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    Building the capacity of our beginning teachers and aspiring leaders

  • Reflecting on my time as a teacher, principal and regional director, I know with certainty that the key

    ingredient for all of the successes we were able to drive across a range of settings was the capacity

    of the teams that I was lucky enough to lead. We started EC with this belief defining our thinking,

    but also in response to the urgent need for leadership capacity, as we enter into a period of massive

    change with half of Australias school leaders set to retire by 2018. One of the most powerful ways

    to fill the leadership pipeline with educators who can step up and fill these positions as effectively as

    their predecessors is to engage aspiring leaders with beginning teachers in a mentoring capacity.

    We are therefore thrilled to propose the Early Career Capacity Building Program (ECCB) and

    contribute to the development of a generation of authentic leaders who passionately, innovatively

    and effectively foster successful futures for all of our children.

    The ECCB program was co-designed with a range of stakeholders from NSW Education to align with

    identified areas of need for beginning teachers and aspiring leadership and defined by both the

    School Excellence Framework and BOSTES.

    We look forward to working with educators from Ultimo schools to create more a impactful and

    committed workforce that creates ever brighter futures for young people.

    Dave Faulkner Chief Executive Officer


    From the CEO

  • Wow. Being in the Changemaker Program has changed my career. Knowing that there are teachers all across the globe,

    standing up, identifying challenges, solving them and making a difference for many, many children makes me want to keep

    going and to stand up in my leadership.

    2014 Changemaker

    A few years into my teaching career I was burnt out, feeling like I couldnt make a difference and that I was not supposed to be in

    education. The Changemaker Program changed everything. I have never been so motivated to teach.

    2012 Alumni

  • Overview

    Why Early Year Capacity Building?

    NSW DEC has identified through the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning policy that quality support

    of beginning teachers is essential in building the long term capacity and impact of the teaching

    workforce. This is all the more pressing when looking at the current reality where 53% of teachers

    in NSW are aged over 45 and by 2018, 50% of Australian school leaders are expected to retire. In

    addition, the facilitation of quality of collegial support enables early career teachers to manage

    their teaching.

    Who Are Education Changemakers?

    Education Changemakers (EC) has been working nationally alongside early career teachers since

    2012 through a combination of tailored new teacher programs and the Changemaker Program (a

    focused aspiring leader program). The EC team have a strong track record in customising professional

    learning programs that meet the needs of specific contexts and deliver practical, enjoyable learning

    that gets results. 100% of participants in the Changemaker Program over the last three years from

    across Australia would recommend the program to their colleagues. EC was also highlighted in the

    SVA Growing Great Teachers project as a case study of exceptional work with early career teachers.

    Who is the Early Career Capacity Building Program For?

    The Early Career Capacity Building (ECCB) program is for teams of two, one beginning teacher (in

    their first two years of teaching) and one aspiring leader (who is looking for to develop as a leader

    and mentor). These teams will be either from the same school or from a community of schools and

    will work together for the two years of the program.

  • Overview Continued

    What are the Key Components of the Program?

    1) An initial SELECTION of participating teams (beginning teachers and aspiring leaders).

    2) Face-to-face WORKSHOPS with aspiring leaders (mentors) and beginning teachers in the first

    year of the program. This involves an INITIAL workshop (three days for aspiring leaders and two

    days for beginning teachers), a SECOND workshop (three days for aspiring leaders and two days

    for beginning teachers), and a THIRD workshop (two days for aspiring leaders and two days for

    beginning teachers) which includes one combined day with all participants. At Workshop One and

    Two the final day sees the aspiring leaders and begining teachers together. Similarly at the third

    workshop aspiring leaders are together. During these workshops beginning teachers will receive

    training specific to their needs and context and aspiring leaders will receive innovative leadership

    and mentoring training. During the combined workshops participants will have the opportunity

    to collaborate to learn from and with each other in a powerful professional learning community

    personalised to the needs of the participants. More detail on the face to face workshops for each of

    these components can be found in the appendix of this brochure.

    3) Online curation of CUSTOMISED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES for beginning

    teachers, aspiring leaders and a combined PLC for all participants in the program across the two

    years. The MyED platform will be utilised for this.

    4) UNLIMITED COACHING for all participants across the two years of the program with the workshop

    facilitators who have all worked in schools as teachers and school leaders.

    5) ONGOING SUPPORT from the EC team to create self-sustaining professional learning communities

    during the two years of the program.

    *Further details of the program can be found in the appendix.

  • This Program was created for educators, by educators and we are proud of the unique offerings that

    we provide to all of our partners and participants. Some of these include:

    - Our programs are grounded in the AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS (in fact some of our team come

    from AITSL) and we have a guarantee that all of our facilitators taught and held leadership positions

    in schools. Our team also ground this practical experience with postgraduate study at institutions

    including Cambridge and Harvard.

    - We ARRANGE all of the travel and accommodation considerations for our facilitators and include

    this in our quoted price, reducing logistics for your team and allowing you to focus your time and

    efforts on improving education outcomes for students.

    - Rather than having you organise equipment and stationary for the workshops, we BRING all of our

    own equipment as well as custom branded stationary and supplies.

    - We always utilise TEAM TEACHING, bringing two diverse facilitators to every workshop and

    ensuring that both facilitators are also available for ongoing coaching. In any workshop you book,

    you will have at least two of the lead facilitators detailed later in this document.

    - Our workshops are INTERESTING & ENGAGING and all of our facilitators are experienced and

    in demand speakers and coaches. During our workshops, our facilitators only speak for 40% of the

    time, allowing 60% of the program for practical work, prototyping of ideas and focused discussion.

    - We are RESPONSIBLE GLOBAL CITIZENS, and a certified Benefit Corporation with a passionate

    belief that businesses are a huge force for social change. Our for profit status allows us to find

    and keep world class facilitators, but we direct a significant proportion of our profits to supporting

    education projects that lift people out of poverty across the globe with our charity partner Spark*.

    The EC Difference

  • It is so different from other PD. So informative, so creative and so engaging. You really want to

    participate and it is useful immediately. 2014 Participant

    It is just so much fun. I am looking at my watch thinking NO, I dont want this workshop to end! Ive been hanging on every

    word and everything is so interesting and so motivating. 2014 Participant

  • Dave is the co-founder and CEO of Education Changemakers, and as one of Australias most awarded educators has vast experience leading education change at the school, regional and national level. An expert in the development of education leaders, with a proven track record at the highest levels, Dave matches a powerful grasp on grassroots realities with an in-depth system level thinking skills. Daves education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, and throughout his twenties he built a powerful reputation as a leader who could achieve strong outcomes across a range of education contexts. During this period he was named as the Young Australian of the Year (WA) and Young Leader of the Year (WA), and was also widely profiled for his leadership of the highly challenging Halls Creek District High School. Following this role, he was appointed as the Director of the Barkly region, Australias largest education jurisdiction. Dave speaks and works with thousands of educators and system leaders globally each year with groups including AITSL, ACEL, Catholic Education Australia, Microsoft as well as advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Australia.

    Dave Faulkner Chief Executive Officer


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