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2019 Professional Learning Calendar2018-12-16T13:00:00Z<img alt="Bastow 2019 Professional Learning Calendar" src="/Assets/publications/bastow-calendar-2019-front.jpg?RenditionID=7" width="250" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Professional Learning Calendar<p>​​The Professional Learning Calendar is an overview of Bastow’s programs, courses and workshops alongside indicative dates to assist with your planning for 2019. </p><p>​ Download the <a href="/Research/Bastow_2019_Calendar.pdf" target="_blank">2019 Professional Learning Calendar</a> (PDF - 3.2 MB)</p><p> <a href="/Research/Bastow_2019_Calendar.pdf"><img src="/Assets/publications/bastow-calendar-2019-grab.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></a>​<br></p><p> <br> </p>
Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 82018-07-31T14:00:00Z<img alt="Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 8 " src="/Assets/publications/Horizon_epub8-bulletin.jpg?RenditionID=7" width="250" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Thought Leadership - Issue 8<p>​​​​​​​This issue presents a paper on Visible Wellbeing™, written for Bastow by academic, researcher and psychologist, Professor Lea Waters. The second article is an extract from a paper written by Associate Professor Mathew White and Dr Margaret L Kern, on the rapidly growing area of Positive Education.</p><p>Read <a href="" target="_blank">Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 8​​​​</a></p><p> <img src="/Assets/publications/Horizon_epub8-bulletin.jpg" alt="Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 7 " style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p>
Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 72017-10-04T13:00:00Z<img alt="Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 7" src="/Assets/publications/Horizon_epub7.jpg?RenditionID=7" width="250" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Thought Leadership - Issue 7<p>​​​This edition presents extracts from international educational leaders Steve Munby (UK) and Dr Judy Halbert and Dr Linda Kaser (Canada). All three examine what it means to lead using clearly defined and articulated principles and moral purpose, particularly at a time when the role of school leader is more complex than ever before.</p><p>Read <a href="" target="_blank">Horizon: Thought Leadership - Issue 7​</a></p><p><img src="/Assets/publications/Horizon_epub7-medium.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p>
Shaping talent for the future2017-07-31T14:00:00Z<img alt="Shaping talent for the future" src="/Assets/Slides/IP022.161128-99995225.jpg?RenditionID=7" width="250" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> talent for the future​ <p>​​​​​​In becoming the Education State, Victoria is committed to improving the outcomes of every student, in every classroom. Leadership is the cornerstone of great education systems, and the Department of Education and Training is developing better ways for principals to identify, develop and support individuals with high p​​otential for leadership.</p><p> <img src="/Assets/Blog/pitsa-binnion.jpg" class="bastow-Position-2" alt="" style="margin:5px 20px;width:215px;height:319px;" />Bastow is leading the Growing High Potential Leaders framework—a set of simple tools and clear process guidelines to provide principals with a step-by-step approach to cultivating high-potential leaders in their schools.</p><p>Earlier this year, Principal Pitsa Binnion from McKinnon Secondary College participated in a pilot of this new framework. Pitsa understands the significance and power of providing teaching staff opportunities to grow and become strong leaders, and she is a big fan of any method that makes this easier and more streamlined.</p><p> ‘Absolutely, I strongly believe in professional development and teachers stretching themselves to reach leadership positions. That's how I got to be where I am,’ she says.</p><p> It’s common in most industries to cultivate talent pools and run programs to develop and support future leaders. In much the same way, Pitsa believes, schools need to support talented teachers to build their leadership capacity.</p><p>‘Mentoring is very common in other industries and, although we do have some good processes in place, it’s often more ad hoc … we really need to professionally develop our people to aim high.’</p><p> Built around the current PD process, this new approach is designed to identify future leaders across all levels, based on three characteristics: potential, performance and readiness.</p><p>‘It’s a really structured and detailed process,’ explains Pitsa. ‘It helps you to select people carefully and to be clear about why it is that you're selecting them.’</p><p> When Pitsa used the process she found some of the results surprising: sometimes the people she initially thought wouldn’t make the final list were the ones with the most potential.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/Assets/Blog/pitsa-team.jpg" class="bastow-Position-4" alt="Principal Pitsa Binnion" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p><p>‘When you actually looked at what they had achieved and had really rich discussions with them about their long- and short-term goals and aspirations, and considered them in terms of the qualities the tool identified, different people stood out.’</p><p> Some of these qualities are quite standard, such as outcomes’ focused and meeting deadlines, but others are less obvious, such as learning agility, courage and passion. There’s also an element of spotting people who are ready to take the next leadership jump.</p><p> Taking a detailed look at each person helped Pitsa to narrow the field, and she says the framework presented a transparent system for identifying the next leaders.</p><p> She was also impressed that the model moves beyond simply identifying potential, to supporting and sustaining leaders.</p><p>‘It looks at the level of support they would need to achieve their goals. Who is best to support them, what professional learning and mentoring they need and how to engage them in networking, as well as a timeframe … it’s a realistic plan that sets them up for success.’</p><p><em>Bastow is running a </em><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?eventtemplate=298&WebId=ec694153-cd72-4e1d-a5e7-43776794658d&TermSetId=e170de58-ad97-4be8-898c-ec5ec1ca7900&TermId=cf0f4f4c-17e4-4b4f-9e6b-de7321311b24"><em>Growing High Potential Leaders workshop</em></a><em>​ on 22 August. Registrations are open until 17 August.</em> </p><p> <br> </p>
Principal health and wellbeing2017-07-10T14:00:00Z<img alt="Principal health and wellbeing" src="/Assets/Slides/IP035.05526069.160713.jpg?RenditionID=7" width="250" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> health and wellbeing<p>​​Leadership is second only to classroom teaching in its impact on student learning and achievement. Self-care is important for our school leaders: their health and wellbeing is not a ‘nice to have’. It’s an essential element of powerful leadership.</p><p> Though principals report significantly higher job satisfaction than the general population, they also report significantly higher levels of stress. This can have a long-term impact on their effectiveness as leaders, and on their personal lives.  </p><p> Bastow’s <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?eventID=604&WebId=ec694153-cd72-4e1d-a5e7-43776794658d&TermSetId=e170de58-ad97-4be8-898c-ec5ec1ca7900&TermId=66251f83-417c-41b5-9c3c-ef4cdb43425e">Principal Health and Wellbeing</a>​ workshop aims to help principals and assistant principals minimise the negative impacts some aspects of their roles may have on their overall health and wellbeing. </p><p> The 2.5-day workshop is evidence-based and was developed with advice from Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson. ‘It’s a practical and personalised experience,’ says learning designer Dr Daniel Arifin.</p><p>‘This is not about standard resilience or coping strategies. It’s about supporting our principals to be the most effective leaders they can be. They are incredibly busy, and it’s important that their time investment pays off.’ </p><p>The workshop engages deeply with each participant’s individual situation and motivating beliefs. Participants then develop and implement an alternative action plan, with a dual focus on better health and wellbeing and direct benefits for their schools.</p><p>Peer feedback and support is an essential element of the work, and the response from pilot participants has been overwhelmingly positive. ‘It supports the feeling that we are not alone in managing our schools,’ says one participant. </p><p> The benefits of improving health and wellbeing are personal, but also have significance at a system level. </p><p>‘One of the most satisfying things about this workshop is that it acknowledges the major stresses that principals face. It provides some validation for principals to start making changes for themselves that can have a positive effect across their communities.’</p><p>Registrations are open until 25 July. For details, see Bastow's <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?eventID=604&WebId=ec694153-cd72-4e1d-a5e7-43776794658d&TermSetId=e170de58-ad97-4be8-898c-ec5ec1ca7900&TermId=66251f83-417c-41b5-9c3c-ef4cdb43425e">Principal Health and Wellbeing</a>​.</p><p> </p>