Growing Great Leaders™ Online

GGL™ online is a series of six, fully facilitated modules, complimented by structured back-in-school activities to ensure your learning is quickly put to use.

Overview

About Growing Great Leaders™ Online

Welcome to Growing Great Leaders™ Online. The team at Future Learning Solutions, Centre for Educational Leadership is delighted to be able to support you as you build your knowledge and understanding of leadership practices that will significantly influence the outcomes of your students.

Growing Great Leaders™ Online (GGL™ online) is a series of six, two-hour, fully facilitated, online modules. The six modules are complimented by a series of structured back-in-school activities to help ensure that your new learning is quickly put to use in your school setting.

Growing Great Leaders™  is largely based on the research findings of the Leadership BES (School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying  What Works and Why Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration), and builds on two key assertions:

  • Effective education leadership makes a difference to learners, and requires in-depth knowledge of leadership and the core business of teaching and learning.
  • While educational expertise is a necessary condition for effective leadership, it is not sufficient on its own; leaders must also build relational trust.

Growing Great Leaders™ Online (GGL™online) is designed for school leaders who are interested in enhancing both their leadership understanding  and effectiveness.  GGL™ online contains six comprehensive modules, each presented using a predictable, easy to navigate format. A typical module includes:

  • a facilitated online seminar which not only shares researched, practical insights but also provides structured activities to promote further reflection and possible action
  • a condensed academic reading which summarises or recaps the research showcased in the webinar
  • additional short videos which share a personal story or application from a practitioner perspective
  • recommended books, readings, articles
  • back at school activities and challenges
GGL™ online participants also have access to a comprehensive website, for the duration of the course, dedicated to your leadership. The site features readings, videos, downloadable resources and more.

Growing Great Leaders™ Online covers six modules. Each module is two hours and is aligned to the student-centred leadership model and is designed to provide both theoretical and practical application for the educational context.


MODULE 1: Student-centred Leadership

This module is the backbone to the course which gives an introduction to the research and the Student-centred Leadership model.  You will learn about the dimensions and capabilities and understand the link between these and their power to improve student outcomes.


MODULE 2: Building Relational Trust

Students make more progress in high trust than in low trust schools. We introduce you to the research that supports this claim, tease out what relational trust is in practice and how it is developed through the day-to-day interactions you have with students, staff, parents and the wider community. Without trust, we argue, school improvement is unlikely to be sustained.


MODULE 3: Establishing Goals and Expectations

This module covers the basics of goal setting theory and presents you with the opportunity to analyse the quality of your goals and how well you communicate and embed them into your school’s planning. You will have the opportunity to review and critique your school’s approach to goal setting and begin to develop plans for enhancing this.


MODULE 4: Resourcing Strategically

This module will help you to analyse your effectiveness at embedding your goals into the structures of the school. The module highlights the role systems and procedures play as you work with others to achieve your school’s priority goals. You will be supported as you review how well you use your strategic resources; personnel, time, money and material resources to maximise student outcomes


MODULE 5: Solving Complex Problems

If you feel like you are constantly solving the same problems or need to be more effective at solving the complex problems you are encountering, this module is for you. We explain and illustrate a model of problem solving that will help you overcome the complex challenges that confront you, build the trust of your team and improve the achievement of your school.


MODULE 6: Ensuring Quality Teaching

Module 6 challenges you to think about the way your belief, and those of your team influence student outcomes. A series of practical tools will scaffold ongoing work in your own school to enhance the quality of student outcomes in your school.


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Ngā Kaiwhakaruruhau | Our Facilitators

Colin Donald

Programme Manager/Leadership Consultant
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Colin Donald

Programme Manager/Leadership Consultant

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Richard Newton

Senior Leadership Consultant
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Richard Newton

Senior Leadership Consultant

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