Ali Palmer has over 25 years experience as a teacher and leader in education. Her work with schools to cultivate wellbeing is grounded in positive psychology and strengths-based approaches.
An engaging and passionate facilitator, Ali is adept at synthesising the science and modelling its application in fun, interactive and energising ways. Her expertise is enabling school leaders to cultivate the conditions that lead to flourishing school communities. Ali recognises the importance of building close relationships with schools, working to understand the unique context of each school. By doing so, she leads co-creation of a learning journey that recognises and builds on the strengths of the whole-school community.
Her study and research interests focus on Positive Organisational Scholarship, a newly emerging discipline which grows and promotes positive leadership; enabling leaders to create and sustain organisational practices that lead to thriving, excellence and extraordinary performance. Using approaches informed by Appreciative Inquiry and strengths, she aims to nurture life-long learning and enable individuals and teams to grow the best of themselves.
Senior Consultant of Growing Great Schools, Ali’s recent work has included a four-year Staff Wellbeing Project with Independent Schools Qld (involving over 30 schools); a three-year project to cultivate Strengths-based Schools; consulting to an International School in Hong Kong, and delivering Circle Solutions training to schools and organisations across the country. She provides professional learning to school leaders, teachers, staff and families on topics such as Cultivating Positive Learning Environments, Positive Leadership, Teacher Wellbeing and Creating Flourishing Families.
She has a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from the University of Exeter and a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. She is an accredited Trainer in Circle Solutions, a philosophy and process for facilitating inclusive dialogue and developing positive learning communities. She is accredited in R2 Strengths Profiler, an evidence-based tool assess and develop strengths.
Ali is based on the Sunshine Coast.