Educational settings for students with disabilities can be highly challenging environments, and middle level leaders play a vital role in helping to build a culture of team development and school improvement within them. This program seeks to equip current and aspiring leaders in three key areas:
Leading: distributed leadership, emotional intelligence, social styles, strengths-based practice, reflective practice and resilience.
Managing: team building, balancing the role of team leader and co-worker, goal setting and change management, project development, self-organisation, time-management and self-pacing.
Communicating: active listening, coaching, debriefing, positive and constructive feedback, difficult feedback, being assertive, managing challenging conversations and disagreement and managing staff members with ongoing negativity.
The program is highly interactive and there is an emphasis on developing leadership presence by connecting authentically with the thoughts and feelings of others. Between the two days participants will complete a simple three-week project to be presented during the 15th June workshop.
AITSL Standards: engage in professional learning; engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the communities
Middle level leaders in specialist education: school-based team leaders, heads of therapy services, senior ESOs, co-ordinators of support services and visiting teacher services.
Joe Corbett is a past-principal of the Victorian College for Deaf Children, a former psychologist and Deputy Regional Director of the Northern Metropolitan Region. Joe currently works as an advisor to schools in the areas of leadership development, team development and school improvement
Peter Cronin is a former Director of Children's Services at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. He currently conducts training programs for specialist schools on the effective leadership team, relationship building with parents, resilience and feedback.
For more information on the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org