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#13 Resilience: the principal’s best friend. Part 2.

Are we on the verge of the next paradigm shift with the building of wellbeing in people? Active resilience is the ‘looking forward’ movement that incorporates taking care of ourselves and focusing our own health. Maria Ruberto talks about neuroscience, resilience, the healthy brain, and much more…. Transcript Loretta  00:03 You’re listening to Loretta Piazza, … Read more

#12 Resilience: the principal’s best friend. Part 1.

What are the behaviours we need to engage in to keep ourselves well? Why are these behaviours so important? Psychologist, Maria Ruberto, talks about her work with the Department of Education, and the impact of teachers that can remain for a lifetime. Transcript Loretta  00:03 You’re listening to Loretta Piazza, experienced school principal, mentor, and … Read more

#11 The principal who paid the ultimate price.

He was a giant in education, a respected school principal and dear friend, and a great family man. I keep a photo of him on my desk, to remind me that there is nothing in this job as school principal that I can’t walk away from….. Transcript You’re listening to Loretta Piazza experienced school principal, … Read more

#10 I love being a principal, but I think it might be killing me. Part 2.

Professor Philip Riley shares his thoughts about our education system, the unmanageability of the principal’s role, how it affects our health and the need to have conversations nationally where there are high levels of collaboration and trust. We finish the interview with Phil providing us with three key points and a strong message as to … Read more

#9 I love being a principal, but I think it might be killing me. Part 1.

‘Under-resourced, mistreated and overburdened with red tape, principals report that, compared to the general population, their job demands are 1.5 times higher, and they experience 1.7 times more stress, 2.2 times more difficulty sleeping and 1.3 times more depressive symptoms.’ The findings of The Australian Principal Occupational, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey.   Transcript You’re listening to Loretta Piazza … Read more

#8 We stand with all principals.

All school principals need support, and even more so when dealing with a serious issue.  The Australian Principals’ Federation (APF) is bi-partisan, totally independent and has no affiliation with anyone or anything that could prevent them from doing what is in the best interests of members.  Tina King, president of the APF, gives great advice … Read more

#7 Doing the principal’s job; expect the unexpected.

The principal’s job is not for the faint-hearted.  If serving in the job long enough, it’s not if, but when something comes out of left field. In today’s episode, we listen to the story of a principal who retired due to ill-health as a result of having to endure nearly two years of intense scrutiny … Read more

#5 Coaching and mentoring: do you need more or less of me?

According to Jim Knight, coaching is for professionals who think for a living.  Growth Coaching International Executive Director, Chris Munro, explains how coaching is about relationships and conversations, fuelled by understanding the nuances within the different layers.  Coaching and mentoring sit on a continuum, and by asking the ever-important question ‘how do I need to … Read more