The Course: What?
The Moving into Middle Leadership course contains five modules and a collaborative Lesson Study activity.
The first phase of the course journey (weeks 1 - 4) goes as follows:
Module 0: Course Preparation (week 1)
This module will introduce you to the tools that we'll use and approach that we'll take during the course. It will also give you an opportunity to introduce yourself to the rest of the class, to meet others and to reflect on what you want to achieve from the course. This preparation will culminate in our first live session, during which you will meet your classmates and facilitator and prepare together for the start of the course.
Module 1: What is Middle Leadership? (week 2 - 4)
During this module we will think about some of the key theories of middle leadership and explore which different leadership styles you might need to develop in order to successfully lead change in you school context. Through online activities, two virtual office hours and a live class meet we will explore the skills and vision that you need to develop in order to lead change as a middle leader in your school.
Collaborative Project: The Lesson Study
In the collaborative project you will learn how to drive and lead change both for you and your department through the practice of Lesson Study. You will learn best practice in lesson study techniques and, working in trios with colleagues from your phase, will complete a lesson study in your classroom. During the lesson study period you can submit questions to your facilitator and at the end of the process you and your group will present back to others in your phase the third live class meet.
Module 2: The Day Job - Self Evaluation
In module 2 we will progress from theories of middle leadership to practices of middle leadership or "the day job". In this module we will explore the role of self evaluation in the middle leader's day job and gain some hands-on experience in the art of self evaluation. During this module you can access support from your facilitator via two dedicated office hours.
Module 3: The Day Job - School Evaluation
In this module we will explore how to lead change at departmental and school level. Specifically, we will explore the importance of leading and monitoring an evidence-based culture in your school. By drawing on real-life examples and engaging in data collection activities, you will start to develop some of the key skills required of effective middle leaders at departmental and school-level. During this module you can access support from your facilitator via two dedicated office hours.
Module 4: Reflections, Declarations and Next Steps
In this module we will reflect on what we have learned in the course and think about our personal visions for middle leadership in our schools. Through online activity and a dedicated live session we will develop a deeper understanding of our personal visions of middle leadership and the skills and actions required to achieve them.
The Course: How?
The Moving into Middle Leadership course is a blended learning course. This means that content is delivered both online (self-paced) and in person (live). Specifically, you will learn in three ways:
Through self-paced online content: Your course content and related embedding learning activities (e.g. reflection and discussion) will be delivered through the TeachFirstX Platform and associated app. To maximize your control over the 'when and where' of learning, you can decide when and where to engage with content and core activities within broad time-frames. A detailed learning schedule and suggested week-by-week timetable will be provided.
Live Sessions: You will explore self-paced content with experts and peers at four phase-specific live sessions, delivered through the Zoom video conference tool. At the live sessions we will develop higher level learning skills (reflection, critique, analysis) which will transform knowledge into more complex understanding. A detailed schedule of live class meets will be provided.
Virtual Office Hours (weekly): You will be able to raise questions and receive feedback from expert facilitators on a weekly basis through the online office hours. The office hour will not be live - instead, at specified points in time you will submit questions for your facilitators and they will record video responses which will be uploaded for your review at your convenience. A schedule for asking questions and reviewing responses will be provided.