By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Sunday July 21, 2019
The Teaching Council has already developed and launched the Educational Leadership Capability Framework which was identified in the Leadership Strategy as an area of focus.
17 July 2019
Sharon Keen, President, NZ Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling
Tēnā koe Sharon
Stewardship of Leadership Practice & Learning
In August 2018 the Teaching Council released the Leadership Strategy. Throughout 2017, we worked collaboratively with teachers, leaders, academics and representatives of the profession to review evidence and stimulate thinking and discussion about future-focused leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Collaboration occurred across the entire profession with registered teachers from ECE through to Tertiary, in English and Māori medium settings. This included two Academic Forums, an Agency Symposium, a Profession Conference with peak bodies and a Māori Leadership Forum in June 2017. It was undertaken as an iterative process, with multiple opportunities for feedback including forums, an online survey, focus groups and iterative discussions. This feedback helped to shape the Strategy.
The Council is committed to supporting all registered teachers in the development of their leadership capability, and in providing opportunities for them to continually grow in their role. The Teaching Council has already developed and launched the Educational Leadership Capability Framework which was identified in the Leadership Strategy as an area of focus. This work has landed well with the profession. The next significant area of focus in the implementation of the Leadership Strategy, for both Māori medium and English medium contexts, is the establishment of stewardship groups.
While decisions are pending regarding the Independent Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce, the Teaching Council has worked with the Ministry of Education and agreed to begin the process of establishing the stewardship groups for both Maori and English medium contexts. Selection and facilitation of each group of stewards will be different, allowing us to reflect a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi within our education system, respecting different kaupapa, aspirations, ways of organising and contexts.
The stewardship groups will be collaborating with the Teaching Council and Ministry of Education so that the Leadership Strategy can progress while system-level decisions are still to be confirmed in relation to the establishment of a Leadership Centre. This approach will assure the profession that we are progressing the Leadership Strategy and continuing to involve them in decisions that support implementing the Leadership Strategy.
We understand that you may have questions or comments about this development and we will be pleased to accept and respond to these.
Nāku noa, nā - Lesley Hoskin Interim Chief Executive at Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand