LESNW is seeking to appoint a Strategic Leadership Director to the team. The position will support senior leaders and school governors of learning communities (Principal and senior staff, Chair of Council and councillors) to deliver improved system outcomes. The support provided may include leadership and governance development and training, risk mitigation profiling, strategies to enhance workplace culture and practice and organisational change, management of critical incidents and media strategy.
N4L 04 Apr 2018
As a member of the LEVNT team, this Director will be working with and supporting the Executive Director of LEVNT, working consultatively and collaboratively with this team to ensure the operations of LEVNT are carried out in a highly professional and cohesive manner.
“Expect the unexpected” is a phrase I often use when I am going into a situation where I am not sure of the outcome. When I reflect on this, I am probably saying ‘expect a tricky situation and if it’s not … well that’s a bonus!’
I would imagine that Jesus’ family, friends and followers would have really come to ‘expect the unexpected’ not in the way I use it, but far more literally! Healing the sick, bringing back to life people who had died, hanging out with the outcasts of society, calming storms, turning water into wine, walking on water, being ruthlessly honest with the teachers of the law, are just a few examples of ‘the unexpected’.
However, when they watched Jesus being crucified on a cross it is obvious from the descriptions of their actions in Luke’s gospel that ‘expecting the unexpected’ was more about fear of what might happen to them after Jesus’ death. Mary and the other women ‘didn’t know what to think’ when they saw and heard the angel in the empty tomb, the disciples didn’t believe the women (although Peter did go to check), the two men on the way to Emmaus couldn’t understand what happened and when Jesus DID appear to the disciples they were terrified with fear. What does Jesus bring them in this uncertain situation, the unexpected ‘peace’.
When Jesus is around ‘expect the unexpected!!’
As Easter people we can expect the unexpected every day in a good way. Jesus has defeated sin, death and the devil, and now nothing can keep us from God’s love, providing us with a whole new ‘unexpected’ way of seeing ourselves, others and the world around us.
Time for celebration!
Educational Leadership Director
A huge thankyou again to Port Lincoln for hosting our last PYP Leaders session and all leaders who made the journey.
There was rich discussion during the day as we continued to unpack the enhanced PYP with the focus on ‘agency’. The group reflected on the key initiatives of Navigator and used this to further unpack where agency was present. This led the group to reflecting on where agency was reflected in each other’s sites. A wonderful collaborative, reflective, learning experience.
SAVE the DATE
Our next PYP Leaders day will be hosted by Concordia College, Monday 4 June.
The agenda will follow a similar model where we continue to reflect and focus on agency. Concordia will share and reflect on where agency is present with their key initiatives. This will be a time for leaders to further reflect and develop a culture of agency at each site.
Agile Schools and the Hartley Institute are joining forces again in 2018, to bring Ricky Campbell-Allen and the highly regarded “Foundations of Learning Sprints” to South Australia on Tuesday 5th June, 2018.
Developed by Dr Simon Breakspear and the team at Agile Schools, the Learning Sprint method provides a simple, effective and field-tested approach to support teachers to continually enhance their practice.
Learning Sprints is an organisational routine that can support the adoption of evidence-informed practices and develop the collective efficacy of teacher teams. The approach is aligned with the existing research evidence into the features of effective teacher professional learning and the science of behaviour change. It has been designed to be simple, relevant and manageable for already overloaded teachers and their leaders.
This program is designed for anyone in a school or system leadership role, including principals, senior leaders, team leaders and lead teachers, who would like to learn more about the benefits and process of the Learning Sprint method.
The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications (Otto Scharmer’s latest release)
For those leaders interested in knowing more about Theory U, the following link provides information about Otto Schamer’s latest publication.
Volume 40, Term 1 2018 provides some excellent articles in relation to sustainable change.
One of the articles (From the Archives) which focuses on creating the conditions for transformational change, is certainly worth revisiting regularly. The attached rubric is a great assessment tool.
With the support of Garry Le Duff, LESNW Council have been considering how we might modernise the governance and structure of the LESNW Council membership and makeup, to best serve our strategic intents and thereby our learning communities. At the LESNW AGM on Friday 18 May, Garry Le Duff will be sharing the key findings of the review and recommendations.
The Executive summary of the review and recommendations will be distributed with the agenda for the AGM later this week.
We will seek your active involvement moving forward in these important system governance discussions and deliberations.
LESNW Council Chair
A learning opportunity is being offered for all staff who maintain records and use the national LExICON database.
This session will offer training, guidelines, shortcut tips and broaden knowledge of how LExICON might be a useful tool in your learning community. Specific issues can be covered by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of term 1.
Date: Wednesday 9 May
Time: 9.15am – 11am
Venue: LESNW, 137 Archer St, North Adelaide
More information and registration details are in the flyer below.
LExICON Flyer 180509