Project lead: Monaro High School, NSW Department of Education

Project funding:   $24,000   Round 4   2015Monaro High School logo

This project, led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary principal, aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in secondary executive positions via a sustainable methodology. In particular, the project aims to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and executives in NSW secondary schools through the formation of effective networks through which aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders may be coached and mentored.

The project seeks to leverage the strong position of the NSW public school system which leads the nation in strategies to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers. While strategies are in place to enhance the leadership capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers, they remain underrepresented in executive positions in schools.

The project entails:

  • Co-opting mentors from the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (NSWSPC) and Deputy Principals Association, and relevant state office directorates
  • Training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principals and executives in formal executive training
  • Fostering career development plans for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary teachers and executives
  • Influencing policy positions within the Department and professional associations towards a commitment to a long term strategy for increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in secondary leadership positions.

The project has achieved:

  • A model of action developed in consultation with: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principals and members of the NSWSPC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Reference Group; and People and Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs and Community Engagement, and Leadership and High Performance directorates
  • Professional learning conference conducted in term 2, 2015 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers, executives and principals
  • A mentoring model implemented in term 3, 2015.

Future commitments include a submission and proposal to Department leaders.

MATSITI evaluation conclusions

The Evaluation Panel acknowledges the importance of enhancing the leadership skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers so that their numbers in key positions of influence in schools increase. The NSW public education system is in a powerful position to achieve this through its already high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and their high retention rate. The Less Talk, More Action Leadership Network has been launched at an opportune time.

Finding

This project demonstrates the value of the efforts of individuals within a supportive system in achieving the aims of MATSITI.

Project contact: Adrian Bell, Principal, Monaro High School

Monaro High School Less Talk More Action project report »

Monaro High School NSW: Less talk, more action leadership network project announcement 2015 »

MATSITI Evaluation Final Report »

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