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International School Leadership:
Core Competencies

Online Workshop with Justine Readings professional development mentoring and coaching for international schools


Offered in both online and face-to-face workshops, this course provides practical, experience-driven professional development specifically targeted to first-time and aspiring leaders in international schools. Developed in consultation with both the target audience, and with current school leaders in international schools, the course covers the fundamental strategies and skills school leaders need to build a healthy working environment that achieves excellent educational results.

Participants will engage in group discussions and activities, supported by follow-up content that is:

  • timely, practical, effective and personalized

  • based on the experiences and learning of practicing school leaders 

  • backed by leading theory of leadership approaches, strategies and skills 

  • driven by participant questions and challenges 

  • focused on using personal strengths as a means of enhancing practical skill 

Costs includes materials and certificate:

  • Course workbooks

  • Course readings & reference materials

  • Certificate of completion

Next Online Option

Alarm Clock

Monthly Time Commitment:

  • Online live workshops 2.5 hours 

  • Fieldwork application 3-5 hours 

  • Reading 1-2 hours

August 2023 - January 2024
10:00 - 12:30 CET time

3D Objects


  • Synchronous live workshops

    • (max 15 participants)

  • Self-paced experiential activities/fieldwork

  • Resource bank of readings and templates

Computer desktop


  • Zoom workshops

  • FB community 

Next In-Person Option

October 2023 - Bali, Indonesia

Alarm Clock

 Time Commitment:

  • Two-day workshop  



  • Live workshops activities

    • (max 20 participants)

  • Small group break-out networking opportunties

  • Workbook with follow-up activities/fieldwork

  • Resource bank of readings and templates

Computer desktop


  • Google Suite

  • WhatsApp community 

Delivery options

Course Content

  • Leading international schools: 
    1. The Leadership Intelligences (International Baccalaureate) 

    2. Leading versus managing: the layers to the school leadership role: (Learning, culture, pedagogy, teacher wellbeing, parent relationships, school public profile, daily logistics)  

    3. Regulation, budgets, scheduling and paperwork

    4. Fostering healthy school-parent communication 


  • Leading teams: 
    1. Interviews, hiring & induction

    2. Delegation

    3. Leading collaboration to enable healthy conflict, commitment, accountability and results. 

    4. Getting the most out of staff meetings


  • Leading adult learning:
    1. Whole school professional development

    2. Appraisal and teacher evaluation

    3. Difficult conversations that build trust

    4. Teacher wellbeing and growth 


  • Leading student learning:
    1. Understanding curriculum

    2. Behavior management policies and procedures

    3. Differentiation and inclusion

    4. Reporting on student progress 


Course Features

  • Experiential & interactive: with the small cohort, students every participant will have an opportunity to share their ideas and explore their crucial questions.

  • Designed for adult learners: each session will consist of a balance of:

    • content delivery (based on research/theory)

    • interactive group activities 

    • host examples / anecdotes for analysis

    • participant examples for analysis

    • independent reflective activities

  • Personalised: every session you will have an opportunity to design a practical application of the activity objective to embed the knowledge, understanding and skills in your context

  • Collegial: You will gain instant membership in the cohort WhatsApp/Facebook Group that will post weekly questions designed to promote reflection and discussion.

  • Practical: Your course fee includes life-long access to templates, research papers and recordings of the video sessions. 

  • Transformational: Upgrade you course by adding monthly leadership coaching/mentoring sessions.

Course Features
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Sign up before June 15th for our

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Collegial Discount:

Sign up with a colleague and you will each receive 15% discount.

Congratulations on moving forward! I am excited that you are interested in being part of School Leadership: Mastering the First Year. To help me cater the course content to your specific needs, I will shortly be in touch with a few questions about your goals, school context and preferred learning style. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email me directly on
Looking forward to working with you soon!
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