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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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The Principals’ Wellbeing Program

The Principals’ Wellbeing Program aims to bring school leaders together within a supportive and collaborative context to encourage open and honest discussion around what can be done to counteract this worrying trend. In promoting open collaboration across schools the forum aims to create empowered communities of practice capable of real change. A fundamental outcome for the forum would see cohorts develop and function as ongoing peer support communities. The learning intentions for this program are:

They've accomplished the Program

The Principal's Wellbeing Program has helped and convinced many people over the years, here is some of their feedback.

Learning Method

The Principals’ Wellbeing 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:

Capability assessment

Peer Coaching sessions

Interactive content sessions

Self-paced learning modules

“Research consistently shows us that good school leadership not only matters - it is second only to teaching among school-related factors that impact on student learning. In order for school principals to lead effectively and to improve student learning outcomes, they must first attend to their own wellbeing. Dr Philip Riley’s annual Principal Health & Wellbeing survey consistently shows us that collectively school principals score below the general population average on health and wellbeing, and that all negative measures are higher than the general population. Feedback from the principals in our NESLI Principals’ Wellbeing Programs suggests that this program is an extremely important and helpful intervention to manage the stress and trauma they are increasingly facing”.

ASSOCIATE PROFessor JANET SMITH

Program Director, NESLI

“Today’s children are tomorrow’s nation builders. As custodians of their futures, school leaders are charged with giving them the best opportunities they can. That means thriving as educators and leaders, not merely surviving. Countless studies show the transformative nature of education. To do this well, we owe it to ourselves to be the best we can be. The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing research shows that this depends on collaboration. The Principals’ Wellbeing Program and The Staff Wellbeing Toolkit are designed around this maxim, and therefore have the best chance of positive, sustainable change for the education system”.

DR PHILIP RILEY

Chief investigator principal health & wellbeing survey

Supporting principals and school leaders to build an uplifting community of practice that fosters wellbeing and social capital within their school communities.

Self-Directed Learning

Throughout the program, self-directed learning content is accessible via our state of the art online learning portal allowing participants to engage with content from any device at any time. To support the development of principals’ wellbeing, participants have access to additional curated content which aligns to each Module topic. This content includes high quality video tutorials, wellbeing and social capital literature, experiential activities and reflective tasks. Throughout the program, participants are also free to connect with each other 24/7 via the portal and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.

Face-to-face Workshops

Through the workshops, participants are challenged to explore a variety of themes and scenarios linked to wellbeing and social capital wthin the school environment. Working collaboratively to overcome common challenges provides valuable new insights informed by collective experience. The workshops also provide an invaluable opportunity to network with other participants and build supportive professional relationships.

Interactive Virtual Workshops

Throughout the program participants engage in interactive virtual workshops, 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.

Wellbeing and Social Capital Surveys

Participants are invited to complete two surveys at two different stages.The first survey is a 14-item general measure of wellbeing known as the WEMWBS (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale). This is a widely used instrument for general level wellbeing articulation that generates measures of both ‘feeling’ and ‘functional’ wellbeing. The second tool is an 8-item short measure of social capital drawn and adapted from a major research initiative in Finland called the Finnish Public Sector Study (FPSS).

Understand the links between social capital and wellbeing

Engage in reflection about their state of wellbeing

Explore practical strategies and interventions to enhance personal wellbeing

Understand how to have a meaningful dialogue around wellbeing in their schools

Help increase social capital and inclusion in their schools

Collaborate with other school leaders to discuss wellbeing across the sector

Find new ways to lead wellbeing conversations with their staff and students.

In parallel, numerous studies demonstrate that unacceptable stress levels are affecting teachers at all career stages. In addition to recognising the implications of this trend for the health and wellbeing of our educators, it also raises important concerns around the impact on our classrooms and learning environments. Developed in response to the excessive stress and duress faced by Australian educators, the Principals’ Wellbeing Program supports principals to better understand and proactively manage their day to day health and wellbeing so as to be more effective role models within their schools.

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey which has run nationally every year since 2011 puts the spotlight on the increasing stress and duress principals are experiencing on a daily basis.

“I found the NESLI Principal’s Wellbeing Program surprisingly refreshing. Knowing that we need every bit of wellbeing training that we can get, it is a fact that most principals are notoriously neglecting their own wellbeing. In approaching the course with some expectation of a ‘same old, same old’ course, Janet presented a well-researched, evidence based course with fresh content and did it extremely well. She quickly established a tone of trust and belonging amongst the group. At some stage in their careers, all principals should engage with this program.”

Erik Hofsink,

Principal, Emmaus Christian School

“I was grateful to be invited to join the Principal Wellbeing program with NESLI through AISACT. I found the program content to be highly relevant, with just the right number of key concepts to digest over the four sessions and spaced optimally to reflect effectively. The content was also readily applicable and adaptable to our school context for staff and students to also consider. Further, Janet’s ability to deliver the course was a standout with her deep knowledge, skill and sensitivity."

Andrew Bell,

Principal, Snowy Mountains Grammar School

Customised programs

The NESLI Principals’ Wellbeing Program is designed around a highly flexible and customisable learning framework which can be easily tailored to meet the requirements and delivery needs of any organisation. Whether your focus is on bringing staff together into the same room or connecting remote staff via an accessible online platform we will work with you to tailor the program to your needs.

The Principals’ Wellbeing Program can be delivered using the following modalities:

Fully online

  • Four live synchronous interactive virtual workshops
  • Engagement with four online curated content modules
  • Two face-to-face workshops 
  • Two live synchronous interactive virtual workshops
  • Engagement with four online curated content module

Blended

Wellbeing and Social Capital Surveys  

The inclusion of robust evaluation tools is a unique feature of the Principals’ Wellbeing Program. At a cohort level, administrators will be able to clearly identify improvements in both wellbeing and social capital as a result of the program.

Modules

Organisational Wellbeing & Psychological Safety

The opening module connects participants with wellbeing and psychological safety within their school context and culture.

This module focuses on targeted strategies for managing the individual emotional demands associated with school leadership challenges.

Managing Emotional Demands

This module explores the complexities of engaging in conflict and communication for school leaders.

Conflict and Communication

This module focuses on targeted strategies for managing emotional demands and building wellbeing.

Coping Strategies

School cluster groups and
system wide engagements

Please complete the form to register your interest in the Program.

FEES

FULLY ONLINE ENROLMENT FEE: $985 + GST

Customised pricing options are available for the blended version for school cluster groups and system wide engagements.

The enrolment fee covers all tuition, program related materials and access to the NESLI online learning portal.

ENROLMENT,
InquiriesAND FEES

The Principals’ Wellbeing Program is complimentary to the NESLI Staff Wellbeing Toolkit which is designed for all staff within a given school. It is envisaged that many school leaders undertaking the Principal’s Wellbeing Program will also opt to lead their school in participating in the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit providing a highly effective school-wide approach to wellbeing. School leaders wishing to discuss involvement in both programs are advised to contact the NESLI Admissions Department.

ENABLING AN ALL STAFF APPROACH TO WELLBEING

Coping

Strategies

This module focuses on targeted strategies for managing emotional demands and building wellbeing.

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