Emerging Leaders (Impact) course at Bastow Institute

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​Ben Pisani, Director of Music at Sandringham College shares his experience of Bastow’s Impact (Emerging Leaders) program and how he has applied his knowledge from the program to successfully drive change in his school.

 

 

Impact (Emerging Leaders)XkX_J1X3wSUhttp://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/Lists/Videos/DispForm.aspx?ID=37Impact (Emerging Leaders)Benjamin Pisani, Director of Music at Sandringham College, shares his course experiences and success in driving change in his school./captions/XkX_J1X3wSU.vtt<div class="ExternalClassD2FEE85ECC6540D78770FD546772E4A1"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">My name is Benjamin Pisani.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">I'm the Director of Music, and classroom teacher at Sandringham College.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">I enrolled in the Bastow Impact course, because I had been leading informally at Sandringham College for numerous years.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">And I wanted to take some opportunities to put myself on the pathway to form a leadership, and to develop my career towards leading Victorian government schools.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">Being a part of the best of impact course has been fantastic because I found myself in a course with other future leaders, even some current leaders that are like minded, that are driven, that want to make change in Victorian government education, and has really pushed me to want to be a better teacher, wanted to be a better leader, and wanted to improve my skills and knowledge to make sure that I can be as effective as I can be for these kids.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">When I started at Sandringham College, I was employed on the senior campus, Sandringham College being a multi-campus, three campus school.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">One of the pitfalls with a multi-campus schools, and having a department spread across three sites is you have staff that don't see each other, that don't have a sense of collegiality.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">One of my key focuses in my impact school change course was to create unity amongst the staff.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">I presented a lot of my ideas.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">We shared them, we pulled them apart.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">And I found that the staff were really excited about the prospect of being one department.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">The bastow impact course gave me the skills and knowledge to be able to implement unity across my department.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">It helped me with things like team building skills, how I present information, how I relate to other staff, and how I manage myself as a teacher, but also as a leader.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">The point of it here is to grow as teachers, and to improve the learning outcomes of our students, which is the ultimate goal.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">-Bastow has helped us work with a project that is immediately relevant, essential to the school's direction, but has provided us with the knowledge that in fact, we're getting other types of advice and educational input into that program decision making.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">So it's really providing educational credibility to the decisions that we make.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">-To me, education is about giving kids control, giving kids respect, giving kids responsibility so that they develop themselves, and that we move away from the sense of achievement being a letter or a number, that these kids realize that success comes in so many different forms.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">That success can be, for someone in music, someone who has never played in front of a band before, learning the skill, and being able to get up there, and stand, and perform for others.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">It gives them an ability to be creative.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">It's been really enlightening, having been as a teacher here.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">Because not only does he offer freedom to use these tools, and all these spaces he's set up for us, he's also a really good role model, and just as enthusiastic as a student here about our music, and what he's teaching us, and all the different ways to get to that end goal that we all have.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">He's really opened our minds to a whole lot of different ideas, especially through styles.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">He's really made us appreciate music a whole lot more.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">-I think student focused learning, and student controlled learning is the key to teaching.</span><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><br style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span style="color:#484749;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:15px;">And I think it's the key to making sure that we are equipping our future generation with the skills they need to be successful, and to be the best they can be.</span>​</div>


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