The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand says a new Centre for Leadership Excellence is a decisive first step towards developing leadership capacity in the early childhood and school sector.
Education Council chief executive Dr Graham Stoop, says initially the new centre will seek to support principals appointed as Community of Learning (CoL) leaders.
Earlier today, the Minister of Education Hekia Parata, announced $250,000 towards setting up the centre.
Dr Stoop says there is a lot of work to do and the Education Council will be working closely with educators and the profession to progress its proposal.
“We are very pleased to receive funding that will support the development of a virtual Centre of Excellence. It will hold a strong body of collective knowledge in leadership best practice, strategies and research.
“This is a by-the-profession, for-the-profession initiative. The Education Council has produced an initial paper – Leadership for Communities of Learning – which will be the basis for a collaborative approach to developing the centre.
“We want to work very closely with our sector so collectively we can build leadership capability and capacity not just in CoL leaders, but for all leaders in early childhood and school contexts.
“The Education Council’s mandate is to champion the teaching profession through developing strong leadership capability and capacity. We believe starting with Communities of Learning is a sensible first step.
“Col will help build a structure that facilitates the exchange of knowledge and learning from others. When a culture of excellence is established there will be a focus on improvement.”
Read Leadership for Communities of Learning here
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