Journeys to Leadership (Proficient)

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 Journeys to Leadership:

Insights from research and practice


Purpose of this course:

The need to encourage early and mid-career teachers to participate in leadership activities in the school is well documented in the literature. So too is the need to suitably prepare teachers to undertake formal school leadership roles, especially as principals. Similarly documented is the general concern about the lack of suitable applicants willing to consider leadership roles.

This course draws on a collection of recent research undertaken specifically in New South Wales by practitioners and academics into the career trajectories of teachers from the classroom to the principalship. Using this research base as a framework, couched as it is within the broader international literature, together with AITSL professional standards frameworks for teachers and principals, the course invites participants to reflect on their own leadership journey to date. In so doing there is the opportunity to reflect on what is now required to prepare for, and sustain oneself, in informal and formal leadership roles in schools.


Course structure and timing:

Journeys to Leadership is a four-hour, online course. This course requires a commitment of four hours of reading, planning and active participation. You need to complete all sections of the course and the online assessments to receive the accredited four hours.

This includes:

  • viewing and interacting with the video
  • six short readings
  • four learning tasks
  • self and course evaluation.

It is expected that you will complete these modules within two weeks of beginning the course. Course forums will remain on the website for another 2 months.


Explicit course outcomes:

  1. To develop an understanding of the factors that influence leadership development in teachers.
  2. To reflect on my leadership goals and how to prepare for leadership.


Success criteria:

  1. The participant can express an understanding of the key research findings on leadership development of teachers.
  2. The participant engages with the discussion and raises concerns about critical issues raised by this research.
  3. The participant shows evidence of engaging with other participants in dialogue about the pathways to leadership that are relevant to them.
  4. The participant can express their current position and their short and long term leadership goals and state how they will prepare for these goals.


Course outline:

Module 1

Module 1 looks at the role of school ethos and professional learning on the leadership journey of its teachers. It looks briefly at the importance of trust for successful leadership and the current crisis in available leaders. It then explores how leadership can be grown. Participants read five short summary articles and complete two learning tasks.

Module 2

Module 2 explores what the research says about the 'outstanding teacher' and leadership characteristics at each stage of the leadership journey. Participants read one short article, watch Dr Norman McCulla speak on Journeys to Leadership: Insights from research and practice and complete two learning tasks.

Module 3

In this module participants apply their learning to their school situation and reflect on their personal development as a leader and their trust relationships. Participants complete two learning tasks and a self-evaluation of their learning.


Course dates:

May 24 to June 13, 2021

August 16 to September 5, 2021


Course cost: 

Anglican EdComm Member Schools: Complimentary

Anglican EdComm Individual Members: Complimentary

Non-member Schools: $160pp

Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System, where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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