CEPs Great Professional Development Opportunities in 2018

The Country Education Partnership has developed a range of high quality and engaging professional learning opportunities that it will offer during 2018 – so put these dates in your calendars to ensure that you don’t miss out on this engaging professional learning opportunities.

Workshops with Marie Claire Bretherton 

The Country Education Partnership is pleased to have Marie Claire in Australia to facilitate a forum with rural and remote education communities involved in rural clusters, or are interested in developing clusters as a key strategy to enhancing learning opportunities for rural and remote students, and build capacity of their staff.

Marie Claire is the current Executive Head Teacher of the Kyra Teaching School – a partnerships of rural schools in Lincolnshire, UK. She has been a key education leader in developing strong collaborative arrangements that have focused on lifting the aspirations of students throughout the Kyra Teaching School partnership. She has gained high recognition across the globe for her education leadership not only within her own school, but across Kyra Cluster of Schools.

Development of powerful teacher peer to peer growth, development and review approaches; the development of a strong student agency approach across Kyra; and developing a strong school improvement culture through collaboration are all key areas that Marie Claire has taken a strong leadership role within.

She was instrumental in supporting Kyra becoming the “Kyra Research School” – part of an international network of schools that aims to create a network of schools that will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice within classrooms.

She has a real passion for the development of leadership that raises the aspirations of our students, our communities and our staff to ensure that we bring hope, life and possibility to every child and young person that we work with.

  • Dates:                Wednesday, 28th February / Thursday, 1st March 2018
  • Who For:          Educators from clusters and education organisations interested in building clusters.

Check out some of Marie Claires work and thinking:

Rural Education Conference

The Country Education Partnership will be hosting the Rural Education Conference again in 2018.

The conference will provide an exciting opportunity for those involved in, and interested in rural and remote education communities to come together of high quality and challenging presentations, workshops and discussions over a two days in late May, 2018.

The Rural Education Conference in 2018 will focus on the theme:

“Inspiring our Students through Aspirational Leadership and Teaching and Learning”

As part of the 2018 Rural Education Conference, CEP will also host its Conference Dinner where the announcement of the Rural Education Award 2018 will be made – we will also celebrate some of the great performing arts young people that we have within our rural and remote education communities.

So, get your school organised and bring your whole staff to this exciting conference.

The Country Education Partnership is currently putting together a  high quality program of keynote presenters, workshops highlighting outstanding education programs occurring in rural and remote communities and discussion forums exploring key areas related to rural and remote education.

One Keynote Presenter has already been booked in with others being explored as we speak.

As a start, we are extremely pleased to have the highly regarded Steve Munby from the UK as a keynote presenter, and we are working with a number of other other key presenters to also join us at the conference.

Within the 2018 Rural Education Conference we will also be offering a number of Master Classes that focus on a number of key areas related to rural and remote education, and we are currently negotiating with a number of high quality presenters to facilitate these master classes.

Dates:   Thursday, 24th and Friday, 25th May 2018

More information coming in the coming week, but put these dates in your diary now.

Overseas Education Leadership Benchmark Tours

Once again the Country Education Partnership is working with a number of rural and remote education organisations to put together a couple of high quality Overseas Education Leadership Benchmark Tours in 2018.

Education Leadership Tour to Canada and US

The Canada/US tour has the explicit aim of enhancing rural education leadership capacity (whether they be principals or teaching and learning leaders) as well as providing a range of opportunities for rural education leaders to view and experience leading education provision approaches in todays world, especially as they relate to developing a culture of improvement and excellence through collaborative practices.

The Canada/US tour will include visiting rural and remote education settings that have made a real difference; meet within internationally recognised education expertise (Eg Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, etc); participate within a Rural Education Conference, and be involved in a range of discussion that reflect on the experiences and discussion.

The tour will focus on a number of key questions:

  • what really makes a difference for rural and remote student learning and how is this supported?
  • How does collaborative practices within and across education settings support the development of this culture?
  • What does future rural education provision look like?

When:   The Canada/US Education Leaders Benchmark Tour will occur early in Term IV of 2018.

Education Leaders Tour to UK:

The Country Education Partnership will be offering its highly recognised Education Leaders Tour to the UK once again in 2018.

The tour has the explicit aim of enhancing rural education leadership capacity as well as providing a range of opportunities for rural education leaders to view and experience leading education provision approaches in todays world, especially as they relate to developing a culture of improvement and excellence through collaborative practices.

Theme:

“Establishing a Culture of Excellence through Collaborative Practices” and explore key questions:

  • what really makes a difference for student learning and how does this occur?
  • How does collaborative practices within and across education settings support the development of this culture?
  • What role does creative thinking play in establishing a Culture of Excellence?
Participants will be involved in a range of activities that include:
  • Visits to education settings, and clusters/alliances who have implemented approaches and strategies that have resulted in improved teaching and learning through collaborative approaches;
  • Involvement in forums and workshops with internationally recognized educators — eg Sir John Jones, Maggie Farrar, Steve Munby, John West Burnham;
  • Participate within a high quality education conference focusing on Inspiring Education Leadership;
  • Participate within a number of tour group discussions reflecting on learnings gained.

When:   The UK Education Leaders Benchmark Tour will occur late in Term III of 2018.

Rural Education Pipeline Leadership Initiative

The Country Education Partnership has recently developed the “Rural and Remote Education Leadership – A Pipeline Approach” initiative as a result of a number of years of exploration to develop a specific program that links the building of quality education leaders, with an ongoing, and sustainable, approach to education leadership succession across rural and remote communities – something that has been identified as a real challenge in rural and remote education communities across the country.

Based on a similar approach developed by the Wallace Foundation in the US, the Pipeline Leadership initiative aims to provide a sustainable framework for the development and provision of education leaders across rural and remote communities.

The Rural Pipeline Education Leadership initiative will be facilitated by a number of highly regarded Australian and International facilitators.

CEP is piloting the program with education organisations within the Catholic Education Office, Sandhurst and if education leaders are interested in being involved within this exciting new education leadership initiative, it would be happy to work with interested people to provide a similar program.

For more information on the Rural and Remote Pipeline Leadership Initiative, click on the link:  Rural Education Leadership Program – Pipeline Approach (2)