Key Lessons For Directors 09

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Key lessons learned by directors summarised from responses to the annual ICT PD Survey 09.

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  • Key Lessons For Directors 09

    1. 1. KEY LESSONS LEARNED - THE DIRECTOR ROLE compiled from responses to the ICT PD Annual Survey 2009
    2. 2. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
    3. 3. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: are able to ‘go with the flow’ at times. are well organised and plan well ahead for upcoming tasks and events. ensure they have enough time, resource and senior management support before agreeing to take on the role. are able to work well with people of varying personalities. are patient! have lots of energy and enthusiasm. remember to keep things in perspective. have faith in their own abilities.
    4. 4. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: show an interest in ICT and emerging technologies. set aside dedicated time for the ICT PD cluster. have a strong belief in the value of ICT PD. BARRIERS Juggling the demands of the director role alongside the principal role.
    5. 5. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
    6. 6. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: have a clear understanding of the New Zealand curriculum and how it fits with the ICT PD contract. have an understanding of recent changes in pedagogy. have previous experience in implementing school change. are able to articulate what they want to achieve from the contract. have an understanding that the focus needs to be on the shift in pedagogy rather than purely ICTs. BARRIERS Lack of technical capability.
    7. 7. FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR KEY ROLES
    8. 8. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: work with the management team to prepare job descriptions for key roles within the cluster so expectations are clear. spend time making sure they have the right person/people in the facilitation role/s select a facilitator who is an excellent classroom practitioner – a facilitator should not be viewed as a technician. select a facilitator that has initiative and passion. select a facilitator that has had prior experience working with adults. select a cluster facilitator that shares ideas and strategies.
    9. 9. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: look within cluster schools to see if there is someone who could be released to be the facilitator. have cluster schools that choose willing lead teachers who can work well with all staff within the school. BARRIERS Inexperience of the cluster leadership. Changes in school principals. Trying to ensure that the facilitator is not overloaded. Lack of the reliability of the facilitator.
    10. 10. SETTING EXPECTATIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONTRACT
    11. 11. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: Set up a memorandum of understanding between all schools. work with principals early in the contract on the role that they need to play as leaders within their schools. establish clear expectations and parameters for schools in the cluster and make sure that all dates are communicated well in advance. ensure that all schools have a commitment to the Milestone data gathering process and that this is discussed at the beginning of the contract. ensure that all schools discuss data collection at the beginning of the contract and have a commitment to doing this.
    12. 12. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: arrange for all of the management team to be available to meet with the National Facilitator at the beginning of the contract so all are aware of requirements. arrange for all of the management team to be available to meet with the National Facilitator at the beginning of the contract so all are aware of requirements. ensure that they have a firm commitment from all principals that they will support cluster initiatives. BARRIERS Lack of involvement by all schools in the initial proposal.
    13. 13. STRATEGIC PLANNING
    14. 14. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: visit other clusters to discuss what they have learned in order to feed into cluster planning. develop clear goals with the management team that are revisited regularly and allow for some flexibility. refer back to the cluster vision as a guide for planning. involve all school leaders in cluster programme planning. look at the range of abilities and confidence and try not to race too far too soon. try to personalise learning as much as possible by finding different ways of working on the same big goals. ensure that cluster goals relate directly to national goals.
    15. 15. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: understand and ‘own’ the strategic plan for the cluster. have cluster schools that provide sufficient infrastructure to achieve desired outcomes. seek support and guidance from the cluster management team when revising cluster goals.
    16. 16. LEADERS OF LEARNING
    17. 17. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: are leaders of learning and get involved rather than just sitting back and overseeing the contract. delegate jobs to others in the cluster with a clear set of outcomes and regular meetings to get updates on progress. find multiple ways to draw other principals into the process ensure that the contract is done with schools not to schools. involve themselves in as many aspects of the cluster as possible give staff time to implement the use of ICTs in classrooms tap into staff that have a strong interest in ICT give dedicated time for staff to reflect on their learning eg staff meeting slot build ICT PD goals into the staff appraisal process.
    18. 18. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: give dedicated time for staff to reflect on their learning eg staff meeting slot build ICT PD goals into the staff appraisal process. BARRIERS Lack of engagement by some schools. Resistance of many staff to using ICT. Principals who fail to see the big picture and create barriers for staff rather than opportunities.
    19. 19. COMMUNICATION
    20. 20. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: are open and honest with all members of the cluster to ensure transparency. remind cluster schools frequently about upcoming dates – once is not enough! communicate frequently with the cluster management team. have many discussions with teachers to ensure that methods of communication, collaboration and working are developed that encourage maximum input from all. provide schools with ongoing encouragement to participate in the online community.
    21. 21. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: ensure that the management team meets regularly. encourage open communication between all stake holders in the cluster. access and disseminate ideas from ICT PD resources such as the newsletter and the online portal.
    22. 22. ADMINISTERING THE CLUSTER
    23. 23. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: set up money management processes early and explains these clearly to everyone concerned with ICT PD funds. work with the management team to prepare job descriptions for key roles within the cluster so expectations are clear. provide opportunity for all cluster schools to participate in the writing of the milestone. keep a record of activities happening in the cluster to make milestone reporting easier. set up good systems/ templates for each school to gather data in order to make things easier for schools. use the follow-up meetings with the National Facilitator to ensure that everyone is meeting their obligations.
    24. 24. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: have the support of a great office administrator BARRIERS Schools not meeting deadlines for milestone reports. Changing criteria over the course of the contract in terms of what is expected in cluster reporting and variations. The complexity of milestone reporting and variations. Not having all the templates available at the beginning of the year. Data collection for milestones expected during the busiest time for schools eg writing school reports.
    25. 25. DEVELOPING A NETWORK
    26. 26. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: help to facilitate ways to share good resources from within each school across the cluster. make use of all networks and contacts as people are the greatest resource. develop a good relationship with the National Facilitator. seek contact with other cluster directors for support and advice. have good relationships with the facilitator and principals across the cluster. encourage collaboration between school lead teachers and principals. attend cluster network meetings. develop connections with other clusters in the ICT PD network.
    27. 27. EFFECTIVE DIRECTORS: facilitate pedagogical discussions within the cluster management team. recognise the benefits of cluster staff attending conferences or going on best practice school visits to share ideas and develop pedagogical knowledge. BARRIERS The difficulty in getting the cluster to collaborate across schools. Wide differences between schools that can be hard to bridge. The wide range in abilities of principals and lead teachers. Schools/clusters being isolated geographically. Money and time demands to attend regional meetings.
    28. 28. DISCUSSION PROMPTS Which points would you prioritise for the director role? What would you add to these key lessons learned? Which do you disagree with and why? How could the barriers that are listed be overcome? What would you like to see happen at national level to address some of the points raised? How could you use this information within your own cluster?
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