Training on Educational Leadership

Educational leadership is a critical element in fostering a positive and effective learning environment. Recognizing the pivotal role that teachers play in shaping educational experiences, the Erasmus Training Course on Educational Leadership is meticulously designed to empower teachers with the skills necessary to take on leadership roles within their schools. This intensive 20-hour program, spread over five days, is tailored to address the unique challenges and opportunities that educators face in contemporary educational settings.

The course is anchored in the belief that effective leadership in education goes beyond administrative duties; it encompasses inspiring vision, strategic planning, ethical decision-making, and fostering a collaborative culture. By participating in this course, teachers will gain insights into the latest leadership theories, engage in practical workshops, and develop actionable strategies to enhance their leadership capabilities.

This program is particularly relevant for teachers who aspire to move into leadership roles, such as department heads, curriculum coordinators, or school principals. It is also beneficial for current educational leaders seeking to refine their skills and stay abreast of the latest developments in educational leadership. The course offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, ensuring that participants leave with a robust toolkit to implement positive changes in their educational institutions.

Course Objectives:

  1. Enhance Leadership Skills: Equip teachers with the essential leadership skills required to influence and guide their educational institutions effectively.
  2. Promote School Improvement: Enable participants to design and implement strategies that drive school improvement and elevate educational standards.
  3. Foster Collaborative Culture: Encourage the development of a collaborative culture among staff, students, and the wider school community.
  4. Strategic Planning: Teach participants how to develop and execute strategic plans that align with the educational goals and objectives of their institutions.
  5. Innovative Practices: Introduce innovative educational practices and leadership theories that can be applied within diverse educational contexts.

Day 1: Foundations of Educational Leadership

  • Icebreaker activity
  • Exploration of key leadership theories and their applications in education.
  • Self-assessment of personal leadership styles and preferences.
  • Defining the role of an effective educational leader.

Day 2: Strategic Vision and Decision-Making

  • Principles of strategic planning and goal setting for schools.
  • Data-driven decision-making processes.
  • Aligning vision with action planning and resource allocation
  • Scenario-based decision-making exercises.

Day 3: Communication, Collaboration, and Conflict Management

  • Effective communication techniques with diverse stakeholders (teachers, parents, students).
  • Building strong and collaborative teams.
  • Strategies for conflict resolution and handling difficult conversations.
  • Role-playing scenarios for practicing communication and conflict management skills.

Day 4: Leading Change and Innovation

  • Change management models and their application in educational settings.
  • Overcoming resistance to change and fostering buy-in.
  • Strategies for driving innovation and building a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Case study analysis of successful change initiatives in education.

Day 5: Building a Positive School Culture

  • Defining school culture and its impact on student and teacher well-being.
  • Fostering staff motivation, engagement, and empowerment.
  • Developing a shared sense of purpose and values
  • Action planning: Creating an action plan for improving school culture.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand different theories and models of educational leadership.
  • Enhance strategic thinking, planning, and decision-making abilities.
  • Develop skills for effective communication, conflict resolution, and team building.
  • Learn strategies for leading change initiatives effectively and inclusively.
  • Cultivate a leadership style that fosters a positive and collaborative school culture.

Upcoming sessions

Location: Rome

  • September 2024: Week 1 (September 2 – 6)
  • October 2024: Week 1 (September 30 – October 4)
  • November 2024: Week 2 (November 4 – 8)
  • December 2024: Week 1 (December 2 – 6)
  • January 2025: Week 2 (January 6 – 10)
  • February 2025: Week 2 (February 10 – 14)
  • March 2025: Week 2 (March 10 – 14)
  • April 2025: Week 3 (April 14 – 18)
  • May 2025: Week 3 (May 19 – 23)
  • June 2025: Week 3 (June 16 – 20)
  • December 2025: Week 1 (December 1 – 5)