Professional learning in a Christian school is about enabling those within the school community to thrive. It is about intentionally training and equipping the next generation to be ready to participate in complex organisations with a clear vision of Christian education that honours God and equips staff to teach young people to live a life of purpose and hope in His Kingdom. Christian Schools Australia seeks to embed and preserve the biblical distinctiveness of schools through the continued development of Christian approaches to educational practice, employment, training and development.

Staff Induction Program

Flourish: A Vision of Christian Schooling is a resource to empower staff in Christian schools to embrace purpose and mission as they seek to bring the message of Jesus, through education, to a world in need. Flourish explores the vision, history and purpose of Christian schooling, the hallmarks of a Christian school culture, the role that faith, theology and worldview play in a school environment and what it looks like to work, teach, and live out the Christian life in a school. It is designed as a staff induction program for staff who may be new to Christian schooling.

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Emerging Leaders Business Course

The Emerging Leaders Course provides an overview of the fundamentals of school business and governance for teaching, support and administration leaders.

The program, comprised of 3 series, delivering 8 modules in total, provides tools, knowledge and exposure for the participant. Delivery of the course is currently online, via Zoom, with each series comprising of 6 x 1.5 hour sessions.

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FLAME: Female Leaders And Managers in Education

FLAME is a network for women to support their journey into and through leadership at a school, leadership or board level. The FLAME network meet nationally on Zoom and locally at a State level to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education. If you are a male leader, you are encouraged and welcome to champion this initiative by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team to be connected in to this network. An initiative of the FLAME network has been the commencement of Aspire: Navigating the Path of Female Leadership to equip female leaders in their leadership journey.

The FLAME network enables strong connections between experienced and inexperienced leaders and help to identify and encourage structures that support women in leadership. Flame is more than networking and building relationships, it’s about developing capacity of female leaders and aspiring female leaders to lead with confidence and humility to be all that God has created them to be.

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ASPIRE: Navigating the Path of Female Leadership

Aspire: Navigating the Path of Female Leadership is a 7-session coaching series for a small group of only 20 women. Participants are taken through interactive sessions with expert guest speakers, who will share their own stories, experiences and insights. This exciting new course goes beyond just identifying the problems, to providing practical strategies, which women can control and have agency over.

Each session runs for 1½ hours and participants are be encouraged to complete reflective tasks between sessions. The course has limited places available to enable high levels of involvement and the building of connections and networks.

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Graduate Certificate in Leadership and School Management

Christian Schools Australia has formed a landmark partnership with Christian Heritage College (CHC) to provide a bespoke Graduate Certificate in School Leadership & Management tailored specifically for Christian school leaders.

As part of an exclusive CSA cohort, so that content, assessment and networking will be specific to Christian Schooling, participants are provided with the most effective training possible for professional development. This Graduate Certificate in School Leadership & Management (4 units, over two years) will be nested within master’s degree awards, providing the option to seamlessly articulate into either an MBA or Master of Education at the completion of this course.

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Responsible Officer Induction and Training Courses

The Responsible Officer Induction Course is ideal for newly appointed board members. The course is targeted to NSW schools, and is NESA Accredited, but available to CSA member schools nationally. It is offered in an online format to assist schools in meeting the requirements for accredited training, within three months of appointment, for new ‘responsible persons’ in NSW schools. You will need to be logged in to access the course material. Following the induction course, newly appointed responsible persons may choose to undertake the Responsible Officer Training Course, which is base training offered by CSA. For a more in-depth training course, refer to the CSA Board Directors' Course below.

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School Governance Program

A key component in the sustainability of Christian schools is good governance. A collaboration with Effective Governance sees the launch of CSA’s School Governance Program, a four-day training program specifically for board members and those in governance roles. The course is NESA accredited for NSW schools and also for self-accreditation with AITSL professional learning standards.

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