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Who is ELS for?

Who is ELS for?

The ELS is open to all educators who are thinking about, or have just made, a move into middle leadership. We know there aren't many opportunities to learn the ropes of leadership, but this is one you won't want to miss. In particular, the following people should consider coming to ELS. 

  • Educators who are currently in, or are ready to take on, their first leadership role.
  • People who are motivated by a desire to i) unlock the potential inside themselves, and ii) help others do the same.
  • Typically participants should have at least 2 years of teaching experience and have an interest in developing the skills to lead ‘beyond the classroom’.

Overall, ELS aims to fast-track the leadership development of high-potential candidates, and ensure they are equipped for the task of educational transformation.

If you’re not sure about calling yourself a 'leader' (or think that each school only has one 'leader') our definition of a leader is someone who grows other leaders around them while growing themselves' (Cavanagh 2012). It's not about ego, it's about others. It's not about power over people; it's about empowering people. If you've ever shared good practice; you're a leader. If you've ever encouraged another teacher; you're a leader. What we want to do is help you become the best leader you can be.

This event is not for people who have all the answers when it comes to leadership; it’s for people who have got the right questions.

Forming networks

The Summit will provide a unique opportunity for high-potential teachers and leaders to build collaborative partnerships with others from across New Zealand. The conference aims to connect this new ‘network’ of change agents in order to stimulate new innovative initiatives, and support the emergence of a fresh conversation about educational change in New Zealand. This new professional community will form a platform for the participants’ ongoing development, support, and inspiration beyond the formal programme. An online platform will ensure participants can stay connected beyond the Summit.