Identifying and supporting the development of high potential leaders in their early stages is a key aspect of DEECD’s leadership development strategy. Bastow has been successfully delivering leadership development for emerging leaders in the school and early childhood sectors for the past four years.
From 2010-2012, Bastow delivered its Emerging Leaders course to 300 participants in schools from all over Victoria. As part of the review and improvement process, feedback was sought from past participants on the course content and construct. The feedback informed a redesign of the previous Emerging Leaders course and has been piloted this year with great success.
The course, titled Impact – I’m Prepared to Act, Care and Transform – incorporates four key domains of learning – Leading Self, Leading Teams, Leading Student Learning, and Leading Change to Optimise Impact. These domains reflect the needs of emerging leaders form the research and feedback, and provides a practical platform in which they can build their leadership capabilities. Participants are required to implement a school change project (of their own choosing) which provides the impetus for applying their understanding in their school context.
This blended learning course, delivered over eight workshop days and online seminars (webinars) helps participants develop their emotional intelligence, have difficult conversations with colleagues and improve their practice in the classroom and sharing this with others. Many have commented on how much they are learning and applying directly in their school. Sally, a participant from Brunswick Secondary College, shared that another Impact participant visited her school to observe and discuss classroom practice, and take ideas back to their school, as a result of the networking and learning happening through Bastow.
100 participants across Victoria, from Murrayville to South Gippsland, will finish the Impact program in November 2013. However, the community of leaders that has been fostered during the course will continue to connect long after they have completed their formal learning. Many have shared with the Bastow team that this course has had a profound positive impact on their teaching and leadership skills, commenting that they are ‘feeling very connected to this growing community of emerging leaders’.
Applications for next year’s Impact program will be open in Mid-November for a further 100 participants. If you would like to find out more about this program, or to discuss how it can be tailored for your region or network, please contact the Bastow course manager, Matthew Tibble on 8199 2931.