This workshop empowered me in so many ways: on a personal level, but also how I can actually improve everything we do at school by empowering the people who work with me.

Esme de Jager - Principal, Westwood International School, Botswana

Leadership workshop series

If you're ready to seize your passion for education and explore a new career path in international education leadership, start investigating what it means to lead in an IB context through five new workshops designed specifically for aspiring leaders.

About IB leadership workshops

This innovative series of research-driven workshops provides hands-on scenario-based learning, whether you are a new leader, an established leader or an emerging leader. Gain deep understanding of effective leadership through demonstrations, guided interpretation of research findings and real-life examples led by highly experienced, knowledgeable IB educators.

Find out more about registering for our upcoming leadership workshop with Darlene Fisher  on 22 February 2018.

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How these workshops are presented

Understanding Leadership is the foundational workshop of the series, offered face-to-face on every continent. Four additional workshops on specific leadership topics are available online and face-to-face. Each one helps you move beyond your own experience to build new capabilities in the areas of strategy, culture, learning, reflection, insight, relationship and enterprise. Learn how these essential areas contribute to your leadership style and efficacy.

Areas these workshops focus on

Understanding leadership

Learn to recognize and critique assumptions that shape your own style, definition and understanding of leadership. With your peers, share experiences and strengthen your own leadership platform. Gain insight into opportunities and challenges that cultural context can create.

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Leading with a clear vision and strategy

Weigh the strength and value of effective vision and mission statements. Learn how to develop a strategic plan for any situation. 

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Leading through an understanding of culture and context

Participate in guided exploration of leadership issues in an array of IB contexts. Turn cultural challenges into strong engagement with diverse communities. 

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Leading for effective teaching and learning

Explore theories of learning and instructional design principles that underpin IB programmes. Use newfound knowledge and understanding to create a culture of inquiry in your own school. 

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Leading an effective professional learning community

Investigate approaches to development of professional learning communities that support IB programme implementation. Use what you learn to evoke greater inquiry, collaborative learning and critical thinking from your staff.

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Cultivating learning-focused IB World Schools

In this workshop, you will apply a number of leadership capabilities to build learning focused IB World Schools. You will do this through engaging in snapshots of practice in a range of contexts and applying these to your own. You will explore the challenges of leading IB World Schools and preparing students to live in the 21st century. In addition, you will refine your capacity to play the leading role in guiding a school through IB Authorization and beyond; develop appreciation for the IB mission statement, philosophy and pedagogy; and determine what success can and does mean for your school and its stakeholders.

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What past participants are saying

Vidya Jaisaree

Vidya Jaisaree, Principal, Early Years and PYP, Sekolah Ciputra, Indonesia

“After 30 years in education, I thought I didn’t have more to learn about leadership, but I learned so much! The exercises conducted were of a higher level and stimulated deep thinking and reflection. As a new PYP head, I am eager to share this leadership learning experience with my coordinators and lead teachers.”


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More resources 

Darlene Fisher

Evolving leadership in schools with Darlene Fisher (one hour session)

Darlene Fisher, ECIS Director of Educational Programs and former Director of Enka Schools in Istanbul, discusses teacher development and leadership training as a prelude to attending Understanding Leadership. 

Listen to a Webex recording of this introductory session on leadership, originally held September 2015.

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Michael Bell

Leading for innovation and renewal with Michael Bell (one hour session)

Michael Bell, international consultant and senior lecturer at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, discusses how to find untapped sources of innovation and creativity that often can be overlooked in school settings.

This introductory session, available via Webex recording, originally took place September 2015. 

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Leadership blog from IB workshop developer Sue Richards

Review the leadership blog from IB workshop developer Sue Richards. Past participants are invited to leave a message on the blog to further illuminate the Leadership workshop experience. Prospective participants may ask a question of Sue to learn more.

Read Sue Richard's blog