Bastow scholarships for Masters qualifications

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Bastow scholarships for Masters qualificationsApplications are open for 20 scholarships for both the Master of Instructional Leadership, offered through University of Melbourne, and the Master of Leadership-Principal Preparation, offered through Monash University.

Both courses equip educational leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to initiate and foster meaningful change in their school. The emphasis is on using contemporary evidence, research and theory in professional practice to improve overall performance in school communities.

The Master of Leadership-Principal Preparation (MLPP) is suited to teachers who aspire to curriculum leadership roles and principalship. The MLPP is designed as a pathway to high-performing principalship and replaces the former Master in School Leadership (MSL). Graduates from the 2014 MSL found the course to be highly rewarding and an opportunity to develop a solid grounding to enhance their personal and professional understanding of school leadership.

Master of Instructional Leadership (MIL) is suited for teachers or principals who have a desire to enhance their skills in leadership, management, research, planning and innovation, along with developing a strong network of peers and professionals to provide ongoing mentoring.

Tony Fowler, Principal at Warracknabeal Secondary College, a Bastow scholarship recipient who recently completed the MIL, found it to be both inspiring and challenging.

“Without the scholarship, I would not have had the resources to make this a reality,” says Tony. “The course, while challenging at numerous levels, provided me with the knowledge, skills, relationships and confidence to take my career to a whole new level.”

Tony believes that he is now better equipped to lead the learning at his school and work with his staff to build their capacity to ensure improved student learning outcomes.

The combination of intensive delivery through online and weekend study over one year full-time or two years part-time (MIL) or one year part-time (MLPP), means that teachers and principals can fit the study into their working schedule.

Teaching in both master courses is led by internationally recognised education experts.

Another recent MIL graduate and recipient of a Bastow scholarship, Mark Quinlan, Assistant Principal at Koonung Secondary College, appreciated the opportunity to be taught by world experts, “who were approachable and willing to provide extra assistance any time”.

Both courses teach participants to use both critical and creative thinking skills, and apply them to their own school communities at all levels. Participants are given the tools and strategies for applying research evidence and data to inform decision making about their school, from staffing through to curriculum issues and assessment. They also investigate the major impacts on student outcomes and explore the concept of promoting openness through authentic leadership and building relational trust.

For Mark Quinlan, this collaboration was a key part of the learning experience.

“Each unit and project enabled us to focus on our schools and begin collaborating with others on how we could further improve the broad themes of leadership, teacher quality and improving student learning,” Mark says.

Applications for the Bastow scholarship for both the Master of Instructional Leadership and the Master of Leadership-Principal Preparation close on 23 November 2014.

For more information about the courses or to apply, visit www.bastow.vic.edu.au