Current Executive

The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) for current executive is an opportunity for current leaders in NSW public schools to enhance their leadership knowledge, skills and professional capabilities. This is achieved through a structured instructional leadership development program as either a participant or mentor.

Applications for the 2019 Leadership Development Initiative for current executive are now closed.

In the LDI for current executive, participants are supported to lead and evaluate an instructional leadership project in their school. All participants are assigned a mentor to support them to implement their project. Leadership development support is also provided through conferences with expert presenters.

What does the LDI for current executive provide?

The initiative provides leadership development for current executive (deputy principals, assistant principals, teaching principals and head teachers) as participants. Current senior school leaders (principals and expert deputy principals) can participate as mentors.

Initiative funding of $6,000 for each successful participant and mentor in a NSW public secondary school or a rural and remote school is provided to the relevant school. The school uses this funding for the costs of attending conferences (casual relief, conference costs and travel) and to support mentoring activities throughout the program. Rural and remote participants may receive additional funding to cover the cost of travel to Sydney.

Further information for schools about the initiative funding is available on the 2019 LDI Funding Conditions web page.

Metropolitan primary participants and mentors are required to cover costs incurred in attending conferences and mentoring activities through existing school funds.

Mentors receive formal mentoring/coaching training including four one-to-one coaching sessions with an experienced leadership coach.

What is the content of the professional learning conferences in the LDI?

The LDI supports participants in their understanding and practical application of the key actions of instructional leadership including:

  • analysing data to inform practice
  • project design and logic modelling
  • coaching capabilities
  • leading high impact professional learning
  • measuring impact on teacher practice and student progress and achievement.

Support is provided for participants to develop the personal qualities and social and interpersonal skills to positively influence individual and collective teaching expertise.

LDI participants and their mentors attend a two-day masterclass about feedback for learning with a leading educational expert. Feedback is an evidence-based practice recognised as improving student progress and achievement. Feedback forms the basis of participants’ projects.

Participants wishing to extend their management skills are able to opt-in to Adobe Connect sessions on a range of management topics relevant to their role.

Who is eligible to participate?

Current executives who are line managers of teachers or other executive (assistant principals, head teachers, deputy principals and teaching principals) are eligible to participate in the LDI/current executive program.

Mentors are current expert principals and deputy principals seeking to support leadership development and to improve their understanding of how to support others to develop instructional leadership capabilities.

Mentors ae required to directly assist colleagues in a structured mentoring relationship.

Participants and mentors make a commitment for 12 months. Participants are matched by the LDI coordinators with a mentor from outside their school.

Applicants must have the approval of their current supervisor.

Participant and mentor commitments

Participants in the LDI must

  • attend all professional learning and planning conferences and masterclasses
  • implement and evaluate a project as outlined below:
    • Current Executive: This project is based on leading the  implementation of  effective feedback processes within a defined group
  • report on the project: Submit a project overview report and portfolio demonstrating evidence of implementation and impact of leadership at the end of the 12 month program
  • work collaboratively with their assigned mentor
  • report on the LDI: Complete a progress survey in Term 3, 2019 and evaluation report in Term 2, 2020
  • advise the Leadership and High Performance directorate promptly of any change in ability to be involved in LDI.

Mentors involved with the LDI must:

  • attend all professional learning and planning conferences and masterclasses
  • work collaboratively with assigned participant(s), making contact on a regular, frequent basis
  • support and coach assigned participant(s) to implement and evaluate their instructional leadership project over a 12 month period
  • report to the department as required
  • advise Leadership and High Performance directorate promptly if any change in ability to be involved in LDI.

The Leadership and High Performance directorate may review the eliginility of participants or mentors involved in the LDI if they do not meet their commitments.

Key dates for the 2019 program

The 2019 program began with a professional learning and planning conference on 20 March (mentors only) and 21-22 March 2019 (participants and their mentors). The Term 2 conference will be held on 20-21 June 2019.

The two-day masterclass on feedback for learning will be held in Term 2 2019 at a date to be confirmed. All conferences will be held in Sydney.

What additional support is offered in the LDI?

Participants and mentors receive ongoing support facilitated by the LDI coordinators via Yammer, Adobe Connect sessions and G-suite resources.

The LDI for current executive has intersection points with two other Leadership Pathways projects: LDI participants and their mentors attend a 2-day feedback masterclass with an expert presenter; current executive participants wishing to extend their management skills are able to opt-in to Adobe Connect sessions which will cover school management.

Expert panels will review end-of-project submissions and feedback will be provided.

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