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We live in an uncertain and complex world, where the big problems of today and tomorrow are yet to be identified. Building the skills and resilience of our teachers, students and school communities to live and thrive in such a world is the purpose of entrepreneurial thinking.

An education in entrepreneurial thinking offers the potential to enable an entrepreneurial and enterprise mindset that will improve school cultures, teaching practices, student learning and growth opportunities.

School leaders with a passion for people-led innovation will be at the forefront of pedagogy with this one-day intensive and interactive workshop designed to prepare and inspire school leaders for the future.

This workshop was originally titled 'Empowering entrepreneurial thinking and innovation' and was first offered in January 2018.

Who should participate

This workshop is designed for school leaders and administrators across secondary public and private schools and institutions. This includes principals, deputies, managers, heads of departments and teachers who aspire to leadership or management positions.



QUT Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059


Friday 7 September 2018, 8.30am - 3.30pm


Registration typeClosing dateCost
Early-bird registration1 August 2018$370 (GST included) per person
Standard registration29 August 2018$400 (GST included) per person

Fees include:

  • morning tea and lunch.

You'll need to bring your own laptop or device.


For more information about workshop content, contact Faculty of Education events enquiries.

For all registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

Registrations closed. Register your interest for future courses.

Workshop topics

This workshop covers the following content:

  • enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking
  • 21st century skills and curriculum integration
  • lean start-ups, free innovation and social enterprise
  • problem definition and validation
  • design thinking
  • teachers as leaders and entrepreneurial thinkers.

The program will be delivered using sample planning activities.


By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • use entrepreneurial thinking as a pedagogical tool for organisational improvement and change in schools and communities
  • identify and turn problems into opportunities that will add economic, cultural and social value to your school and community
  • identify approaches to establish a culture of continuous innovation.

You'll also be issued a Certificate of Attainment for 6 hours of CPD.

This course aligns with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):

  • Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it
    • 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
    • 2.2 Content selection and organisation
  • Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
    • 3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
    • 3.3 Use teaching strategies
  • Standard 6: Engage in professional learning
    • 6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs
    • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
    • 6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
  • Standard 7: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
    • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Workshop facilitator

Dr James Davis

Dr James Davis is the Entrepreneurship Leader for QUT's Faculty of Education with qualifications across commerce, science and education. He has hands-on experience with the development of start-up businesses in Australia and China, and has worked across the private and not-for-profit sectors. James is also a STEM Educator with research interests around the interplay between emotion and cognition in learning. He currently teaches in areas such as STEM inquiry, science curriculum studies, emotions in teaching and learning, and leadership and entrepreneurship.

Register your interest

Registrations closed. Register your interest for future courses.

Register your interest

Email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future courses, and we'll contact you when dates are confirmed and registrations open.


When you register for the workshop, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You'll be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the Course Manager at the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel at least 10 business days before the workshop commences, you will receive a partial refund, i.e. the full fee minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the workshop is cancelled.