Did you see last week’s email announcing our six new regional support groups for principals? These new groups are intended to provide our members with support and professional learning to develop their leadership dispositions and skills. We know that principals benefit from having a safe and confidential place to share ideas and get support and feedback from trusted colleagues around issues related to leadership practice.
Groups will meet at a regular, specified time 8 times per year for two hours. Each group will be co-facilitated by an experienced, sitting principal and a retired principal/consultant. Groups will also communicate between sessions using Voxer, an app that combines voice and text messages to enable asynchronous group communication. Meetings will have an open agenda format with each group member having an opportunity to share issues - both global and specific to their practice. The facilitators will guide the conversation, drawing on the insights and experiences of group members to help engage the group in reflective dialogue and collaborative problem-solving.
Principals face increasingly complex expectations and challenges. The introduction to the recently updated leadership standards published by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015) describes principals packing up at the end of a “
full throttle day” and replaying the events of the day by asking themselves: “
Did I help make a difference to our students? Did I focus on what matters most for their learning and well-being?” Given the complexity and challenge of the work, why not learn and get support from colleagues who understand the full throttle days and who share the desire to focus on what matters most? Groups begin in October, so join today!
MESPA Executive Director