The covid-pandemic has exposed and even increased various existing needs in education. Several studies all over the world have shown that all pupils, and in particular pupils in vulnerable positions, have accumulated learning disadvantages. Teachers will therefore have to make additional efforts in the coming years to eliminate these learning disadvantages, by, among other things, focusing on remediation. In addition, several studies have shown how students make greater learning gains in schools that are led by effective school leaders.
Leadership is not merely about realizing a well-organized school where everything runs smoothly, it is also and mainly a matter of spending sufficient and continuous attention to the improvement of the core process of teaching. Instructional leadership encourages and directs teachers’ professional learning for the purpose of better student learning. It is about supporting teacher teams with explicit attention to pedagogical-didactic practices in the classroom.
This international course aims at strengthening instructional leadership skills among the participating school leaders (principals, deputy principals, heads of department, coordinator,…). Participants will learn more about effective teaching and learning and how they can support the use of effective teaching and learning strategies by their teachers in the classroom.
After an introduction to ‘Instructional Leadership’ during the first days, the participants will have the opportunity to choose a specific instructional theme (e.g. evaluation, differentiated instruction, special needs care, induction support) on which they want to focus during the exercises.
At the end of the week, participants will have a better understanding of the instructional leadership practice of their own school as well as a clear view on priorities and possible interventions.
The course sessions will comprise lectures, personal and group exercises, discussions, trainings, school and study visits and individual working time.