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Aspirant Principal Program

Empowering Leadership Journeys – with Dr Paul Teys

Applications are now open for the 2024 Aspirant Principals Program.

Welcome to the 2024 Aspirant Principal Program, a pioneering six-month program of professional development designed to empower and prepare senior and executive leaders for the esteemed role of school principal. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum that delves into the multifaceted aspects of educational leadership, tailored specifically for those who aspire to step into principalship.

Our target audience is dedicated leaders in the education sector who are poised to take the next significant step in their careers. Whether you are a senior leader in a school setting, an executive member of a school’s leadership team, or an aspiring leader with a vision to transform educational environments, this program is your gateway to achieving your aspirations.

Through a series of six meticulously curated webinars, participants will gain a deep understanding of the essentials of principalship, from school governance and leadership development to strategic planning and legal frameworks. We emphasise practical knowledge and leadership skills that are crucial for a successful principal, blending theoretical concepts with real-world applications.

Webinar Schedule

4pm to 6pm (AEDT) Thursdays
28 March, 23 May, 27 June, 25 July & 22 August
4pm to 6pm Wednesday 24 April

Workshops

  1. Principalship-101 & School Governance:
    Covering principalship, governance, and leadership basics in schools.
  2. Formation of Your Leadership Self & Pathway to Principalship:
    Focusing on personal leadership development and the journey to becoming a principal.
  3. Becoming a CEO: Business Acumen & Leadership Skills:
    Exploring the role of a principal as a CEO, including necessary business and leadership skills.
  4. Professional Preparation & The Job Challenges:
    Preparing for the role, understanding the challenges, and maintaining work-life balance.
  5. Strategic Leadership: People, Culture, and Law-101:
    Delving into strategic leadership, managing people and culture, and understanding legal aspects.
  6. Your Application – Managing the Entire Recruitment Process:
    Navigate applications, ace interviews, and master recruitment from start to finish.

Beyond the Webinars: Comprehensive Support and Resources

Coaching: The program offers personalised one-on-one coaching sessions to complement the online community. This individualised attention guarantees that each participant’s unique leadership journey is nurtured and guided.

Recorded Webinar Access: Recorded versions of the webinars for participants to revisit the content at their convenience. This is especially valuable for those with scheduling constraints or who want to review specific segments.

Q&A Sessions: Brief, regular Q&A sessions where participants can ask follow-up questions or clarify doubts about webinar content.

Recommended Reading Lists: Additionally, participants will have access to a rich resource library filled with carefully selected articles and books.

Self-Assessment Tools: To further support personal and professional growth, I provide self-assessment tools designed to help participants identify their strengths and areas for development. These tools are invaluable for fostering self-awareness and directing focus towards areas that will most benefit from growth and enhancement.

Email Support: Email support where participants can send in their queries and receive prompt responses.

Certificate of Completion: Enhance your professional portfolio with a certificate of completion, demonstrating your commitment to continuous learning and leadership excellence.

Benefits

Together, these resources create a comprehensive learning environment that supports the journey from senior leadership to principalship, ensuring that each participant is well-equipped to take on the challenges and opportunities of this principalship.

Investment

$990 + GST, payable in three instalments.

  1. $330 at Registration
  2. $330 on 1 March
  3. $330 on 1 June

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Education Leaders Program

Transformative Leadership in Education: Elevating Your Impact

Welcome to “Transformative Leadership in Education: Elevating Your Impact,” a dynamic six-month program meticulously crafted for current and aspiring middle and senior school leaders. This program is more than just a series of webinars; it is a journey into the heart of effective educational leadership, tailor-made to refine your skills, expand your perspectives, and elevate your impact in the ever-evolving landscape of education.

Why Join This Program?

Expert-Led Insights: Spearheaded by Dr Teys, a renowned leader with 40 years of unparalleled experience in educational leadership, this program offers not just theoretical knowledge but wisdom rooted in real-world, practical application.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Our six-part webinar series covers everything from leadership principles to strategic planning, team management, and navigating change. It’s a holistic curriculum designed for immediate application and long-term success.

Beyond the Webinars: Comprehensive support, resources and professional activity outside of the webinars.

Webinar Schedule

The third Thursday of each month in March, April, May, June, July & August 2024.
Duration: Each webinar is 2 hours long.
Target Audience: Aspiring, beginning and experienced middle & senior leaders in schools.

Webinar 1: Leadership in Education – Principles and Practice

Focus: Understanding the core principles of educational leadership, including different leadership styles and their applicability in a school environment.

Key Topics: Leadership theories, adaptive leadership in education, and the role of a leader in shaping school culture and ethos.

Webinar 2: Driving Educational Excellence – Curriculum and Instructional Leadership

Focus: Strategies for enhancing curriculum design, instruction, and assessment practices to drive academic excellence.

Key Topics: Curriculum innovation, instructional leadership models, data-informed decision-making, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

Webinar 3: Building and Sustaining High-Performing Teams

Focus: Skills and strategies for building, managing, and sustaining high-performing teams within the school.

Key Topics: Team dynamics in education, conflict resolution, professional development, and teacher retention strategies.

Webinar 4: Financial Management and Resource Allocation in Schools

Focus: Essentials of financial management in schools, including budgeting, resource allocation, and financial decision-making.

Key Topics: School budgeting processes, maximising resources for educational outcomes, and financial transparency and accountability. Workshop 1: Mastering Leadership in the Independent School Context

Webinar 5: Leading and Managing a High-Performance Meeting Sub-Culture

Focus: This webinar is dedicated to exploring effective strategies for leading and managing meetings in a way that fosters a high-performance culture. The emphasis is on creating meetings that are efficient, productive, inclusive, and engaging, transforming them into valuable tools for organisational success.

Key Topics: Efficiency in meetings, inclusivity and engagement, action-oriented outcomes, feedback and continuous improvement.

Webinar 6: Navigating Change and Innovation in Education

Focus: Understanding the dynamics of change in educational settings and leading schools through periods of innovation and reform.

Key Topics: Change management theories, leading through change, embracing educational technology, and fostering an innovative school culture.

Beyond the Webinars: Comprehensive Support and Resources

Recorded Webinar Access: Recorded versions of the webinars for participants to revisit the content at their convenience. This is especially valuable for those with scheduling constraints or who want to review specific segments.

Q&A Sessions: Brief, regular Q&A sessions where participants can ask follow-up questions or clarify doubts about webinar content.

Recommended Reading Lists: Additionally, participants will have access to a rich resource library filled with carefully selected articles and books.

Self-Assessment Tools: To further support personal and professional growth, I provide self-assessment tools designed to help participants identify their strengths and areas for development. These tools are invaluable for fostering self-awareness and directing focus towards areas that will most benefit from growth and enhancement.

Email Support: Email support where participants can send in their queries and receive prompt responses.

Certificate of Completion: Enhance your professional portfolio with a certificate of completion, demonstrating your commitment to continuous learning and leadership excellence.

Embrace the Opportunity

“Transformative Leadership in Education: Elevating Your Impact” is more than just a learning opportunity; it’s an investment in your future as a leader in education. Equip yourself with the skills, knowledge, and network to navigate the complexities of modern educational leadership and make a lasting impact in your school and community.

Benefits

Together, these resources create a comprehensive learning environment that supports the journey from senior leadership to principalship, ensuring that each participant is well-equipped to take on the challenges and opportunities of this principalship.

Investment

$825 + GST, payable in three instalments.

  1. $275 at Registration
  2. $275 on 1 March
  3. $275 on 1 June

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Effective Principalship Program

Empowering Leadership Journeys – with Dr Paul Teys

Elevating Educational Leadership

Welcome to the 2024 Effective Principalship Program, a meticulously designed journey tailored for early career and established school principals seeking to refine and enhance their principalship skills.
At the heart of this program are six comprehensive 2-hour webinars, thoughtfully spread over six months, each delving into the critical facets of principal leadership.

These webinars are supplemented with a variety of supporting and sustaining activities crafted to reinforce and extend the learning beyond the virtual sessions.

Presented by a veteran school principal and a luminary in educational leadership, this program promises to be a transformative experience, empowering you with the insights, strategies, and tools essential for effective and impactful principalship in the dynamic landscape of modern education.

Join us in this endeavour to elevate your leadership capabilities and forge a path of excellence in educational leadership.

Course Content

Six comprehensive 2-hour webinars
Distributed over six months from March to August
In-depth exploration of principal leadership dimensions

Webinar Topics

Workshop 1: Mastering Leadership in the Independent School Context

Highly effective leadership in your school’s context.

Topics:

  • Traits, qualities, practices, and strategies of highly effective principals
  • The dual role as CEO and Chief Educational Officer (CedO)
  • Governance in the independent school sector in Australia
  • The art of self-leadership
  • Crafting a compelling purpose
  • Engaging and Empowering School Communities

Workshop 2: Navigating the Unique Role of an Independent School Principal

The uniqueness of the role of an independent school principal.

Topics:

  • Understanding organisational effectiveness in complex school systems.
  • Managing the multifaceted dimensions of the principal’s role.
  • Developing financial literacy and business acumen.
  • Strategic leadership and thinking.
  • Managing your school’s image and reputation.
  • Innovative Educational Practices and Curriculum Development.

Workshop 3: Strategic Priority Areas in School Leadership

Priority areas of practice.

Topics:

  • Leading and managing large, complex organisations.
  • Addressing staff conflict and difficult conversations.
  • Building and leading a high-performing executive team.
  • Driving staff performance and accountability.
  • Managing high parent expectations in a fee-paying environment.
  • Enhancing Student Outcomes and Educational Excellence

Workshop 4: Achieving Work-Life Harmony as a Principal

Managing the sheer workload of being a principal.

Topics:

  • Balancing work and personal life for holistic well-being
  • Personal organisation and managing your energy
  • Cultivating resilience and mental toughness
  • Maintaining accessibility while managing an open-door policy
  • Setting realistic expectations for attendance at school events
  • Mastering the art of effective delegation.

Workshop 5: Advanced Leadership Skills for Principals

Combination of themes from ‘Highly effective leadership in your school’s context’ and ‘The uniqueness of the role of an independent school principal’.

Topics:

  • Advanced strategies for effective principalship
  • Influencing and shaping the school’s cultural landscape
  • Leading through innovation and change
  • Enhancing decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Nurturing a positive and inclusive school culture
  • Developing and leveraging key community partnerships.

Workshop 6: Future-Ready Leadership and Sustainable Practices

Combination of themes from ‘Priority areas of practice’ and ‘Managing the sheer workload of being a principal’.

Topics:

  • Enhancing Staff Well-being and Professional Development
  • Preparing for the future challenges in education
  • Sustainable practices in school leadership
  • Embracing technology and digital transformation
  • Fostering environmental awareness and sustainability in schools
  • Leadership succession planning.

Beyond the webinars – additional offerings and support

Advanced Coaching Sessions: One-on-one sessions post any webinar for personalised guidance.

Recorded Webinar Access: Recorded versions of the webinars for participants to revisit the content at their convenience. This is especially valuable for those with scheduling constraints or who want to review specific segments.

Q&A Sessions: Brief, regular Q&A sessions where participants can ask follow-up questions or clarify doubts about webinar content.

Recommended Reading Lists: Additionally, participants will have access to a rich resource library filled with carefully selected articles and books.

Self-Assessment Tools: To further support personal and professional growth, I provide self-assessment tools designed to help participants identify their strengths and areas for development. These tools are invaluable for fostering self-awareness and directing focus towards areas that will most benefit from growth and enhancement.

Email Support: Email support where participants can send in their queries and receive prompt responses.
Certificate of Completion: Receive a Certificate of Advanced Leadership upon completion.

Webinar Schedule

4pm to 6pm (AEDT) Tuesday | 12 March | 9 April | 14 May | 11 June | 9 July | 13 August

Investment

$1,350 + GST, payable in three instalments.

  1. $450 at Registration
  2. $450 on 1 March
  3. $450 on 1 June

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Executive Leadership Coaching

Coaching and mentoring is not just about imparting knowledge but about unlocking your potential and guiding you through the intricacies of leadership with a blend of strategic foresight and integrity.
This is not just an invitation to receive advice; it is an opportunity to tap into a wellspring of lived experience, strategic insight, and a commitment to excellence in education.

Are you ready to embark on this transformative journey?

Dr Teys is not just another educator; he is a luminary who has spent 25 years at the forefront of school principal leadership, shaping the very fabric of educational leadership and management in independent schools across Australia.

His hands-on experience in leading large, P-12, autonomous, independent schools offers invaluable insights for anyone looking to navigate contemporary education’s complex and evolving landscape.

About Dr Teys

In his acclaimed thesis, “Leading Large, P-12, Autonomous, Independent Schools: An Australian Study,” Dr Teys goes beyond academic theory, delving into the practical aspects of effective school leadership. This, coupled with his authored work, “So You Want to Be a Principal,” embodies the wisdom and knowledge only decades of first-hand experience can bring.

But what truly sets Dr Teys apart is his passion for nurturing future leaders.

If you are eager to explore what this coaching and mentoring could look like for you, I invite you to reach out. This is not about signing up on the spot but about starting a conversation to understand how Dr Teys can guide you in your leadership aspirations.


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Tailored Leadership Development Program for Your School

This program is a unique opportunity for your team to strengthen their leadership skills collectively, fostering a unified approach to school leadership and educational excellence. It is an investment in individual growth and enhancing the collaborative potential of your entire leadership team.

In today’s fast-paced educational landscape, the role of school leaders is increasingly vital.
Recognising your school’s unique challenges and opportunities, Dr Teys is excited to offer a specialised Leadership Development Program designed exclusively for your school’s leadership team.

Program Overview

Specifically tailored to address the distinctive needs and goals of your school.
Designed to strengthen the leadership team as a cohesive unit, enhancing their ability to work effectively together. A blend of interactive face-to-face and on line workshops, supplemented by robust support mechanisms including:

  • One-on-one coaching
  • Email support
  • Q&A sessions
  • Self-assessment tool
  • Access to curated leadership resources

Indicative Schedule

Term 1 – Initial workshop session to set the program in place and present the first workshop.
Term 2 – Workshop #2
Term 3 – Workshop #3
Term 4 – Final Workshop #4

Workshop Themes

Themes are developed with the school to meet school needs. Or a school may choose from an extensive suite of topics provided by Dr Teys:

  • Leadership in the Independent School Context in Australia
  • Navigating the Roles of Leader, Manager, Administrator and Follower
  • Driving Educational Excellence – Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • Building and Sustaining High-Performing Teams
  • Leading and Managing a High-Performance Meeting Sub-Culture
  • Self-awareness and Interpersonal Skills in Leadership
  • Gaining proficiency in managing the economy of focus.
  • Leading Change and Driving Innovation in Schools
  • Achieving Work-Life Harmony as an Independent School Leader

Logistics

I am committed to adapting this program to meet the unique needs of your school and look forward to enhancing the leadership skills within your community.
Logistics are generally agreed with each school depending on the school’s professional learning context.

Investment

Given that any program is designed to meet the unique needs of the school, the fee for each program is discussed at the exploratory conversation.

Contact

Embark on a transformative journey with Dr Paul Teys, a luminary in the educational leadership landscape whose tenure as a principal and senior leader spans an extraordinary 40 years. Anchoring his consultancy in the robust terrain of practical experience, Dr Teys stands apart as a guide who has not just theorised but has walked the walk in leading independent schools across Australia.
At the helm of school principal leadership for over two decades, Dr Teys has not merely observed the evolution of educational administration — he has been a pivotal force in shaping it. His hands-on approach to leadership and a profound understanding of the nuances of running large, P-12, autonomous, independent schools position him as an unparalleled resource in the leadership consulting sphere.

Contact Dr Paul Teys

Ph: 0418 610 402