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Office of the National Director, NESLI
Global Schools Leadership Alliance
111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 3150
Portland, Oregon 97204

 

Email: info@nesli.education

Phone: 844 652 5944

Web: www.nesli.education

Office of the National Director, NESLI
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program snapshot

Weekly commitment 

2 HOURS

In partnership with

Catholic Education South Australia

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MIDDLE LEADERSHIP PROGRAm

Program duration

10 months

Introduction to the Program and Module Overview

The first theme introduces participants to a values-based operational framework as they explore the relationship between personal authenticity and effective performance. Participants take a deep dive into the traits and behaviours that define exceptional leaders in today’s society; and consider how to synthesise their personal aims and objectives with that of their role in order to optimise their impact and stay focused on their goals.

Leadership in the Catholic Context: Examining Self, School and System

Central to Module 1 is the theme of self as a leader in the Catholic context. The module focuses on the Catholic identity, and the influence of faith and emotional and social intelligence. Participants are encouraged to identify their leadership values and uncover their core purpose as a leader.

PROGRAM THEMES

Leading Learning Environments

Module 2 focuses on leading inspiring, inclusive environments through understanding of one’s context and its impact on leadership. System and school influences, such as AITSL standards and system-specific continuous improvement standards, will be explored in this module. Participants will also work through and apply the five dimensions of effective leadership to their context as a Catholic education leader.

Fostering Great Teams

Module 3 provides an overview of what makes a high-performing team, and the impact of efficient and effective middle leadership on the Catholic schools system. It explores the importance of trust to effective leadership and across teams. Participants develop skills around team collaboration, and how to motivate and inspire other staff.

Leading Change

Central to Module 4 are themes of why change is important, how we lead it and how we grow teams to successfully nurture talent and resilience. Participants are introduced to the concept of professional capital and develop effective communication, persuasion and influence skills.

Reconnect and Presentations

This is a summative workshop which facilitates reconnection between participants and provides a synthesis of the program components. Participants will also present on the outcomes of their Personal Leadership Project. The workshop is an opportunity to discuss the overall learning journey, how participants feel they have developed as leaders and how they see themselves in the context of their school, system and the broader Catholic world view.

To commence the program participants complete a 360° leadership survey. Findings from the survey facilitate the development of an individual action plan that assists each participant to extract optimal value from the program.

During the program, participants enter into a coaching partnership with a senior leader at their school. The coaching process is fundamental to the program allowing participants to properly contextualise their learning and align key outcomes to the milestones in the Personal Leadership Project.

During the program, participants attend three face-to-face workshop days focused on group collaboration and development. Offering a powerful opportunity to work together with peers as part of a wider system of Catholic school leaders, the workshops are a fundamental aspect of the program as they link personal development to system-wide improvement.

The Personal Leadership Project is an outcome-driven activity which focuses on opportunities to lead positive change within the school, as well as personal leadership growth. It is a robust evidence-driven multi-phased process which facilitates the interactions between participants and senior school leaders.

Face-to-Face Workshop 360° Leadership Survey
Peer Coaching Sessions
Interactive Content Sessions
Self-paced Learning Modules

Standard Enrolment Fee: $2,980 + GST

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"Catholic Education SA values the significance of middle leadership roles and the contribution these leaders make to the quality of teaching and learning, wellbeing and the continuous improvement of our schools. Our strategic focus on middle leadership has enabled our system to develop programs which enrich the diverse, distributed and interconnected approaches to leading excellence within our schools. The Middle Leaders Program connects system leaders with teachers working in these roles, and allows us to examine and reflect upon leadership distribution and succession planning. We can also target future professional development to support middle leaders in their current roles and their aspirational leadership pathways. Our partnership with NESLI has enabled us to co-construct a leadership program that finds deep connection with our Catholic context, our leaders and our unique system of schools."

SUSAN YOUNG, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - CATHOLIC EDUCATION SOUTH AUSTRALIA (CESA)

The MLP is open to teachers in Positions of Added Responsibility (POR) or exercising leadership in other capacities. The program is focused on the effective execution of middle leadership and is therefore equally suitable for leaders intending to stay in the middle leadership tier as well as those moving towards higher leadership roles.

The learning intentions for this program are:

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Understanding one’s own capabilities and practices as an influential learner and leader.

Leading inspiring environments which are gender-inclusive within the Catholic context.

Building, leading and managing professional learning teams.

Driving positive change through collaborative frameworks.

Mapping personal career and leadership growth.

Engaging in evidence-based work-integrated professional learning.

Participant experience

The Catholic Schools Middle Leadership Program employs an integrated learning methodology combining expert tuition, peer knowledge sharing, practical workplace application, and guided personal thought and reflection. During the program participants will undertake the following elements:

The leadership of Catholic schools is inclusive and requires the collective efforts and partnerships of many to enable students to be the best they can be. 

The Middle Leadership Program (MLP) is designed to support middle leaders within their schools to be part of the collective endeavour to achieve this aspiration.

The Catholic schools Middle Leadership Program is a blended development program that focuses on the critical dimensions of effective, collaborative leadership within the Catholic schooling context. The MLP employs an integrated learning methodology combining expert tuition, peer knowledge-sharing, practical workplace application, and guided personal thought and reflection. The MLP is only run as an in-house program for whole dioceses or individual schools. Minimum participation rates apply.

OVERVIEW

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Throughout the program participants engage in four live online sessions, focused on rich discussion and debate, relevant to each topic area. Accessible from any mobile or desktop device, and conducted outside of regular classroom hours, these sessions create a regular connection point enabling collaborative exploration of key ideas and concepts.

Throughout the program, self-directed learning content is accessible via our state of the art online learning management system (LMS) allowing participants to engage with it at any time from any device. Content includes high quality video tutorials, ‘best practice’ leadership literature, experiential activities and reflective tasks. Throughout the program, participants are also free to connect with each other 24/7 via the LMS and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.

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