Dare to Lead is a commonwealth funded national project with a focus on improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students.
Dare to Lead began in 2000 when representatives of the four peak principals associations met at a national forum and agreed that Indigenous education would be their highest priority.
It is an initiative of the profession and specifically of the Principals Australia Institute acting on behalf of its members and their associations. The Project is funded by the Australian Government with the support of the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
Dare to Lead is now in its third phase, with currently over 53% of all Australian schools (more than 5300) signed on as Coalition members.
Who Should Join?
All schools, whether they have Indigenous Students enrolled, or not! Institutional members (corporate bodies, professional associations, organisations etc) are encouraged to join the project. Their role is to support the work and goals of the project through their professional networks, through supporting and participating in joint activity and in developing their own initiatives related to the task. Dare to Lead schools commit to improving the educational outcomes of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and also to ensuring that all their students develop an informed understanding of Australia's Indigenous people and their cultures, and of the importance of the reconciliation process.
To find out how Dare to Lead schools are "making the difference" Click here (note file size 15mb - approx 2mins to download)
How Membership Works
The Coalition is not a 'program' in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a network of support for school leaders to work effectively with current programs and to initiate new models of activity, which will result in improved outcomes for Indigenous students. One of the goals of the project is to achieve sustainable change in this regard.
Each member school is connected to a cluster of others in the same region. The clusters of schools, called 'Action Areas' are led by experienced and willing school leaders who are supported by the project to play an integral role in identifying the professional development needs of their colleagues. The project has available a diverse and powerful set of leadership tools for this purpose which have been developed for the project by school leaders experienced and successful in the area of Indigenous education. The sessions in each Action Area provide the leadership support needed for schools to become more effective in achieving improved outcomes for their Indigenous students, and in understanding and supporting the wider goals of reconciliation and cultural understandings for all of their students.
There are currently 112 Action Areas across Australia, with between 30-50 schools in each. State Coordinators support the work of the Action Area in their state/territory. To download a copy of broad representation of the Dare to Lead Action Areas Click here.
What Do Coalition Members Receive?
Once a school has joined the Coalition, a huge range of resources, workshops and networking opportunities are available.
- Access to professional development activities and resources
- Access to a range of activities designed to foster intercultural exchange and knowledge
- Opportunities to network with colleagues and school leaders who have managed successful initiatives
- Information about possible funding sources and other programs to access
For details regarding School Membership click here.
For details regarding Institutional Membership click here.