Job-A-Like -
Developing Whole School Leaders: 
Cultivate the Leadership of Learning
(Online PD Program)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 
15:00 - 18:30 (Hong Kong Time)


Most, if not all International Schools, have professional development (PD) resources for developing middle leaders. However, there seems to be a significant gap in leadership resources and support for Aspiring Senior Leaders. It is often assumed that Aspiring Senior Leaders and Senior Leaders themselves, often assume this burden by reading and attending conferences and workshops. These individual professional learning tracks, though, don’t always contribute to the development of the school, and in particular, to developing the next generation of leaders for the school.

This job-a-like, our 4th Annual PD Coordinator Event is for Educational Leaders with a responsibility for planning, facilitating or supporting leadership development in their school. In previous years we tackled tough questions of how to more effectively plan and evaluate professional development. These topics will still be part of the job-a-like this year, but they will be presented from the perspective of how to ensure the most important stakeholder, senior leadership, is included. By involving senior leaders in the development of aspiring senior leaders, they contribute directly to the continuum of growth within their school.

So, how does Senior Leadership come into the picture for this Job-Alike? Anecdotally, our facilitators will share the challenges and successes of Leadership Development Programs they have coordinated and facilitated. One variable that all speakers share in common, and will speak directly to, is the role of senior leadership. Buy-in and alignment across the entire SLT ensures the success of the leadership development initiatives they oversee. When SLT is engaged, committed, and involved in professional learning, it translates into a culture of learning that sustains itself.

Why should you join:

  • Acquire resources to inform your thinking on how to develop whole-school leaders
  • Learn new tools for assessing leadership competencies and evaluating leadership development
  • Learn first-hand the successes and challenges experienced by other PD Coordinators
  • Broaden your educational leader professional learning network

Target Audience:  This job-a-like is for all leaders across a school, Early Years, Primary and Secondary, that coordinate and lead professional learning. This includes, but is not limited to: Principals, Deputies, Heads of Faculty, Heads of Department, Grade Level Leaders, Coordinators and Instructional Coaches.

Language:   English

Time Requirement:    3.5 hours, plus 2-hours reading before the job-a-like

Breakout Room Topics:   There will be 4 facilitators for this job-a-like, each will facilitate experience sharing and discussions to surface best practice and tools that contribute to developing whole-school leaders. Topics that we will collaboratively explore are:

  • Build consensus on and get buy-in for cultivating the Leadership of Learning
  • Identify activities and resources that align leadership development with school development initiatives
  • Conceptualize a plan to develop your aspiring senior leaders

Post Meeting Activity:    Peer Review a PD Plan (Optional). An online collaborative PD program planning template will be provided for outlining your Leadership Development Program and for peers to comment on.

Certificate Course:      6 hours of professional learning

Meeting Time:    15:00 - 18:30 Hong Kong Time Zone (2 x 10-minute Breaks)

Date:    Thursday, September 23

Meeting Software:             Zoom for Audio/Video and Teams for file sharing

Access to Recordings:     Included for registrants and available in Teams for 1 year


What is the cost of the online learning experience?

Space is limited to 60 people to ensure interactive and productive dialog. A school campus may only send 4 people. If a school has multiple campuses it may send 4 people per campus. A campus may be considered the Primary, Middle and Secondary school sections of a school if those sections don’t share responsibilities or budget for leadership development.

ACAMIS Members 
US$150 per person

US$500 for 4 people.

US$200 per person

US$600 for 4 people.



Email communication before the course start date

Emails related to this Online PD Program will be sent from events@pdacademia.comPlease immediately add this email sender to your safe sender list.

Approximately 2-weeks before the start of the course, participants will be emailed a course introduction, instructions for how to participate and a pre-course survey and readings, if applicable.  If you do not receive this email please let us know.


If notice of cancellation re the registered participant/sponsor is received:

  • 30+ days pre-event: 80% of fee is refundable
  • 15-29 days pre-event: 40% of fee is refundable
  • Less than 15 days pre-event: no refund

Online PD Programs - No refund will be granted re participants commencing an online PD program and withdrawing part way through. Course material fees (re DiSC surveys, book fees, etc) are not refundable once access is granted.



In the event of cancellation of a conference, workshop or online PD program, we will fully refund the registration or sponsorship fee(s) paid. However, we will be unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred or course material fees where access has been granted.