- Anglesea VIC
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With more than twenty-five years experience in leading schools both within Australia and internationally I have learned an incredible amount about the challenges of leading others and even more about myself. Through this experience I believe I have developed the ability to provide what I describe as the human leadership of a community. This is the capacity to foster a safe, purposeful and inclusive learning environment which builds constructive and respectful relationships with students, staff, parents and other stakeholders. In all situations an effective human leader must advocate for all students, nurture relationships within the community and in doing so develop individual and collective capacity.I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live and work in a diverse range of communities, from rural Australia to Angola to Bangladesh, each with their own unique qualities and challenges. As a cultural leader within these communities it is critical to promote a vision of the future, underpinned by common purposes and values that will secure the commitment and alignment of all members of the community so we may realize the potential of all students. I enjoy the challenges of shaping the future for school communities and working hard developing a unique school culture that will sustain partnerships and networks.I have learned through experience that effective technical leaders must also be managers as well as leaders and one without the other impacts adversely on the entire community. To become an effective technical leader I have had to acquire the capacity to optimize the school’s financial, human and physical resources. At times this has meant working creatively with very limited resources. Through sound management practices and organizational systems it is only then possible to positively contribute towards the school’s vision and goals. I believe it essential for a school leader to think and plan strategically, align resources with desired outcomes and to ultimately hold myself and others to account.To become a more effective educational leader I have had to lead, manage and monitor each school’s improvement process through a current and critical understanding of the learning process and its implications for enhancing high quality teaching and learning in every classroom in the school. As the educational leader I need to shape pedagogy, focus on achievement and promote genuine inquiry and reflection. I continue to learn so much about this vitally important aspect of my leadership and greatly value the network of innovative educators that I have built relationships with in recent years. I fully understand that in the field of teaching and learning we must all become life-long learners and open to change.Symbolic leadership is a responsibility I believe every school leader has. This involves using my capacity to model important values and behaviours to the school and community, including a commitment to creating and sustaining effective professional communities within the school and within local and regional networks of schools. I continue to develop this aspect of my leadership by firstly trying to better manage myself – my wife concurs that managing Craig is quite a considerable challenge beyond most mere mortals! I strive to align my actions with the shared values of the community and to create and share knowledge at every opportunity.I try to be an effective leader by being a great listener. I try to not take myself too seriously, smile and laugh often and focus on hearts as much as minds. I believe there is no greater pleasure than the look on a student’s face when they have been challenged, then they have persevered and finally learned something new about themselves and the world around them. “Thanks a lot Craig for putting a smile on the face of the school and warmth in its soul.”Quote from Mohammad A. Moyeen ISD Board Member (May 2012)
Cultural and Recreational Interests I enjoy swimming, surfing, canoeing, traveling, meeting people and learning about new cultures. I love all sports and suffer an addiction to Australian Rules Football.My wife, Helen and I are both very passionate about community and service and have a commitment towards supporting the education of those less fortunate than ourselves.Current Community and Service Projects
• Solmaid Community School Bangladesh (http://www.scsdhaka.com/) – Founding a low cost private community school for street kids in Dhaka, Bangladesh• 3t – Teachers Teaching Teachers – Establishing a professional learning network for 100 local Bangladeshi teachers drawn from some of the poorest local schools in Dhaka• Kajol Project – Providing leadership of an International School Dhaka community and service project which fully sponsors 40 street children with an education they would not otherwise have access to.