SFU Education hosts first Spanish cohort for leadership training: Program a success!

November 04, 2013

From July to August 2013, the Office of International Education within the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) hosted – for the first time – a leadership and school management program for 20 bilingual Spanish educators from the Region of Madrid. The program was a success and parties from both universities are very pleased with the results.

With commitment to integrating theory and practice, the program focused on the following components: 

  • fundamentals of educational leadership
  • teaching and learning
  • the Canadian education system
  • bilingual education in Canada
  • the role of the teacher
  • managing behaviour
  • managing change

The program also included three days spent in Burnaby school district classrooms where they observed, interacted and participated in workshops with the local schools’ principals, focusing on building community, managing resources and instructional leadership.

Towards the end of the program, the participants developed action plans incorporating what they learned at SFU to bring back to their classrooms in Spain. These action plans were presented at the conclusion.

Cultural field trips included a visit to Granville Island, Museum of Anthropology and Burnaby Heritage Museum. The highlight for the group was a picnic on Burnaby Mountain joined by other visiting groups of teachers from Korea and Taiwan.  

Feedback from the visiting principals was positive and comments included:

“We gained ideas on valuing each member of our staff, on adapting to current societal changes (e.g. technology), on working together towards a common goal, to building a positive community and interesting ways to improve communication.”

“We were enriched and we all together have reflected on different aspects of our job as principals according to our experiences and the workshops.”

"We got in contact with the Canadian education system, met Canadian colleagues, interacted with students in the classes we visited, always felt welcome and got to know about school resource management.”

The SFU Faculty of Education collaborates with universities and governments from around the world to create and provide customized professional development programs for teachers, student teachers and educational leaders.

For the past 20 years, groups from Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Greenland have participated in this program.