Online Training

Leadership for Middle Leaders in Schools

Empowering teacher leaders drive transformational change

16 & 17 September 2024

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM AEST

Next intake: 16 & 17 September 2024 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM AEST

Overview

Middle leaders in schools are the bridge between school strategic goal implementation and student learning. As the role of senior school leaders has become more complex, the leadership of improvement, innovation, and change has been distributed (or delegated) to middle leaders. However, middle leaders are very rarely provided with explicit and high-quality professional learning on how to think and lead strategically.

This workshop has been developed to empower and enable middle leaders to lead strategically from the middle, with a view to unlocking your own vision, driving the strategic goals of your school/system, and in turn, creating better learning experiences for your students.

Through a mix of presentations, activities, and reflection, this online course will help middle leaders better manage the challenges of operational and strategic leadership, drive innovation, build trust and influence to lead teams, and plan their careers.

Who Should Attend?

Director of enrolments • Dean of students • Dean of teaching and learning
Curriculum leader • Head of primary • Head of secondary • Subject coordinator
Stage coordinator • Wellbeing coach • Leader of learning • Head Teacher
Assistant Principal • Vice Principal • Senior Teacher

Learning Outcomes

Reframe and integrate strategic and operational leadership to enhance school performance.
Develop emotional intelligence to improve leadership effectiveness and team well-being.
Build a culture of trust and influence by understanding and navigating interpersonal dynamics.
Plan and manage your career with strategic goals.

Online Training

Leadership for Middle Leaders in Schools


Session details

  • Address the most pressing challenges that middle leaders in schools face
  • Dial-in from wherever you are: rural, regional or metropolitan
  • Network and benchmark with middle leaders from schools across the A/NZ region
  • Map out and plan your career
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Level: Fundamentals

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Key Sessions

Reframe your thinking: stop thinking of operational and strategic as competitors 

  • Shifting your mindset 
  • Defining your vision 
  • Communicating your vision 

 

Strategic thinking and planning for middle leaders in schools 

  • Understanding the goals of your school/system 
  • Aligning teacher performance and development plans and teaching tools with school/system   
  • Strategic planning and action tools 

Trust and Influence 

  • 5 dimensions of trust when leading from the middle 
  • Navigating difficult conversations 
  • Know your trust preference 
  • Know your influence preference 

Knowing your team 

  • Leading strong teams 
  • Understanding your people 
  • What is your WHY?  
  • How do you communicate your why to your team and colleagues? 

Leading change and innovation as a middle leader 

  • Action research 
  • Change models for education 
  • Determining the impact of your actions 

Develop your strategic capability 

  • Establish a clear vision 
  • Clarifying your vision and communicating it with your team 
  • Lessons learned and next steps 

Exploring emotional intelligence 

  • How is emotional intelligence different from being resilient, kind, and empathetic? 
  • How do you recognise and manage yours and others’ emotions to inform your interactions for positive impact and influence? 
  • Your well-being 

Managing yourself and planning your career 

  • Reflecting upon your goals and vision 
  • What’s next 
  • How to map out your career 

Meet Your Facilitator

Liz Benson

Director | Pivotal Leadership

Liz believes that “every student deserves a great teacher, and every teacher deserves the opportunity to be great.” As such, Liz’s career has been dedicated to building teacher capability through leading curriculum and pedagogy in secondary schools. Liz now specializes in creating opportunities for middle leaders in schools to thrive. This has led Liz to establish Pivotal Leadership, offering coaching and mentoring opportunities for middle leaders.

In 2018, Liz established the ACELQ Pivotal People Middle Leaders network on the Gold Coast. Pivotal People is a professional collegial network for educators leading from the middle that aims to create engaging and intellectually stimulating conversations about issues important to middle leaders. This network has expanded to Brisbane and has provided professional learning for over 250 middle leaders.

Liz is currently the Executive Officer at Adolescent Success and an Australian Council of Educational Leaders Queensland Branch Executive Board Member. Her previous roles include Leadership Development for the QLD Department of Education, Deputy Principal, and Pedagogy and Curriculum leader in various secondary schools in Victoria and Queensland. Liz is currently tackling a PhD at Griffith University, researching how middle leaders in secondary schools develop their leadership practice.

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