Developing and Managing Staff

Assessment 2: Project Project: Developing and Managing Staff

Marking Criteria

A demonstrated understanding of quality professional learning in learning organisations

Through analysis, demonstrated an understanding of the presenting problems

Demonstrated understanding of the application of effective strategies to manage issues in a learning organisation

Clear articulation and reflection of each principle and how each one relates to your own personal leadership theory

Presentation is clear; spelling, grammar and referencing is correct; and inclusion of literature is relevant/appropriate.

Length Part A: PowerPoint and speaking notes Part B: 1800-word discussion
Weighting 60%
Assessment Due 22 oct,2022Final submission time: 11.59pm
Type of Collaboration Individual assessment
Style and format Project
Detailed information This task is based on a scenario and is focussed on content from Module 2 and 3. There are two parts to this task.

Part A

Scenario: You apply for a leadership position in an educational organisation (e.g., school, early childhood centre, university, other). After submitting your application you are contacted for an interview. As part of the interview you are requested to present a 15 minute presentation on how you would build a strong and effective professional learning culture if you were successful in the position.

Design a 6-10 slide PowerPoint (PPT) presentation to use at your interview. The presentation is aimed to demonstrate your deep knowledge of how, as an educational leader, you would build an effective professional learning culture. In your PowerPoint, you should consider both the appropriateness of the content of what you are presenting as well as the way you will engage the audience in presentation. Include a reference list at the end of the

PowerPoint. Include a full set of speaking notes (a template is available on Moodle). The speaking notes are NOT a repeat of information from the PowerPoint. Instead think of them as detailed key ideas that you would use if you had them in front of you when presenting the PPT. They should include bullet points that elaborate on your ideas that you have presented in the

PPT. Aim for half a page of speaking notes for each slide.

Part B

Scenario: You were successful at interview and are now leading a team in the educational organisation. You determine early on that the team isn’t working effectively. Some team members are not motivated to engage in ongoing learning. They believe they already have all the skills and knowledge to do their jobs competently. There is also ongoing conflict amongst team members. You decide to focus on observing the situation in order to try to understand the current situation and plan how best to lead a positive change.

Over a month you observe a range of interactions and behaviours by your team. Josh and Mohammed often complain to other colleagues outside of the team about the amount of work they do. Any new initiatives are met by dissatisfaction and a lack of motivation. Their negative attitude is causing conflicts within the team. Other team members are sick of listening to their negativity. Larissa, an experienced educator who is close to retirement, and doesn’t engage much with the team. You notice she completes her work but isn’t interested in making any changes or engaging in professional learning. She does not attend optional staff events. Another team member, Sahar, has three years experience and is always enthusiastic. She champions new ideas and often shares resources and ideas she has sourced in her own time with you. She has explained to you privately that she doesn’t enjoy team meetings as there is too much conflict and negativity in team. The other team member, Vihaan is usually quiet at team meetings but a month ago there was a very unpleasant interaction between Vihaan and Josh when Vihaan accused Josh of not assessing students correctly resulting in incorrect assessment data.

Vihaan and Josh have not spoken to each-other since.

You have noticed a clear divide between team members during lunch breaks. They don’t sit together, and you have heard various side comments from all team members criticising their team to other colleagues in the organisation.

First, identify three problems in the team scenario. Using research and literature, form a position around these three problems and explain why a leader must address these problems (400-500 words).

Now that you have established three problems, you need to consider how to dissolve them. Select three journal articles from 2010 onwards that report empirical research associated with leading, developing and managing people and your three identified problems. These articles should NOT be subject readings.

For each article, develop a heuristic statement that expresses a principle you have distilled from the research article that will support your response to the three problems. Details on what a heuristic statement is will be provided in class. Accompany each heuristic statement with an explanation of how the research and your distilled principle relate to the identified problem (1000 words)

Conclude with a short reflection on what insights from the three articles informs or modifies your own personal leadership theory on decisional capital, professional learning and/or staff management (300-400 words).


You should submit your assessment in two parts

Part A- PowerPoint and speaking notes saved as PDF

Part B- Team development response saved as word of PDF