2020 NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP FORUM
STRONG LEADERS IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF RAPID CHANGE AND REFORM
27 - 28 Jul 2020Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
- Early bird price $999 + GST
- Early bird ends on 22 Jun
- Last minute price $1299 + GST
- 27 - 28 Jul 2020
- Early bird price from $599 + GST
- Early bird ends on 22 Jun
- Last minute price from $699 + GST
- 29 Jul 2020
- An update of changes to regulations and an overview of new legislation that will impact New Zealand school leaders
- How the wellbeing budget and reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system will impact education across all levels
- Examine the changes to NCEA and Learning Support that are occurring at the legislative level
- Examine the inner workings of these policies and their promised effects
We work in education systems around the world that are besotted with leadership. But what do we mean by leadership? How can we be aware of leadership as it is occurring? And what does this mean for learning across and within schools? In this interactive session, Dr Howard Youngs will provide a refreshing and alternative way to understanding leadership as a process and practice. In doing so our gaze shifts from practitioners (leaders) to practices, from assuming leadership has substance in exceptional individuals to recognising leadership in the present as it is occurring. The session is informed through Howard’s collaborative work and research with some Auckland schools and their development, and international networks in and beyond education, who argue for a change to mainstream approaches with how we understand leadership.
- How school leaders can develop and nurture these relationships in the high-intensity environment of school management
- Recognising the need for a strong connection between leadership and governance
- How will the reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system affect the way that governance operates in schools
Developing a structural relationship and a set of tools to deal with the issues that face school management is an essential tool for school leaders. Hear about what can be done to avoid crisis, and manage challenging personalities and situations.
- Learn negotiation tools for dealing with challenging situations and personalities
- Identify the warning signs of a potential crisis
- Real life examples of crisis management
- School leaders’ biggest challenges
- How can innovative leadership practices influence school culture?
Principals with a wide variance in resources across the country are using innovation to better their schools and communities. Hear them speak about what they are doing and how it has impacted their schools
- Real examples of innovative practices
- Recognise leadership tools that can be used creatively for school management
- Identify how issues like ineffective time management and lack of structure can cause difficulties in school leadership
Mike Anderson, Principal, Waimairi School
Healthy culture is a signal of success in any sector. Learn how creating great culture can help retain staff and create a positive and supportive environment.
- Examine how a toxic culture can negatively impact productivity in the workplace
- How culture shapes school environments
- Learn how to create a structure conducive to positive and supportive school culture
Learn how principals are taking action to supercharge their school’s culture. Hear from principals from a range of schools, about practical techniques that can be used to create these environments.
- Unlocking the key to culture, how leadership and behaviour builds a school culture
- Principals who have created diverse cultures
- Learn techniques to build and manage culture
Yolande Franke, Principal, Somerville Intermediate School
Claire Amos, Principal, Albany Senior High
- Developing and identifying leadership talent is essential for school leaders. Learning these skills can have a beneficial impact on management school-wide
- What are the key characteristics of leadership?
- What mechanisms can facilitate growth for emerging and new leaders?
- Creating frameworks to mentor and encourage middle leadership
It is essential for schools in Aotearoa New Zealand to take account of Māori and tangata whenua principles and concepts. Creating a welcoming environment for Māori culture, language and identity in every classroom is crucial. This talk reboots the concept of biculturalism to include bilingualism: te reo Māori plays a central role. Topics covered include:
- The implications of te reo Māori being included in the new professional standards for teachers
- The impact of Māori culture in schools across Aotearoa New Zealand, and how various elements of New Zealand heritage can be taught in schools
- How Māori content can enhance school learning and administration systems.
Hear from Māori school leaders about what they have done to integrate tangata whenua into their schools and how they are educating future generations to have a full understanding of Māori culture.
- Understand the impact that the teaching of Māori culture has upon students across NZ
- Hear positive examples of real schools that have integrated tangata whenua into their school culture
- Learn how school leaders can create environments that are respectful of Māori culture
Haley Milne, Principal, Kia Aroha College
- Examine how creative leadership and unorthodox management can benefit schools
- Learn how innovative thinking and planning can revitalise management
- Hear inspirational stories about facing and overcoming adversity
- Develop an understanding of basic HR tools, and how they can be used within school environments
- Examples of HR strategy/frameworks that can be applied at school
- Learn how to apply HR tools to deal with day-to-day school operations
Schools across the country are suffering from unnecessary escalation and resultant litigation. Learn how an effective mediation structure can benefit education environments and reduce crisis.
- Engage with real-life examples of schools that utilised structure to provide mediation and avoid escalation
- How to develop a structure to facilitate mediation within school environments
- Embrace techniques to avoid escalation and avoidable crises
- How could an effectively structured HR policy impact my school?
- What can I do to change things in my school?
- The latest employment law trends like restrictions on trial periods, adjustment of union rights and domestic violence leave
- Examine legal issues surrounding discipline and avoid ‘kiwi suspension’
- Learn to engage and educate staff about law changes that will affect them directly
Mental wellbeing amongst staff is crucial to creating a productive and supportive environment. Understand the key elements to a supportive environment conducive to positive mental health is essential in the 21st-century classroom.
- Recognise signs of mental health deterioration amongst staff
- Approaching Hauora issues in a respectful and appropriate manner
- Proactive measures and frameworks to promote wellbeing and mitigate harm
Hear about principals and school leaders from across New Zealand, and what tools they are providing to support for their staff.
- Examine practical examples of mental health support in schools
- Focus on the essential role of a leader within schoolwide support systems
- Gain insight into the tools school leaders use to support their staff and avoid staff burn-out