SUBJECT AREA: LEADERSHIP
The role of the educational leader has changed since the 1980’s. This change includes acknowledging the number of tasks that are required by educational leaders that are not directly related to teaching students. It now includes data collection and analysis, as well as a major focus on professional development. We now understand that the key to student achievement is appropriate professional development for teachers and administrators that provide them with instructional methodologies, strategies and facts about learning. The principal’s role has changed to make them the “chief learning officer” with the responsibility for success and failure. Now, the instructional team, which made up of superintendents and central office staff have the responsibility of framing coherent district-wide goals and support systems.
As the role of leaders in education has changed, teachers have noted two themes that have emerged that produce positive results. They include principals having conversations with teachers, (listening to, observing, collaborating with staff and providing positive feedback). Teachers also noted that principals who invested their time and efforts into staff development focused on effective instruction brought about more positive results related to student achievement.
School leadership is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, pupils and parents toward achieving common educational aims. Education involves teachers, students and parents. Leadership is leadership, no matter where it takes place.
During this course, current and potential leaders will:
- Review the definition of leadership and common characteristics of effective leaders
- Study strategies to develop and nurture leadership skills
- Test their leadership IQ and identify myths related to leadership
- Compare qualities of leaders in education to leaders in business
- Learn the 5 C’s of leadership: Character, Commitment, Communication, Competence, and Courage
- Gain skills for solving typical problems in the workplace
- Study the differences between the four generations in the workplace