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The AIS Leadership Centre Flagship Program 2017 – 2018 a rigorous, holistic program for experienced senior leaders in schools
The AIS Leadership Centre Flagship Program is a rigorous, holistic program for experienced senior leaders in schools. A year-long program, it begins in December each year. Applications are encouraged from eligible candidates in schools across all sectors within Australia and beyond. Tim Hildebrandt, St Peter’s Catholic College, NSW What do participants say? The Flagship Program was undoubtedly the most valuable professional learning experience I have ever been engaged in. There was a solid academic Elizabeth Brooks, St Vincents base evidenced through a selection of well curated College, NSW academic readings and an expectation of rigour The Flagship Program has in the written tasks. The learning experiences enabled depth and breadth of were varied and each very powerful. I interacted with international learning through the experience experts in educational leadership. I spent quality time with my Professional of sharing the journey with Companion. I visited schools and engaged in shadowing experiences and colleagues from varying most significantly, had the opportunity to learn with a strong team of educative contexts within an absolute climate of trust. dedicated educational professionals who were passionate about their own The professional rigour of the program enabled me journey through leadership. My learnings from the Flagship Program have to seek refinement through dialogue with the high served me well so far and will continue to do so for many years to come. I quality academic research and current practice of highly recommend this program to any aspirational school leader. expert voices. The opportunity to facilitate a project Fiona Johnston, Australian International in my own school context challenged me to transfer School, Singapore theory into practice, requiring a willingness to take risks to improve core purpose. I feel confident that my The Flagship Program has provided a wonderful continued growth as a leader will build the capacity of opportunity to meet and learn alongside fellow myself and colleagues to influence learning success for aspiring educational leaders. Involvement in the our students and their future. program enabled me to take time for reflection, ask myself some of the challenging questions that Belinda Vertriest, Billanook leaders need to ask and combine my practical experience with theoretical College, VIC knowledge. The opportunity to shadow an experienced Principal, to develop the confidence to lead a school through change and to learn new skills has Involvement in the Flagship been invaluable. It has been an enriching and rewarding leadership journey. Program has been a gift in my professional leadership journey. Sean Corcoran, Redlands, NSW Contemporary research on The Flagship Program was the best professional leadership profiles and practices learning in which I have participated over the was explored through rigorous academic reading, course of my career. Underpinned by extensive writing and the exceptional quality of speakers theoretical research and practical experience, throughout the program. Of most value to me has it allowed me to broaden and deepen my been the opportunity to share and learn collegially understanding of educational leadership, while with others in similar roles. also further develop my own personal values and vision as an educator. Our leadership challenges, fears, joys and dreams We were able to learn from leading academics in the educational leadership were discussed in a collaborative relational context. field and to shadow current leaders. In addition, the opportunity to be The Flagship Program has reinvigorated my passion supported by a Professional Companion was priceless. Working and for leading the learning in my school and has unlocked reflecting collaboratively with the other participants was enriching and self-knowledge that will undoubtedly remain with me. has allowed me to develop a strong network which will be a valuable support for me in the future. Rigorous, reflective and enriching, the Flagship Alan Jones, Christ Church Program is a must for anyone who wants to further explore educational Grammar School, WA leadership opportunities. The AIS Flagship Program is Dr Nicole Archard, Loreto College, SA the best professional learning opportunity I have had the The AIS Flagship Program is a wonderful privilege of participating in. opportunity to make new connections and learn Challenging and engaging, yet from other people’s experiences, as well as reflect highly collaborative and supportive, the Program ticks on theoretical understandings of leadership. all the boxes for high-end educational leadership. In particular, the school visits and Principal shadowing experiences have been enlightening with regard to understanding different models of Principal leadership and school structures. This program has enabled me to reflect on my own practice in many positive as well as challenging ways.
“The most valuable personal and professional development I have ever undertaken.” Terrie Jones, St Michael’s Grammar School, VIC WHY ENROL? • Posion yourself for principalship • Gain hands-on experience in leading school-wide change • Enhance your ability to lead confidently and with autonomy • Be stretched by a rigorous program that blends theory and pracce • Develop the knowledge and skills needed for successful senior leadership • Bring new energy and insight to your role and career • Gain 25 per cent of a Master of Educaonal Leadership degree or possible arculaon towards a higher research degree AIS Leadership Centre Flagship Program WHY INVEST? WHO ENROLS? • Your school will gain new insights from key • Experienced senior leaders who want to deepen research and praconer wisdom that can be their knowledge and re-energise their pracce shared with the school community • Deputy Principals • The capacity of senior leaders and the school • Heads of Campus will be enhanced and sustained • Heads of Junior School • A priority area of school life can be addressed • Heads of Middle School through the professional project component • Heads of Senior School • Those considering principalship within a year or two of being credible applicants “Contemporary school administrators play a daunting array of roles. They must be educational visionaries and change agents, instructional leaders, curriculum and assessment experts, budget analysts, facility managers, special program administrators and community builders ... Principals also need a sophisticated understanding of organisations and organisational change. Further, as approaches to funding schools change, Principals are expected to make sound resource allocations that are likely to improve achievement for students.” Darling-Hammond, LaPointe, Meyerson & Orr, 2007
What is The Flagship Program all about? About the AIS Leadership Centre The time frame Our purpose is to develop confident, The 2017 – 2018 Flagship Program begins on Sunday, 10th December competent and visionary educational 2017 and ends in mid-October 2018. leaders who will improve the learning and Full attendance at all program days is required. personal growth of students, staff and school communities. Our programs, processes and services to schools are soundly underpinned Features of The Flagship Program by contemporary theory, delivered by top-level • Built on a commitment to clearly articulated values and vision, and presenters, and focus equally on practitioner an understanding of leadership as an inner and outer journey and academic perspectives. • Critiqued and endorsed by key stakeholders and our Academic David Smith, Calrossy Anglican Reference Group of leading international scholars School, NSW • Leading practitioners and scholars as presenters and facilitators The Flagship Program is the • University credit towards a Master of Educational Leadership most significant and valuable degree, or possible contribution towards a higher research degree experience I have undertaken as • Addresses both the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers an educator and school leader. and the Australian Professional Standard for Principals. This The combination of contemporary leadership theory, Standard applies to current and emerging Principals and executive best practice and practical experience in the year- team members long program was formative and inspiring. I greatly • Rigorous evaluation – formative, summative and longitudinal benefited from access to world leaders in education, the opportunities to reflect, feedback from peers and undertaking a professional project in my school context. The format Most valuable were the experiences in shadowing a • Ten face-to-face course days and three days of focused school visits Principal, undertaking a 360 evaluation of my own practice and working with a Professional Companion • Online meetings for the year. Participation in The Flagship Program • Ongoing journalling equipped me with the confidence and awareness • Pre-reading tasks required to take on the role of school leadership. • Ten hours of Professional Companioning Deb Magill, Roseville College, • Regular feedback on the progress of the Professional Project NSW • Summative presentation of the outcomes of the Professional Project The AIS Flagship Program is a leadership course like no other. • Final reflective paper It is a program built on a sound research base and with a clear The venues expectation of rigour. It offers solid content as well as guided reflection on current practice and the challenge The Flagship Program face-to-face days will be held at either the AIS of personal reflection of one self. Two distinguishable Conference Centre or at the The SHORE School. factors I truly appreciated were the personalised (see detailed program on page 6). learning through a 360 Degree review process and the AIS Conference Centre SHORE privileged opportunity for Professional Companionship; Level 12, 99 York Street Blue Street the learning from both of these experiences was SYDNEY NSW NORTH SYDNEY NSW then contextualised through the professional project. I am encouraged by the ongoing nature of (easily accessible from (easily accessible from trusted connections made through the program with Town Hall or Wynyard stations) North Sydney station) peers, experienced school leaders and Professional Companions. If those in senior leadership positions are Accommodation for the residential component is at the thinking about Principalship, I highly recommend The North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, 17 Blue Street, North Sydney. AIS Flagship Program.
VALUES and VISION “The Flagship Program has been the most amazing opportunity to learn about current theory of leadership in school and reflect and focus on oneself. The course has been delivered with such care and intent that it has been a very safe place to explore personal strengths and challenges. It really has been an honour to have been a participant of this course. I highly recommend this to anyone in leadership positions in a school.” Garry Case, Emanuel School, NSW The four content areas The four core elements Contextual leadership • An emphasis on the person of the leader, ‘understanding The program supports participants to connect not only self’, including completion and debriefing of The with their local context, but also with national, global and Leadership Circle Profile, an internationally recognised educational contexts 360° survey Instructional leadership • Professional Companioning – a paired process, conducted How to lead learning in all the diversity necessary for by former Principals who have been trained as coaches. It holistic student achievement and enhanced quality of addresses both the ‘self’ of the leader and the context of teaching their work • Peer learning – the group learns with, through and from Relational leadership each member of the cohort This is a pivotal area of contemporary leadership which includes communication skills, building effective professional • A professional project – leadership of a school-wide relationships, working in teams and with a board change initiative which each participant identifies, implements and evaluates within their own school, Organisational leadership supported by an in-school mentor Included in this area are strategy and direction; understanding culture; leading change and innovation; legal and accountability matters; and resource management “Knowing others is intelligence; Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Dates Mode Program Event Term 4, 2017 Sunday – Monday Program Days 1 and 2 10th – 11th December SHORE, Blue Street, North Sydney Please note: RESIDENTIAL on the evening of 10th December at North Sydney Harbourview Hotel Term 1, 2018 Early February Completion of The Leadership Circle™ 360O profile 360o One day to be completed School visit day 1 by Friday 9th March Tuesday 13th March Online meeting 1 The Flagship Program 2017 – 2018 9:00am – 10:30am Term 1, non-term time Tuesday – Thursday Program Days 3, 4 and 5 17th – 19th April AIS Conference Centre (includes one-to-one Professional Companioning) Term 2, 2018 One-to-one Professional Companioning One day during Term 2 School visit day 2 One-to-one Professional Companioning Monday 4th June Online meeting 2 11:00am – 12:30pm Term 2, non-term time Wednesday – Friday Program Days 6, 7 and 8 18th – 20th July AIS Conference Centre One-to-one Professional Companioning (face to face) Term 3, 2018 One day during Term 3 School visit day 3 One-to-one Professional Companioning Tuesday 14th August Online meeting 3 9:00am – 10:30am Thursday and Friday Program Days 9 and 10 30th August – 31st August AIS Conference Centre One-to-one Professional Companioning (face to face) Second week of One-to-one Professional Companioning October 2018 Monday 15th October Completion of final paper
Application process What do Principals say? The Flagship Program is open to experienced senior leaders from Phillip Heath, Head of Barker College, Sydney, NSW across and beyond Australia, and from all education sectors. Places are limited and competition for these places is keen, so potential The AIS Flagship Program combines deep scholarship and research with participants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants need the outstanding practical experiences of endorsement of their Principal and, in consultation with their reflective leadership in real settings. Principal, will identify a senior leader within their school who will Participants in the Program bring their extensive personal attributes act as an in-school mentor for the duration of the program. to learn collaboratively and respectfully from others. (The in-school mentor may be the Principal.) The professional shadowing experiences offer insights into the layers of leadership that are required to The Flagship Program is a rigorous and high-quality course, inspire the culture of a thriving school. The calibre appropriate to the calibre of those who gain a place. The application of participants in the Flagship Program fills me with form is available from the AIS Leadership Centre website: hope for the future of leadership in independent schools. www.aisnsw.edu.au/flagshipapplication Megan Krimmer, Headmistress, Abbotsleigh, NSW For more information please contact Anita Tam at adminLC@aisnsw.edu.au The AIS Flagship Program is impressive in its research based Applications close on Friday, 1st September 2017. and scholarly approach to leading a school in the 21st century Australian context. The readings, thinking and The AIS Leadership Centre resulting discussions are rich and lead to quite profound insight. The program is equally Academic Reference Group impressive in the practical arena. Those undertaking the Flagship Program have opportunities to learn from a variety of Principals and to shadow an This is an advisory body of renowned national and international experienced Principal. I have found that participants scholars, from educational leadership and related fields, who act as have developed a deep knowledge of strategic, critical friends to the AIS Leadership Centre Flagship Program. macro and micro thinking and have understood as much about what the role of headship truly entails. The Flagship Program certainly provides an excellent preparation for an aspiring Principal. Tim Bowden, Principal, Inaburra School, NSW Two of our senior staff have participated in the AIS Flagship Program. Both have shared with me that the experience broadened and deepened their understanding Professor Louise Stoll Professor Andy Hargreaves Professor James Spillane of themselves, of educational (UK) (USA) (USA) leadership in general and of independent school leadership in particular. My observation is that their capacity and their confidence has increased through their experiences in the program. I think that the scope and rigour of the course are pitched appropriately, being both demanding and accessible for staff in senior positions. “Whatever one’s style, every leader, to be effective, must have and work on Professor Brian Caldwell Professor Karen Seashore (Australia) Louis (USA) improving his or her moral purpose. Moral purpose is about both ends and “The AIS Leadership Centre has demonstrated that it offers means. Authentic leaders, in other world-class programs for the support of school leaders. It sets a words, display character, and character high benchmark for other organisations that seek to do this well.” is the defining characteristic of authentic Professor Brian Caldwell leadership.” Fullan 2001
Message Cost from the Dean Experienced senior leaders from any education sector within and beyond Australia are invited to apply. AISNSW recognises AIS membership of schools in other states and territories. The AIS member discounted rate applies to these schools. Cost for participants from: GST inclusive In these times of ambiguity, complexity AIS Member Schools (in any state/territory) $9,350 and increasing velocity of change, Applications from any other school will be senior leaders and emerging Principals considered. Please contact Jennifer Davies need more support than ever. In at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. the education and the corporate The program fee is inclusive of all course materials, one night’s sectors, leadership is now seen as accommodation for the residential component, and the program both an inner journey of change dinner on 10th December 2017. Participants will be responsible and growing self-awareness and an for bookings and costs associated with flights, ground travel and outer journey of acquiring knowledge additional accommodation if required. and skills. The Flagship Program Participants and their schools might consider sharing the cost of incorporates extensive material for the program. the outer journey – sound research, practical strategies, knowledge and Scholarships skill development – and also multiple Partial scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of opportunities to equip oneself for the sponsors for which the AIS Leadership Centre is grateful. inner journey of reflection, resilience, A scholarship application form is available at: www.aisnsw.edu.au/flagshipscholarship creativity and wisdom. NGS Super – five $3,000 scholarships for Jennifer Davies participants who are members, or eligible for Dean, AIS Leadership Centre membership, of NGS Super. The Association of Independent Schools of NSW NGS Super Steiner Education Australia – two $3,000 scholarships for participants from Steiner Successful completion of The Flagship Schools across Australia. Program converts to approximately two NAB Education – five $3,000 scholarships. units of university credit towards a Master of Successful applicants will demonstrate awareness Educational Leadership degree, or possible of NAB educational initiatives. articulation towards a higher research degree, at a number of leading Australian universities. Aon – three $3,000 scholarships for participants from schools who are clients of Aon Insurance. The AIS Leadership Centre is proudly sponsored by: QBE – two $3,000 scholarships for participants from schools who are clients of QBE Insurance. Integroe Partners – two $3,000 scholarships for participants from rural or regional schools. Nexia – two $3,000 scholarships for participants from schools in rural locations. Independent Schools Tasmania – one $5,000 scholarship for a participant from Tasmanian independent schools. Karen Seashore Louis – one $5,000 scholarship Completing The AIS Leadership Centre to a participant from a school in South East Asia, Flagship Program will contribute 65 hours Papua New Guinea or Western Australia of NESA registered professional learning addressing 6.1.4, 6.3.4, 7.2.4 and 7.4.4 AIS ACT – two $3,000 scholarships for participants from the Australian Professional Standards from ACT independent schools. for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
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