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How should educational leaders engage in advocacy and activism to support young children and their families?

This Melbourne MicroCert explores contemporary debates on this topic and equips leaders and aspiring leaders within early childhood education and care with research-backed strategies for advocacy.

Explore the roles of advocacy and activism

Gain a research and policy-informed understanding of approaches to advocacy and activism and how they can achieve equitable outcomes for young children and families. Explore the role of educational leaders in enacting advocacy and the strategies you can adopt.

Examine case studies of advocacy

Review case studies of advocacy efforts for young children and families to gain a deeper understanding of how this plays out in practice across a diverse range of early childhood communities and settings.

Understand the role of key advocacy organisations

Explore organisations that advocate with and on behalf of young children and families. Consider how you can collaborate with key stakeholders and organisations during your own advocacy efforts.

Develop an advocacy plan

Using your new knowledge, you'll produce an advocacy plan that can be used for children and families in your service. Define strategies and stakeholders that can assist in your advocacy and use research to justify your approach.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Associate Professor Jane Page OAM

Associate Professor; Senior Researcher, REEaCh Hub

Jane has 30 years' experience in early childhood as a teacher, director and in academia. She has worked on and led numerous projects with state and local governments and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) such as the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership's Leading Learning in Early Childhood Settings program; and projects concerning quality pedagogy and the impact of evidence-based interventions for vulnerable children in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series

This series is designed for early childhood educators and educational leaders who want to enhance leadership qualities and practices. You'll gain practical insights that can help you drive better learning outcomes for children and better support and lead staff.

It offers a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching. See course details for more information.

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For individuals

To take Leading Learning through Advocacy as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$750.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Apr 30, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Leading Learning through Advocacy, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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1 May – 26 June 2023

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