AISSA Leadership Program 2013
Continuing in 2013 the AISSA is providing an extensive leadership development program for its member schools in South Australia. The program’s core purpose is to build leadership capacity at various levels within each school to support on-going school improvement. It is designed for aspiring, beginning and established leaders.
This website enables electronic access to the power points, research and articles distributed at each workshop. To access articles and resources click on the relevant course.
Click here to take you to the AISSA Leadership site where you can view video footage of many of the presentations.
High Performance Leadership: Building Personal Leadership Capacity
This program represents an outstanding opportunity for school leaders to work with the Hay Group to better understand their leadership effectiveness and to become more effective. Hay Group is a highly regarded global consulting firm which provides essential development support for leaders in both education and the corporate sectors both nationally and internationallyThis program represents an outstanding opportunity for school leaders to work with the Hay Group to better understand their leadership effectiveness and to become more effective. Hay Group is a highly regarded global consulting firm which provides essential development support for leaders in both education and the corporate sectors both nationally and internationally
The Australian Curriculum: Creating Capacity for Transformation in Schools
This six workshop series will build on the 2012 program by continuing to enhance leaders' knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively lead curriculum change. The series has as its underlying premise that given outstanding leadership, the Australian Curriculum has the potential to go beyond mere 'implementation' to transform school pedagogy and practice.
Leaders have the capacity to make decisions about how the Australian Curriculum can be applied to their individual school contexts; they are architects of the curriculum, not project managers. Implementation is being viewed by many leaders in the sector as an opportunity for school improvement and effectiveness, and not simply a compliance exercise.
This program will bring together leaders from across the sector to share expertise and learn from one another. There is a significant body of knowledge and practice in the sector which will be utilised throughout the workshop series. School-based examples will highlight the ways in which the Australian Curriculum has been a platform for change and transformation.
Creating a Performance and Development Culture: Moving from Theory to Action
The program aims to provide practical support to principals as they seek ways to successfully implement the AITSL Performance and Development Framework in their schools. There is unequivocal evidence that the quality of teaching and learning is the most significant in school factor affecting student outcomes. There is also strong evidence that better performance development and feedback, leading to targeted development, can improve teacher performance.
This program aims to make explicit what is required in building a comprehensive approach to high performance and development. It will focus on ways to build the school culture and leadership in order to ensure successful implementation as well as exploring a range of performance and development models.
An important component of this project is that participants will undertake a mentored, collaborative project that is documented and prepared for sharing. The key objective is to begin a deliberate, structured and long term approach to building a culture within their own context where teachers are supported and enabled to improve their practice and student learning outcomes.
Leadership Development for Middle Managers
The Leadership Development Program for Middle Managers will provide the opportunity for middle managers to consider their role, develop strategies for building a high performance team, consider approaches for leading and managing change and understand the tension between management and leadership. This workshop program has been designed to ensure middle managers are prepared for their important role whether it be managing the work of a team or colleagues, curriculum planning and resource provision or managing school structures or processes.
A key component will be the completion of a DISC questionnaire which will enable participants to build personal leadership capacity by knowing themselves as a leader. Participants will become more aware of their leadership qualities and be able to develop and articulate a clear personal vision that anchors them as a leader.
The program also explores emotional intelligence, managing conflict and the basics of coaching.
The workshop series will have a strong practical focus and participants will be required to undertake small tasks between workshops.
Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education: Positioning children at the centre
The purpose of this series of five workshops for early childhood leaders is to closely examine how an ‘image of child’ influences and impacts professional decision-making processes. This notion will be extended to include the role of leadership and advocacy in relation to the profession, families and communities. As an outcome, a written Statement of Intent will be developed. In addition, a series of exemplars evidencing children at the centre of all decision-making will be developed and shared.
Materials for each Workshop will be posted after each event below.
Assistance for Principals / Schools Information
The Australian Curriculum
In-school support is available from AISSA consultants, Janet Farrall and Marg Taylor to assist school leaders with decision making and information regarding ACARA's curriculum requirements and expectations. They will meet with Principals and leadership teams in schools to discuss implementation options.
Please see document below for details.
The Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework
Mary Pickett, has recently been seconded to AISSA from Westminster (Director of Staff Development), to the role of Advisor for 2013, to offer Principals in-school advice and support with leading the implementation in schools of the essential elements of the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework (AITSL).
Mary will also be involved in the implementation of the Certification Process for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers (under the National Partnership Agreement, ‘Rewards for Great Teachers’) in participating Independent Schools.
Please see document below for details.