Leadership webinars

Federation’s Principals Conference unfortunately had to be cancelled in 2020. To continue to provide support to Principals and other educational leaders in their work, the Federation is presenting a series of leadership webinars for financial members of the union during Term 4.

Participation in these webinars is free for financial members and Principals may choose to attend any or all of them. They are also open to other members of the union who may be taking on leadership roles in their schools.

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Leading Aboriginal Education

This webinar will explore practical examples of ways to build cultural knowledge and understanding in schools and will assist participants to develop strategies utilising resources including the NSW Teachers Federation Aboriginal Education 25 Year Approach: The Way Forward, and related Departmental policy and guidelines.

Completing a Leading Aboriginal Education webinar will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Introduction to Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation

This course will introduce Proficient Teachers to the higher levels of accreditation. It will cover the requirements for higher level accreditation and foreshadow the new Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation Policy which includes changes to the application process. Additionally, it will introduce principals and teachers to the process of exploring practice and impact in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the HALT career stages.

Completing an Introduction to Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation webinar will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Supporting school communities after a disaster

Disasters have significant impacts on both the physical environment as well as the communities in which we live. This webinar will assist school leaders to identify the psychological, behavioural and social impacts of disaster on students based on a body of research engaged in by the presenters following the Black Saturday bushfires. The webinar will also assist school leaders to identify the psychological, behavioural, occupational and social impacts of disasters on teachers and staff.

Participants will develop an understanding of a stepped care approach to supporting people after a disaster, and develop knowledge and skills in strategies to support students following a traumatic incident.

Completing a Supporting school communities after a disaster webinar will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Effective Leadership (in school)

This will be an introductory session on Effective Leadership (in school). Participants will learn about a range of current and influencing education theories and theorists; education leadership characteristics, principles, roles, responsibilities and opportunities. These will then be applied to a range of scenarios to explore effective leadership in practice for student learning.

The seminar will include an examination of key elements of the work of Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, John Hattie, Blooms Taxonomy and Vivienne Robinson (student-centred leadership). The work of Professor Alma Harris and Dr Michelle Jones (distributive leadership) will underpin the scenario section.

Completing an Effective Leadership (in school) webinar will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.3.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation in NSW. It can also be used by those teachers maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

Implications for school leaders of the EPAC Review

In 2019, the Department of Education commissioned Mr Mark Tedeschi AM QC to conduct a review into the functions and operations of the Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate (EPAC) in the Department. This webinar focuses on the key findings of that review and the changes that have taken place within the Department in relation to implementing its recommendations.

Participants will develop an understanding of the impact and implications of the recommendations of the Tedeschi Review into departmental practice and priorities in relation to the investigation and management of employee misconduct and the imposing of disciplinary and remedial action.

Completing an Implications for school leaders of the EPAC Review webinar will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.