Dr Simon Breakspear
Keynote 1

Leading Responsive Implementation

The psychology of helping adults change what they do 

How can we activate other people for change? How can we lead improvements when our staff report being overwhelmed and overloaded? What can we do when our improvement efforts are stalled by cynics and sceptics? In this practical presentation Simon will explore what psychological research suggests is the best way to respond to the resistance that emerges during a school implementation journey. Anchored in implementation and behavioural science research, Leading Responsive Implementation will provide a clear framework to enable leaders to support deep and sustained changes in the professional practices that matter most to their teaching, learning and wellbeing improvement priorities. Together we will: 

    • Examine the challenge of professional practice change
    • Build confidence in harnessing behavioural science approaches to help shift practice
    • Unpack simple and effective strategies for getting unstuck and building momentum
    • Apply practical tools to unlock meaningful progress in the change work you are already committed to
    • Explore what to do when change is hard and motivation is low 

Monday 11 April: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

About Dr Simon Breakspear

Breakspear Learning
Executive Director

Simon is a researcher, advisor and speaker on educational leadership, policy and change. He is the Executive Director of the leadership development organisation Breakspear Learning and Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Gonski Institute for Education. Simon’s educational frameworks and tools make complex ideas easier to understand and act on. His speaking and advisory work has given him the opportunity to work with over 100,000 educators across 10 countries. He is also the creator of Teaching Sprints, an open-source teacher professional learning approach used by thousands of educators across the planet to enhance their expertise and impact.

Simon is passionate about supporting school leadership development at scale. He serves as an expert advisor to the NSW Department of Education School Leadership Institute, the AITSL Leadership Steering Committee and the Ontario Principals’ Council international school leadership program. Simon earned his PhD in education from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and a MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar. Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, and began his work in education as a high school teacher. Simon lives in Sydney with his wife and three young children.

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