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Enhancing Continuous Professional Development/Developing Leadership

As a result of dialogue with our schools, we are made aware that leadership development of all school personnel is one of the on-going needs of CEIST schools. In responding to this need, CEIST in association with the LDS & SDPI, wishes to provide an opportunity for teachers in CEIST schools to develop their potential leadership qualities. It is in the interest of schools in our Trusteeship that these qualities are given practical expression in the current school environment and for future assurance of leaders of high quality.

Pictured above at the course session held in the CEIST Education Office recently are School Principals (LtoR) Margaret Maher (Mercy Drimnagh), Audrey Doyle (St Joseph's Lucan), P. J. Gannon (Scoil Dara, Kilcock), Marie Therese Kilmartin (Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin), Margaret O'Brien (CEIST), Michael Lane (CEIST), Peter McCarney (Presentation Warrenmount), Treasa Leahy (Mercy Inchicore), Adrienne Whelan (Caritas College Ballyfermot) and Denise Burns (Sancta Maria, Ballyroan).

It is expected that in this modest way, applicants for leadership posts will be encouraged and feel confident to test their theories in practice and contribute to the innovative culture inherent in CEIST schools. The Pilot Project also hopes to build on the sense of community of CEIST schools by bringing together eight CEIST schools of varying traditions, student population and social context to share their experience of lived CEIST Charter values.

Each participant will be expected to keep a Journal of their reflective practice which will develop over the duration of the course and be shared with other participants. Three sessions will be held in different school locations and the fourth will be located in the CEIST Education Office. It is intended to provide a Certificate of Participation from CEIST to all who successfully complete the course.

This Pilot Project will be evaluated at the end of each session by the participants and the organisers. We hope that it will provide support for teachers to achieve further development and personal enrichment in their professional lives.