Education Research Connections


Education Research Connections is NESA accredited Professional Learning delivered via a series of guest presenters from the field of education research. The aim is to facilitate connections between Independent schools and universities whilst sharing recent and relevant research. 

Each session will commence with a networking afternoon tea, followed by a topical presentation from a respected researcher. Speakers will be sourced from universities and other research-based organisations, focusing on a range of areas pertinent to improving the educational outcomes of students. 

Education Research Connections will provide an opportunity each term for you to engage in professional discussions in a learning network founded on research.

2024 Presenters

27 August

Dr Rebecca Collie

Join Associate Professor Collie for an insightful session on the positive impacts of supportive leadership and the critical role of strong relationships with colleagues and students in enhancing teacher wellbeing. This presentation will illuminate how nurturing these relationships can create a thriving educational environment, boost morale, and foster a sense of community among educators. Drawing from evidence-based strategies and practical insights, Associate Professor Collie will demonstrate how supportive leadership can empower teachers, encourage professional growth and build resilience.

By focusing on a strengths-based approach, attendees will learn how to leverage existing resources and strengths within their educational institutions to create a supportive and sustainable work environment.

Rebecca Collie is a Scientia Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of New South Wales. With extensive research in wellbeing, motivation, and social-emotional development, and a background as a primary school teacher Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this session.