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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.

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for southern adelaide preschool leaders may 2009

DemystifyingDIAf

for

SOUTHERN ADELAIDE

Preschool Leaders

May 2009

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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

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“Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted”.

Albert Einstein

What challenges does this present for preschool leaders?

decs improvement accountability framework dia f
DECS Improvement & Accountability Framework (DIAf)
  • The purpose of DIAf:

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?

decs improvement accountability framework dia f1
DECS Improvement & Accountability Framework (DIAf)

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

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Test...

  • Name the nine principles of improvement & effectiveness within DIAf
  • Name the five elements of DIAf

(You may collaborate, but not CHEAT!!)

principles
Principles

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

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Focus on Learning

  • Think Systemically
  • Set Direction
  • Share Leadership
        • Make Data Count
        • Target Resources
        • Attend to Culture
        • Listen & Respond
        • Continuously Improve
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What might be the key roles for a leader in making these principles LIVE in our preschool?

Table Talk

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Five Preschool Contexts

Stoll and Fink 1996

Strolling

improvement is
Improvement is ………..

NEVER NEUTRAL

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

decs improvement accountability framework
DECS Improvement & Accountability Framework

IS ABOUT

… asking the right (tough) questions

AND

... acting upon the answers to move your preschool forward

what are we aiming to achieve
What are we aiming to achieve?

How good is your preschool?

What are its performance expectations?

how are we doing how do we know
How are we doing? How do we know?

What are the implications for your preschool?

what more do we need to do where to from here
What more do we need to do? Where to from here?

What processes might you use to ensure all staff engage with this?

what will we do to ensure success
What will we do to ensure success?

What programs and strategies do you put in place to ensure success for your learners and your preschool overall?

who will we inform and how
Who will we inform and how?

Who are your key clients and stakeholders and how do you inform them about your learners and preschool’s performance?

the framework elements
The Framework Elements

Standards

Self Review

Improvement Planning

Intervention & Support

Performance Reporting

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How and when do you do these in your current practice?

Plan for improvement based on sound information

Define standards

Table Talk

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

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Make sure it doesn’t become your life’s work by making it a normal part of your working life

HOW

KISS

SIMPLIFY

INVOLVE

SHARE

BUY TIME

QUANTIFY

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Sustainable leadership doesn’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)

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