"Leading from the Middle"
Middle Leader Professional Development Programme

Do you have technically and intellectually savvy educators in your team, yet when it comes to people-leadership they struggle?

Leadership is Complex

Sometimes it can be a bit like riding a unicycle across a tightrope whilst juggling with people taking pot-shots at you from below. Other times it can be like being in a Canadian canoe with everyone onboard and the water taking you down to a magical destination. Most of the time it is a mix of the two, all at once, and with every other possibility in there for good measure!

I’ve seen fabulous people move into positions of leadership, and once there flounder and lose their way. 

Are your leaders faced with challenges?

When our expert teachers are placed in positions of CoL lead-teachers or Team Leader roles, they can be faced with challenges like…

  • Having to make comment on a more experienced teacher’s practice
  • Moving from friend and colleague to leader
  • Balancing the complex needs of adult learners
  • Navigating through tricky conversations
  • Developing a sense of team and shared purpose
  • Juggling their own responsibilities whilst keeping a sense of internal balance.

Leading from the Middle

Leading from the Middle is a programme for senior-middle leaders who are charged with raising student progress and achievement through the development of teacher practice.

It is focused on moving middle leaders from being Expert-Teachers to becoming People-Empowerers.

Are you ready to Lead from the Middle?

“Full-shot”
12-month sh*t-shifting package includes

10 days face-to-face over the 12 months (4 terms) including:

  • 1:1 Leadership as Inquiry coaching for your leadership team
  • Targetted, personalised professional learning after-school workshops. Any 5 of Mary-Anne’s workshops (see below) -you choose
  • 1x Roche Martin Emotional Intelligence for Leadership self assessment and coaching session per person 
  • 1x Education Council Leadership capability self-assessment per person, report and coaching session

12 months virtual support and resources:

  • Readings & resources
  • A private online space where the team has access to Mary-Anne and the mahi continues between courses. As a team you get weekly discussion starters, can ask MAM a question, encourage and support and safely challenge each other. Push boundaries, keep momentum up, use it for leadership meetings in between visits. 
  • Email/phone/virtual support between visits. 
  • A copy of Levelled-Up Leadership reflection workbook per leader. 

“Half-shot”
12-month sh*t-shifting package includes

6 days face-to-face over the 12 months (4 terms) including:

  • 1:1 Leadership as Inquiry coaching for your leadership team
  • Targetted, personalised professional learning workshops. Any 3 of Mary-Anne’s workshops (see below) -you choose
  • 1x Roche Martin Emotional Intelligence for Leadership self assessment and coaching session per person 
  • 1x Education Council Leadership capability self-assessment per person, report and coaching session 
  • A copy of Levelled-Up Leadership reflection workbook per leader. 

“Decaf”
12-month sh*t-shifting package includes

4 days face-to-face over the 12 months including:

  • 1:1 Leadership as Inquiry coaching for your leadership team
  • 1x Roche Martin Emotional Intelligence for Leadership self assessment and coaching session per person 
  • 1x Education Council Leadership capability self-assessment per person, report and coaching session 
  • A copy of Levelled-Up Leadership reflection workbook per leader. 

Workshops to choose from

If time and pressure can turn dinosaur sh*t to diamonds, we can sure shine ours ‘til it sparkles and shines the light on a life we love. We’ll cover:

  • Recognising and breaking-through self limiting beliefs for leading self and others
  • Developing emotional intelligence for leading yourself and others
  • Reinstating personal and professional boundaries
  • ‘Fertilising’ your world with gratitude
  • Planning for your future

How to strategically lead a wellbeing review in your context. We’ll learn and practice using a triangulated approach that includes all major stakeholders, provides space for dialogue and is aligned with your organisational values. We’ll cover:

  • Workplace well-being and climate assessments.
  • Human-Centred Design Thinking approaches
  • Review data and identify trends and patterns.
  • Strategic Planning for next-step actions.
  • Sustaining and embedding changes.

How to deliberately lead a team from Forming to Transforming. We’ll cover:

  • Developing collective purpose and ways of working
  • Fostering and nurturing diverse thinking
  • Optimising Strengths
  • Collective and individual responsibility, and outcomes
  • Celebrating progress and success

The standard we walk past is the standard we accept. It’s not ok to let things pass. But we do need to know how to have tricky conversations with aroha. We’ll cover:

  • Strategies and structures for having the following conversations:
    • expectations,
    • sense-making,
    • accountability
    • And gratitude conversations.

You will actively practice these conversations throughout this time.

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
— Marcel Proust

Self-leadership, coaching, mentoring – these things are all part of the whole picture. And to have a healthy team, you need all of them. We’ll cover:

  • The difference between coaching and mentoring
  • A deep understanding and application of the coaching process
  • Developing and extending your coaching skills through active listening, reflective questioning, and goal-setting

Experience and explore Deliberate Acts of Leadership that will support your teachers to utilise “Spirals of Inquiry” to:

  • Analyse data for their priority learners
  • Explore alternative means of meeting learner needs
  • Set targets and measurements
  • Plan for deliberate acts of teaching
  • Evaluate value-added.

Download Leading from the Middle Info Pack

Contact Mary-Anne

I want to help you and your organisation shift your sh*t.
Tell me what you need, and I’ll be in touch real soon.