FLAME | Instructional and Operational Leadership

The FLAME network meets nationally to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education.

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 Christian women in leadership by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team or an aspiring leader to connect into this network. 

Professional Learning at CSA links to the CSA Leadership Framework and Leadership Rubric. This event is suitable for leaders in the phases highlighted below. 

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Event Information

‘Leadership only really makes sense when it is operationalised.’
Andy Wolfe, Church of England/Deputy Chief Education Officer

Bringing vision alive only really makes sense in practice by focussing on teaching and learning and being the very best we can be. Leaders of PRACTICE centre their instructional and organisational management and leadership on learning first – everything else surrounds this central aim of leading learning and driving improvement.

'We want every student to experience success in whatever that may be and so it is time to open up their curriculum …. Spurring each other on to better outcomes and better opportunities for our students.'
Maria Varlet, Head of Research and Innovation with Crest Education 

Excellence is not simply about acquisition and retention of knowledge, but rather focuses on deepening wisdom across every facet of the school community.  Building capacity as a leader is about taking new ideas and seeing where they fit with age old traditions that will bring about flourishing for our students, our staff and ourselves as leaders and the Shalom of entire communities by his grace and for his glory. (Darren Iselin, CSA Director of Research).

Join us as we explore the last Domain of the CSA Leadership Framework: Practise - Instructional and Operational Leadership


Your Speaker: Thelma Perso

Thelma Perso has been working as Chief Education Officer with the Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) in Perth, W.A. for the past 5 years.  She has worked in education for over 40 years; twenty years as a Mathematics teacher and school leader followed by a similar time in senior public sector education positions in four states.? Some of her roles have included: Senior Curriculum Officer K-12 Mathematics, W.A; Manager of Curriculum and Curriculum Reform ACT; Executive Director Curriculum, Queensland; Executive Director Schools, Central Australia; Executive Director Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce, Northern Territory.  Thelma returned to WA in 2015 following the passing of her father.  She was deputy and principal at one of the SCEA schools prior to her current role with SCEA. Thelma is in the process of writing a book with Dr Graeme Cross titled ‘Gospel-Inspired Teaching and Learning’, which they hope to publish by November, 2022.

Your Speaker: Josh Counsel

Josh is passionate about seeing young people thrive and flourish by being engaged in learning communities that are authentic, relevant and relational. He sees schools and education as powerful vehicles to enact change and is particularly passionate about the role that Christian education has to form students into young men and women who will positively and powerfully impact our world. Josh is a member of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. Josh is a husband, father and is currently serving as Principal at Discovery Christian College, a P-12 independent school in Agnes Water, Queensland.

Your Speaker: Sue Starling

Sue Starling has leadership experience as a principal, Dean of Education, author, presenter and consultant. Her research interest is curriculum and teacher confidence and she completed her PhD, Silent Rivals in Christian Education: A Shalom Perspective, at Flinders University in 2013. She is the Principal of Portside Christian College in South Australia and lives in the lovely Adelaide Hills where she is happiest in her gumboots.

Your Host: Jill Healey

Jill Healey is a passionate contributor to leadership development at Christian Schools Australia, serving as the Flame and Fuse Facilitator. Jill currently serves on two Christian school boards, is a Board member for Endeavour Ministries, as well as an active member of the Victorian Independent Schools BGA Board. Jill is a champion of Christian women in leadership and specialist education provision in Christian schools. She believes in the power of God to transform lives and bring hope to young people through Christian education.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event attracts CPD hours according to the following AITSL professional teacher and leadership standards:

6.1 - Identify and plan professional learning needs
6.3 - Engage with colleagues and improve leadership practice
7.4 - Engage with professional leadership networks and broader communities
» Leading teaching and learning
» Developing self and others 
» Engaging and working with leadership teams and the community

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration at any time by editing the registration on your dashboard. Please note, no refunds will be issued after 3 days out from the event. Any cancellations made after this date will be charged the full registration fee. 'No Shows' to the event will be charged the full registration fee. 

The event program is subject to change without prior notice.


FLAME is a network for women to support their journey into and through leadership at all levels within a school context, either at management or board level. Aspiring female leaders are encouraged to join the network!

Come and join a passionate group of women on Zoom to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education. If you are a male leader, you are welcome to be one of our champions by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team or an aspiring leader to connect into this network.

The FLAME network will enable strong connections between experienced and inexperienced leaders and help 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.” – Jill Healey, National FLAME Network Facilitator, Christian Schools Australia.


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13/10/2022 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
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