The Global Network of Professional Learning Leaders organized a series of 120-minute learning sessions. The sessions took place on May 24/25, 2023 and June 7/8, 2023. These sessions were designed for individuals who lead in rural and geographically remote schools and leaders who work without another administrative partner in the school. During each session, participants heard from an expert on leadership in geographically remote schools and had the opportunity to network with colleagues from Australia and Canada. Through these sessions, participants heard creative solutions from other lone leaders and had the opportunity to share strategies, and add to their professional network.

Future topics may include schools as community hubs, staffing and resources, disaster response, and trauma-informed practice. 

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 Staff shortages 
Globally, many sectors of activity are challenged by staffing shortages. Education is not an exception. In both Canada and Australia, principals are faced daily with the consequences of staff shortages in all employee groups. As lone leaders, this challenge manifests in different ways. What strategies are you using to address staff shortages on a daily basis? What is being planned to address the shortages long term?
Increasingly we are hearing about the impact of the pandemic on mental health. As educators we can see the impacts on students and school staff as well as ourselves and our principal colleagues. What are some of the particular challenges you face as lone leaders regarding wellbeing? What are some of the strategies your school,  district or community has put in place to address wellbeing for students, staff and school leaders?
 Opportunities for student activities
In remote and rural schools, it can be challenging to find community-based activities for students to learn from. What types of student activities are available in your community? How can you leverage technology to provide otherwise inaccessible learning opportunities to students?
 Distance learning/Online learning
Distance or online learning has the potential of increasing students’ access to a variety of areas of study in K-12 schools. How does your school currently use technology to support online or distance learning? What are some future trends for online or distance learning? What are some innovations you are hearing about or you’d like to try to increase access to or use of online or distance education?

Previous Sessions (Spring 2023)

Session 1: Opportunities for student activities & Distance learning/Online learning

Canada: May 24, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. AT

Australia: May 25, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. AEST 

Speaker: Michelle Michael, NSW Department of Education

Speaker: Darren Avery, NSW Primary schools

Speaker: Alex Lawrence, NSW DoE Online Teaching & Learning Team

Session 2: Staff shortages & Wellbeing

Date of session: 

Canada: June 7, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. AT

Australia: June 8, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. AEST 

Wellbeing speaker: Kim Frank, Principal - Falmouth DSB, Annapolis Valley Region

Staff shortages speaker: Kerry-Lynne Torrie, Principal - Simcoe County DSB

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