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Importance of leadership in the development of regional education

Importance of leadership in the development of regional education

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 13:00 - 18:00
Komenského 2622/48, Žilina, Slovakia

EPNoSL Event Žilina will be held at the Congress hall of Žilina self-governing region and is organized by:

with support of the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL).




13:00 – 13:15


  • President of the Žilina self-governing region - Ing. Juraj Blanár
  • Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Žilina - doc. PaedDr. Vlasta Cabanová, PhD.


13:15 – 13:45

School climate during the curricular reforms

Prof. PhDr. Helena Grecmanová, Ph. D.

Faculty of Humanities, University of Žilina in Žilina

School climate is crucial for life at school. It affects the satisfaction of people, their confidence and willingness to work. It becomes a hot topic also during the implementation of the curriculum reform. The school climate affects its success in individual schools, in addition, it is itself influenced by changes in curricula. Therefore, we attend to observe this phenomena as independent and dependent variables. Also abroad has always been the school climate central monitoring evaluation criterion at the time of implementation of the new curriculum. First, we will mention which quality it is and how it arises. We will present interesting results of research that have been undertaken in this area. We will think about the possibilities in changing school climate.


13:45 – 14:15

Three Nuts for Cinderella

doc. RNDr. Juraj Vantuch, CSc.

ReferNet Slovakia

Probably everyone rightly suspects that when it comes to Cinderella we mean education. Although mostly the talk will be about the regional schools, in general, greater attention will be paid to vocational schools. These nuts are related to three concepts - leadership, ownership, power sharing, that we have problem to name, let alone crack in management and teaching practice. Expressed will be any questions and few answers, which will be discussed in the context of the current situation and also in the light of current topics - changes in the selection of school principals and a new law on vocational education and training (OVP).


14:15 – 14:35

Coffee break


14:35 – 15:05

New model of preparation, induction and continuing professional development of school heads in Poland 

Dr. Roman Dorczak

Project coordinator - Educational Leadership 

Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagelonian University, Poland

Preparation and training of school heads in Poland is still based on concepts and ideas developed in early nineties of XX century. It is focused on managerial skills and competencies and run with use of traditional methods of teaching. Limitations of such approach but also new challenges contemporary schools and educational systems face need redefinition of aims and methods of school heads training and development. Presentation gives description of a proposal of a new way of school heads preparation and professional development that has three important elements: Firstly it is based on a broad set of educational values with values of individual development and learning as core ones. Secondly it is built on a list of educational leaders competencies organized in six broad areas of competencies. Thirdly it is designed as focused on learning not teaching that brings completely new methodology that is proposed to be used during such courses of preparation and development of school leaders.


15:05 – 15:35

Changing Schools through Leadership - The Leadership Academy in Austria

Christina Frotschnig, BEd MA

LEA network co-ordinator Burgenland

Director of Volksschule Markt Allhau, Austria

The Leadership Academy (LEA) is a system-wide initiative designed by Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schley and Prof. Dr. Michael Schratz for the professionalization of school leaders and other executives in leadership positions in the Austrian school system.

LEA enhances innovative capacities of educational management on all levels of the school system. It´s formal goal is to sustainably improve the preconditions and processes of young people´s learning in all educational institutions.

Different to traditional managerial or leadership models that build on command and control the Leadership Academy is a learning context with the aim of influencing the pattern of how professionals in leading positions think and go about change.


15:35 – 16:25

Distributed Leadership for Equity and Learning

Prof. Philip Woods

School of Education, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Is top-down, hierarchical leadership the best form of leadership? In this talk, Professor Woods explains how leadership can be understood as a distributed phenomenon that emerges from across the school, and how this can benefit school education. Professor Woods argues that fundamental values of equity and holistic learning need to be made explicit and integral to distributed leadership - hence the topic of the talk is distributed leadership for equity and learning (DLE). Ideas on key levers to help in developing DLE are shared and a downloadable toolset to support this development is presented and explained.


16:25 – 16:45

Coffee break


16:45 – 17:35

Distributed Leadership for Equity and Learning in Finland and Shanghai/China

Mika Risku, Head, and Meng Tian, Doctoral Student

Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
The presenters examine how principals in the two very different kinds of the PISA study top performers Finland and Shanghai/China try to develop distributed leadership in their schools. How different can the needs, opportunities and obstacles for distributed leadership be? And, how do the different settings affect Finnish and Shanghainese principals to develop distributed leadership in their schools? Could there be something in the approaches also for principals in the Žilina region?


17:35 – 18:00

CLOSING SESSION: Panel discussion with presenters





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