As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. So the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program recognises that principals, teachers, teachers’ aides, parents and the community are all leaders with a significant role to play in a student’s education and health and wellbeing.
The Stronger Smarter Leadership Program partners with school and community leaders in their pursuit of educational excellence for all students.
We provide tools and support to enhance their leadership capacity, challenge their assumptions and contribute to the critical mass of leaders creating positive changes in education.
The Leadership Program equips school leaders to have challenging conversations with staff and actively engage the school community to have high expectations relationships, promote positive identities and excellence in schools.
The Stronger Smarter Leadership Program is based on fundamental strategies to support success for all children including:
- Acknowledging, embracing and developing a positive sense of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity in schools.
- Acknowledging and embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in schools and school communities.
- High expectations leadership to ensure high expectations classrooms, with high expectations teacher and student relationships.
- Innovative and dynamic school staffing models
- Innovative and dynamic school models in complex social and cultural contexts
The program is facilitated by Stronger Smarter Institute staff with presentations from school and community leaders. It has been described as intense, stimulating, challenging and full of humour and personal involvement.
Participants are provided with a safe and supportive environment to explore these fundamental strategies. The program is an action research model, with a series of workshops and meetings throughout the year and includes:
- Face to face workshops facilitated by the Stronger Smarter team
- Personal challenges in which participants’ explore their own beliefs and behaviours and specific leadership challenges to work on between each workshop session and
- Opportunities for participants to document and share their learning with others as participants are invited to join the well established Stronger Smarter network.
Approaches to Learning
The facilitation and learning approaches are based on adult learning principles including:
- Drawing on participants’ existing knowledge and experiences;
- Offering new learning frameworks and processes through which participants reflect on experiences;
- Multi-model delivery – visual, auditory and kinesthetic; and
- Structuring the learning over a significant period of time so that new learning can be integrated.
The Stronger Smarter Leadership Program is a minimum 12-month commitment and requires commitment to two face-to-face forums and all program components:
Phase 1*: Stronger Smarter leadership development forum focusing on enhancing collaborative and cultural competence and leadership capacity to facilitate change, engage Indigenous community and transform learning contexts.
Phase 2: Taking the message back: workplace engagement and cultural planning phase, focusing on discussions, consultation and planning.
Phase 3*: Leadership for School Transformation forum: workplace challenges and school transformation plans are shared, reviewed and discussed by participants and the Stronger Smarter team.
Phase 4: Transforming workplaces implementation, online discussion and forums supporting school transformation.
Phase 5: Acknowledging and celebrating learning case study and/or action research on school transformation plans and positive student outcomes.
*Phases 1 and 3 are face-to-face forums that require participants to travel to Brisbane, Queensland. The first phase is a 6 day residential program held at the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg, south east Queensland.