Network Activity

Throughout the year, we will be hosting a range of opportunities to enable collaboration and networking across the network and beyond.

Find out more below:

October 2023

ICSEI  ELN Mini-conference:

Leading in times of uncertainty: exploring notions of preparation and empowerment

Date: 6th October 2023

Time: Portland: 8am Toronto: 11am Dublin: 4pm Berlin: 5pm Doha: 6pm Hong Kong: 11pm Melbourne: 2am

We appreciate too that given the time zones, it may not be possible to join, and apologies in advance if this is the barrier to participating. Unfortunately, it is impossible to accommodate all time zones, but we hope to run a second session at a later date to accommodate the alternative time zones.

The role of educational leaders has never been more critical than in uncertain times. As the educational landscape continues to evolve, leaders must navigate complex challenges and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. This mini-conference aims to share accepted papers in our guest-edited special issue published by SLAM.

Selected papers will share various aspects of leading in uncertain times, addressing key topics such as crisis management, strategic planning, fostering resilience, and promoting innovation. Through a combination of panel discussions, sharing of ideas for future network activity, and broader group discussions and possibilities for collaboration, participants will engage in meaningful dialogue and collaborative learning experiences.

The mini-conference will also provide a platform for networking and knowledge sharing among educational leaders, fostering connections and collaborations beyond the event. 

Join us at the “Leading in times of uncertainty: exploring notions of preparation and empowerment” mini-conference to gain valuable insights, exchange ideas, and be inspired by experts and peers in the field. Together, we can discuss the future of education and the role of leadership, especially in the most uncertain times.


Panel discussion | 60 min
(An opportunity to share briefly your paper, and any related or follow up work. A discussion centered on the questions that guided the special issue:

Confirmed Panelists:
Dr. Patricia M. Virella, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA (Paper:
Dr Michelle Striepe, School of Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia (Paper:
Dr Craig De Voto, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA (Paper:
Dr Laura Beckmann, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Paper:

ELN collaboration plans | 30 min 

Similar to a network business meeting.

Innovation and Educational Leadership Research Group meeting | 45 min
A chance to hear from (and join) a newly established research group from within the ELN, exploring innovation and educational leadership.

To register, click here.

December 2022

ICSEI ELN Mini-conference:

Innovative leadership: Leading learning in times of complexity and change.

Friday 2nd December 2022 – Zoom:

90 min – Keynote presentation and group discussions.
(Germany – 9am) (Qatar – 10am) (Hong Kong – 3pm)

The mini-conference will take place online via Zoom. It is meant as an opportunity for members and friends of the ICSEI ELN to exchange ideas and present their projects addressing current issues in leadership research, policy, and practice.

Participation is free of charge and open to ICSEI ELN members and non-members.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jiafang Lu

Leading Innovation in Schools: A ethical leadership perspective

School innovation are increasingly valued not only as means, but also as ends across educational systems. However, implementing new ideas, new initiatives inevitably leads to rule breaking. Anecdotal evidence and recent organizational studies seem suggesting that innovation agents could be perceived as possessing dispositions such as being opportunistic, getting around rules, and tactful justification of inappropriate behaviours. Schools are value-laden moral organizations, where innovation leaders are more likely to receive such criticisms. Drawing on recent ethical lens into innovation, I try to illustrate how principals can facilitate school innovation by enacting ethical leadership and discuss the implications for leadership development.


Mini-Conference Theme: Innovative educational leadership: Leadership learning in times of complexity and change.

The rapidity with which education in the current century is changing, the result of climate change, global health emergencies, forced migration, conflict of values, and the complexity of a post-truth era, has come with it a requirement for innovation in thinking, practice, design, and systems.

Innovation has been conceptualized to include desirable and practical solutions in response to the complexity of the challenges and changes education and educators are facing (Young et al, 2021) . However, as a result, varied demands are made of educational leaders to understand and develop their own leadership competencies and capabilities throughout their career. 

Many researchers tried to identify the skill set for innovative educational leadership such as Marron and Cunniff (2014) who presented “HELPSS” which represents ‘Heart, empathy, leadership, passion and perseverance, strategy and speed’.

This mini conference aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to share their findings and experiences to help educators understand and further develop innovative approaches to how we lead, exercise leadership, and reconceptualize what it means to lead.  

Against this background, this Virtual Conference seeks to explore the following questions:

  1. What is the nature of innovation in education?
  2. How can leaders develop innovative sets of skills, dispositions, responses and ideas?
  3. In what ways might educators develop innovative solutions to persistent challenges of our times?


August 2021

ICSEI ELN Mini-Conference, August 26th and 30th, 2021

Conference Theme: Leadership Learning for Times of Uncertainty

We highly appreciate all the submissions received and the wide contribution from across the network. Sessions have now been confirmed, and we are looking forward to the insightful sessions ahead.

The conference will take place online via Zoom. It is meant as an opportunity for members and friends of the ICSEI ELN to exchange ideas and present their projects addressing current issues in leadership research, policy, and practice.

Participation is free of charge and open to ICSEI ELN members and non-members.

The mini conference has been organised over two days at varying times to ensure maximum access for our global network. Each of the two days will have different presentations, but offer equal opportunity for discussion, networking, and sharing for all that join.

Please register here. The registration page will give you the option to sign up for one or both sessions, and upon registering, you will receive a link to the online event page which will include the Zoom link for the session.

Please see the programme here.

June 2021

Leadership Learning for Times of Uncertainty | ELN Conference | Announcement and Call for Papers

The conference will take place online via Zoom. It is meant as an opportunity for members and friends of the ICSEI ELN
to exchange ideas and present their projects addressing current issues in leadership research, policy, and practice.
Participation is free of charge and open to ICSEI ELN members and non-members. Registration details will be
made available soon. Find out more here.

November 2020

ICSEI ELN | Missing Voices in Contemporary Educational Leadership

Tuesday 17th November (9-10am Berlin/ 7-8pm Sydney/ 12-1am Los Angeles) and Thursday 19th November (5-6pm Berlin/ 8-9am Los Angeles/ 11-12pm New York).


At ICSEI 2020 in Morocco, the Educational Leadership Network (ELN) held two symposia and an innovative session taking a comparative look at the conditions, functions, and forms of successful leadership in schools serving marginalized communities in diverging institutional settings. Central to this was the illumination of lessons learned through a practitioner perspective. Importantly, these sessions offered a platform for colleagues from Morocco and the Global South; historically underrepresented voices in the broader research and educational discourse in relation to educational leadership.

Following on from this, the ELN hosted a network meeting and a series of webinars looking at ‘The Leadership Agenda in a Post-Pandemic Era’. The aim of these webinars were to:

Explore current leadership practice in the context of responding to and reflecting on the pandemic experience; and

Establish what we know already, what we need to know, and what voices we need to hear in relation to educational leadership in a post-pandemic era.


Continuing with these aims, the purpose of the next ELN Meeting/ Webinar on November 17th and 19th (repeated to ensure accessibility) 2020 is to explore educational leadership within the context of linguistic, cultural, and geographic contexts that are currently underrepresented in leadership research and discourses.

The webinar will begin with a presentation/ spotlight sharing of practice/research exploring these themes.

This will be followed by the opportunity to join one of three breakout discussions with fellow network members:

  • Discussion on the perspectives and practice/research presented.
  • Share your own localised examples in relation to the theme.
  • Explore and plan for opportunities to collaborate for research/ practice/ policy projects.

We hope as a result of joining and participating in this webinar, you will have the opportunity to explore what voices may be missing from contemporary educational leadership debates, discourse, and research, as well as explore new opportunities across the network for sharing and collaboration.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

September 2020


Click here to view the programme for both webinars:

To register:
Click Here for Webinar 1 Registration (September 1)

Click Here for Webinar 2 Registration (September 3)