Demystifying DIAf. for SOUTHERN ADELAIDE Preschool Leaders May 2009. Objectives. To reinforce / further develop your understanding of the DIAf To make relevant connections between DIAf and your work in Preschools To investigate how the framework can support your work.
To reinforce / further develop your understanding of the DIAf
To make relevant connections between DIAf and your work in Preschools
To investigate how the framework can support your work
“Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted”.
What challenges does this present for preschool leaders?
To reflect on the effectiveness of our programs, practices and performance
To continuously improve processes and outcomes
By working together, achieve high quality standards for all learners
How do these statements of purpose resonate with your work?
Provides the framework or cycle for improvement to occur
Aligns and coordinates the work of leaders and staff
Promotes a culture of reflection improvement achievement at the site, classroom and learner levels
Focuses site processes and practices on learners and improving their outcomes
(You may collaborate, but not CHEAT!!)
These principles are based on current educational research and knowledge of high performing organisational improvement processes
They can be viewed as the organisational compass or lighthouse upon which we should keep our eye
What might be the key roles for a leader in making these principles LIVE in our preschool?
Five Preschool Contexts principles LIVE in our preschool?
Stoll and Fink 1996
Certainly NOT SIMPLE
It happens in a CONTEXT
It happens with HISTORY and in a STAGE of the development cycle
It happens at a TIME and in a time frame/period
It relies on PEOPLE and their willingness, readiness and ability
It is EMOTIONAL, political & social
… asking the right (tough) questions
... acting upon the answers to move your preschool forward
How good is your preschool?
What are its performance expectations?
What are the implications for your preschool?
What processes might you use to ensure all staff engage with this?
What programs and strategies do you put in place to ensure success for your learners and your preschool overall?
Who are your key clients and stakeholders and how do you inform them about your learners and preschool’s performance?
Intervention & Support
How and when do you do these in your current practice? principles LIVE in our preschool?
Plan for improvement based on sound information
Regularly and routinely self assess how we are going as a centre
Report to clients and stakeholders on our performance
Systematically identify the needs of learners
Develop research based strategies to support the needs of children
Make sure it doesn’t become your life’s work by making it a normal part of your working life
PRESCHOOL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 2009 it a normal part of your working life
Sustainable leadership doesn it a normal part of your working life’t equivocate.
It puts learning at the centre of everything leaders do.
Learners learning comes first, then everyone else’s in support of it.
Stoll, Fink and Earl (2003)