Prin­ci­pal of­fered Har­vard trip

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A Kar­ratha prin­ci­pal will have the chance to hone her lead­er­ship skills at Har­vard Univer­sity next year af­ter be­ing se­lected as part of a pres­ti­gious Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion prin­ci­pal lead­er­ship pro­gram.

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Lisa Ledger has been cho­sen as one of 20 in­de­pen­dent pub­lic school lead­ers for the Pub­lic School Prin­ci­pals’ Fel­low­ship Pro­gram, now in its sec­ond year.

She will spend a week at Har­vard in May study­ing an in­ten­sive course at the Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of Ed­u­ca­tion in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachus­sets be­fore com­plet­ing an on­line course through the univer­sity.

Ms Ledger said get­ting into this round of the pro­gram had been a goal of hers and she was “ab­so­lutely thrilled”.

“It’s all about study­ing the world’s best ed­u­ca­tors and I see a lot of ben­e­fits for me, pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally,” she said.

“I also see a great ben­e­fit for my school, staff, stu­dents, and the Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work so I’m very ex­cited.

“I feel very hum­bled and hon­oured to be se­lected.”

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Peter Col­lier said the 20 prin­ci­pals were cho­sen for their proven lead­er­ship abil­i­ties, which would be fur­ther de­vel­oped through the pro­gram with the aim of ben­e­fit­ing the wider WA pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. “They, along with 20 prin­ci­pals cur­rently in the pro­gram, will form a pool of highly skilled lead­ers who can be called on by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for a range of roles, in­clud­ing act­ing as men­tors to other prin­ci­pals and con­tribut­ing to school lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­grams,” he said.

Prin­ci­pals who com­plete the fel­low­ship pro­gram will join last year’s 20 par­tic­i­pants as In­de­pen­dent Pub­lic School Fel­lows and take on projects to re­form parts of their own schools or the wider pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

The Pub­lic School Prin­ci­pals’ Fel­low­ship Pro­gram has been funded by $631,700 over two years by the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Lisa Ledger, shown here with pre-pri­mary stu­dents Huey Davis, Au­tal­ies Jenkins, Theresa Wills, Taro Mu­rape and Cooper Marston, has been se­lected for an ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship pro­gram at Har­vard Univer­sity next year.

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