Middle Leaders Professional Learning Group
Over 6 months, our Middle Leaders Professional Learning Group will go through the Teaching Council’s leadership capabilities framework step by step.
Each fortnight we’ll take a deep dive into one of the 9 leadership capabilities in our closed Facebook group.
There will be discussions, resources and challenges to get stuck into along our journey together, but most importantly f#@king awesome educators from across New Zealand to collaborate and celebrate with.
Early Bird Registrations:
30/11/2020 - 07/12/2020
11/01/2021 - 20/01/2021
Professional Learning Group Dates:
25/01/2020 - 11/07/2021
Professional Learning Group Overview
These are just some of the areas that we'll explore in our private Facebook group
Module 1: Whakawhanaungatanga
- Intentions for the year
- Exploring your natural leadership style
Module 2: Professional Relationships
- Respect - how to earn it & keep it
- Barriers to high-trust relationships
- Building an environment for excellent professional relationships
Module 3: Culturally Responsive Practice
- Leadership that creates a sense of belonging
- Utilising resources: Ka Hikitia & Te Hurihanganui
- Growing your own and others' confidence in CRP
Module 4: Collective Leadership
- Exploring excellence in collaboration
- Leadership vs Management
- Team standards & expectations
Module 5: Strategic Thinking and Planning
- Leadership that reflects your school charter
- Your role in the strategic direction of your school
- Getting involved in the big picture planning
Module 6: Term Break
Take a break here - you've earned it!
Module 7: Evaluating Practices & Outcomes
- Your professional growth cycle
- A leaders role in assessment for learning
- Being solutions focused, not problems focused
Module 8: Resources Management
- Making the most of your team's time, space & money
- Utilising human resources
- Informed decision making
Module 9: Embodying Organisational Values
- Taking risks
- Supporting colleagues to uphold standards
- Difficult conversations for when things fall to bits
Module 10: Contributing to Education in New Zealand
- What you have to offer the profession
- Contributing outside of your own school/Kāhui Ako
- Resources for national educational news & opportunities
Module 11: Reflect, Review, Reset
- Course reflections
- Goal review
- Action plan for continued professional learning
Why this Professional Learning Group matters
I remember being absolutely terrified when leadership happened to me in my 4th year of teaching. My principal called me into his office one morning and told me that my team leader had gone AWOL and that he needed me to take over for a couple of months while he found a permanent replacement.
I walked back to my class with an extra spring in my step and then went “Holy Shit! What am I actually supposed to do?
You see, there’s this funny thing that happens when you have a middle leadership role. You get a cool new title to put on your email signature and maybe a unit or two. But you also get a big fat expectation that you’ll just figure out how to do everything as you go along.
We all want to be incredible teachers and exceptional leaders, but we’re totally up against it when it comes to having the time and support that we need to reflect, learn and grow.
That’s because professional learning & development is a process, not an event. So I reckon it’s time to pull back on the one-off workshops and start investing in long term professional learning groups.
So guess what? I’ve made one!