Building the Leadership Capacity of Middle Leaders
MENTORING AND COACHING
Middle leaders work their magic in the engine room of the school, helping to turn the school’s vision into reality. Building their leadership capacity is essential. A core skill is the ability of middle leaders to mentor and coach their teams and team members across a range of areas including pedagogical practice. Some have more natural ability in this area than others, but all will benefit from this practical and hands-on opportunity to build their knowledge and develop their skills as mentors and coaches.
ACEL has developed a 2-day workshop, facilitated by ACEL Mentors, designed to be directly applicable to middle leaders and their needs. The ACEL Mentors bring to the delivery of the workshop an immense understanding of the middle leadership role based on a wealth of experience in a variety of contexts.
“[This workshop] has definitely inspired & empowered me. This opportunity has been both positive & affirming. It was also challenging but in a good way. I now go away with many thoughts and ideas to put into practice at my work place.”
Middle Leaders in Schools
- Develop targeted mentoring and coaching strategies and skills to use with teachers in schools,
- Contribute to the teaching content and pedagogical practices of teachers in their schools
1 x 2-day face-to-face workshop
- You as a Middle Leader – Participants will develop an understanding of emotional intelligence and how it can be developed to grow their effectiveness.
- Coaching and Mentoring Models – Participants will begin to understand the concepts of coaching and mentoring, the application of a range of different models, and the support structures and resources needed to implement coaching and mentoring successfully in their school.
- Coaching and Mentoring Skills – Participants will identify, develop and practice skills that effective coaches and mentors must have, including: active listening; building trust; effective questioning; building rapport; and providing feedback for ongoing success.
The content of the workshop has a firm foundation in the most recent mentoring and coaching research and demonstrates clear links to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals – Professional Practices.
The workshop is highly interactive with significant time for middle leaders to develop their knowledge and skills in a safe environment. The facilitators themselves are experienced coaches so they have the capacity to model the skills and to coach participants in their learning experience.
Module 1 – “You” as a Middle Leader
Participants will develop an understanding of emotional intelligence and how it can be developed to make them a more effective leader
Module 2 – Coaching and Mentoring
Participants will develop an understanding of coaching and mentoring
Module 3 – Mentoring and Coaching Skills
Participants will identify and develop skills that effective coaches and mentors must have, including: active listening; building trust; effective questioning; building rapport; and providing feedback for ongoing success
Module 4 – Mentoring and Coaching Models
Participants will develop skills to implement mentoring and coaching models in schools
Module 5 – Bringing Everything Together
Participants will use support structures and resources to implement coaching and mentoring
“The workshop was practical and situated in the real world. Pacing was excellent and allowed plenty of time for reflection and practice. Thank you for not overloading the agenda and for treating us as adult learners.”
Dora Luxton (ACEL Mentor)
Dora has extensive experience in leadership in both Primary and Secondary Schools, across all sectors (catholic, government and independent).
Dora has extensive professional experience. She is a mentor of Foundation principals of Primary, Secondary, P-12 Schools and early career Principals. She is also a Board Member of the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Chair of both the Steering Committee for new P-12 Catholic College and External School Review Panel, Brisbane Catholic Education. Dora is a Consultant for the Middle Leaders’ Appraisal Process, and External Consultant, Principal Review Process, and was Chair, Capital Programs’ Committee, QCEC, 2016.
Dora held principal positions in schools from 1993 to 2015. She has been recognised within and across educational sectors though National and International Awards.
Charlotte Rendle-Short (ACEL Mentor)
Charlotte has extensive experience in leadership in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Schools, across all sectors (catholic, government and independent). She has over twenty years’ experience in principal or system leader positions.
Charlotte has extensive professional experience. She has been providing consultancy services throughout Australia for 4 years. She has extensive formal training in mentoring and coaching. As a school and system leader in Australia and in the UK, Charlotte understands that school effectiveness and improvement depends on organisational culture and a focus on building the capacity of others. She believes that the engine for school improvement always lies within in the school, its leaders and its classrooms.
PROGRAM DATES AND COSTS
Cohort 1: 22 and 23 February
Cohort 2: 16 and 17 August
Cost: $2000 inclusive GST (travel and accommodation not included)