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Luke McKenna

Our mission: Every student, becoming their best. WE DO THIS BY… Making scientifically grounded strategies engaging, relevant, challenging, practical and inspiring for schools. We specialise in building growth mindsets, grit, wellbeing and leadership by facilitating exceptional incursions. In 2020, our team will positively impact 50000+ students through exceptional incursions.

Special Services
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health/Wellbeing
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Student Engagement
  • Unlocking the truth about student performance
  • Leadership
  • Strengths Development

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ABN no 62618362155

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS Key concepts covered: This Professional Development is designed to guide schools through some of the contemporary research and practice about student performance. The work centres around three factors that enable students to become their best. It will also share useful ways of applying the concepts of growth mindset, grit and wellbeing, to help students THRIVE. The presentation outlines relevant research through stories, shares case studies of schools who have taken action and made an impact, and gives real life examples and practical take aways from Luke McKenna’s experience as an Assistant Principal and as Director of Unleashing Personal Potential. This workshop is an awesome opportunity to learn, reflect, grow, share and take action on helping students THRIVE. Program Options (Choose from 60 minute sessions, up to a full day with your staff): Session #1- Thriving with growth mindsets (with a focus on neuroplasticity and creating a culture of stretching). Session #2- Getting gritty (Application: effective target setting, habit formation, getting out of the learning dip and deliberate practice). Session #3- Helping kids flourish with wellbeing practices (Application: gratitude and active listening). Session #4- Implementation plans and support- how to implement at your school. UPP founder, Luke McKenna is an educator and author who specialises in working with schools to build growth mindsets, grit, wellbeing and leadership for all students. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as a classroom teacher and school administrator. Luke has worked with educators and students across Australian Primary and Secondary schools from the Independent, Catholic and Public sectors. He holds degrees in Business and Education, a Masters of Educational Leadership, and a Professional Certificate in Positive Education. Luke regularly speaks at Conferences around Australia. His work has been published in the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, Happy Schools and The Positive Times. He is the author of THRIVE: Unlocking the truth about student performance and MAKING WELLBEING PRACTICAL: An effective guide to helping schools thrive. This professional development can be presented to your staff by Luke or by one of UPP’s exceptional facilitators.

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