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This program is helping learning communities become well resourced and passionately committed to improving outcomes for all learners.
The Principal for a Day program provides an opportunity for business and community leaders to spend a day in a school developing a better understanding of the work of schools, sharing their own expertise and building relationships that often continue well beyond their visit.
Introduced in Victoria in 2001 with funding from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and now in its eleventh year, the program has matched some 1200 government schools with business and community leaders, with more than 180 matches last year, the program’s most successful year to date.
‘Principal for a Day encourages business and community leaders to walk a mile in a school principal’s shoes, and that enables leaders in education and the wider community to share ideas, resources and a sense of responsibility for schools,’ says Viv Acker, Project Director of Principal for a Day. The strength of the program, she points out, is that it creates a two-way street. Business and community leaders experience schools, and the work of principals, first hand while principals develop ongoing relationships with successful business and community leaders. In many cases, says Viv, they discover opportunities to work together in mutually beneficial ways. Because the program enables school, business and community leaders to work as partners to identify, plan and take action on areas of educational improvement, it has an impact far beyond the actual Principal for a Day event, Viv says.
For Viv, the best thing about Principal for a Day is knowing that the one day increases the professional capabilities of school leaders and staff to deliver effective educational programs, for the benefit of students, and, she adds, ‘Seeing the program almost double in the past two years.’
Related links: www.acer.edu.au/leadership/principal-for-a-day
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