Leadership Philosophy

MY PHILOSOPHY AS AN EDUCATIONAL LEADER:

 

To be focussed on the purpose of learning

To create an environment that encourages, engages and embraces learning

That allows for creativity and dreaming of possibilities

Builds connections and relationships

That nurtures and enhances the conditions necessary for unleashing the potential in all

Thus improving each individuals ability to achieve success

Wellbeing and increased life chances

 

HOW CAN I AS AN EDUCATIONAL LEADER BEST ENACT THIS PHILOSOPHY?

 

3 KEY STRATEGIES:

Foster a Culture of Possibilities

Build a Learning Community 

Challenge and Develop Teachers

1.FOSTERS A CULTURE OF POSSIBILITIES: Wisdom is radiant and unfading and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her (Book of Wisdom 6:12-16)

See St Pius X Vision & Mission

Vision guided by Wisdom

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him and without him not one thing came into being (Jn 1:1-3)

God created us so that we may have life and have it to the full.

It is in; through and with God we live our live.

Wisdom guides our thoughts, words and actions.

It is Wisdom that will guide and direct our Vision on the right path to fullness of life

St Mary MacKillop had great vision. She put her trust in God to endure the many hardships in building her vision. She believe her work would make a difference to the lives of children by giving them the opportunity of an education that would empower and equip them for future success. Mary had Wisdom by her side; she was patient, courageous, determined and dedicated in bringing her vision to reality.

‘THERE ARE MANY ROADS TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

THE JOURNEY BEGINS WHEREVER YOU ARE

AND LEADS WHERE EVER YOU WANT TO GO

THE JOURNEY IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

WHAT IS NEEDED: Cultural Leadership that Shapes the future; Develops a unique school culture; and Sustains partnerships and networks

 

2.BUILD A LEARNING COMMUNITY: Requires Leadership actions that will initiate, motivate, energise, mobilise, enable and empower to release the potential of each individual and the collective. To build a school as a place of social connection and success and to build powerful relationships for Learning

‘THE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT IS AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO SUCCESS BUT SO TOO IS THE TEACHER STUDENT RELATIONSHIP, TEACHING PRACTICE AND THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT’

(Leading a Culture of Change Fullan 2001)

Developing a ‘Growth Mindset’; a Love of Learning and the Resilience for great accomplishment; a BE Attitude that you can always learn and grow

Working on developing students as independent learners through: Social Skill Building; Teamwork; Motivating and Engaging; Providing Purposeful Learning, Goal Setting; Student Action Learning; Community Projects; Peer Tutoring; Learning Showcases and Student- Led Conversations.

Parents must be valued and encouraged to interact with the school. When families, schools and teachers combine effectively for the benefit of the child then unexpected outcomes become possible

WHAT IS NEEDED: Human Leadership that Advocates for all students; Develops relationships; and Develops individual and collective capacity

 

3.CHALLENGE AND DEVELOP TEACHERS: We need to identify, esteem and grow those who have the powerful influences on students learning

It is what teachers know, do and care about which is very powerful. Excellence in teaching is the single most powerful influence on student achievement (Hattie 2003)

Quality Learning helps build an enabling student-teacher relationship  in the classroom, intrinsically motivating students and improving learning and engagement. The Quality Learning approach focuses on continual improvement of the learning process. Students are supported to take increased responsibility for their learning. They are equipped with strategies and tools to become response-able, able to respond to this challenge.

Students are actively engaged and intrinsically motivated to learn and achieve. They know what they need to know, understand and able to do.

(Quality Learning Australia, 2011)

Personalising the curriculum means the student and teacher work together, utalising a range of assessments to allow the student access to the curriculum at their point of need. The role of the teacher therefore is critical. The teacher’s goal is to teach each child at their point of need and to take them further with their learning. Instruction must be personalised to allow students to continually develop their skills, talents and unique identity.

Personalised Learning is tailoring education to ensure that all students achieve to the highest possible standards.

(Creating Powerful Learning Relationships- A Whole School Approach, George Otero, Robert Csoti & David Rothstadt, 2011)

WHAT IS NEEDED: Educational Leadership that Shapes pedagogy; Focuses on achievement; and Promotes inquiry and reflection

 

WE DREAM A SCHOOL

 

We dream a school where learning will be celebrated
Where there will be laughter and loving
Where there will be songs and dancing
Where all people will celebrate the joy of learning.
We dream a school
Where anything can happen through discovery,
and the beauty of ordered learning will be open to innovation and spontaneity.
We dream a school
Where both the playground and classroom will be places of safety and fun
and everyone will have a friend.
We dream a school
Where risks can be taken and mistakes made
and successes celebrated and built on.
We dream a school
Where students are recognised as thinkers, feelers and doers
and the ‘whole’ person is educated.
We dream a school
Where what we read in the Gospels
comes alive in our lives together.

 

 

LEARN ABOUT OUR JOURNEY OF RENEWAL AND CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT AT ST PIUS X

Leadership Journey