Dale, Tui and Louise attended the Growing Great Leaders™ course from Tirimoana School. They found the opportunity to attend as a team invaluable.
“It allowed us to have a stronger collaborative voice when discussing issues back at school with our principal and other members of SLT. “
“It was an excellent course and has helped me ‘grow’ this year. I would definitely recommend that schools attend as a group. It creates more strength in sharing ideas back at school.“
There were a number of direct acts of leadership that these three educators were able to implement in their school as a result of what they learned.
“In my own practice I have been more mindful of listening to others and working on developing trusting relationships. They require effort and time – they just don’t happen. We took back to our school the idea of sharing the whole school targets. This was implemented into a staff PLG session and discussed in groups.”
Other areas they took back to school included; discussing a ‘call to action’ (making sure each meeting ends with agreed actions) with the principal and DP, as well as implementing a ‘call to action’ at the end of staff meetings; revisiting the staff goals and annual plan and linking appraisal to school goals; as well as utilising the problem solving methodology that is taught as part of Growing Great Leaders™. It was a great reminder about the importance of employing the right staff to school, also.
“We also took little snippets like: finding opportunities to make connections between middle and senior leaders; the importance of inducting staff every year; taking enough time to raise goals i.e. three staff meetings on the same topic” in a row rather than shifting the meeting agenda week by week.
Dale, Tui and Louise would recommend this course to other leadership teams.