Hocking Primary School principal will wander hallowed halls of Harvard


Principal Steve Dickson is heading back to the classroom.
Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au   d463053
Principal Steve Dickson is heading back to the classroom. Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au d463053

A HOCKING principal is heading back to school to learn from some of the world’s best educators at Harvard University.

Hocking Primary School’s Steve Dickson is one of 20 WA Independent Public School principals selected to participate in a two-year fellowship program funded primarily by the Federal Government, with the State Government contributing one-quarter of the $631,700 cost.

Education Minister Peter Collier said as part of the program, the principals would travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education next year.

“Once they have finished learning in the hallowed halls of Harvard, they go on to complete an online course through Harvard and then take on short-term change projects to reform aspects of their schools or the broader public education system,” he said.

“They, along with 20 principals currently in the program, will form a pool of highly skilled leaders who can be called on by the Department of Education for a range of roles, including acting as mentors to other principals and contributing to school leadership development programs.”

Mr Dickson said it was very affirming and exciting to be chosen.

“It’s a great thing to be able to go across and learn from the best,” he said.

“Working with people who have a like-minded approach, it really excites me.”

Mr Dickson said it would enhance his leadership skills and help prepare other school staff to be leaders.