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Tomorrow’s Principals & Senior Leaders’ Program 2018

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Is our preparation of future principals & senior leaders good enough?

All schools, at some point face the questions: "Where do we find a new principal to succeed our current one?"; "Have we got high quality strong Christian leaders to meet the leadership needs of our school?. In the broader picture, the whole Christian schools movement faces a crisis of leadership over the next few years, Christian schools will need a significant number of new principals and senior leaders to carry forward this great work that God has started through so many faithful pioneers and Christian school developers.  We must be diligent to identify these future leaders and develop them purposefully in the skills, personal attributes and Christian perspectives that will be needed for the growth and establishment of the work of Christian schooling in this nation.

A program to prepare tomorrow's principals & senior leaders

Equipping Christian Schools provides the Tomorrows Principals & Senior Leaders" program to meet this need by:

1.      Helping participants to identify, understand, observe and analyze the proficiencies and personal attributes that enable a principal to operate successfully.  The course uses a Principal’s Proficiencies & Attributes Analysis Worksheet (containing details of about 70 principal's proficiencies across 15 proficiency domains) to record observations, discussions and reflections in their interaction with the real-time experiences of two principals

2.      Facilitating the growth of participants through individual professional learning plans focussed on each participant’s observed and understood development needs. The participant will use the issues in his/her leadership that have arisen from the reflections on the principals’ skills analysis and the advice of his/her supervisors, to form and execute a personal professional learning plan. 

3.      Developing in the participants a theory base for leadership that is consistent with a biblical Christian world and life perspective through direct instruction in a series of lecture/workshops. 

4.      Exposing  participants to a range of environments that will stimulate their awareness of leadership issues and leadership networks The participants will “breathe the air” of the environment of the leader in a range of situations outside of the school, such as leaders’ conferences, networks meetings, difficult confrontations, legal processes, etc.  Participants will be introduced to other leaders, and discuss with their principals the issues and processes that make each event functional in the principal’s life. 

Program activities: 

In the course of one year, participants will be involved in the following activities:  

  • Attend an initial full day to orientate participants to the program, set up the review & research templates, and deliver some input on Christian perspectives of leadership. 

  • Attend 2 regional lecture/workshop days to deliver and discuss real-time applications of Christian leadership ideas to practical leadership. .
  • Do principals’ proficiencies analysis project with their own principal – about 10 hourly meetings with their principal over 10 weeks. 
  • Observe and do principals’ proficiencies analysis project with a principal from another school – one day at another school
  • Engage in personal reflection and "360 degree" surveys of their own leadership strengths & development needs. 
  • In light of the principals' proficiency analyses and personal reflection, prepare a draft of personal professional aspirations & goals 
  • Personal interview with program leader to clarify and set development goals and professional learning strategies.  
  • Carry out the activities in the personal professional learning plan accountable to their own school's leaders.  
  • Review meeting with program leader to review progress and refocus for the following 12 months. 
  • Participation in events that expose them to the principal’s life and challenges (eg, board meetings, business meetings, crisis meetings, etc) 

As a part of the program (at no extra cost), the principal (or his/her delegates) will also be offered the following services to assist them to work with the course participants in their schools:

  • An orientation meeting to explain the program and deliver helpful resources.

  • Availability of the program leader to answer questions or give advice by telephone
  • One or two courtesy calls to monitor the participants' progress

Further information:

* Click here to see the full 2016 Tomorrow's Principals & Senior Leaders program.

Application for Enrollment:

Click here to open the online enrollment form 2016

Principal's recommendation:

Because the program requires considerable involvement of the applicant's principal, we request that he/she completes the recommendation form:

Click here to open the online principal's recommendation form 2016


Ray Tiller raytiller1950@bigpond.com or phone 0409 646 279 to discuss the program.

I found (Ray) to be a leader of the highest calibre, a man of utmost integrity and willing to face any challenge. I have the greatest respect for him and without hesitation confirm that he was the best leader I have ever worked for...

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