islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

islPAL Newsletter - February 2012

Welcome to 2012!  We hope that all our members and visitors to our website <> enjoyed a safe and relaxing Christmas break and had an exciting start to a fulfilling year.

Our major foci for this year include our biennial conference, The Power of Personal Pedagogy – Working from the Wisdom Within, to be held on the 4th and 5th of August at Stuartholme School, an inspiring venue on top of Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, and building our website and services to increase our support to educators both locally and globally.  This year we have introduced a new membership initiative, a new multimodal publication that highlights educators' notable achievements and the opportunity to become involved in service learning through the society. This Newsletter tells you more about how you can be involved in islPAL in 2012.

All the best for 2012.

islPAL Conference Executive

Shirley O'Neill, Jennifer Fisher, Christine Dunbar, Ruby Peinke

The Conference

The Power of Personal Pedagogy – Working from the Wisdom Within. 

August 4th and 5th, 2012. Stuartholme School, Brisbane.

Speakers: We have been fortunate that outstanding speakers have accepted our invitation to present keynotes at the conference. These speakers have vast experience, wisdom and knowledge to share. Many of these keynotes will be conducting institutes at the conference for educators who wish to gain a comprehensive insight into their focus topic. Speakers include but are not limited to:- 

  • Art Costa, USA -  Habits of Mind
  • Terry Wrigley, England -  Leadership and Learning
  • Andrew Churches, New Zealand -  Technology and thinking skills in the classroom
  • Brendan Spillane, Western Australia - Critical conversations

When you go to ISLPAL CONFERENCE dropdown menu at <> you can access:

  • Full list of Keynotes and their biographies
  • Keep up-to-date with abstracts of presenters
  • Submit your own abstract for a paper, workshop or snapshot of pedagogy
  • Register for the conference

Conference Day 1 concludes with a discussion forum involving our keynote speakers in an exciting Wisdom Circle. This will be followed by a barbecue under the night sky. We hope you can join us there!


On February 1st, 2 forums will commence. These are:-

-     Using Student Data to Inform Pedagogy

-     Quality Pedagogy – What is it and how is it achieved?

Logon via the website if you are a member. Non-members can participate by becoming a member. Membership to the organisation is free until January 2013 for those who choose to participate in the forum. Simply complete the application form on the website. If you are a member you will have to login to participate in the forum.

Go to the front page and click on FORUMS>>> or go to


Pedagogies At Work is our quarterly e-magazine that is open source. We encourage you to take a look at the various sections and also consider submitting an article or multimodal presentation to share your ideas and achievements or let us know about a transformational educator you know.


Teaching Strategies and Resources:- These contributions are from teachers who have used the practical teaching strategies in their classrooms and found them to successfully engage students and/or build student skills.

Current Research:- This open source provides an opportunity for educators to have access to the latest research in summary form. The contributions can be used to enhance personal knowledge or as a basis for professional development and dialogue in schools

The Story Catcher:-In this section educators share their informal stories of events or moments in their professional lives that offered insights which changed or confirmed their beliefs about education.

Feature Articles:- These are more formal articles concerning educational issues that are topical or initiatives that schools are taking.  

These contributions will build a valuable resource over time.

International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning

For educators interested in publishing their research you may submit a paper to the Society's peer reviewed international journal at

The aim of the journal is to publish high quality research that focuses on the essence of pedagogy and learning and related issues and trends.

Service Learning through the society

Educators – if you know of any pre-service and post-career teachers who would like to be involved in education, please send them this link We wish to invite pre-service teachers and post-career teachers who wish to volunteer to become involved through the society. Similarly, if you are seeking to partner with us in facilitating service learning in your organisation we would like to hear from you. If you need to know about this concept, visit the US National Service Learning Clearinghouse at


Membership will be free until January 2013 for those who subscribe to participate on the forums on the site – just follow the prompts on the website and register to become involved <> Membership will also be offered free of charge to those who register for the conference. <>

Website and staying in touch

islPAL's website has undergone a major overhaul and is being constantly updated. Video of past presentations will be available soon. These  include sessions on writing strategies, school improvement, service learning and other topics. Resources are uploaded often and we welcome suggestions from educators for resources that would be useful for members and/or resources that we could assist in sourcing.

Contact with schools and members 

Our main forms of contact are through our web site, Newsletters, Email alerts, Forums, Facebook, Workshops and Conferences and we welcome your personal contact via

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