The Young and New Teacher (YANT) newsletter for members of the the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).
Well the final term of 2010 is proving pretty eventful. So eventful that this newsletter got delayed until now!
This newsletter we are going to look at support for teachers thinking of advancing into positions of responsibility.
eDscapes Conference: are you signed up to attend?
This is the bi-annual professional conference for PPTA. The conference has a strong focus on leadership and the development of leadership in secondary schools.
Keynote speakers include:
- Dr Ben Levin
- Prof Judyth Sachs
- Dr Christine Richmond
Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) supports you in your time of need
As part of our current STCA all teachers have access to the Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) services. This is a freesupport service for educational professionsals to access and may pertain to any area of your life.
Aspirations to middle or senior management
Many teachers either consider the possibility of moving into positions of responsibility, or have these positions “thrust” upon them. These positions may include, but are not limited to:
- Assistant Head of Department (HoD)
- Dean or Pastoral Leader
- Teacher in Charge (TiC)
- Assistant Principal
- Deputy Principal
In preparation for these roles, the following link might be of interest when considering this professional move:
What does a principal REALLY want in a middle manager?
Here are the ideas of one principal we talked to, with 15 years of experience.He suggested that, for a start, he expected all teachers aspiring to a middle management role to have a high degree of subject competence. They need to be pretty clued up about what they are teaching.
Over and above that there was a need for them to be able to demonstrate some organisational skill so that they could handle systems and the running of a department or subject.
But the top priority would be the ability to inspire the teachers they work with. They need to be interested in and lead any changes that might be needed for the more effective teaching of their subject. The educational leadership role was vitally important in this principal’s view. So, above all, the quality he looked for was enthusiasm.
Wellington-Marlborough Executive member
YANT Committee Convenor