In schools, my particular focus is working with middle leaders and leadership teams in support of their roles as leaders of learning. This involves assisting them to develop a shared understanding of the kind of learning outcomes and learning experiences they want for their students, and a serious consideration of students’ views of those experiences. The answers are often surprising!
People who move into system roles after a successful career in schools often find the transition difficult. This should not really come as a surprise when you consider the new skills called on by a system role: adult learning and capacity building; consultancy; review and evaluation; coaching and mentoring; difficult conversations; and even a deeper understanding of the nature of systems of schools, and how to improve them. These are some of the areas I can explore with system personnel as they work to increase their own capacity.
I’ve been involved in teacher and leader professional development for over thirty years in a multiplicity of roles. I headed professional development in the Diocese of Parramatta, and taught in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at ACU, where I was Head of the School of Educational Leadership and Director of the Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership. I’ve worked with teachers and leaders all over Australia, in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Zealand, Mauritius and the US.
I’ve developed a personal approach to coaching and mentoring over many years of leading teams and departments. This is premised on a firm commitment to building confidence and expanding capacity.
In both coaching and working with groups, my approach is always to begin with the current reality, and to engage learners in an active exploration of possibilities. I bring current research to bear in a practical and accessible way. I leave long lectures and passive learners to others!