Opening Keynote - Dr Stuart Middleton
Leading for a change or same old?
'enormous respect for the DP and AP group - still connected to the school and students'
Key Questions -:
What was the role of leadership?
What could be the role of leadership?
How would you use these solutions ?
Never be surprised at who could become a leader!
The promise of the dream if education since 1877 - on their first day at school - the life education would open for you!
Do we still fulfil that promise?
The value of education to prepare you for the world YOU
Management and leaderships are not the same thing
Management -systems and organisation
Leadership - inspire and nurture and enhance
Peter Drucker - management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing
Personal values have to underpin leader - cannot have two sets of values.
What are your values as a person - can you stand up and say this is how they are visible on my work?
Seven tasks of leadership
1 personal values reflected in your values as a leader
2 lead others in changing lives - not just results driven - cultural values - you don't know the impact you are having - 'serendipitous interventions' !! - liking that phrase !!
3 trust intuition and feelings - my gut instinct is to ......do something about it - ask the question 'what do you think you should do?' 'What's the benefit?' - then do it!!! Don't hand it over and then expect it done the way YOU want!! A decision is not made just because something is handed on.
4 take a risk and be entrepreneurial
- but don't go in unprepared - have time to reflect BEFORE the intervention not just after - can't have one level of intensity for every aspect of the job - risk is at the heart of leadership
- risk and opportunity different side of
5 focus on big picture -
6 change manage - take risks and accept mistakes - 'do you end up in a different space?' - you have to accept the mistakes that others make?
-what's the damage?
- how do we recover?
-how do we ensure it doesn't happen again?
We stubbornly hang onto the 'dead horse' - many metaphors around this !!
In society most things have you changed - banking; stock exchange; business
However for many education is frozen in time!!!
MIT Tertiary School - history and research - check it out here -
Worldwide trends in education - disengagement; early exit ......
Western structures - underlying issues?
Why is age 14 crucial moment?
Collaboratively working with local high schools - looking at targeting Yr 10s who are likely to become alienated
Tertiary site - early access to vocational training - Level 2 NCEA minimum.
'In school but not at school'
Why the need for a target group?
- despite many funded interventions there had been no change for the target students - priority learners - 1st in family at a Tertiary Institution.
Fact - if you can one member of a family through tertiary, it can change a family.
'Pursue the idea that a good idea can ot be beaten by a better idea - what's your idea?????'
Blurring and ignoring sector boundaries - interests of students are paramount - strong vision, strategy and plan.
All transitions are problematic - major points of 'leakage'. The need to blur the lines between transitions.
We need to manage these - regard for what's gone on before and what is to come.
Transitions need to be categorised by choice.
- made possible by school structures
- it is a process
- family partnerships crucial
Factors of disengagement do not develop at an even rate - need to identify what is the factor that is leading to disengagement .
Different factors require different rates of intervention.
Disengagement chart - factors, levels and interventions.