Leadership Pathway - School Leaders 6+ years
REAL – Reflective, Empowered, AUTHENTIC Leadership
Presenters: Regina O’Sullivan & Enda McGorman
This Leadership Pathway provides an opportunity to engage once again with other school leaders who have faced many challenges, particularly over the past two years, with the focus being on one’s authenticity as a school leader, while reflecting on one’s leadership and finding empowerment to move forward in changing times. You will be asked to consider to continue building capacity and empowering others through evaluating the mission, culture and values of the school community in this changing world.
Regina O Sullivan
Regina has over 20 years’ experience as a Primary School Principal, with particular knowledge of the DEIS context.
Regina worked throughout her career in Mayfield on the northside of Cork City. During this time, she was involved with the successful amalgamation of two schools and she continues to support other schools during the amalgamation process.
Since retiring last year (2021), Regina has joined the Leadership Support team at IPPN. She is also involved as a facilitator with the CSL Middle Leadership Project. Through her involvement with Group Mentoring, Regina has facilitated several groups of Principals. Currently Regina is involved with the IPPN Local Support Group Project.
Regina has also facilitated workshops with Trauma Responsive Education.
Enda McGorman, is the principal of Mary, Mother of Hope National School, Littlepace, Dublin 15. He hails from Monaghan, and graduated from St. Patrick’s College of Education in Drumcondra in 1994. After graduating, he studied psychology with the Open University. He worked as a teacher in the Holy, Spirit Boys National School in Ballymun from 1995 to 2001, firstly as a mainstream class teacher and then as Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator.
In 2001, Enda was appointed as principal of Mary, Mother of Hope National School in Littelpace, Dublin 15. This was a new school, on a greenifeld site in a rapidly growing urban development on the outskirts of Dublin. He has remained in that role since 2001, and has seen the school and the surrounding community undergo dramatic change. Approximately 50% of the pupils in the school are from newcomer backgrounds.
In addition to his work as school principal, Enda has worked on several leadership programmes including Misneach for newly appointed principals, the Forbairt and Tánaiste programmes for experienced school leaders. He is also an associate with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL). Enda is currently chairperson of the Dublin County Network of the IPPN.
He has a keen interest in intercultural issues, integration and supporting students and families from socially disadvantaged communities. In 2007, he conducted research on the challenges of interculturalism and co-authored a report Intercultural Education, Primary Challenges in Dublin 15.
He co-authored a Chapter in Leading and Managing Schools, titled New Schools for a New Century.
Most recently, he has written on how schools can support children and families through homelessness. He has also been active in supporting school leaders in responding to the challenges of the Covid—19 pandemic.