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Transcript - Create: Middle Leaders

Hi, my name is Trent Ray. I'm from St. Helena Secondary College and I'm the Curriculum Innovation leading teacher.

I'm currently participating in the Bastow Institute's Middle leaders Create program, whereby I am really excited to be participating in a course that allows me to develop my leadership skills.

I decided to participate in this course because I was looking for an opportunity to develop myself as a new leader. I'm new to my school and new to leadership so hoping to learn more about ways to be strategic in the way that I lead and also help me to establish some credibility with my staff that I'm intending to lead this year. 

As a curriculum innovator, my role involves a lot of integrating technology into the curriculum. It's a big challenge in schools today trying to support staff with actually transforming the way that they use technology in the classroom. The program's really supported me in my ability to be able to come up with a bit of a plan to be able to strategically lead.

I think it's giving me an opportunity to be a lot more reflective in the way that I approach my leadership and it's really allowed me to then obviously transfer that into my leadership back at school to be able to support and drive curriculum innovation here at St. Helena. 

This year we've implemented a really exciting program called the Create and Collaborate with Technology project, enabling staff to work in an ongoing basis through some of the pedagogies that we've discussed in the leading program. So enabling staff to have that ongoing support over a period of time has really seen a huge shift in their transformation of practice and that certainly being modelled for the way that the Bastow program is actually designed to have ongoing support for the program participants.

So the Middle Leaders program is all about contextualising learning for yourself. Whilst we are certainly covering general leadership, we have the opportunity to implement the things that we're currently trying to achieve in our own schools and I think that that's what differs from other programs is this professional learning is all about what you're doing in your school in your context and the opportunity to really work to strategise and develop a process for how you're leading in your school so there is yes a level of content that we cover in the course but we also are able to personalise the learning in our change endeavours to suit what we're doing back at school and being able to participate in the program over a period of time means that you've got that ongoing support from the leaders of the course and also the other teachers that you're working with in the program.

I would highly recommend this course to any leader in a school. I think it's important to be open to learning, be willing to be reflective and take the time to reflect on your practice and also be comfortable with being challenged.

You only get what you put in with this course and if you're willing to be open and excited for a learning journey, I'd highly recommend it.