Leading Learning: Minds on Fire

This masterclass is for senior leaders who seek to embed critical and creative practices in their school.

Date: Monday, 4th November 2019

What's Involved?


  • Critical and speculative thinking; what it looks like and how to nurture it
  • Communities of inquiry; asking the right questions, getting fascinating answers
  • Embedded and detached whole school approaches
  • Implications and application of theory and techniques in your context.


Michael Parker is currently the Headmaster of Newington College, following five years as the Headmaster of Oxley College. He received Arts and Law degrees from Sydney University, has a Masters Degree in teaching Philosophy to children and has written six textbooks in the areas of Legal Studies, Philosophy in Schools, and English.

Michael published Ethics 101: Conversations to have with your kids with Jane Curry Publishing in 2012, which has since been published in the USA. The second book in this series, Talk With Your Kids: Big Ideas, was published in May 2014, along with a second edition of Ethics 101, aptly renamed Talk With Your Kids: Ethics. Michael has had two novels published, including a Young Adult Novel Doppelganger, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award in 2007.