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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's podcast I interview Finbarr Hurley about his experience teaching in some European Schools and about his thoughts on leadership. He is currently working as a Coordinator with the Centre for School Leadership. Among the topics we discuss on the podcast are the following:

  • Wanting to teach from a young age
  • His experience in Mary Immaculate College
  • Proving yourself as a teacher when you begin in a school
  • The importance of changing career post every 5-6 years
  • The importance of figuring out what makes children tick
  • Teaching in Cork and Teaching in Brussels
  • Designing a classroom of the future
  • A synopsis of the European Schools system
  • Learning from working alongside teachers from other countries
  • Moving to an International School in Qatar
  • Working with teaching coaches
  • Involving children in parent-teacher meetings
  • Teaching without textbooks
  • Bringing members of a circus in to work with his students in Germany
  • Identifying what is valued in a school, across the school community
  • Challenges of being a principal in Ireland
  • Providing continuous professional development (CPD) for principals and principals’ needs for CPD
  • Why it’s okay for principals to fail (the first attempt at learning)
  • One of his own principals
  • Simon Senek (Be the last to speak)
  • Andy Hargreaves
  • Book: Wholesome Leadership
  • Luke Jefferson Day, editor of GQ Magazine in London.
  • Simone Marchetti – creativity outside of education
  • The value of sofas in classsrooms

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Dr. Liz Dunphy, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in Dublin City University's Institute of Education about her work. Among the topics we discuss are the following:

 

 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's podcast I speak to Dr. Karen Edge who is a Reader in Educational Leadership at the University College London Institute of Education. Karen Edge was a keynote speaker at the 2020 annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals' Network, the IPPN. Among the topics we discussed were the following:

  • Helping principals make their job meaningful
  • Constraints on principals working on teaching and learning and working with students and teachers include: to be accountable, to share information, manage data, manage external relations
  • How principals can live a full life outside of work and be a leader in their work
  • Helping principals align their professional priorities with what students, teachers and parents expect of them
  • Supporting a new generation of principals from Generation X (born from 1965 to 1980) in schools designed for Baby Boomer principals who have now retired or who are retiring (those born from 1946 to 1964)
  • Collaborative decision making and Generation X leaders
  • How leadership in education differs across countries and continents and how this is influenced by being an adult in the wider society (and why borrowing policies from other countries may not work in the same way here).
  • Rewards of being principal
  • Why “being busy” is not a badge of honour
  • How schools can productively partner with schools in other countries

Among the people she mentioned on the podcast were the following:

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's podcast I speak to Viv Grant who is Executive Coach and Director of Integrity Coaching. She was a keynote speaker at the 2020 annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals' Network. Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • Identifying your stories as a school leader: why are you in the profession? What motivates you? What inspires you? What brings you joy?
  • Her story and how she began to articulate it for herself
  • The importance for principals of recognising and articulating their inner, subconscious narrative
  • How underlying thoughts and experiences can affect a principal’s ability to have difficult conversations
  • Becoming aware of when the old narratives no longer serve us
  • Getting our back stage narratives aligned with our front stage performance
  • The role of the Centre for School Leadership
  • What coaching for principals involves
  • Just like social workers and psychologists get “supervision” in their work as a matter of course, so should school principals because as well as being leaders of curriculum and instruction, many of them are practising aspects of psychology and social work.
  • Why school development and human growth and development go hand in hand and why offering coaching to principals is a way of appreciating their taking on this important role.
  • Is coaching something that is needed on an ongoing or on a needs-only basis?
  • How coaching for a principal works
  • Qualities a coach needs to have in order to work with principals
  • How coaching differs from mentoring
  • Why supporting coaching for principals is a good investment for a school
  • Why coaching is the norm in several other sectors
  • How she turned around “failing” primary school
  • How to bring about change at school level
  • The source of a school’s vision
  • Her book called Staying a head: The stress management secrets of successful school leaders
  • The challenge of creating time to develop the inner work of school leadership
  • Pauline Lysaght Jones and Mary Fuller
  • David Whyte’s poetry
  • John O’Donohue

 

 

 

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