SEA 2021 Governance, Leadership and Management Seminar Series

  • Date Aug 11 2021 - Nov 30 2021
  • Venue Zoom Sessions online

SEA 2021 Governance, Leadership and Management Seminar Series

 

11 August 2021

School Masterplanning – Reconciling Finances, Design and Sustainability

with Mark Baxter and David Jacobson, directors at Baxter Jacobson Architects

4.30 – 6pm (NSW time)

How can a school masterplan successfully integrate these 3 aspects? Master planning & design needs to embody and support the Waldorf pedagogy but today, more than ever, also needs to be environmentally sustainable if it is to be true to our values. This begins with the “chalk and talk” within the classroom, applies to the teaching space itself but can also extend to the whole of the school landscape and beyond. Are Steiner schools lagging behind mainstream schools in this regard?

Good planning and design can help by reducing running and maintenance costs, avoiding dead spaces and importantly, increasing enrolments! Budget driven design can be short sighted given the built environment speaks a language that can attract or repel prospective parents. Good design can also provide positive input through the creation of external learning areas by judicious placing of buildings.

We would like to share our insights and practical examples based on our experience in designing schools over 33 years.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpce6vrj0rG9bjkbQ8hsP6OfS7-0i8u03v

 

1 September 2021

School Business Managers – The Big Issues with John Forman

4.30 – 6pm (NSW time)

Exploring some big questions for school Business Administrators.

On welcoming ASBA members to a regional meeting the principal of a large Sydney school asked those assembled whether in their own schools “you are all known as Dr. No?”

In her book “Above and Beyond the Bottom Line” Prof Karen Starr describes similar metaphors used by school business managers themselves to describe their roles: ‘dogsbody’, ‘bean-counter’, ‘generalist’, ‘a police officer’, ‘complaints centre manager’…

Prof Starr’s research also revealed common themes complicating and burdening the duties and responsibilities of the business administrator’s role; often side-lining or undermining core work. Examples of those themes included: administrivia, regulations, compliance, risk management, invisibility, lack of privacy, interruptions, stress, HR issues, lack of understanding or interest in the education business by many educators, workplace culture issues and many more.

Many of these themes could be categorised under the heading ‘Relationships’. Schools have one senior business administrator, one head of school with perhaps deputies plus education faculties & leadership teams. Additionally, a business administrator works with their school board of directors including a chairperson and these can turn-over quite frequently.

This participatory seminar is designed to tease out common issues of relationship experienced by SEA member business managers / administrators in their work with principals, board chairs & education leadership teams. From there an approach can be developed toward meeting and working with those issues as a school movement.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItd-CgpjMqGNxsKynRt47TVvjVhxFRCazf

 

3 November 2021

Writing Developmental Rubrics with Matthew Cunnane

4.30 – 6pm (NSW time)

A key aspect of Steiner education is that we teach children, not content. However, when it comes to our assessment we may find that we fall back on the content. Using a development rubric approach to assessment (both formative and summative) enables us to maintain our focus on the growth of our students. In this talk I will be outlining the principles of developmental rubrics and demonstrating the practice of how teachers can make them for themselves.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkc-yqrDwsHNPWfz-MfKQI34IRMK-ZECeh