Leadership for Change – Policy Meeting 2019 (Malta)

The first Leadership for Change Policy Meeting was held at Xara Palace, Rabat, Malta, on the 5th of December 2019. The aim of the meeting was to promote our project with all the schools within our college, as well as subject Educational Officers who would be be able to disseminate the information amongst all schools in Malta and Gozo.

The meeting started with a general introduction about the Leadership for Change (L2C) project, including the timeline, activities carried out in 2018/2019, and what to expect for the final year of the project (2020). The activities carried out so far include:

  • Three information meetings/workshops: in May 2018, October 2018 and October 2019;
  • Organisation of School Exchange Visits, whereby the schools involved in the project – Attard Primary, Rabat Middle School and Dingli Secondary School – visited each others’ schools and gave an overview of the work carried out in relation to shared leadership and student empowerment;
  • Participating schools took the Future Classroom Lab Toolkit 2.1, the Future Classroom Scenarios, a self-review tool that enables schools to reflect on their teaching and learning and their capacity for technology-supported innovation;
  • Schools involved in the project took part in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the shared leadership theme, and each produced an Action Plan for implementation for their respective schools.
  • The second part of the workshop focused on the participating school’s work and reactions to the activities undertaken during L2C. These included the presentation of teachers’ and students’ work in L2C, with particular reference to staff and student involvement in the running of the school, and how each school contributes in empowering our students to become more active and independent learners. Attard Primary School focused on the function of various student bodies within the school, most notably, the School Council; Rabat Middle School focused on Science and Animal Awareness Activities; and Dingli Secondary School focused on Maths and eTwinning Activities.

    After the presentations, there was a short information session about how schools can apply for both the eSafety Label and the STEM Label on the European Schoolnet Portal. Both Digital Literacy and STEM are two of the main cornerstones of L2C; thus all schools within the College were encouraged to apply. The Science and Technology Educational Officers present, Ms. Melanie Casha Sammut and Ms. Isabel Zerafa, participated in the discussion and will be disseminating the information amongst other schools across Malta and Gozo.

    During the final part of the workshop, the schools taking part in L2C shared their respective Action Plans for Shared Leadership and a discussion took place amongst everyone in the audience. Finally, the  group prepared a list of recommendations to be shared amongst the educational community in Malta.

    More information about the Leadership for Change Project can be found here: http://l2c.eun.org/.