Identity Leaders
Role of the Identity Leader
Identity leadership is an essential part of the culture and operation of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition.

All members of the school community share in this leadership and Principals have the overall responsibility of leading it. Key roles have special responsibilities in promoting and nurturing identity throughout the school. This document aims to highlight the key aspects of Identity leadership and the particular roles undertaken by Identity Leaders. It is envisaged it will support schools in the further development of Identity Leadership and the role of the Identity Leader.

The Identity Leader

Each school identifies an individual who acts as the Identity Leader. This role provides leadership in the area and is usually part of the leadership team of the school. EREA supports this role through various networking, formation and professional development opportunities throughout the year. This provides the Identity Leader with opportunities to build professional learning communities and work collaboratively with others in the EREA and Associate schools network.

Identity Leadership: Models of Practice

A variety of different models of practice for Identity leadership exist across EREA schools. Experience has shown that Identity Leadership is enhanced when a team approach is taken. A number of schools have developed Identity teams to lead the many tasks associated with this area of school life. Depending on size and resources, some schools have designated roles while others have incorporated tasks into existing roles. Examples of designated roles include: Campus Minister, Curriculum Leader – Justice and Peace, Retreat Coordinator, Ministry Convenor, Service and Solidarity Leaning Coordinator. Team members work collaboratively with the designated Identity Leader to further enhance and promote the Identity and mission of the school.

A Framework for Identity Leadership

Each school develops their Identity Leader role and teams to respond to the particular circumstances of that school. Due to the diversity across the EREA network, the role and responsibilities of the Identity Leader will differ from one school to the other. The following framework provides an overview of possible roles and responsibilities as well as areas of leadership relevant to the Identity Leader and team.

Gospel Spirituality

  • providing leadership and expertise in developing formation programs for all members of the school community;
  • working with members of the school community to maintain individual formation plans;
  • working closely with the EREA National Identity Directorate in the development of the EREA Formation Framework.
  • developing a school culture which reflects the community’s identity as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition;
  • employing a team approach to the creation, celebration and organisation of rituals, liturgies, and special events that reflect and enrich the community's commitment to the Reign of God: God’s vision of justice, peace and compassion;
  • preparing relevant documentation which complies with Religious Education guidelines provided by the Archdiocese/Diocese.

Liberating Education

  • ensuring that quality teaching and learning is at the heart of the Identity of the school;
  • ensuring that formation and refection opportunities are available, accessible and relevant for all students and staff.
  • working with curriculum leaders to oversee the integration of justice and peace themes and Catholic Social Teachings within the school's curriculum and cocurricular programs;
  • encouraging and supporting the development of prophetic leadership among both staff and students.

Inclusive Community

  • working cooperatively with teams and committees within the school community to enhance the school’s identity as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition;
  • striving to nurture a sense of community within the school in partnership with its members;
  • working co-operatively with EREA, particularly the national Identity Directorate
  • developing right relationships with those on the margins of both local and global communities that are respectful, collaborative and mutual;
  • working co-operatively with local Catholic Education Commissions and Offices and Dioceses;
  • maintaining cooperative relationships with the Congregation of the Christian Brothers, the Edmund Rice Network.

Justice and Solidarity

  • developing processes that enables the integration of the EREA Framework for Educating for Justice and Peace across the whole school;
  • initiating and coordinating service and solidarity learning programs that bring to life the Charter's touchstones and promotes a spirituality of justice and peace
  • initiating and coordinating immersion/twinning opportunities;
  • supporting and empowering the work of justice and action groups within the school;
  • promoting the Church’s commitment to ministry, as articulated through Catholic Social Teaching;
  • exploring the development of cooperative relationships with wider national and international communities, (e.g. Caritas, UNESCO, Dare to Lead, Edmund Rice International) in working towards making God’s vision of justice, peace and compassion a reality for all creation.
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