Leading school improvement opportunities

Leadership Partner Brooke Burnett has supported schools to make positive change as part of the Differentiated Support for School Improvement (DSSI) program; similar roles are currently advertised

The DSSI program began in 2018 and in that time over 40 teachers have been recruited as leadership partners and teaching partners to support multiple schools and build the capacity of their leaders and teachers. The program is now recruiting teachers for 2020.

Brooke Burnett has worked in her role as a leadership partner for two years in the South West Victoria Region. She reflects on how this role has helped her to better understand school leadership as she helped principals meet the goals of their Annual Implementation Plans (AIPs).

A day in the life of a leadership partner

Working with school leaders to identify their goals and the opportunities that exist to achieve them, Brooke has also helped build the confidence of middle leaders to continue this work.

'A typical day could be meeting with the principal team to reflect on and plan for our current focus within the AIP,' said Brooke.

'And some days include attending and co-creating planning sessions, professional practice days, curriculum days and professional learning community meetings.'

'But the best thing about the leadership partners is facilitating leadership meetings and one to one coaching sessions with leaders.'

'By coaching these leaders we empower them to empower teachers who then empower their students. It is very rewarding seeing your work with middle leaders having a positive impact on student learning.'

The steps to creating change

Being a part of the DSSI program gave Brooke the chance to build her knowledge and skills in partnering, school improvement, and school culture and system priorities through targeted professional learning.

'We had the opportunity to undertake our GROWTH Coaching Accreditation, which has improved my knowledge and skills in coaching and supporting teacher and leader growth and development,' explained Brooke.

As a leadership partner, Brooke also had the chance to work alongside teaching partners who work directly with teachers and school leaders to change classroom practices.

'Working closely with the teaching partners ensures our practices are informed by evidence-based teaching and learning strategies.'

Make a move into school improvement

All Victorian regions are currently recruiting teaching partners and leadership partners to support the new intake of schools for 2020.

If you are interested in applying for a position, speak to the Senior School Improvement Practice Lead in your region.