Recently I’ve noticed that one of my posts is receiving many views. The post is about communication and leadership which I wrote after attending the Leadership for Community Engagement program. One of the program leaders was Dr Elizabeth Mellor and I wrote a summary of her ideas in a previous post which I have reposted below.
You, as a leader, will be different to a manager, you will be finding solutions, you will use your courage and confidence to influence others, you will speak a common language and find that common language so you can move forward. You will empower others and be an enabler so you can shift barriers. You will encourage others to ‘think big’ and work towards delivering transformational change. You will coach others on how to measure change, be respectful and a listener so you understand and collaborate.
You will not shy from anything and you will get in and learn. You will empower others to solve problems because you can’t fix it all. You will take risks and from taking risks you will gain experience to put into other aspects of your role. You will give others a voice and act on what they want and work side by side with them to achieve your common goals. You will be capable of ‘unlearning’ and not be judgmental. You will build a ‘treasury’ of good practice to help you evaluate actions and capture what has been learnt so you can measure the impact of changes and improvements.
And finally, you will deliver to every child and family. Your flexibility will be key to you being a leader, as without flexibility you will impede innovation. You, as a leader, must leave the profession in a better state and by building the capacity of others you should do yourself out of a job!
Reading my own reflections…
Nina Davis -Teaching & Learning in the Australian primary classroom
This year I’ve been part of the Southern Metropolitan Region Community Engagement Project. As a participant of this project I have been looking at different ways of engaging our school community. I’ve outlined the project I developed for my school below. It’s been a ‘new way’ of engaging our parents in how theirchildren learn and our curriculum. My project is outlined below.
I would love to know if other schools are providing interactive workshops for their school community. Please let me know what you’ve been doing in your school to engage your community.
Letter to school community:
You are invited to be a part of the:
Community Engagement Project: Assisting in the Classroom Program
We are offering three interactive, fun and engaging sessions targeting helping in the classroom. These sessions will highlight the ways you as a parent can contribute and gain from adding to the learning experiences of all children you assist…
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Last week I attended a PD focused on applying and interviewing for leadership positions in Victoria, Australia. The presenter, Helen Rix is an education consultant and facilitator. I’d like to thank Helen for an excellent day. Helen challenged my thinking, ensured I reflected and recognised my past, a school’s past, my present, my future and a school’s future. If you’re not sure what this means please leave a comment.
The following questions were asked. How would you answer?
Creating a self portrait
What are my strongest attributes as a teacher?
What contribution will I make as a leader?
What will my leadership look like?
What have you done, thought and planned that points to your capacity for leadership?
Why are you teaching?
Why are you applying for a leadership position?
What are the beliefs you hold about your profession that sustain you when you are under pressure?