Facilitator: Jodie Cunningham, Professional Learning Consultant
This series of forums focuses attention on the development of Educational Leaders in their endeavour to motivate, lead and inspire educators in pedagogical practice. If you are new to the role of Educational Leader or trying to create a better understanding of what your role entails this series is for you.
Many Educational Leaders struggle to achieve these outcomes due to myths within the sector as to exactly what responsibilities the role has and miss the importance of a collegial approach. By its own definition the role is about Leading Education but the question remains how?
Join us in these 8 workshops over 2 days for a comprehensive suite of knowledge development.
Developed by Educational Leaders for Educational Leaders you will find a hands on approach to Educational Leader practice. Not only will you walk away with a clearer understanding on what the role involves and how to do it, but also included is a comprehensive workbook resource supplied at each session.
Suitable for Educational Leaders across all Early Years settings.
Sessions 1- 4: Tuesday 18th May , 9:00am – 4:00pm
Session 1: Understanding the Educational Leaders Role
- Legislative requirements of the educational leader
- Defining the role and outcomes of the educational leader
- Understanding the requirements of your role
- Leading vs Doing
Session 2: Enhancing Pedagogical Practice
- Understanding your philosophy
- Choosing theorists to guide your pedagogy
- Looking at your current service practice
Session 3: Understanding the NQF
- Understanding the Being, Becoming and Belonging
- Understanding the Principles, Practices and the learning Outcomes
- Understanding the purpose of learning frameworks
Session 4: Leadership in Practice
- Building trust and confidence with educators
- Traits of an effective leader, Leadership vs Management
- Documenting professional conversations
- Mentoring, on the floor coaching and researching learning materials
Sessions 5-8: Thursday 20th of May, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Session 5: Understanding the Curriculum in Practice
- What makes a curriculum?
- Developing the planning cycle for an effective educational curriculum.
- Checks and balances to ensure meaningful curriculum.
- Effective alternatives to the learning story.
- Tell me about the learning in your room displays, routines and transitions?
Session 6: Evidence of Learning
- Assisting staff to embed good habits for professional practice.
- Identifying the role of the frameworks with learning evidence.
- Encouraging staff to include intentional teaching, agency of the child, risky play, and spontaneous activities into their everyday practice.
- Including families, cultural perspectives and community into your curriculum.
- Critical reflection.
Session 7: Preparing for Assessment & Rating
- Learning from your current assessment and rating report.
- The process and the educational leader’s role during the assessment.
- Preparing and collating practice evidence.
- Supporting educators for the assessment day.
- Communicating with the assessor.
- What makes a quality assessment and why.
Session 8: Looking at your Journey of Change and Reflection
- Best practice.
- Developing and sharing the vision of pedagogical improvement.
- Preparing your team for change.
- Monitoring and adjusting the journey of change.
Links to NQS: QA1 and QA7