Did you know?
- 10,000 of New Zealand’s 50,000 teachers are nearing retirement age.
- 50% of newly-qualified teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years.
There is a crisis of leadership in NZ schools. We’re trying to replace an ever-increasing pool of experienced leaders with an ever-decreasing pool of emerging leaders. We need to give emerging leaders in education a voice and we need to help them develop the skills required to lead groups of people and bring about change. We do this by running an open access journal ‘Ako’, EduIgnite Evenings around the country and a two-day unconference in April each year. Each of these experiences develops a different set of leadership skills: writing, presenting and working with groups of people, all of which are core skills for leading change.
Who are we?
- Our definition of leadership is: ‘A leader grows other leaders around them’ (Cavanagh 2012). It’s not about ego, it’s about others. It’s not about power over people; it’s about empowering people. If you’ve ever shared good practice; you’re a leader. If you’ve ever encouraged another teacher; you’re a leader. What we want to do is help you become the leader you can be
- We’re a group of people who want to help turn schools into awesomeness incubators. Every young person deserves to attend a school that is fun to be in and that helps them make the most of who they are.
- We recognise that innovation is needed in schools, and it’s not going to happen if no one steps up. We also recognise that we all have a role to play in this, and the more people there are, the easier it will be.
- We recognise that leadership is a crucial part of this process. You might not consider yourself a Leader with a capital L, if you’ve ever shared good practice with someone who needed it, you’ve already become one.
Who are we not?
- We’re not happy with doing things the way they have always been done. What got you ‘here’ won’t get you ‘there’.
- We’re not an exclusive group. We recognise that the role of a leader is to grow other leaders around them. We’ll get to where we’re going by empowering everyone.