NESLI Newsletter: December 2019

A new partnership, qualities for good principalship, how to be memorable as a leader and more.

NESLI course receives accreditation from Australian Catholic University

Graduates from the Catholic Schools Middle Leadership Program can now apply for credits towards a Master of Leadership and Master of Education.

School leadership qualities for turbulent times

Professor Mike Gaffney shares what he believes the most important qualities are for school principalship, and why they are so important to him.

NESLI News: Everything we have been up to at NESLI

Paul chats to Education Matters about teacher and principal well being, NESLI goes to a conference, and St Mary's School for the Deaf tell us about their Middle Schools Leadership Pathways Program.

NESLI Newsletter: an international advisory board, an interview with Gabbie Stroud and some new partnerships.

This quarter, NESLI is proud to announce the appointment of an international Advisory Board. We also have several new partnerships to celebrate, an exclusive discount to the National Education Summit and an interview with Gabbie Stroud, author of 'Teacher.'

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NESLI Launch Partnership with Education Heads in Finland 

NESLI is excited to announce that the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit has been adopted by the Finnish Association of Principals and is to be implemented throughout Finland – one of the world’s leading education systems.

The announcement comes just days after NESLI launched the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit at Finland’s National Conference for School Principals. The Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is a direct response to the international Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey, which points directly to the need for global school leaders to attend to occupational health, safety and wellbeing within the workplace.

NESLI’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is designed to help schools create a professional climate which is conducive to the optimal health and wellbeing of all staff. Attending to the health and wellbeing of school employees is a global concern, and one that the Finnish education system takes seriously. In rolling out the Toolkit, NESLI will be collaborating with Dr. Philip Riley and the Board of the Finnish Association of Principals.

According to Damian Farrell, CEO of NESLI; “This exciting partnership illustrates the potential for Australia to take quality education solutions onto the world stage.”

Since its launch in 2017, the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit has been undertaken by almost 6,000 individuals from over 240 Australian schools. Additionally, the program has been adopted by the Northern Territory Department of Education, as well as numerous Catholic dioceses. It is also being delivered to schools across New Zealand in partnership with CORE Education.

Dr Anna Dabrowski, Director of Education and Evaluation, emphasises the importance of the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit on the education profession. “Based on the responses of more than 2,700 participants, our data indicates that Australian educators are time poor, unhealthy, anxious, and lonely.  Yet after completing the toolkit, 97% of participating schools reported to have improved their wellbeing and social capital levels. Toolkit graduates speak of  improved relationships in the workplace, higher rates of job satisfaction, reduced anxiety and stress, and higher levels of happiness.”

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