Secondary School Principal, International School of Geneva, Campus des Nations
Leading from the Middle
HundrED has not validated this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
It's impossible to be agile enough for the current climate without quality leaders throughout the system. Middle Leadership has been poorly used in most schools, for decades.
It’s sometimes seen as a thankless stepping stone to senior leadership, a necessary
administrative function to keep a small team organised, and conduit for senior
leadership’s missives. This programme transforms the role.
How does your innovation work in practice?
We created a technology platform and leadership curriculum based on relational leadership, taking middle leadership training from "how to run a meeting" to "how to identify needs, create concrete ideas, recruit teams to develop them, and measure your impact". Our first Cohort metrics show an increase of 5-12% in key skills.
The programme is built around three sprints. Each sprint begins with a five-day online intensive to explore the key themes, followed by four weeks of creating change on the ground in school:
BE THE LEADER: Find your cause; Create your vision; Research your context; Looking, Listening, Learning; “Just do it…” - Personal efficacy
USE YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILL: Make your ideas better through creative conflict; Objectives and key results; Recruit for an idea; Act agile; Build momentum, build the sprint.
TAKE LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY: Act collaboratively; Generate trust; Build relationships; Negotiating and Hard conversations; Influencing the system
How has it been spreading?
We thought we'd attract 20 participants in our first iteration. We had 124 sign up before we had to close the doors. Cohort 2 launches in September. We've partnered with the Association for Advancement of International Education (AAIE), SCIS (in Scotland), with a prototype undertaken across 23 ESF Schools (HKG)
We've just started, but we've seen 124 projects develop across 23 settings, with a broad range of 'causes':
- Curriculum redesign
- Personalisation and self-paced learning
- Play and Hands-on learning
- Positive Behaviour
- Organisational excellence
- Increasing Collaboration
- Improving student attitudes to writing
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Technology development
- Leadership development in students
- Finding meaning beyond the classroom
If I want to try it, what should I do?
We've partnered with many membership associations to offer up to 40% off the cost, and we're aiming for accreditation with national agencies of education to help underwrite costs for those who might not be able to afford it today.