The Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program

The Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program is a twelve-month program for aspiring and current school leaders in rural and remote settings. The program will enhance leadership development through the delivery of rural and remote-centric learning opportunities.

The SLI recognises rural and remote schools have their own unique circumstances, which is why our program has been developed with experts in rural and remote education. It is tailored specifically to meet the needs of these school communities.

Through the core concepts of contextual leadership, pedagogical expertise, and cultural humility, participants will engage in evidence-informed leadership frameworks and student-centered leadership inquiry.

The Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program is a significant contributor to the Rural and Remote Education Strategy (2021-24).

Rural and Remote leaders

This program is for current and aspiring leaders from rural and remote schools.

Participation will involve:

  • Four Leadership seminars and periodic webinars with the SLI and academic partners
  • Working with appointed highly skilled mentors
  • Submitting an inquiry project for validation at the conclusion of the program

EOI – Rural and Remote Leaders

Applications are now open for aspiring and current rural and remote leaders seeking to enhance their leadership impact.

The Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program (RnRLDP) supports the leadership development of aspiring and current leaders in NSW rural and remote public schools. The program is intensive, action-oriented, and tailored to the unique needs of leaders in rural and remote settings. It is delivered by the School Leadership Institute (SLI) and academic partners with a focus on leading learning and leadership inquiry in context.

The program is designed for those rural and remote leaders who are willing to commit to a challenging program, committed to the leadership development of self and others, and committed to the sustainability and viability of NSW rural and remote public schools.

To successfully complete the twelve-month program participants must deeply engage in all leadership seminars and learning activities; engage in a process of iterative improvement with support and challenge of a mentor; lead an evidence-informed inquiry in their school context; develop evidence of learning and leadership impact and meet program requirements at a high standard.

To apply, applicants must submit a written response of a maximum of 2 x A4 pages that provides a brief outline of their current role and setting and addresses the following two questions:

  • What core beliefs motivate you to lead in your current setting? How are these beliefs evidenced in what you do?
  • How have you/or would you contribute to the learning of others, within and beyond your immediate role or setting?

The completed EOI form signed by your supervisor must accompany your written response.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 April 2021.

All associated costs will be funded by the SLI, including travel, accommodation, professional learning, and the provision of relief for program activities that require participants to leave their school.

Rural and Remote principals

The Rural and Remote Leaders principal plays a critical role in the program. They will enable conditions for evidence-informed leadership learning and explore reflective practices to enhance leadership capabilities.

Participation will involve:

  • Online engagement in periodic webinars and components of the leadership seminars
  • The provision of support to other program participants

Mentors

Mentors from senior leadership positions across NSW will leverage their expertise to work with a number of Rural and Remote Leaders and develop relational trust to foster learning and inquiry.

  • Participation will involve:
  • Leadership seminars and periodic webinars
  • Supporting assigned Rural and Remote leaders through 1:1 support
  • Residential mentoring, observation, and feedback in the school setting of program participants

EOI – Mentors

Applications are open for experienced Principals, Deputy Principals, and mentors to apply for the role of Mentor in the School Leadership Institute’s (SLI), Rural and Remote Leadership Development Program (RnRLDP) cohort 2.

The role of the mentor is to support the learning of aspiring and current leaders in rural and remote settings across a 12 month program through small group facilitation and individual guidance at a ratio of approximately 1:2. Mentors utilise the leadership frameworks to guide leadership conversations and support leader’s self-reflection.

To apply, applicants must submit a written response of a maximum of 2 x A4 pages that provides a brief outline of your current role, setting, relevant professional experience, and addresses the following three questions:

  • What core beliefs motivate you in your current setting/role?
  • How are these beliefs evidenced in what you do?
  • How do you establish and sustain the conditions for effective mentoring?

The completed EOI form signed by your supervisor must accompany your written response. The SLI RnRLDP team will also conduct a referee check. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 March 2021.

Middle Leaders

Selected assistant principals and headteachers from metropolitan and regional schools will undertake professional learning that deepens their understanding of the role of community engagement and cultural humility in leadership.

  • Participation will involve:
  • Three five-day residentials to teach and reside in a rural and remote community
  • Periodic online engagement with an academic partner
  • Submission of a leadership impact statement relating to rural and remote residential experience

Academic Partners

Emeritus Professor John Halsey (Flinders University)

Professor Halsey’s expertise in contextual leadership will enhance participant understanding of content and commitment to action that informs leadership in rural and remote settings

Dr Cam Brooks (University of Queensland)

Dr Brooks’s expertise in effective classroom teaching and learning practices will help build participants capacity to lead learning

Key Dates:

July – October 2021: Phase One

  • 3-day Leadership Seminar
  • 2-day Leadership Seminar
  • Periodic webinars

November 2021 – February 2022: Phase Two

  • 3-day Leadership Seminar
  • Periodic webinars

March - June 2022: Phase Three

  • 3-day Leadership Seminar
  • Periodic webinars

June – July 2022: Evaluation

  • Project submissions and evaluations

More Information

For more information visit our frequently asked questions page or email the School Leadership Institute at slicorrespondence@det.nsw.edu.au

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