.


    (19:34) Importance of personal development and self-awareness for leaders to address character tendencies.


    (21:12) The importance of assembling a strong team using sports analogies.


    (22:30) Hiring based on complementary strengths rather than finding someone exactly like oneself.


    (26:23) Creating a joyful and permission-giving culture in the workplace.


    (29:58) The sources of personal leadership inspiration and the importance of challenging the status quo.


    (40:33) Darren discusses creativity in budgeting and the time spent on business management.


    (42:17) Importance of creating a strong profile for recruiting staff in challenging environments.


    (49:53) Aspirations for Marsden Park School in the next five years, focusing on community and values.


    (51:10) Speculations on the future of schooling, including changes in hours and delivery methods.



    Quote:

    "Schools offer a deep sense of community. Relationships matter, and fostering strong connections with students, staff, and parents is at the heart of education." -Darren

    "Leadership isn't just about doing everything everywhere. It's about understanding your strengths, values, and purpose to make decisions that truly align with who you are." -Darren

    Links:

    Website: Marsden Park Anglican College

    LinkedIn: Darren Cox

    You can also connect with us personally at LinkedIn:

    Luke Callier - ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljcallier/⁠

    Mathew Irving - ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathew-irving-b6b91430/

    Special thanks to our partners:

    Other sponsors if we have them..

    Signup to the Edleaders Newsletter: Head on over to edleaders.com.au to hear more about our journey. If you'd like to know more about being a guest or would like to sponsor our show - check out https://www.edleaders.com.au/collabs

    As always if you have questions, feedback, or a suggestion from a leader you'd like to hear from - send us a message! Please remember if you have a spare minute, please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player which will help more like-minded school leaders discover us.

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    • 57 min
    E86| Building Positive Cultures with Dr Adam Fraser

    E86| Building Positive Cultures with Dr Adam Fraser

    In this episode of the ‘Ed Leaders’ podcast, Luke Callier and Mathew Irving are joined by Dr. Adam Fraser, the founder of The Flourish Movement, who touches upon potential future shifts in education, exploring mixed models that integrate remote learning and AI assistance.

    Discover the significance of fostering joy through personal interests, embracing open feedback cultures, and addressing challenges educators face in prioritizing their well-being. Dr. Fraser also sheds light on the pivotal role of self-awareness, humility, and the importance of small daily actions in shaping positive workplace cultures.

    Delve into the practical strategies, including organizational alignment with values, the influence of office staff/administrators, and the value of hands-on learning experiences.





    Special thanks to our partners:

    Peoplebench help take the guesswork out of school workforce strategy & decision-making. Check them out at peoplebench.com.au.

    Paperly - simplifying administrative processes and removing the paperwork for teachers. Check them out at https://paperly.education/







    (03:12) Dr. Fraser's typical week and his focus on writing a book.


    (04:24) Dr. Fraser's writing process and motivation for high performance with balanced well-being.


    (07:07) Challenges of defining outcomes in leadership compared to sports.


    (09:54) Importance of self-awareness, humility, and feedback in leadership development.


    (11:56) Significance of small behaviors in shaping culture and fostering self-awareness in leadership.


    (16:50) Impact of leadership behavior on organizational culture and the journey of personal growth for leaders.


    (18:56) Contagious nature of behavior, influence of leaders on organizational dynamics, and significance of personal development in leadership roles.


    (23:39) Emphasizing the influence of individuals in school environments and the importance of self-awareness.


    (30:25) Discussing the misconception around well-being and the need to integrate it into daily work routines.


    (37:32) Reflecting on societal trends that prioritize constant happiness and the importance of discomfort for personal growth.


    (43:28) Emphasis on fostering a healthy balance between open praise and constructive feedback in organizations.


    (46:06) Prediction of mixed models of education, including remote learning and potential AI integration.


    (47:49) The societal shifts towards prioritizing self-well-being and its impact on education.


    (48:27) Expectations of flexibility in work arrangements for educators, including the desire for remote work.









    You can also connect with us personally at LinkedIn:

    Luke Callier - ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljcallier/⁠⁠

    Mathew Irving - ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathew-irving-b6b91430/⁠



    Signup to the Edleaders Newsletter at edleaders.com.au to hear more about our journey and to level up your leadership game.



    If you'd like to know more about being a guest or would like to sponsor our show - check out https://www.edleaders.com.au/collabs



    As always if you have questions, feedback, or a suggestion from a leader you'd like to hear from - send us a message! Please remember if you have a spare minute, please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player which will help more like-minded school leaders discover us.



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    E85| Tim Watson, Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School

    E85| Tim Watson, Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School

    Welcome to the ‘Ed Leaders’ podcast, where Luke Callier and Mathew Irving sit down with Tim Watson, the principal at Northern Beaches Christian School, who has a remarkable journey in education and leadership. Tim shares invaluable wisdom on the delicate balance of maintaining a passion for teaching while taking on leadership roles.

    Tim dives into the creation of a supportive climate for teachers, emphasizing the pillars of purpose, values, effort, learning, character development, relationships, and opportunities within schools. The importance of authentic feedback and open communication between school leaders and staff members takes center stage in this discussion. Tim also highlights the necessity of setting boundaries and pushing against them to foster growth within the educational ecosystem.

    Tim sheds light on the role of schools in contributing significantly to students' well-being and discusses future trends in education. Rather than predicting specific changes, he suggests focusing on what won't change in the next decade or two.

    Ready to learn more? Tune in now!

    Highlights:


    (01:37) Journey into education.


    (03:14) Key strength of organization in leadership.


    (05:19) Vision for Northern Beaches Christian School.


    (09:31) Nuance of deciding when to consult versus making a decision.


    (10:54) Example of a situation without a fixed opinion.


    (14:03) Discussion about being an extrovert in a leadership role.


    (15:22) Complex situation involving managing students during the Icelandic volcano incident.


    (17:40) Complexities related to court orders, family dynamics, and managing relationships in schools.


    (18:23) Providing feedback in situations where personal and professional connections overlap.


    (19:16) Description of the school community and its informal yet purposeful atmosphere.


    (21:09) Supporting staff and creating a positive culture in schools.


    (27:24) Introduction of PeopleBench for workforce benchmarking in schools.


    (28:53) Discussion on the role of parents in character development and finding the right fit for leadership roles.


    (33:47) School's vision of equipping students for an uncertain future through a love of learning.


    (39:06) Challenges of students to face the transition from student agency to a structured work environment.


    (42:49) "Six in 60 Seconds" segment covering underrated or overrated educational narratives, roles in schools, changing rules in education, a recommended book, and potential podcast interviewees.






    You can also connect with us personally at LinkedIn:

    Luke Callier - ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljcallier/⁠

    Mathew Irving - ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathew-irving-b6b91430/



    Special thanks to our partners:

    Peoplebench help take the guesswork out of school workforce strategy & decision-making. Check them out at peoplebench.com.au.

    Paperly - simplifying administrative processes and removing the paperwork for teachers. Check them out at https://paperly.education/



    Signup to the Edleaders Newsletter at edleaders.com.au to hear more about our journey and to level up your leadership game.



    If you'd like to know more about being a guest or would like to sponsor our show - check out https://www.edleaders.com.au/collabs



    As always if you have questions, feedback, or a suggestion from a leader you'd like to hear from - send us a message! Please remember if you have a spare minute, please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player which will help more like-minded school leaders discover us.
















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    • 48 min
    E84 | Anthony Micallef - Headmaster, Brisbane Grammar School

    E84 | Anthony Micallef - Headmaster, Brisbane Grammar School

    In this episode we chatted with Anthony Micallef, Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School about his journey in education.



    Special thanks to our partners Peoplebench for sponsoring this episode of the podcast, they help take the guesswork out of school workforce strategy & decision-making. Check them out at peoplebench.com.au.


    So... Melbourne friends and colleagues... Dont 🚶‍♂️, just 🏃‍♀️ and join us at the 'G on 8th March from 4.00 pm for a great night of conversation at the School Leaders Meetup, presented by ⁠⁠Toddle - Your Teaching Partner⁠⁠. This will be a jam-packed night that also features some of the titans of education, with ⁠⁠Ian Fairhurst⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Melissa Riley⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Matthew Charles⁠⁠, Dr. Tim O'Leary, ⁠⁠Kirsten Durward⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠Kerry Brown⁠⁠ as well as ⁠⁠Jazz Boutique⁠⁠ bringing the tunes. We're also excited that this event shares the ⁠⁠EdLeaders⁠⁠ passion for making the best free professional development for leaders, and so yes, that means this event is FREE! So what are you waiting for...

    Register now!I look forward to seeing you there - tickets are limited, so get in fast at
    ⁠⁠https://hubs.li/Q02hZ59J0⁠⁠



    Signup to the Edleaders Newsletter at edleaders.com.au to hear more about our journey. If you'd like to know more about being a guest or would like to sponsor our show - check out https://www.edleaders.com.au/collabs



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    • 56 min
    E83 | Winning Strategies - John Buchanan, Former Australian Cricket Coach

    E83 | Winning Strategies - John Buchanan, Former Australian Cricket Coach

    In this episode we chatted with John Buchanan, former coach of the Australian Cricket Team and now author and speaker.



    Special thanks to our partners Peoplebench for sponsoring this episode of the podcast, they help take the guesswork out of school workforce strategy & decision-making. Check them out at peoplebench.com.au.


    So... Melbourne friends and colleagues... Dont 🚶‍♂️, just 🏃‍♀️ and join us at the 'G on 8th March from 4.00 pm for a great night of conversation at the School Leaders Meetup, presented by ⁠Toddle - Your Teaching Partner⁠. This will be a jam-packed night that also features some of the titans of education, with ⁠Ian Fairhurst⁠, ⁠Melissa Riley⁠, ⁠Matthew Charles⁠, Dr. Tim O'Leary, ⁠Kirsten Durward⁠, and ⁠Kerry Brown⁠ as well as ⁠Jazz Boutique⁠ bringing the tunes.

    We're also excited that this event shares the ⁠EdLeaders⁠ passion for making the best free professional development for leaders, and so yes, that means this event is FREE! So what are you waiting for...

    Register now!I look forward to seeing you there - tickets are limited, so get in fast at
    ⁠https://hubs.li/Q02hZ59J0⁠







    Signup to the Edleaders Newsletter at edleaders.com.au to hear more about our journey.



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    E82 | Building Trust in a New Market, Jess Wallis and Chris Pantlin, Veracross

    E82 | Building Trust in a New Market, Jess Wallis and Chris Pantlin, Veracross

    Today's episode, is part of our paid sponsorship with Veracross, and today we’re learning a little more about the people behind the brand new to Australia product, and we have Chris Pantlin and Jess Wallis.

    Chris is a Former teacher, who held a range of management and leadership positions over 10 years working in schools, before making the switch to Edtech 5 years ago and is now currently the Australian Account Executive for Veracross.

    Jessica has spent her entire career in Edtech, predominantly in leading product management and joined Veracross 5 years ago and is now the Chief Product Officer.









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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Des Pilkington ,

Important conversations

This show is contributing some very important conversations to the educational landscape. Keep up the great work guys!

Brayden J Stone ,

Leadership listening must!!!!

Thanks Mat and Luke for bringing us such though provoking ideas. In particular, your conversation with Peter Hutton no longer allows us to sit back and watch the current education system dictate to our current, and future student body. Great work guys.

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