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Strategic Planning: Over the next couple of days our board and senior secretariat staff will be working with Richard Owens as we continue the strategic planning journey. This will continue into next week’s board meeting. During these sessions we will consider ways of engaging with Learning Communities further to seek input and thoughts into the preferred future for LESNW.
LESNW SA Enterprise Agreement: The bargaining process continues and is generally slow. A pleasing change in the approach to this round of negotiations is that it is ‘issues based’ where we are seeking to ensure the work place culture and practice that we believe is important is reflected in the changes we may (or may not) make in the EA. This of course cuts across all facets that contribute to that culture and ethos – staff, leadership, councils, secretariat and the IEU as well. Something that we feel is important in the negotiation process and final Enterprise Agreement is that there is alignment across all of these as we work together to ensure optimized student outcomes.
Alignment: When speaking of ‘alignment’ above, we have also been in recent discussions and communications with both LEA and the LCA SA-NT DCC so that we can work towards greater clarity on respective roles and responsibilities and try to gain improvements in our processes and professional relationships. While it’s early days, it has been a definite direction from our board to seek clarity in these areas.
LESNW Board Chair
On Tuesday 5th November eight of the LESNW participants in the LEA Leadership Development Program came together with mentors and staff from LESNW and LEA to share their learning as part of their final presentation assignment.
Congratulations to Lisa Angwin, Sandra Barry, Damian Bradley, Yu Cameron, Rebecca Mueller, James Phillips, Jonathan Prenzler and Joanne Wegener.
After the informative and reflective sessions, the LDP participants were presented with their certificates of achievement and were able to celebrate with each other, mentors and partners, their commitment to developing skills and understandings for effective leadership in Lutheran learning communities.
LEA is in the process of reviewing the current Leadership Development Program with the view to providing a suite of leadership development opportunities during the review process.
Educational Leadership Director
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At this time of the year, we start to reflect on what has been achieved throughout the year. This could include the effectiveness of our personal, professional and school goals and strategic intentions. As part of the reflection process we gather evidence from staff, students and community. It is important to take the time to look below the surface, to dig deeply beyond the events and behaviors and to identify the systems, structures and mental models which contribute to the current reality.
Most importantly we need to take the time to reflect on ourselves and our leadership capabilities and priorities. As part of the LESNW learning labs throughout the year we have provided principals and leaders time, tools and practices and a supportive social field to do just that, a safe place where we can be honest with each other, where we can challenge and support each other, where we can clarify ‘Who is my Self?” and “What is the Work?”.
Jesus was pretty clear when it came to reflecting on the “Who is my Self?” and “What is the Work?” Just check in on (Luke 18: 9-14) the tax collector and the Pharisees or, Jesus condemnation of the Pharisees and teachers of the law of Moses (Luke 11: 37-52). God is not impressed by those who openly brag about the good they do and the evil they have avoided, focusing on their status and superiority. God cares about the heart, about compassion, about inclusion and about love, not about hierarchy and control of others.
What does that mean for us as leaders in Lutheran learning communities? I guess it means deep reflection of ourselves, our motivation, the inner space. Reflecting on the Capabilities in “Growing deep” can help us to identify our blind spots.
The tax collector in the temple knew his current reality, and as a result, was able to move to a preferred future, whereas the Pharisee couldn’t see any need to change anything in himself, stuck in his perceived reality which had no need for improvement!
So where do we start? I believe the same place the tax collector did, acknowledging our true self to God. This takes humility and courage, as it is not only about acknowledging who we are, but it’s allowing God to work in us and with us. The reflective process allows God’s unconditional love to flow into us and in turn enables us to reflect this love to all those we live and work with.
Blessing to you as you reflect!
Educational Leadership Director
We thinking of and have in our prayers:
We uphold all these people, their families and members of their respective learning communities in prayer asking that our gracious and loving God provides healing, comfort and strength according to the need in each circumstance.
As we roll into Term 4, the LESNW Board wishes all of our Learning Communities every blessing, especially as you jump between finishing off 2019 and planning for 2020 (and beyond).
A number of matters are currently before our Board and association which I’d like to share with you.
LEA / LESNW: At our most recent Board meeting, LEA Executive Director, Lisa Schmidt and LEA Board Chair, Brett Hausler, joined us for a discussion on our current reality as well as our preferred futures. This was a fruitful meeting and will be followed up with increasing communication and collaboration into the future.
Standing Committees of the LESNW Board
Under the LESNW Constitution adopted in January 2019 the LESNW board has two standing committees, namely Governance and Finance Risk and Audit. The Governance committee has been in operation under a terms of reference since the adoption of the new constitution.
At the recent LESNW board meeting the terms of reference for the Finance Risk and Audit Standing Committee were adopted and these can be found on the LESNW website at this link (bottom of the page). The previously known ‘Finance Committee’ has been therefore disbanded and has been rebirthed and repurposed as the Finance Risk and Audit Committee. David Wilksch together with LESNW Board member, Paul Bert will lead this committee and we are grateful for their inputs into our association and learning communities.
2020 LESNW Budget: Brad Richmond presented a draft LESNW Secretariat Budget at out last meeting and it was resolved that levies to Learning Communities would not be increased in 2020. Our finances this year have been strong, but a challenge remains to assist Learning Communities in times of need (which is often financial). How the System Development fund and Secretariat budget are used for that remains a topic of consideration for the board.
Strategic Planning: With the help of Richard Owen, our Board will engage in continued Strategic Planning this term and through that time, input from Learning Communities will again be sought.
Every blessing to you for this term.
LESNW Board Chair
Over recent weeks I have been reflecting on the incredible responsibility that each of us have entrusted to us to proclaim the saving message of God’s love and salvation to the staff, students and families in our care.
If we were to consider Luther’s definition of a priest, we are all priests because we are believers in Christ; by God’s grace we are priests. When believers minister Christ’s grace and seek God’s will in whatever they do, they are doing priestly service. We therefore are priests in this sense because we represent God’s specific care for people through the teaching of the gospel. Whether or not we are presented with direct opportunities to teach the Christian faith or lead devotions, we all will have the opportunity to witness and model the Christian life in our day to day interactions with others. The love, service, obedience, forgiveness, compassion, humility and honesty we demonstrate to others will testify to our ministry.
When this occurs, Christian love is in action. This is the real essence of pastoral care within our learning communities.
Each of us, by virtue of our positions and roles have opportunity to positively influence the culture of our respective communities. There will be times when we will be sorely tested and we will be prone to be less forgiving or compassionate, however, I and you need to remember that God never gives up on us so we should not give up on others. Having said this, every member of our communities needs to take responsibility for their words and actions. In the absence of such, individuals need to be held accountable. They have free will; and there will be times when they will make choices that result in decisions that are in contradiction to the ethos and beliefs of our respective communities and the Church. In these instances, we act firmly but fairly. This may be perceived by some as not being ‘Christian’, but we should not and cannot shy away from holding people accountable for choices they make.
We are witnesses to Jesus when we acknowledge “I can do nothing on my own authority; I judge only as God tells me, so my judgment is right, because I am not trying to do what I want, but only what he who sent me wants.’’ John 5:30
When we honestly can bring our self to say, “God, may your will be done in this. Show me clearly what you want me to do,” we are well on our way to finding the answer.
The Bible deals with literally hundreds of situations that provide clear moral guidance for us today. At the risk of sounding like this is an oversimplification, I believe God’s Word gives direction in either statement or principle for every decision we will have to make in life, provided we are willing to apply the principles to issues facing us today.
May God continue to abundantly bless you in every aspect of your work and service and thereby the culture and fabric of your respective communities.
Schools talk about the desire to be ‘innovative’ and to promote ‘creativity’ which is very noble, however for this to become embedded and lived throughout a school by all learners, a culture of reflection and collaboration is crucial.
With this goal as a focus, senior and middle level leaders at Navigator College came together to explore personal mastery, team learning and systems thinking to make this a reality.
What does it look like currently? What would we like it to look like? What am I currently doing to create this culture? What do I need to do more of? Less of?
While the team identified characteristics of authentic collaboration they also identified what personal capabilities they need to co-create this culture. They used Systems Thinking to identify a whole school description of the college’s “Current Reality”
1. Events (What would we see?)
2. Behaviours (Trends)
3. Systems and Structures
4. Mental Models.
The results were very revealing and allowed each leader to hear the realities of each other.
The group then explored “Preferred Future”
1. Events: What would this culture look like?
2. Behaviours: What trends would we see?
3. Systems and Structures: What do we need to put in place or remove for this to happen across the college?
4. Mental Models: What new ways of thinking will be evident by all stakeholders?
The white board in the room was soon filled with collective thinking. This is going to provide the basis for ongoing collaboration using an online platform which may be more supportive of leaders who need time to make meaning and to provide thoughtful feed-in.
It will be exciting to see how this thinking develops into prototyping and action, how leadership capacity continues to develop and a culture of reflection, collaboration, innovation and creativity becomes a reality at Navigator College.
Educational Leadership Director
Recognitions and awards offered by LESNW will match the aims and purposes of Lutheran schools, which provide a focus on people and service. Awards are available for all staff, teachers and others, and based on length of service. Separate recognition is granted for 10 year increments and service recognised is from any Lutheran school in Australia. These awards are for staff currently in service.