Learning how to lead – leadership courses for modern times
ALACT presents a range of stimulating courses that will enhance and build on existing skills to allow individuals to become successful leaders. Courses currently available include;
How does a school system work? What are the inputs, processes and outputs that determine the relative success of a school? School leaders need to understand that a school is a complex system that requires careful management of all parameters to ensure success. Sometimes leaders get caught in the day-to-day management and fail to see the critical signs when the school is starting to decline. How do you identify opportunities for development and growth in a school?
Defining your own Leadership style
With so many definitions, how does a leader work out what works best in a school? An extended workshop helps participants refine their own understanding of leadership in the school context. An opportunity to develop a self-improvement plan allows the participants to firstly identify their areas for development and secondly, find appropriate methods to address needs in the busy life of the school. The following list provides an example of just how complicated leadership can become.
The purpose of schooling and the role of the leader
In the Australian context, the desired outcomes of school education are clearly stated in the Melbourne Declaration for Educational Goals for Young Australians, (2008, p. 4) states that:
Schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion.
Arguably, schooling is about providing each child with the necessary skills to become independent learners and function successfully in society. The development of literacy, numeracy and access to a broad curriculum that caters for social, creative, practical, physical and emotional development, are important in the educational development of children.
How do schools foster a ‘love of learning’ and develop students to their potential? In this interactive workshop, participants re-examine the role of the school leader in ensuring the school has a vibrant curriculum that is delivered in a way that engages the learner.
Visions and missions – how does a school effectively plan for improvement?
Mort Meyerson CEO at Perot Industries realised that everything he knew about leadership was wrong. Then he came up with these new definitions in which he said: the first task of a leader is to make sure the organization knows itself. Through an interactive workshop, participants learn about analysis of the feedback from key stakeholders and how this can help formulate future directions for a school. They are provided with simple techniques to help the school, as an organization, get to know what they are really about.
What data is available and what can it tell us?
Schools are often data rich and time poor. There are a number of effective methods for gathering data both from within the school and from external assessment. How this data is interpreted is a critical step in informing future school directions. This workshop provides an overview of data sources and methods for analysis within the context of a particular school. Examples are provided of where effective use of data has made a profound impact on the success of the school.
Successful change management
Before a fundamental change in a school can happen, there needs to be a belief that improvement is possible. Leaders are critical to the success of change management. The secret is a leader can be anyone on staff. Change is often about empowering staff to take the lead, try new things and stop doing other things that don’t get results. During this interactive training program, participants learn about strategies to make change happen. Through a series of actual school scenarios, participants can examine the reason why some changes are more successful than others.
The flexible delivery of one or a suite of these courses can be tailored to suit the current and future needs of your organisation. Additionally we can create specific courses that target individual and group professional development requirements.