2019 Leadership Development Initiative - Lead Teacher (LDI/Lead) - EOI information

This page is intended to assist participants with completing their application for the Leadership Development Initiative-Lead Teacher (LDI/Lead) expression of interest (EOI). It is recommended you draft your responses in a Word document before completing the participant application via  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 current leaders who have an authentic teaching component within their role (including head teachers, assistant principals, deputy principals and teaching principals).

Highly effective classroom practitioners (including head teachers, assistant principals, deputy principals and teaching principals) who have an authentic teaching component within their role are invited to submit an expression of interest to participate in the 2019 LDI/Lead. To check for eligibility 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 16 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 LDI/Lead 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 Lead Teacher career stage. The LDI/Lead will include a two-day professional learning and planning conference in Sydney in 21-22  on March 2019. Further professional learning conferences will be held 20-21 June and in November 2019 and March 2020.

You will also be expected to meet with your mentor 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 or Director, Educational Leadership (in the case of teaching principals) 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 or Director, Educational Leadership before submitting.

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

  • I understand the commitment required to participate in the 2019 LDI/Lead, 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.
  • I have discussed my application with my principal and sought their endorsement and understand that they may be contacted to discuss the information provided.

The application

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

12. In what ways are you an exemplary teacher?

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

14. Outline the Lead Initiative (project) that you propose to lead from your school plan. (200 words max.)

15. To answer this section you will need to 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 Lead Initiative (project)?

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

16. Which Lead Teacher standard descriptors do you plan to address in your Lead Initiative (project)? These should align to your CESE theme/s in Question 15.

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 Lead Teacher standard descriptor.

1.2.4 Lead processes to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programs using research and workplace knowledge about how students learn.

1.3.4 Evaluate and revise school learning and teaching programs, using expert and community knowledge and experience, to meet the needs of students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

1.5.4 Lead colleagues to evaluate the effectiveness of learning and teaching programs differentiated for the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

2.1.4 Lead initiatives within the school to evaluate and improve knowledge of content and teaching strategies and demonstrate exemplary teaching of subjects using effective, research- based learning and teaching programs.

2.5.4 Monitor and evaluate the implementation of teaching strategies within the school to improve students’ achievement in literacy and numeracy using research-based knowledge and student data.

3.2.4 Exhibit exemplary practice and lead colleagues to plan, implement and review the effectiveness of their learning and teaching programs to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.

3.6.4 Conduct regular reviews of teaching and learning programs using multiple sources of evidence including student assessment data, curriculum documents, teaching practices and feedback from parents/carers, students and colleagues.

5.1.4 Evaluate school assessment policies and strategies to support colleagues in using assessment data to diagnose learning needs, complying with curriculum, system and/or school assessment requirements and using a range of assessment strategies.

5.2.4 Model exemplary practice and initiate programs to support colleagues in applying a range of timely, effective and appropriate feedback strategies.

5.4.4 Coordinate student performance and program evaluation using internal and external student assessment data to improve teaching practice.

6.3.4 Implement professional dialogue within the school or professional learning network(s) that is informed by feedback, analysis of current research and practice to improve the educational outcomes of students.

17. Briefly describe how you could measure the impact of your Lead Initiative (project)?

18. What will teachers be able to do differently as a result of your Lead Initiative (project)?

Verification by the principal/Director, Educational Leadership

22. Before submitting this application, you will need to discuss the following statements with your principal or Director, Educational Leadership and seek their input.

  • My principal or Director, Educational Leadership has read the professional capability at the Lead Teacher career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers on page 7 and supports my participation in this initiative.
  • My principal or Director, Educational Leadership and I have discussed this application.
  • My principal or Director, Educational Leadership and I have discussed my nominated standard descriptors at Lead Teacher My principal or Director, Educational Leadership has verified that my Lead Initiative (project) is linked to the school’s plan.
  • My principal or Director, Educational Leadership endorses and fully supports my application in the 2019 LDI/Lead.

Verification by the applicant

23. In expressing interest in the 2019 LDI/Lead, I understand I have the following commitments:

  • The time required to lead and complete the LDI/Lead including a progress survey and an evaluation and completion report.
  • Attendance and engagement with all components of the LDI/Lead including all meetings, professional learning conferences and mentoring activities.
  • Responsibility for the LDI/Lead reporting process for my school’s Annual Report.
  • NESA registration for accreditation at Lead Teacher.
  • Submitting an annotated illustration of practice (evidence set) produced as a result of my LDI/Lead Initiative (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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