Teacher leaders, when empowered, will be the most effective tool to motivate teaching staff and keep them focused on teaching and learning goals. This 1-day workshop will instruct participants how to foster greater interdependency among team members by helping them understand how to manage the different beliefs, behaviours and priorities that exist in their team. Teacher lead teams that communicate effectively and work interdependently improve student learning!

By the end of the workshop, participants will understand and have confidence to facilitate team meetings, develop effective forms of professional inquiry to promote greater interdependency, as well as to develop and foster strong relationships with and amongst team members.

Essential Question – What do I need to know and be able to do to build an effective team that positively impacts teaching and learning?

Workshop Topics Include:

In this module you will learn the various stages that teams go through when they are working interdependently to achieve a shared goal. You learn how to assess your team’s stage of development and what you need to do to help your team move to the next stage of development.

Essential Question: What do I need to know and do to lead a collaborative team?

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will define their role and learn how to set expectations with different stakeholders
  • Participants will learn how teams develop in stages and activities appropriate for each stage
  • Participants will assess their team’s stage of development and identify what they need to do to promote greater collaboration

Date and Time
10 November 2023
8:00 – 15:00

Hong Kong International School


Note: You do not need to register for the main PHASE Conference to attend this one day workshop.


Michael Iannini

Leadership Facilitator, Author and PD Consultant

Michael Iannini is ACAMIS’s Leadership Development Facilitator, Search Associates Contracted HR PD Coordinator for China, and an affiliated Council of International School’s (CIS) consultant with the following areas of expertise:

  • Appraisal and professional development
  • Leadership training
  • School governance
  • Strategic planning

His journey in education began 20 years ago as a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Child Development Laboratory, where he was an early years educator and researcher. Since moving to China in 1999, originally as an Early Years Teacher, Michael has advised and trained the Boards and Leadership of hundreds of International Schools across Asia. His work has helped small and large schools facilitate real strategic planning, develop leadership across the school, implement best practices for human resource management, and design staff capacity-building programs for both academic and non-academic staff.

Michael’s first book, Hidden in Plain Site: Realizing the Full Potential of Middle Leaders, is the foundation for all his leadership development work. Since writing this book he launched www.middleleader.com where he is regularly posting articles on school leadership and interviews with school leadership influencers.

Michael’s exhaustive efforts to understand the needs and context that schools operate in have helped nurture a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS’s network of schools. His work in China is also why Search Associates recently contracted Michael to develop and coordinate professional development activities for it’s member schools, focused on the Retention, Recruitment, and Induction of Foreign Teachers.

Michael lives in Hong Kong with his wife and their two children.