Educational leaders supported by CPL

Kathy Deacon
Director, Centre for Professional Learning

String activity at a CPL Aboriginal Education course

The Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) has a range of courses designed to support school leaders and those aspiring to be leaders.

Peter Johnson presents four leadership courses for the CPL throughout 2017. Peter has had an extensive and diverse career with the NSW Department of Education (DoE) and was previously a teacher, primary school principal, demographic planner and a leader of human resource management.

The Effective Decisions for Successful School Leaders course returns this year and encompasses the various components of school decisions which are critical to the role of a school leader at any level. It is intended to provide participants with a sound knowledge of the basics of decision-making in schools, including the evidentiary basis for those decisions, a framework within which to make those decisions and exposure to a range of scenarios that have faced their colleagues. The course also deals with the personal and professional ethics which play a major part in decision-making in schools.

A Practical Approach to the Performance and Development Framework provides participants with an understanding of the structure of the Framework, the relationship between each of the components and the cyclical nature of the Framework. The course also provides an overview of other performance-related and professional requirements such as the accreditation process, beginning teacher support structures, mentoring and the teacher efficiency process. Participants will gain an understanding of the different approaches to the Framework to be adopted by permanent and temporary employees, and casual teachers.

Managing Difficult Situations in Schools will examine the various challenges of school leadership, in the context of difficult situations which may arise for school leaders. Participants will be exposed to the various means of resolving difficult situations, including mediation, negotiation and compromise. The course will refer to the various policies, procedures, guidelines and agreements which are relevant to the resolution of difficult situations in schools and how they should be utilised. There will also be an investigation into the various resources, support mechanisms and structures available to assist in resolving difficult situations in schools.

Professional Writing for Principals, Executives and Teachers encompasses the various styles of writing required by leaders in their everyday work at school. It is intended to provide participants with a sound knowledge of the basics of writing to the various audiences that are the focus of their letters, submissions, emails, newsletters, policy/procedural documents and other written communication. The course will examine the identification of the audience, the use of evidence in writing and the need to use appropriate language and presentation for your audience. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to develop their own writing skills and to share examples of their work with other course participants for critical analysis.

Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School is a course designed for those leading the implementation of Aboriginal Education in school communities. Our presenters, who are highly experienced in varied leadership roles in the Department, explore practical examples of ways to build cultural knowledge and understanding in schools. Participants reflect on the importance of explicit leadership to support the implementation of the existing Aboriginal Education Policy NSW Department of Education in the context of various and relevant NSW and federal policies.

There is an exploration of the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole school change with a focus on the importance of relationships and partnerships. Our presenters, who are highly experienced in varied leadership roles in the Department, explore practical examples of ways to build cultural knowledge and understanding in schools.

In the usual fashion, schools will be asked to meet the relief costs incurred by those attending professional learning courses. Each participant must lodge an individual enrolment application. All financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses. For assistance with membership, please call the NSW Teachers Federation on 1300 654 363.

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