Attention All Staff,
Dear Classroom Teachers,
What to do if parents wish to make special requests re teachers, classes, students:
- Parental requests regarding choice of teachers and friends, etc., are discouraged and will only be accepted in very special circumstances.
- One reason for this is that it is extremely difficult and often inappropriate to meet all requests, as often they do not fit in with other considerations.
- Where there are very special considerations, these are to be directed to the Principal in writing, explaining reasons for such a request.
- There may be times when parents wish to inform the School of various special factors that they believe the School could take into consideration when deciding upon class lists. These also are to be directed in writing to the Principal.
- It is inappropriate and unprofessional for teachers to be discussing with parents the respective merits of other teachers. If asked for your opinion, it is important to be diplomatic in informing parents that it is inappropriate and unprofessional for you to comment about other teachers or other students. You can, however, say that you will be taking into consideration various teaching/learning styles when recommending class allocations.
- Explain to parents the various criteria that are considered by teachers when allocating students.
- Gender balance (boys and girls)
- Balance of level of academic achievement and students with specific learning needs
- Teaching style/learning style compatibility
- Balance of students who are more behaviourally challenging
- Balance of students with specific social and/or emotional needs
- Other special student needs that are evident eg health concerns
- Teacher/child relationships
- Student friendships and relationships (some encouraged/some discouraged)
- Other special circumstances that may have arisen.
Not all criteria will necessarily be met, however, teachers will do their very best to come up with the best balance they can.
- Make no guarantees or assurances. It can cause serious difficulties at a later stage.
- If unsure what to say or do, it is wise to consult your Department Co-ordinator and/or the Principal.
- Confidentiality is essential. Staff need to be particularly careful about what they say.
What is LDP?
The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a nation-wide strategic program of the schools, principals, regional and national offices of Lutheran Education Australia to provide leadership for the growing network of Lutheran schools. LDP aims to ensure that Lutheran schools have the leaders required to operate effective schools for the future.
LDP has four components:
* leadership profiling
Profiling is the first stage of the program and gives participants the opportunity to identify and reflect on significant experiences and achievements in their leadership journey and provide a basis for planning future personal and professional formation
* postgraduate study in educational leadership
LDP participants will undertake formal study in the two years following their acceptance into the program and will be supported by a 75% subsidy of fees for approved courses
As a supportive relationship for reflection and growth, mentoring will be a part of the program. Mentoring will commence with reflection on the leadership profile report and support ongoing formation and professional development.
* LEA and regional workshop
This workshop aimed to explore the strength, diversity and organisational structure that underpins Lutheran education through regional and national links, will assist participants to understand the commitment needed from leaders in the Lutheran school context
What can participants expect to gain from their LDP experience?
- Greater understanding of the nature of leadership and administration of Lutheran schools
- Reflection on their own abilities and how God might be calling them to serve in the context of the Lutheran school
- Achievement of necessary skills and understandings to be an effective leader in the Lutheran school
- Greater levels of confidence in their own leadership capacity
Applications for the next round of LDP will close 3 November 2017.
- LDP2017 Project sequence time line
- LDP2017 Issues and questions
- LDP2017 Overview and context
- LDP2017 Postgraduate study
- LDP2017 Application form
- LDP Promotional Poster
- LDP Brochure
Julian Denholm,Lutheran Education Vic/NSW/Tas, 755 Station Street, Box Hill 3128 Tel 03 9236 1250.
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