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I see school leadership as the most critical factor in enabling student success. Leadership facilitates ongoing change. It is complex and situation specific. Yet a turns heart are a few key factors. The first is creating a compelling vision that encapsulates the moral purpose of all stakeholders.

The second is to develop a culture that allows participation, risk taking and embeds constant evaluation. And finally, it's about teamwork and collaboration - Leading by authority alone just doesn't work. Steven Sutantro sur Twitter : "A2: "Effective leadership create a climate of possibility." #WhatIsSchool... 13_Australia-Maximizing-Leadership-for-Change_Part-1.pdf. _Patterns_of_Innovation_Final. What is the Essence of Your School?

In #EdJourney, Grant Lichtman discusses schools’ value proposition.

What is the Essence of Your School?

That is, what your school offers compared to other schools. Each school sets out their vision – implemented to different levels by different schools, some completely through all staff members, some just believed by Senior Leadership. How To Stop The Spread of Negativity At Work. Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children. All children with early language problems are at increased risk of struggling at school, and having reduced employment opportunities and life chances, but the risk of early language problems is disproportionately high for children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children

Given the key role of language in acquiring literacy and accessing the school curriculum, early identification of speech and language deficits and appropriate intervention are crucial. Our new research has found stark deficits in the most basic language abilities of children from poorer areas compared to those from more well-off areas. But children who regularly attend nursery performed better on our tests. The funny man put a dot on his nose We wanted to find out if poor language associated with growing up in disadvantaged circumstances differed from deficits evident in all children with language impairment, irrespective of their family backgrounds. 3 Keys to Achieving Mindful Leadership. Today’s post is by Dr.

3 Keys to Achieving Mindful Leadership

Stephen McKenzie, author of Mindfulness at Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Remember the difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’ - E.M. Dr. Justin Tarte sur Twitter : "What parents see as the most important lessons for children to learn: #edchat via @Joe_Mazza #unionrxi. Theconversation. There is a growing number of young people giving up and dropping out of school in Australia.

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Kids as young as eight are switching off during these fundamental school years and missing out on huge chunks of their education. The reports keep piling up, painting a disturbing picture of a growing disadvantaged group of young people slipping through the cracks. But are we getting any closer to understanding the problem? Sean Pope sur Twitter : "#EAfSforum... The False Hope of a Standard Path for Our Students… Get good grades they say.

The False Hope of a Standard Path for Our Students…

Take Honors and AP classes they say. Go to college they say. Get a good internship they say. 8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – The Principal of Change. As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today’s classroom.

8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – The Principal of Change

I really believe that classrooms need to be learner focused. This is not simply that students are creating but that they are also having opportunities to follow their interests and explore passions. The teacher should embody learning as well. Will Richardson recently wrote this in a comment on one of my recent posts on what teachers need to be like in our current day and the focus that needs to be on learning: Why Trust in Schools is Everyone’s Business. I didn’t know what I didn’t know: or did I?

Why Trust in Schools is Everyone’s Business

It wasn’t until recently that I really started to investigate and appreciate the importance of trust in educational settings. Like most people, I recognise and enjoy the benefits of feeling trusted as well as extending trust. Dimensions of an effective leader. Viviane Robinson, The University of Auckland and Visiting Professor, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education It sounds obvious – good educational leaders are those who make a difference to the learning and well-being of their students.

Dimensions of an effective leader

But is that the yardstick we use in our formal and informal evaluations of school leaders? Possibly not. The public, politicians, and even fellow educators, are more likely to comment about whether a school is well managed, how well a head is liked by parents and staff members or the extent to which the leader is “innovative” or “leading edge”. How big business is taking over public schools: is this what we want for Australia? ‘Education will be the biggest growth industry of the 21st century,’ according to Pearson, the world’s largest edu-business, which provides educational content, resources and customisable services, such as online and adaptive learning technologies.

How big business is taking over public schools: is this what we want for Australia?

With its $9.5billion in sales last year, it is clear that education is proving quite profitable for Pearson and its shareholders. In general, edu-businesses – from multinational corporations, to smaller national providers and even individual entrepreneurs – now offer education ‘solutions’ to national governments, school systems, and civil society through an extensive range of increasingly sophisticated products and services. Seven big myths about top-performing school systems. Leaders of the future will need to be adaptable, self aware, span boundaries, collaborators & network thinkers. There are many leadership lessons to learn from successful people across different areas of work & life. 7 Things A School Principal Can Do To Boost Student Results via shaunkillian @DeanFinlay1 @keith_ec @ACELWA. Effective Team Communication: A First Step to Getting Along @artofcoaching1 #team #educhat. Parental responses to public investments in children: evidence from a maximum class size rule - IFAU.

We study differential parental responses to variation in class size induced by a maxi­mum class size rule in Swedish schools.

Parental responses to public investments in children: evidence from a maximum class size rule - IFAU

Decoding leadership: What really matters. Telling CEOs these days that leadership drives performance is a bit like saying that oxygen is necessary to breathe. Klou. When I first started teaching and was overwhelmed by the demands and complexity of the job, my survival strategy was simply to take all the advice that came my way and implement it. So when my wise mentor suggested that after the first day of school I call all of my second grader's parents, I did so. In spite of my exhaustion, I called each family and introduced myself.

I asked a few questions about their child. I said that their kid had had a good first day. I said I looked forward to working together. Throughout that year, and the years that followed, I continued this practice -- I had an intuitive feeling that it was key: The positive phone call home.

Professional Learning

AITSL’s Professional Conversations Project identified 6 enablers for effective #profconv. Daniel Pink: How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions. The Activity Gap. Access to after-school programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind. Imagine two young adults who, despite living in the same city, come from very different worlds. One is named Ethan—a freshman at an elite college near Austin, Texas, pursuing a degree in engineering. He grew up with supportive middle-class parents who put him in extracurriculars his whole life: Boy Scouts, soccer, track, orchestra.

Instead of letting Ethan watch TV and play video games, his dad took him on hiking trips to New Mexico where they would track bears and practice navigation. His father also volunteered as the school orchestra’s bus driver. Then there’s Nicole, who also lives in Austin—though in an area far less inviting than the spacious private housing development where Ethan was raised. Unfortunately, it’s hardly surprising that Nicole wound up at this point. Greg Curran sur Twitter : ""What can we stop doing?" @Borto74 - chats about Teacher well-being #PushingTheEdge#edchat. Story Perfect: 20 Tips for Presenters. Stories lie at the core of how we think and how we change. The best doctors diagnose from a patient’s whole story.

In organisational change, the most unlikely story often brings rich clarity and begins a breakthrough in the midst of confusion and complexity. It’s unsurprising really. Lineal modes of thinking don’t work well with paradox and contradiction. But stories do. Story-telling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Study: Suspensions harm ‘well-behaved’ kids.

January 8, 2015 | By Jane Meredith Adams | 9 Comments It’s a belief repeated every day by teachers, principals and parents of rule-abiding children: Suspending disruptive students will allow the rest of the class to settle down and learn. But a new, large study calls this rationale into question. The study is believed to be the first to look closely at the academic performance of individual students who have never been suspended, but who attend schools where others are suspended. What we value. I’ve been reflecting this week on the terrible events in Paris and of course, at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney before Christmas. Jon Andrews on Twitter: "Can WE be Trusted to Lead the Learning? #aussieED #satchat #ukedchat #edchat" Jason Borton sur Twitter : "If you had a wish list. What do you really want as a teacher? Theconversation. Research shows cutting arts education a loss to all. Missing_Link_Cover. Cathy Brennan sur Twitter : "Focusing leaders on our core business and our accountability for what happens in our classrooms @KathyPowzun.

Susan Tolhurst sur Twitter : "Critical questions to ask in staff collaboration. @mgrant281 #DECMel... Visible Learning sur Twitter : "Which quadrant do you fit into? #vlntleaders @CorwinPress... 5 Communication Tips For Educators. If education is viewed as a relationship with students, families, and the community, then good communication should be a priority. Communication skills are critically important in education. Teachers and administrators communicate with parents/guardians, community leaders, co-workers, and other stakeholders. A principal can be successful if he understands curriculum design and knows how to support teachers. However, if his communication skills are weak he will not last long as a school administrator. In a world where most people use a SmartPhone for coupons, Twitter, Facebook, alerts from the pharmacy, seeking information, and driving directions, families expect to receive real time communication from school staff.

Amp-a0038928.pdf. ABCSplash sur Twitter : ""Why some kids can't spell and why spelling tests won't help" #NAPLAN... Nanabarb sur Twitter : "Leaders' messages count. @georgiac... Jason Borton sur Twitter : "A3-A major role of the principal is to build a highly effective team of professionals. #acelchat... It's All About Learning - Self reflection of an educator. Karen Sanzo—Formative Assessment Leadership. Better than Before: A Psychological Field Guide to Harnessing the Transformative Power of Habit...

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Above all, try something. There is a wonderful quote by Franklin D. Michael Fullan at BLC14 - The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact. iPadWells  Richard sur Twitter : "#edChat = A measure of #School Quality: #EdAdmin... Futuretrends.pdf. Women in Leadership - Challenges & Triumphs. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are. Simon Sinek on How to Strengthen Your Creative Skills.

61WatsonWarrior : #ctedchat What are you? How ... It's reigning men. How our convict past explains our glass ceiling. Theconversation. It’s generally assumed that students who do well at school will go on to do well at university, and students who perform poorly at school will continue to under achieve in their tertiary studies. New research from Victoria University has found that, especially for disadvantaged students, neither is necessarily the case.

Data and Accountability

Flipping the Staff Meeting. Three Questions for Effective Feedback - Thomas J. DeLong - HBS Faculty. By Thomas J. Flipped-classroom. Political pressure takes the fun out of kindy, say academics. Happy: Sarah Bye with children Madeleine, Cameron, and Thomas. WISE 2013: Best of WISE Voices. How Do Leaders Deal With Failure? Change. Vision. Culture. Making time for great teaching. Parents as partners. Why Disruptive Leadership? Online Courses. Don’t forget the “thinking” part of strategy. Spring2013.pdf. Human resources jobs, news & events - People Management. Ten activities for National Literacy and Numeracy Week - Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers - ABC Splash -