Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key dates for 2020-2021?

Applications for the programs close on 3 September 2020.
Applicants are contacted about the outcome of their application on 10 September 2020.
The synchronous sessions will be on the following dates:
3 October 2020
31 October 2020
14 November 2020
30 January 2021
27 March 2021 (Presentation of Learning)

Who can apply?
PALME is designed for current and aspiring educational leaders who are responsible for leading adults in teams and are committed to engaging in continuous improvement.

PETAL is designed for classroom practitioners who are interested in engaging in continuous improvement.

Both programs are presented in both Arabic and English.

What are the expectations of the program?
That participants:


  • Are willing to commit to a rigorous six month program
  • Participate in five, day-long workshops and in between session work
  • Engage in a process of data-informed, research-driven, improvement inquiry cycles with support from their cohort and coach
  • Develop and present an e-portfolio of deep reflection and evidence of learning
  • Meet all the program requirements
What does the 30 hours of synchronous and asynchronous engagement involve?
The programs are designed for participants to be in cohorts of educators who receive input from facilitators that will support their next steps in their learning journey. Facilitators design the days based upon data they have collected between sessions from participants and content is tailored to the specific needs of a particular cohort. Throughout the day, participants will work independently, in pairs and in small groups.

How many days will I be required to be out of my school?
None. The programs are designed to be job embedded and the synchronous and asynchronous engagements are run on Saturdays.

How often will I see my coach?
An assigned coach will make an appointment with you before 1 October 2020.
You have up to 10 hours of one to one coaching available to you throughout the program to support you specifically in your learning journey. You are responsible for contacting your coach to make a suitable time to meet with them for 45 minute sessions.

What does the 24 hours of online independent work involve?
Participants are required to keep an online evidence of their learning journey throughout the program. This will be presented on the last day of the program. The e-portfolio includes a description of the area of focus or problem of practice the participant is examining and will include a data matrix, reflection on both learning and the process an applicant goes through along with any research they have engaged with and the outcomes of decisions they make based on the data they collect.

Will I be guaranteed a leadership position as a result of completing the PALME program?
No. The aim of the program is to build a participant’s data informed decision making skills and to experience an inquiry cycle of continuous improvement, while providing an opportunity to document their learning and work.

How are applications assessed?
Panels of two people, consisting of current and/or retired principals/directors, make recommendations to proceed to a phone or video leadership conversation interview based on written applications, digital story and referee comments. These panels conduct the leadership conversations and make recommendations to the A/Director, School Leadership Institute, regarding who should be chosen for the program.