Leadership Development Initiative - Highly Accomplished Teacher (LDI/HA) FAQs

This page is intended to assist participants with completing the written response questions in the Leadership Development Initiative/Highly Accomplished Teacher (LDI/HA) expression of interest (EOI). It is recommended you complete your responses in a Word document before completing the participant EOI in Survey Monkey. Mentors are recommended to go directly to Survey Monkey.

Important information

The Leadership Development Initiative is intended to grow the instructional leadership capacity of classroom teachers aspiring to leadership positions. Classroom teachers based in NSW public schools are now invited to submit an expression of interest to participate in the 2019 LDI/HA as a participant. To check for eligibility for Highly Accomplished accreditation, refer to the department’s Accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Procedures, 27 Jan 2017 (page 3).

All questions must be completed. Incomplete forms will not be considered by the selection panel.

Applications are due by 5.00pm 15 November, 2018.

If you require further assistance with this expression of interest application, please contact: leadership@det.nsw.edu.au

Participant acknowledgement

While participation in the Leadership Development Initiative/Highly Accomplished Teacher (LDI/HA) will be richly rewarding, it will involve a significant commitment of time and effort.

As a participant, you will need to commit to a year-long program plus undertake NESA accreditation at the Highly Accomplished Teacher career stage. The LDI/HA will include a two-day professional learning and planning conference in Sydney 14-15 March 2019. Further professional learning conferences will be held 17-18 June and in November 2019 and March 2020.

You will also be expected to meet with your mentor about your project on a regular basis.

In Term 3, 2019 and Term 2, 2020 you will be required to complete a survey which will assist us to evaluate the impact of the Leadership Development Initiative.

Eligible participants in secondary schools and rural and remote schools will receive a grant to support participation in the program. You will be responsible for managing these funds including arranging accommodation and travel. Metropolitan primary participants will be school-funded, that is, required to cover costs involved in attending conferences and mentoring activities with school funds.

Your capacity to commit to this program should be carefully considered before submitting an expression of interest.

Your principal is required to endorse your application and may be contacted to discuss the information provided.

Please ensure you have discussed this application with your principal before submitting.

1. I agree with the following statements and wish to proceed.

  • I understand the commitment required to participate in the 2019 LDI/HA, including the requirement to attend and engage with all components of the program such as professional learning conferences and mentoring activities.
  • I understand that eligibility for a grant is dependent on geographic location and school type.
  • In consultation with my principal, we have identified a mentor from within my school and they have also submitted an EOI for LDI/HA Mentor.
  • I have discussed my application with my principal and sought their endorsement.

The application

In this section you will be asked to answer questions about your leadership capabilities and experience.

13. In what ways are you a highly effective, skilled classroom teacher?

14. Why do you believe you are ready to undertake accreditation at the Highly Accomplished Teacher career stage? In your answer please refer to the Capabilities of a Highly Accomplished Teacher in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSfT), page 7 (approx 200 words)

15. Briefly describe the focus of your LDI/HA project (evidence set)?

16. To answer this section refer to the department’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) document, What works best: Evidence–based practices to help improve NSW student performance. Of the four themes listed below, which theme/s do you plan to address in your LDI/HA project (evidence set)?

  • High expectations
  • Explicit teaching
  • Effective feedback
  • Use of data to inform practice

17. Which Highly Accomplished Teacher standard descriptors do you plan to address in your LDI/HA project (evidence set)? These should align to your CESE theme/s in Question 16.

Note: you are required to nominate 6 - 8 of the following 11 standard descriptors from the APSfT. You may also choose to nominate an additional Highly Accomplished Teacher standard descriptor.

1.2.3 Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge.

1.3.3 Support colleagues in developing effective strategies that address the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

1.5.3 Evaluate the learning and teaching programs, using assessment data, which are differentiated for the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

2.1.3 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.

2.5.3 Support colleagues in implementing effective teaching strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy and numeracy achievement.

3.2.3 Work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify learning and teaching programs to create productive learning environments that engage all students.

3.6.3 Work with colleagues to review current teaching and learning programs using student’s feedback, student assessment data, knowledge of curriculum and workplace practices.

5.1.3 Develop and apply a comprehensive range of strategies to diagnose learning needs, comply with curriculum requirements and support colleagues in evaluating the effectiveness of their approaches to assessment.

5.2.3 Select from an effective range of strategies to provide targeted effective feedback based on informed and timely judgements of each student's current needs in order to progressing learning.

5.4.3 Work with colleagues to use data from internal and external student assessments for evaluating learning and teaching, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice.

6.3.3 Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice and the educational outcomes of students.

18. Briefly describe how you could measure the impact of your LDI/HA project (evidence set)?

19. What will teachers be able to do differently as a result of your LDI/HA project (evidence set)?

23. Before submitting this application, you will need to discuss the following statements with your principal and seek their input.

  • My principal has read the professional capability at the Highly Accomplished Teacher career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers on page seven and supports my participation in this initiative.
  • My principal and I have discussed this application
  • My principal and I have discussed my nominated standard descriptors at Highly Accomplished Teacher
  • My principal and I have identified a mentor from within the school.
  • My principal endorses and fully supports my application in the 2019 LDI/HA.

Verification by the applicant

24. In expressing interest in the 2019 Leadership Development Initiative/Highly Accomplished Teacher, I understand that I have the following project commitments:

  • Time required to complete the LDI/HA including a HA project progress survey and an evaluation and completion report.
  • Attendance and engagement with all components of the LDI/HA including all meetings, professional learning conferences and mentoring activities.
  • Responsibility for the LDI/HA reporting process for my school’s Annual Report.
  • NESA registration for accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher.
  • Submitting annotated an illustration of practice (evidence set) produced as a result of my LDI/HA project which may be published on the Leadership Pathways intranet page.
  • Responsibility for managing my own budget, including travel and accommodation requirements.
  • I understand the program commitments
  • My principal has endorsed my application and I have provided her/him with a copy of this application.

Applications will be assessed by the selection panel in November/December 2018 and the successful applicants notified no later than Tuesday, 11 December 2018.

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