Agile Leadership

Changing times call for effective leaders who can create impact despite complexity, ambiguity and resistance. Around the world, schools are under pressure to develop new and broader outcomes, utilise evidence-informed teaching practices, and create innovative learning designs. Agile leadership provides a dynamic approach to leading change that will enable leaders to maximise their impact, harness evidence and create effective local solutions.

Leaders will learn how to:

  • Adopt an agile mindset to thrive despite uncertainty and complexity
  • Focus on a small number of high-impact improvement approaches
  • Implement small and learn fast through disciplined inquiry  
  • Move from ‘pockets of excellent practice’ to new common practice
  • Gather and use evidence to guide all phases of improvement work
  • Build the norms and routines of high-impact, fast moving leadership teams
  • Harness contemporary research into the science of learning, teaching practices and professional learning to inform and refine improvement strategies

Program Options

Foundations of Agile Leadership

1-DAY PROGRAM

This 1-day intensive program explores the Agile Leadership framework for creating impact within your unique school context. Leaders will gain a clear understanding of the key mindset, skills and tools that can help them to accelerate their current improvement work and manage the change process.


Agile Leadership Into Action

3-DAY PROGRAM

This is a highly practical program designed to build the capabilities of leaders to ‘change how they lead change’ in their schools. By building confidence in the Agile Leadership frameworks and tools, participants are provided with a practical way to take meaningful action. Leadership teams are supported to move from theory to practice as they shift from the leadership intensives into the grounded work within their schools, before returning to unpack the lessons learned and planned for the next phase of improvement work.

This program consists of:

  • 3 x Leadership workshop days
  • Online videos and resources
  • Embedded school improvement work

This program can be completed as three separate workshop days or as a 2 + 1 format.

Agile Leadership Into Action Overview


Agile Leadership Accelerator Days

Accelerator days are designed to accelerate implementation, increase accountability and support sustainable meaningful change. We draw together motivated senior leadership teams that have completed the Agile Leadership into Action course, and who are working to embed the practice of Agile Leadership into their regular team norms and routines. These days take the form of an ‘action lab’ to support building mastery in the key skills, tools and effective planning for the next steps.

During each accelerator day participants will:

  1. Review and reset  :  Analyse what has worked and what hasn’t over the last 90 days and share their learnings and successes.
     
  2. Think and Learn  :  Engage with contemporary research in learning, teaching and school improvement and consider how it can inform their strategy.
     
  3. Design and plan  :  Create the next 90-day agile plan so that teams leave with clarity and motivation to deliver with speed and precision.

Multiple Accelerator Days can be run for the same group over a period of 6 months to 24 months in order to sustain momentum and embed changed leadership practices.

 


Teachers comments...

The program has encouraged me to re-think my approach to leading change and provided a set of radically different strategies that I believe will lead to sustainable improvement in my school.
The program really assisted in understanding how important it is to the take the time to examine the problem, explore solutions and test ideas. It showed me techniques for bringing everyone into a shared vision/approach.
It was inspirational and transforming.
The best training I have ever had. I am walking away with a wealth of knowledge and understand and the desire to continue to make teaching and learning better in my school.
As a teacher, the clarification obtained through this process has enabled me to plan my lessons more effectively on a day to day basis, particularly the starting events.
This experience will be invaluable throughout my career.
This experience has allowed me to see how I can make small changes in my school. Small steps that don’t have to be perfect but that can be refined and adjusted.
This program has shifted my mindset and helped me get more focused on the essentials of my position. I have learned to take small steps to have bigger impact!
This workshop provided opportunities to reflect. Re-framed the way in which we look at things as school leaders.
The specific focus on leading change to improve student learning outcomes was crucial. My long-term intention is to re-focus the work of our middle leaders away from administrative procedures towards actions that directly improve teaching and learning in the classroom via a series of agile improvement cycles.
My job is all about teaching and learning and working on making that more effective. The particular models that were introduced I will use in my own work and when working with teachers and leaders in schools.
It really helped clarify clear reasons and methods for effective teaching.
This program has shifted my mindset and helped me get more focused on the essentials of my position. I have learned to take small steps to have bigger impact!
I have been teaching for over 28 years. This is hands down one of the best professional development workshops I have ever attended. THIS program gives you time to reflect and to learn from the other experts in the room.
Highly recommend it.
Very practical, aligned to the real work of schools/teachers and students. Love the idea of small is the new big!
I’m excited to work with various faculties in using this learning design framework, that will dramatically and positively impact upon future teaching and learning programs.
The program has encouraged me to re-think my approach to leading change and provided a set of radically different strategies that I believe will lead to sustainable improvement in my school.
I realise we are not alone...growth can be a team effort.
It has really helped me to refocus my attention on how what I do as a leader impacts student outcome. It also challenged me to think about how I am a leader of learner and what that meant. The emphasis on small, focused change and going through a cycle of designing and testing was really helpful.
It’s given me a practical framework from which to plan my year and tackle change.
I have learned how to be a better coach and to look at problems.
It shed new light and helped me in identifying where i needed to go as a leader and put forth my efforts. It also provided us with a secure environment in which we felt free to talk about issues and find solutions.