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15/06/2020
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Impact Report review: Alumni Services

The Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme is just the beginning.  

For hundreds of principals (and their leadership teams) every year, Springboard’s Alumni Services offer continued professional development in numerous areas, ranging from individual coaching to fully distributed leadership.  

As part of our ongoing dissection of the 2019 Impact Report, we’d like to break down how Alumni Services aided principals and benefited students throughout last year.  

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2019 Impact Report

In-depth analysis of Springboard Trust's impact on New Zealand students, schools, leaders and communities.

Alumni Services: By the numbers 

In 2019, 285 schools utilised Alumni Services. That spanned 79 programmes and workshops across six regions of New Zealand, resulting in impact on 104,835 students.  

Of course, that work doesn’t happen without our volunteers. Last year saw 80 individuals from our cross-sector network give more than 1,100 hours of their time to help school leaders upskill.  

Across each of our offerings, that meant:  

  • 130 principals, senior and middle leaders took on High Performing Leadership Teams 

  • 91 principals, senior and middle leaders took on Springboard Coaching for Leadership (formerly High Performing Leaders)

  • 44 schools took on Kickstart Your Strategy 

  • 60 schools took on Talent Management Workshops 

  • 72 schools took on Annual Planning Workshops 

  • More than 200 school leaders attended our Learning Event 

On top of this, our Kāhui Ako engagements under the Ministry of Education reached 198 schools and more than 78,000 students.  

The Springboard leadership journey isn’t something that culminates after one year of SLPP. It is an ongoing process, in which principals and senior leaders learn from cross-sector experts and develop skills through programmes uniquely tailored to their strengths and needs.  

In school, PD is generally around teaching curriculum better and academic counselling. A whole programme focussing on people as individuals is incredibly powerful.
SCL Principal, 2019 - Auckland

The impact of Alumni Services on learners 

In our review of SLPP, we showcased the skills principals develop in their first 12-18 months with Springboard. As they continue through Alumni Services, the impacts spread outward to leaders, teachers and students.  

We conducted qualitative and reflexive thematic analysis on debriefs with principals after they finished HPL and HPLT, and found three significant themes:  

1. Maximising student outcomes 

Principals were unanimous in their ultimate goal with Springboard being to create the conditions for maximised student outcomes. They reported direct improvements in student engagement and performance thanks to what they learned in ALS, as well as attributable increases in wellbeing and achievement.  

2. Distributed leadership 

Through HPL and HPLT, principals and their teams reported stronger trust, belonging, cohesion and  efficiency as a unit. Individuals had more clarity on their role, development and respect from their peers as a result.  

3. Personal and professional growth 

Principals found new pathways for development through our Alumni Services – becoming aware of strengths, needs and perceptions (both real and imagined) that helped them improve as leaders. Principals unilaterally agreed that understanding their own leadership abilities better helped them build better student outcomes.  

While the first year with Springboard sees principals develop their own strategic leadership, subsequent work with our team and volunteer network helps expand that impact drastically.

With a focus on student outcomes and a desire to improve themselves to make that happen, principals demonstrate tangible growth through Alumni Services that ultimately improves conditions for learners.  

Analysis and evaluation of Springboard Trust's impact on New Zealand learners.

2020 Impact Report

Positive impact for more than 60,000 students across Aotearoa. Meeting disruption with dedication, Springboard Trust delivered learning, development and impact to hundreds of New Zealand schools throughout 2020. This included a wider rollout of our Strategic Leadership for Rural Teaching Principals Programme, responsive workshops tailored for the COVID-19 environment, and a keen focus on inequities in education. All told, we had more than 600 engagements with school leaders through our portfolio, with hundreds more attending webinars and panels with some of New Zealand's foremost thought leaders in education. The 2020 Impact Report is a a summary celebration of this work - none of which was possible without the hard work and dedication to learning of every one of the school leaders and volunteers who worked with us. In this year's report, you will find: A breakdown of our portfolio and its impact for school leaders and volunteers Analysis of key themes from education and policy that continue to impact schools Springboard Trust's commitments for 2021 and beyond We have continued to grow our work and our impact, and are so glad to be able to share the results of so much learning and development.

Volunteer Impact Report 2020

Springboard Trust doesn’t exist without its volunteers. Every year, hundreds of cross-sector experts freely give their time and expertise to Aotearoa school leaders, all in service of a better future for our tamariki.   These volunteers and school leaders are transforming schools together – and the Volunteer Impact Report illustrates just how they’re doing it.  "Volunteers are a vital part of Springboard’s whanau. Hundreds of you across the whole of Aotearoa share our commitment to Kiwi kids, and are willing to show that commitment by making the time to collaborate with school leaders. Together we have worked with over 500 schools, and we are only just starting. To all of our volunteers: a heartfelt thank you. We deeply appreciate your generosity of spirit. We hope that you, in turn, are inspired by the school leaders you have come to know. We look forward to continuing our work together, supporting school leaders to help Kiwi kids thrive." - Ian Narev, Chairman, Springboard Trust Below you'll fund the full report, based on reflexive thematic analysis of our volunteer debriefs and surveys - as well as what principals had to say about their experience working with these cross-sector experts. We hope you enjoy it!

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