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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the key dates for 2020-2021?

Applications for the programs close on 5 September 2021.

Applicants are contacted about the outcome of their application before 8 September 2021.

The sessions will be on the following dates:

 

PETAL

PALME

English

Arabic

English

Arabic

2021-09-08

2021-09-08

2021-09-08

2021-09-08

2021-09-15

2021-09-21

2021-09-22

2021-09-28

2021-09-29

2021-10-05

2021-10-06

2021-10-12

2021-10-13

2021-10-26

2021-11-03

2021-11-02

2021-10-27

2021-11-09

2021-11-17

2021-11-16

2021-11-10

2021-11-23

2021-12-01

2021-11-30

2021-11-24

2021-12-07

2022-01-12

2022-01-11

 

 

2022-01-26

2022-01-25

 

 

2022-02-09

2022-02-15

 

 

2022-02-23

2022-03-01

 

 

2022-03-16

2022-03-22

 

 

2022-03-30

2022-03-29

 

Who can apply?

PALME is designed for aspirational educational leaders who are currently responsible for leading adults in teams and are committed to engaging in continuous improvement.

Registrants for the PALME program will have their applications reviewed to assess the suitability of an applicant being accepted into a program based on written applications, and referee comments as needed. The panel may recommend acceptance to another program than the one applied for based upon the information they review.

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?

 

PETAL Expectations

We are looking for practitioners who are willing to commit to:

  • A rigorous 2-month program
  • Participate in 6 three-hour workshops (3-6pm) and meet with a coach once at least twice a month
  • A personal commitment as a positive and collaborative member of the learning community
  • Engaging in a process of data-informed, research-driven, improvement inquiry cycles examining a classroom focus of practice
  • Developing and share their learning journey consisting of deep reflection, evidence of learning and progress

 

PALME Expectations

We are looking for aspirational leaders who are willing to commit to:

  • A rigorous 7-month program
  • Attending 11 three-hour workshops (3-6pm) and meet with a coach once at least once a month
  • Making a personal commitment as a positive and collaborative member of the learning community
  • Engaging colleagues in a process of applying data-informed, research-driven, improvement inquiry cycles on a focus of practice
  • Developing and share their learning journey consisting of deep reflection, evidence of learning and progress

 

 

What do the collaboration workshops 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 sessions based upon data they have collected between sessions from participants and content is tailored to the specific needs of a particular cohort. Throughout the session, participants will work independently, in pairs and in small groups. In the coming academic year (2021-2022) we will aim to have a blended model depending on government regulations regarding Covid-19 requirements.

 

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 between 3-6pm on Wednesdays. 

 

How often will I see my coach?

An assigned coach will make an appointment with you. It is an expectation that you will meet with your coach once a month in the PALME program and twice a month in the PETAL program.

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 reflective online portfolio involve?

Participants are required to keep evidence of their learning journey throughout the program. Their reflections and documentation will be shared with their coach. This documentation includes a description of the focus of practice the participant is examining and will include a data matrix, reflection on both learning and the process a participant goes through along with any research they have engaged, outcomes of decisions they make based on the data they collected and future steps.

 

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. In the PALME program there is also an expectation that participants will work collaboratively with other colleagues to build a culture of inquiry within their organization.

 

What if I want to withdraw from the program?

If you want to withdraw from the program you must write to your coach to inform them.  Please be aware that these programs have very limited places. QF educators may be asked to reimburse the cost of the program by your school if you withdraw after signing the session 1 commitment form.