UNLOCKING THE TRUTH ABOUT STUDENT PERFORMANCE
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS
Key concepts covered: This Professional Development is designed to guide schools through some of the contemporary research and practice about student performance. The work centres around three factors that enable students to become their best. It will also share useful ways of applying the concepts of growth mindset, grit and wellbeing, to help students THRIVE. During his presentations, Luke outlines relevant research through stories, shares case studies of schools who have taken action and made an impact, and gives real life examples and practical take aways from his own experience as an Assistant Principal and as Director of Unleashing Personal Potential. This workshop is an awesome opportunity to learn, reflect, grow, share and take action on helping students THRIVE.
Program Options (Choose from 60 minute sessions, up to a full day with your staff):
Session #1- Thriving with growth mindsets (with a focus on neuroplasticity and creating a culture of stretching).
Session #2- Getting gritty (Application: effective target setting, habit formation, getting out of the learning dip and deliberate practice).
Session #3- Helping kids flourish with wellbeing practices (Application: gratitude and active listening).
Session #4- Implementation plans and support- how to implement at your school.
Session #5- Positive Education practices- research and application for embedding into the life of the school.
Presenter: UPP founder, Luke McKenna is an educator and author who specialises in working with schools to build growth mindsets, grit, wellbeing and leadership for all students. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as a classroom teacher and school administrator. Luke has worked with educators and students across Australian Primary and Secondary schools from the Independent, Catholic and Public sectors. He holds degrees in Business and Education, a Masters of Educational Leadership, and a Professional Certificate in Positive Education. Luke has spoken at The Positive Schools Conference; Griffith University's Professional Development Network Conference; and ACU's Advisory Conferences in Canberra and Brisbane. His work has been published in the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, Happy Schools and The Positive Times.
If you would like to host an open workshop at your school, or arrange PD for your staff, please contact us to discuss options.
Participant comments about UPP PD days
"A great day of learning!" Brad Fox- Principal- Burpengary State School
"Very much enjoyed listening, learning and sharing. Great work." Marita Frazer- STL&N- Varsity College
"I got a lot out of the whole day and particularly enjoyed the balance between key points, research and stories as examples." Brenda Carige- Enhancement Teacher- St Patrick's College, Gympie
"I found it all useful. The chance to listen, discuss, work with others, reflect, share ideas and experience practical aspects really heighten the learning experience." Berni Sligar- Middle Years Coordinator- Brigidine College, Indooroopilly
"A great presentation. Most enjoyable and educational." Paul Pengelly- Prinicipal- Murrumba State Secondary College
"Loved all of it. Fantastic!" Bernadette Toohey- Year 7/8 Pastoral Leader- St John Fisher College
"I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the day. It was extensive, easy to understand and very useful. I really enjoyed the mixture of data, examples and hands on activities. I cannot wait to begin to implement." Ria Thompson- Teacher- Burpengary State School
"Very interesting and helpful. The most productive PD day!"
"A great PD packed with positive ideas that can be put into practice."
"Luke's presentation offered a lot of variety and was well paced to keep me interested. I appreciated the research, relevance and authenticity. I have since shared some of the insights from this PD with a particular year 8 class who is struggling with essay writing- it was like the light turned on for them, we can fail, but we'll learn, don't be afraid to work hard."
"Practical tools to help me with my everyday teaching, and an understanding of how to go about implementing change- excellent!"
"Great information and relevant examples. Highly professional and personable presentation."
"It is fantastic to have so many practical ideas to walk away with."
"A lot of food for thought about how to travel forward. A great day. Very well organised."
"Great PD. Best I've been to this year."
"Great to take goal setting to the next level. Really good to get ideas for how we can improve our own program."
"So many good ideas to think about and incorporate into existing PC program. 10/10"
"Practical ideas to include in my schools' SEL program. I really enjoyed the overview of growth mindset, grit and wellbeing- loved the examples and evidence."
"It was fantastic. There were so many great ideas and super important messages for us personally and professionally. Entertaining and superbly delivered. Research was shared in a clear and easy to understand way. I wish I had this professional learning ten years ago."
"Luke's presentation was engaging. He was a teacher, so knows what we deal with - the content he presented was relevant and easy to implement. I loved this presentation!"
“The ways the PD engages, both pastoral and curriculum, for a holistic approach is highly effective and engaging.” Nicole Graham- Teacher- Good Shepherd Catholic College
“Fantastic PD. Engaging! Learnt how to change not only the students' mindsets but also our own.” Teacher- Good Shepherd Catholic College
“(The) presentation was terrific and I was very impressed with Pete engaging us so positively and professionally.” Jules- Teacher- Good Shepherd Catholic College
“Great presenter. Cool new ideas and good insight into different ways to approach positive behaviour.” Teacher- Good Shepherd Catholic College
“The simplicity of the concept and by using a small shift in ideology you can change from outcome to process base.” Catherine- Teacher- Good Shepherd Catholic College
“This is brilliant! Great resources to help us as pastoral leaders to support our kids and teachers. Real world/real people!” Kate- Teacher- Good Shepherd Catholic College