School Leadership Institute Newsletters

Welcome to our November newsletter.

It’s been a huge year for the School Leadership Institute (SLI) team, as it has been for all of our colleagues.

This year we launched the first Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program and a new Middle Leader Online Induction. We’ve celebrated the first cohort completing our Aspiring Principals Leadership Program and developed a new School Leadership Identification Framework which will be piloted next year.

We have even more planned for 2021. But in the meantime, we wish all our colleagues a happy end to Term 4 and a restful holiday after the challenges of 2020.

Scholarships for School Leaders

Principals and Directors Educational Leadership (DELs) who have started or plan to start postgraduate study in education can now apply for one of our scholarships worth up to $15,000.

The scholarships are available to help cover the cost of course fees for substantive principals and DELs who are undertaking a Masters of Education. They are also available for those undertaking a Doctorate degree, with the scholarships helping pay for study-related expenses such as textbooks and casual relief.

They are available for postgraduate Education study at any Australian university. Principals and DELs can apply for scholarship support for courses that have already begun and will continue in 2021, or for courses that begin in Semester 1 2021.

Applications are open and close 5pm Friday 8 January 2021.

Visit the Scholarships for School Leaders page on our website to find more information and application forms.

The new School Leadership Identification Framework

We’re very excited to be piloting a new resource for schools next year, the School Leadership Identification Framework (SLIF).

The SLIF is a resource for teacher leaders who want to enhance their leadership impact, or aspire to move into a formal leadership role such as head teacher or assistant principal.

It can be used as a development tool for teachers through collaboration and professional learning, and by receiving quality feedback on their leadership behaviours and capabilities through
a formal mentoring process.

We will pilot the SLIF in selected schools in 2021, and it will be available in all schools in 2022.

You can read our research report and literature review into leadership identification on our research pages.

Watch the School Leadership Identification Framework video for a brief overview of the SLIF.

Busy times for our rural and remote leaders

More than 100 participants took part in online seminars during
November, as part of our new Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program.

The program has been developed by the SLI to cater for the unique needs and challenges of school leaders in rural and remote NSW.

Last week we held a three-day seminar with two leading experts in the field: Emeritus Professor John Halsey from Flinders University, and Dr Cam Brooks, from the University of Queensland.

Earlier in the month rural and remote leaders participated in a five-day seminar covering a range of topics including the SLI Leadership Frameworks, leadership conversations, and authenticity in leading Aboriginal education.

The third leadership seminar for the program will be held in March.

Find out more about the Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program.

2021 Middle Leader Online Induction

The 2021 Middle Leader Online Induction program will be available and open for enrolment from 27 January 2021.

The induction will provide newly appointed, first time substantive or long-term relieving assistant principals and head teachers appointed from June 2020 an orientation into the role of a middle leader through a two-part program.

  • Component 1 – self-paced eLearning (prerequisite), and
  • Component 2 – two-day virtual conference.

The course content for component 1 will focus on the purpose, direction and values of the leadership role delivered across four modules focusing on: Leading Learning, Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Inquiry.

Component 2 will provide opportunities to professionally network and unpack department policies and strategies.

Component 1 will be open for enrolments and completion from
27 January 2021 .

Upcoming SLI Conversations video series

Watch this space for the launch of our upcoming SLI Conversations video series which will cover a range of leadership topics including moral purpose, curiosity, collaboration and emotional intelligence.

The series will feature some high profile guests such Jane Caro, Wendy McCarthy, and Genos International CEO Ben Palmer, as well as DoE staff including our Director Joanne Jarvis.

The video series is set to be launched early next year on our website.

SLI support for DoE Bushfire Relief Strategy

We have continued our support of principals whose schools and communities have been impacted by bushfire in the past 12 months. More than 100 principals and seven DELs are participating in our Thriving for Tomorrow individual coaching program. Feedback from principals has been very positive.

Here's what some of them had to say:

“After two years of quite intense stress, and then completing Thriving for Tomorrow, I can honestly say I feel like me. My mind is calmer. I have grown. The most important part is that I know I have several strategies to keep myself well and build positive habits for myself.’

“My coach has been an inspiration on so many levels. She has challenged my thinking and through this I have begun to develop clearer perspectives of my leadership and my leadership potential.”

“I feel I have been given a wealth of research, ideas, tools and strategies to support me in my role, which in turn makes my leadership of better quality.”

We’re also offering small group discussions with principals whose schools were impacted by bushfires, led by experienced principal facilitators. Their focus is on the SLI Leadership Mindsets and the Leadership for Inquiry and Innovation framework needed to support the development of their Strategic Improvement Plan.

Update on the APLP

The selection process for participants in the next round of the Aspiring Principals Leadership Program (APLP) is currently underway. Successful applicants will be contacted within the next few weeks.

Participants in Cohort 4 continued their leadership learning with two leadership seminars last week, featuring Professor Andy Hargreaves and Professor Viviane Robinson. Participants from Cohorts 2 and 3 are nearing the completion of the program following the submission of their Leadership Inquiry and Digital Story.

Participants who complete the APLP are eligible to apply for a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) at University of Wollongong with 50% credit points.

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