Bastow’s Leading and Sustaining Change in Your School module (formerly known as Leading Organisational Change for the Principal Class).
The readings alone helped me to better understand what is going on
around me. The workshops and the one on one discussions with the coach
gave me new insight into what I do as a leader, and helped me to
understand others’ perspectives. The module involved a school based
project which helped consolidate the learning back into my job. My
change project was about the leadership structure of my school, and how I
could make effective changes.
Getting people to understand where I am coming from takes time. I
have been using the change process explored in the module to articulate
clearly to my staff what I am trying to achieve. Part of that process is
keeping things simple, precise and accurate. Taking this process on
board has been worthwhile in terms of dealing with other people and
reaching a shared understanding that what I am trying to achieve will
lead to positive change for the school.
The module allowed us to share our experiences and exchange ideas
through networking and talking to other people, which I find important.
The workshops also gave me precious time to write, talk, discuss and
reflect – activities you are usually too busy to do when on the job.
This opportunity allowed me the time and space to be constructive.
As a new Principal, I am also starting Bastow’s Mentoring for First
Time Principals program (now called Professional Support for New
Principals). I am looking forward to that support as I work to bring
about the changes I want in my school.