Effective leadership and education management is essential for the success of educational institutions. The “School Leadership: Navigating the Future” course is a dynamic and intensive training program designed for current and aspiring education leaders to empower them with the knowledge, skills, and insights required to lead schools and educational institutions in the 21st century. Over the course of four days, participants will delve into the complexities of school leadership, exploring strategies, best practices, and the latest trends in education management. The course content is created by Ph.D. Kristóf Fenyvesi, expert of Finnish educational research at the University of Jyväskylä.
This program emphasizes practical application and reflection, offering a unique opportunity for participants to connect theory with real-world experiences in various educational settings. Participants will leave the program with enhanced leadership skills, a deeper understanding of the challenges at different educational levels in the 21st century, and a personalised action plan for their continued professional growth as school leaders.
⇒ Working language: English (minimum level required: A2/B1)
⇒ Working hours: 20 hours
⇒ Venue: Jyväskylä, Finland
- 4-day course: 480 EUR (download your 4-day reference programme)
⇒ Currently available course dates:
- 11-14 February 2024
- 10-13 February 2025
Who is this training for?
This comprehensive education leadership program is tailored for current and aspiring public school leaders, education managers, including principals, vice principals, education administrators, school maintainers, and teachers looking to advance into leadership roles. Participants should have a background in education and a keen interest in developing leadership skills within the school context.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
- Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the role and responsibilities of school leaders.
- Participants will improve and expand their ideas on how to support their institutions to become a centre for the development of 21st century skills of creativity, problem-solving attitude, critical thinking, collaboration, media and technology literacy or social skills in teaching, learning and leadership.
- Participants will acquire insights into the unique challenges and dynamics of primary, middle, and high school leadership particularly in the Finnish educational environment.
- Participants will engage in reflective practices to analyse and synthesise observations, applying insights to leadership principles.
- Participants will develop a personalised action plan for continuous growth as a school leader based on program learnings.
- Participants will improve communication skills and soft skills in English.
- Participants will develop their leadership skills through visiting a diverse range of Finnish educational institutions and interacting with colleagues of other nationalities, exchanging ideas, materials and experiences.
- Participants will be enabled to build up their international professional network.
About the location
The capital of Central Finland, Jväskylä is the cradle of teacher education, an important pillar of Finland’s prestigious education system. The first teacher training institute in the country was established here at the end of the 19th century, and the University of Jyväskylä has since become a stronghold of Finnish teacher training and methodological education.
In this course, the way of school leadership is presented with a twin-track approach. On the one hand, we will examine the related traits of the Finnish education system, which has become a global brand, i.e. what are the leadership elements that make the Finnish education system what it is. On the other hand, we will examine the elements, methodological approaches and tools of the participants’ countries, extract best practices and outline an adaptable model that can be applied by the participants in their own educational practice.
Supervisor of the course is Ph.D. Kristóf Fenyvesi, senior researcher of University of Jyäskylä and the course is delivered in close cooperation with his invited colleagues. Dr. Fenyvesi’s research interests are overlapping the main highlights of the Finnish education system, such as STEAM methodology, creativity&innovation, trans- and multidisciplinary integration in learning, problem-solving, playfulness, phenomenon-based, experience-oriented, and cooperative approaches in education. As the practical part of the training we will give you a comprehensive insight into a diverse range of Finnish educational institutions.
Reference programme of the 4-day training (20 working hours)
Understanding school leadership
Pre- and primary school visit and reflections
Middle and secondary school visit and reflections
Transforming experiences into action plan
At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, together – if requested – with the Europass Mobility Certificate. Certificates are issued by Experience Workshop on the condition of at least 80% attendance.
Important to know
Minimum number of participants: The course will be realized if at least 6 people register at least 6 weeks before the first training day.
For more details read the Terms and Conditions.