The Experienced Principals Program

Target Audience

This cross-sectoral leadership program targets Western Australian Catholic, Department of Education and Independent school primary and secondary principals with 10 or more years of experience in at least two schools who are interested in enhancing their health and wellbeing and leadership capabilities.

Program Outline

These outcomes are achieved through five, highly-interactive, full-day workshops (9.00am-4.00pm) and four breakfast provocation sessions (7.30am-10.30am) over a one year timeframe. The program consists of four, interconnected pillars:

  • Pillar one: Health assessment, analysis and health coaching with an exercise physiologist
  • Pillar two: 360-degree leadership profiling and executive coaching
  • Pillar three: Completion of a workplace-based leadership challenge project
  • Pillar four: A theoretical program based on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Australian Professional Standard for Principals (the Standard).

Program Provider

The Experienced Principals Program is owned and hosted by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) in partnership with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Program Structure and Components

Workshop one. (9.00am-4.00pm)

  • Facilitated by Brendan Spillane
  • Program introduction and orientation 
Between workshops one and two
  • Participants complete their health and wellbeing assessment, organise health coaching and complete their 360-degree leadership profile 
Workshop two. (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Facilitated by Dr Tim McDonald and Dr Ron Cacioppe
  • AITSL professional practice: Leading teaching and learning, 360-degree review debrief and introduction to the executive coaching process and leadership challenge project
Between workshops two and three
  • Participants work with executive coach to debrief 360-degree leadership profile, set preliminary goals, scope leadership challenge project and schedule future coaching sessions. Health coaching with exercise physiologist also occurs
Workshop three. (7.30am-10.30am)
  • Facilitated by Brendan Spillane
  • AITSL professional practice: Developing self and others. Learning partners for leadership challenge project are allocated 
Between workshops three and four
  • Participants complete executive coaching session one, meet with learning partner and exercise physiologist
Workshop four. (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Facilitated by Dr Steve Kiely and Dr Michael Newton AITSL professional practice: Developing self and others (Health and wellbeing day one)
Between workshops four and five
  • Participants complete executive coaching session two, meet with learning partner and exercise physiologist
Workshop five.(7.30am-10.30am)
  • Facilitated by Brendan Spillane
  • AITSL professional practice: Leading improvement, innovation and change
Between workshops five and six
  • Participants complete executive coaching session three, meet with learning partner and exercise physiologist
Workshop six. (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Facilitated by Dr Steve Kiely and Dr Michael Newton
  • AITSL professional practice: Developing self and others (Health and wellbeing day two)
Between workshops six and seven
  • Participants complete executive coaching session four, meet with learning partner and exercise physiologist
Workshop seven. (7:30am-10:30am)
  • Facilitated by Dr Renu Burr
  • AITSL professional practice: Leading the management of the school
Between workshops seven and eight
  • Participants complete executive coaching session five, meet with learning partner and exercise physiologist
Workshop eight. (7.30am-10.30am)
  • Facilitated by Elena Douglas
  • AITSL professional practice: Engaging and working with the community
Between workshops eight and nine
  • Participants meet with learning partner and exercise physiologist
Workshop nine. (9.00am -4.00pm)
  • Facilitated by Dr Steve Kiely and Dr Michael Newton
  • AITSL professional practice: Developing self and others (Health and wellbeing day three)
Leadership challenge project symposium, program conclusion and graduation dinner.

Cohort Size and Program Facilitation

The maximum size of the program cohort is 20 participants with 10 places reserved for Catholic school principals with the balance comprising representatives from Department of Education and Independent schools. A cross-sectoral panel together will consider all applications and determine the final makeup of the cohort. Program modules are facilitated using David Kolb’s theory of experiential learning. Kolb’s theory emphasizes the central role that experience plays in the learning process.

Program facilitators are trained in the four broad adult learning styles as described by Kolb: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation and active experimentation. For example, within program workshops, new theory is often introduced by the facilitator as a lecture (abstract conceptualisation) before being reinforced via a case study (concrete experience).

Participants are then asked to engage in individual reflection on the theory using a series of case study questions (reflective observation) before discussing their perspectives with colleagues in small groups (active experimentation).

Small group responses are then probed by the facilitator during a whole group feedback and discussion session (active experimentation).

Program Cost

The cost of the program is usually $7500 per participant. However for Catholic Department of Education and independent school principals, the program is offered free of charge, with funding provided through Smarter Schools National Partnership funding.

Venue

Pillar One: Health assessment, analysis and health coaching
The provider of all medical testing, health and wellbeing assessment and health coaching associated with this pillar of the Experienced Principals Program is Health on the Move. Health on the Move offices are located at 19 Ord Street, West Perth. Please refer to their website at www.healthmove.com.au or telephone 08 9485 0700.
 
Pillar Two: 360-degree leadership profiling and executive coaching
The provider of the 360-degree leadership profile and executive coaching associated with this pillar of the Experienced Principals Program is Integral Development. Integral Development offices are located at 58/60 Duncraig Road, Applecross. Please refer to their website at www.integral.org.au or telephone 08 9242 8122.

Pillar Four: Theoretical program
The venue for all days associated with the theoretical pillar of the Experienced Principals Program is Fraser’s private dining room located adjacent to Fraser’s restaurant in Kings Park (Fraser Avenue in Kings Park, West Perth).

Application Due Date

TBC

Enquiries

Please direct all enquiries regarding this program to Shane Glasson (Learning and Development Consultant, Leadership Programs) on 08 6380 5234 or email glasson.shane@ceo.wa.edu.au