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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 51
charismatic leadership and the notion of empowering others in order to share and achieve a vision together (Lussier & Achua, 2011). It was clear to me now that I already had a team of educational leaders who had the knowledge and passion to plan and reflect in collaborative teams. I had one teacher, another staff member studying to become a teacher, and my second-in-charge who has been mentoring and helping other educators understand our curriculum. I decided to share this responsibility with the 'pedagogical leaders' already in each room. The educators agreed to a new model of leading their teams, coming together for regular 'Educational Leadership' meetings and, from there, bringing new learning and ideas to their own teams. Co-constructing a vision of learning in relationship to our own centre's culture has provided us with outcomes of fairness, equality, purpose and a commitment to continuous improvement. I support the educational leaders by allowing them non-contact time to reflect on their practices as leaders, and to hold professional conversations with each other. I believe that we are here to guide and facilitate each child's learning journey and that this involves much more than sending home a piece of artwork with the child each night. Our program is now about providing a play based educational curriculum. We are currently in the process of displaying our curriculum plans and documentation, including individual profiles and floor books in the foyer - creating a quiet place where families can stop and read about what their children are learning, before entering rooms for drop off and pick up. As an organisation we are also looking at how we can better share this information with families, and will begin trialling a web based parent access program this year. I am hoping that this 'shared leadership' model will create a community of learners who will embrace constant reflection and change, that our respectful community will empower everyone to feel valued and responsible for each other and that this, in turn, will foster positive outcomes for children. References: Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (2012). Guide to the National Quality Standard. <www.acecqa.gov.au> Rodd, Jillian (2006). Leadership in Early Childhood. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. Lussier, R.N. & Achua, C.F. (2001). Leadership: Theory, application, skill, development. USA: South-Western Cencage Learning. REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • WINTER 2013 - ISSUE 51 17
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