IGNITION 2012 - Emerging Leaders' Unconference (1st day)
Kia ora koutou,It's back; bigger and better this year. The 2011 emerging leaders symposium was such a hit that we've taken it to the next level. It's called Igntion and earlybird registrations are open now- we'd love to see you back this year. There are three things you can do to grow the reach of the event:
- Register yourself. Do it at http://emergingleaders.school.nz/
- Make sure your school leaders are aware of it. The rest of the email has some helpful ways of describing the event.
- Send me the email address of anyone you think would benefit from being a part of the group. I'll make sure they get an invitation.
Here's a bit more about Ignition, the emerging leaders' unconference.
- 10,000 of New Zealand's 50,000 teachers are nearing retirement age.
- 50% of newly-qualified teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years.
We currently have a challenge of leadership in education and we're failing that challenge. The goal of the emerging leaders group is to find pockets of excellence in schools (sometimes the lone champion of innovation, at other times a group of stunning teachers), give them the confidence that they are not alone and they have what it takes, introduce them to like minds and give them the skills they need to take up leadership positions in schools, thereby spreading innovation in schools. What we want to do is to turn all schools into awesomeness incubators: high-tech, exciting, dynamic places that pump out the kind of entrepreneurs we need in New Zealand. We do this in a range of ways but our two flagship events are a series of evening 'ignite talks' over the course of the year and an annual two-day unconference called Ignition. At Ignition, we bring the emerging leaders together from around the country, host them at Albany Senior High School and have them share ideas on how to transform schools into the kind of 21st century innovation engines they should be. The difference between Ignition and other professional development that takes place in schools is that instead of flying in external 'visionaries' to tell our leaders what to do, we use the unconference format to give them the chance to lead, persuade, challenge, provoke and convince the other educators in the room. It's a conversation and dialogue-based approach, and it's strengths-based. We give them the experience and the skills to answer that most challenging of questions: why should people be led by you?Last year we had 80 teachers attend Ignition, but this year we really want to scale it up to 200+. Already we're seeing the teachers we attract taking up leadership positions as Principals and Deputy Principals in schools and now bring in younger leaders around them.Registrations are open now at http://emergingleaders.school.nz/ Send this to anyone you see as having something to contribute. Help spread awesomeness.
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