2021 AISSA Governance Conference: What Boards need to know about Wellbeing

16th October, 2021 @ 9:00 am


16/10/2021 - 9:00 am - 3:15 pm


A Conference for School Board Chairs, Board Members and Principals

See the complete 2021 Governance Conference Program here

Wellbeing is a critical issue in schools and increasingly links are being demonstrated between wellbeing approaches in school and school success. The 2021 Governance Conference will focus on the role of school boards in creating and sustaining high levels of wellbeing in their communities.

It is widely accepted that wellbeing affects students’ engagement with learning, their social and emotional behaviour and their overall satisfaction with life. However, what is perhaps less well understood, is the Board’s role in supporting the Principal and school leaders to build a community of practice that fosters wellbeing and builds social capital within their school community. The way in which the Board supports the wellbeing of the Principal, for example, will have a direct effect on staff and student wellbeing.


Keynote Speakers
Dr Helen Street, Honorary Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia and author of Contextual Wellbeing – Dr Street will explore contemporary issues and research that will develop Board members’ understanding about ways to support school and community wide approaches to wellbeing.  She will also explore how Boards can better support Principal and school leader wellbeing, as a vital foundation to building wellbeing across their school communities.

David Runge, Director, Future Schools and Andrew Brown, Director, Adaptive Cultures – Mr Runge and Mr Brown will demonstrate how Board culture impacts the health and wellbeing of the school.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion focusing on Board processes that build whole school wellbeing. This will include a discussion of ways in which Boards can demonstrate their commitment to whole school wellbeing, and will foreground innovative approaches to Principal appointment, induction, mentoring and review processes and a range of approaches for effective Board review.

The conference will be co-facilitated by Mr Anthony Mackay AM, CEO, of the Washington DC based National Center on Education and the Economy and Mr Louka Parry, CEO, of The Learning Future.

It will be highly interactive with time allocated for individual Boards to work together to consider the issues presented.

Conference Details

9.00am – 3.15pm
The Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg
Stamford Grand Conference Special Rates for Accommodation and Car Parking


$125.00 per participant (incl GST) – Maximum $1,250.00 (incl GST) per school
Morning tea and lunch are provided in the cost of registration.


Refund and Attendance
If you do not attend the event the AISSA will still incur costs. If notice of cancellation is received prior to Saturday, 9 October 2021 a full refund will be available. Cancellation after this date will incur the full attendance cost.

Attendance at the Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg is by registration only.

A full refund will be made should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information, please contact Mary Hudson, Director Leadership Institute & Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA on (08)  8179 1420 or email hudsonm@ais.sa.edu.au.