SEL Signature Leadership Series

“My advice for senior leaders is to do some work on yourself first. For me, learning about who I am and really being true to myself… has allowed me to be the best leader I can be. If I try to be somebody else, I’m a terrible leader….…

New Book Out Now! The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

Available as a paperback and eBook on Amazon here. “The very best outcome we can hope for—from anything—is to make people’s lives, and the world, better.” — from The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis, by Joanne…

Turning the Lock on the Assessment Vault

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. By questioning and so challenging the assumption that an exam or test gives us the truth of what a child knows and understands, we dislodge belief systems and practices of 100 or…

Driving in the Dark

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. When you drive at night your vision is limited by the scope and quality of the car headlights. You can see an arc in front of you that guides you along the road. At the edges of the…

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

Click here to be notified when the book is available. Education is in crisis, but there is a way out. Schools can commit to contributive learning, so that all students learn how to add to the world. The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education…

Measuring Human Return Audio Companion Guide

Mary Coverdale, Executive Director of The Learner First, Australia, has written and recorded an Audio Companion Guide to Measuring Human Return: Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning (Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane,…

Time's Up For Domestic and Family Violence

By Kym Amor, Foundation Principal, Foxwell State Secondary College. Originally published by Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP). The morning of 19 February 2020 is a day I will never forget. Sitting in my office with…

The Educational Dartboard

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. Educational change strategies tend to be a bit like throwing darts at a dartboard. We know what we’re aiming for, and we hope for the best. The intention is there––the desired…

The First 125 Hours

Late January 2020 saw the final countdown to the opening of the newest State Secondary College for the Gold Coast region of Australia, Foxwell State Secondary College. It had been a nine-month journey since my appointment as principal when I…

Don't Let the Past Block Your Path to the Future

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. At the moment, I’m reminded of the way the city of Troy was invaded by the Trojan Horse. The invasion succeeded because of subterfuge and deceit––tactics that preyed on the…