Leadership Development Initiative - Lead Teacher (LDI/Lead) FAQs
Who can apply?
Participants: Current leaders who have an authentic teaching component within their role (including head teachers, assistant principals, deputy principals and teaching principals).
Mentors: School executive staff (expert teaching and non-teaching principals, deputy principals and Lead accredited teachers) seeking to support leadership development and to improve their understanding of how to support others to gain Lead Teacher accreditation. Mentors must also be prepared to commit for a year.
Note: Participants will be matched with a mentor from outside their school.
How will I know if I’m ready to undertake Lead Teacher accreditation?
Refer to the Instructional Leadership Reflection Tool at Lead which provides examples of professional practice. These are mapped against the standards at the Lead Teacher career stage.
Am I eligible to apply for LDI/Lead if I am already registered with NESA for Lead Teacher accreditation?
Yes. We encourage candidates to apply for LDI/Lead when you are undertaking NESA Lead Teacher accreditation.
Does my current principal or Director, Educational Leadership (in the case of teaching principals) have to endorse my application as a participant in LDI/Lead?
Yes. This is a requirement of the LDI and a NESA requirement. Your principal or Director will oversee your Lead accreditation. Throughout the process, he/she will be required to write references and observation reports to support your Lead submission.
When will I find out if have been successful in gaining an LDI/Lead grant?
The selection process will commence after 19 November 2018 and successful candidates will be informed via email no later than Tuesday 11 December 2018.
If I am successful in gaining an LDI/Lead grant when will I need to register for a NESA Lead Teacher accreditation?
LDI/Lead participants will need to complete NESA registration at the Lead Teacher career stage by 3 May 2018
Where will the grant money go and what will it cover?
The grant will be placed in your school’s account as a budget adjustment. Participants can access it from there.
The grant can be spent on NESA registration fees, costs involved in attending conferences (accommodation, travel and casual relief), mentoring activities and ‘writing’ days.
Note: Metropolitan primary school participants are not eligible for a grant but are welcome to apply, on the condition they are school-funded.
What sort of financial accountability documentation do I need to provide during my participation in the initiative?
In the LDI Completion and Evaluation Survey, you will be asked to identify how you spent your LDI grant. Your responses will assist us in our future planning.
When do I have to spend the LDI grant funds?
It is expected that most of your grant money will expended by the end of Term 2, 2020.
What do I do if I need to withdraw from the LDI throughout the year and am I required to pay the grant money back?
If you cannot complete the initiative for any reason please contact the LDI Project co-ordinator via Leadership@det.nsw.edu.au for advice. Any unspent LDI funds will be recouped by the Leadership and High Performance directorate.
What if I don’t require (external) mentor support?
It is a requirement of the program that you engage with the appointed mentor.
The appointed mentor has been through a selection process, participated in mentor training and will be able to provide objective advice and act as a sounding board to address issues as they arise throughout the LDI process. The role of the mentor is to build your instructional leadership skills and management capacity as you plan, implement and evaluate your Lead Project.
Additionally, the mentor’s role is not only to support you, but also to build DoE leadership capacity by increasing the number of school leaders who can support teachers across our system to develop their leadership capabilities.
How often should mentors and participants meet outside the conferences?
It is expected that participants and mentors will be involved in at least 3 one-hour conversations per term. These conversations can be face-face, by phone or VC.
What happens if my relationship with my mentor is not productive?
You will need to contact the LDI/Lead co-ordinators and discuss the issues. Issues between participants and mentors will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
What help and support is available for accreditation in addition to the LDI?
Teacher Quality Advisors will be able to provide advice and support on accreditation requirements and processes. The Teaching Standards in Action site provides clear practical information and courses aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
In addition, Leadership Pathways has resources including annotated examples of leadership practice mapped against the standards at the higher career stages.
The NESA website provides extensive information in the Teacher Accreditation/Applying for Higher Levels section. You can also register for Information Sessions for Higher Levels events.