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Principals understand the practice and theory of contemporary leadership and apply that knowledge in school improvement. Principals are well versed in the latest research and developments in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and reporting and student wellbeing. They have knowledge of relevant national policies, practices and initiatives as well as relevant federal and state legislation, agreements and policies. They understand the implications of child safety, health and wellbeing, human resource management, financial management and accountability, and other legislative and policy requirements in relation to serving their community and broader society.

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A Profile contains leadership action statements in four sets. The sets increase in proficiency from top to bottom showing the developmental pathway.

Principals keep up-to-date with and shares current developments in pedagogy and student engagement with all staff.

  • Principals keep up-to-date with and share current developments in pedagogy and student engagement with all staff. View tools

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    • Redesigning education

      Valerie Hannon from the Innovation Unit unpacks the design principles underpinning AITSL's Learning Frontiers.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Teacher effectiveness

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen, discuss effective teaching and the need for teacher development and professional learning to directly inform what happens in the classroom.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Developing creative professional learning communities within and between schools

      A short MP4 series exploring how to develop creative professional learning communities with Professor Louise Stoll.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 17 mins

    • Illustrations of Practice

      Illustrations of Practice capture teaching practice aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in a range of contexts and across career stages, year levels and learning areas.

      Source: AITSL

      Multimedia Website

    • Innovation grants: future-focused professional learning

      This MP4 explores a school's future-focused professional learning and development practices as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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  • They lead an inclusive curriculum and school culture that promotes understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities. View tools

  • They work with staff to identify and prioritise their professional learning needs based on any gaps between the requirements of their roles and their current knowledge, understanding and skills. View tools

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    • Observation and feedback

      Dandenong North Primary School use observation and feedback as a central component of their performance and development work.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Improving teaching practice

      A teacher describes her school’s professional learning program that emphasises teacher 'reflection' and using the Standards to develop specific strategies to improve teaching practice.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Global Trends in Professional Learning and Performance and Development

      The report identifies five global trends in innovative approaches to professional learning and performance and development: Integrated, Immersive, Design-led, Market-led and Open.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 36 pages

    • Supporting new teachers

      Brings together findings from the TALIS survey on the experiences of new teachers

      Source: OECD

      Report PDF 4 pages

    • Appraisal and professional learning

      The performance and development process at St Paul's School involves teachers self-reflecting, informal and formal classroom observations, feedback from peers and students, and goal-setting.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Guided professional learning

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher describes the contributive leadership model that is used in her school.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: relevant

      This MP4 explores professional learning and development that is relevant as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Innovation Grants: coherance

      This MP4 examines the coherence of professional learning and development activities as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Performance and development plans, teams, evidence and feedback

      Performance and development within Ringwood Secondary College occurs in the context of a comprehensive strategy for building a professional culture.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Mentoring for leadership

      In this Illustration of Practice an aspiring leader reflects with her mentor on how she has implemented strategies to develop her style of leadership.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Mentoring

      Adam Smith, Education Consultant, talks to Frederick Brown, Learning Forward, on what is effective mentoring for both teachers and school leaders.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 11 mins

    • Multiple sources of feedback

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen discuss teacher appraisal and sources of feedback that can inform teacher development.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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  • They communicate the need for change to the whole-school community in an inspirational and logical way. View tools

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    • Shaping a vision of academic success for all students

      This video, one of a five-part series based on more than a decade of Wallace-supported research to improve teaching and learning.

      Source: The Wallace Foundation

      Video MP4 11 minutes

    • Leading change, changing leadership

      This paper discusses the challenge to change the culture within the public sector at both a local and system level.

      Source: Pat Collarbone

      Paper PDF 16 pages

    • Change in Action

      This series of videos on change within schools has been developed to improve the conditions in schools for effective performance growth.

      Source: People and Culture Unit

      Multimedia Website

    • Leading Change: an interview with Michael Fullan

      Interview with Michael Fullan focusing on leading change in education.

      Source: Ontario Ministry of Education

      Article PDF 8 pages

    • Emotion and the art of negotiation

      Detailed account of strategic negotiation skills.

      Source: Alison Wood Brooks

      Article Website

    • Successful Change Management — Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model

      In this article the author explains how Kotter’s 8-step change model gets to the heart of how successful organisational change actually happens.

      Source: Martin Webster

      Website

    • Strengthening family and community engagement

      DET NSW has published this resource to assist school leaders in strengthening these crucial partnerships. Provides a wide range of links to the work of other organisations and identifies the key drivers of positive partnerships.

      Source: Education and Communities, NSW Government - Public Schools NSW

      Resource PDF 8 pages

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  • They deepen their own knowledge and understanding of improvement strategies, leading change and innovation at a whole-school level. View tools

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    • Teaching in Focus - School improvement through strong leadership

      This report explores how many school leaders reported a number of obstacles preventing them from taking part in such learning, including a lack of support and opportunities, and personal and professional obstacles.

      Source: OECD

      Report PDF 4 pages

    • Five strategy questions every leader should make time for

      Reflecting and thinking is an important activity when it comes to assessing and developing a strategy as a company leader.

      Source: Frank Vermeulen

      Webpage

    • Curiosity and powerful learning

      This booklet identifies strategies for schools and teachers that will nurture within our students – an abiding curiosity about their world.

      Source: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development VIC

      Booklet PDF 16 pages

    • Schools that achieve extraordinary success: how some disadvantaged Victorian schools punch above their weight

      The authors discuss their findings that students in eight disadvantaged schools achieved higher levels of learning outcomes than those in other schools with similar socioeconomic characteristics.

      Source: Vic Zbar, Ross Kimber, Graham Marshall

      Paper

    • The effective principal

      This paper examines a decade of Wallace Foundation research and finds that five practices of principals are key to effective school leadership.

      Source: P Mendels

      Report PDF 4 pages

    • The nature and dimensions of strategic leadership

      This article draws on the authors' research on strategy undertaken since the late 1990s and aims to provide an understanding of the nature and dimensions of strategic leadership.

      Source: Davies, Brent; Davies, Barbara J.

      Paper

    • Seven strong claims about successful school leadership

      A report summarising the key findings of a literature review to present seven statements, or claims, about successful school leadership.

      Source: National College for School Leadership

      Report PDF 20 pages

    • Ten ideas for 21st century education

      The authors present their view of what 21st century education looks like in practice, and challenge the underlying assumptions of our education systems for centuries.

      Source: Innovation Unit

      Report PDF 17 pages

    • Leading school improvement

      Presentation by Professor Geoff Masters, ACER, at the AITSL Local Leadership Conference, August 2012.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 26 mins

    • Changing education paradigms

      This MP4 adaption is from a talk given at the RSA (UK) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert.

      Source: Ken Robinson

      Video MP4 12 mins

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  • They ensure employment practices and decisions are consistent with legislative requirements. View tools

Principals develop a robust approach to reviewing the curriculum and pedagogy to ensure a consistently high quality environment for learning.

  • Principals develop a robust approach to reviewing the curriculum and pedagogy to ensure a consistently high-quality environment for learning. View tools

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    • Evaluating learning and teaching programs

      An Illustration of Practice that follows a workshop for history teachers aimed at improving and evaluating teaching practice.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Stage teams and lesson study

      Lakemba Public School supports the professional development of teachers through a range of activities including fortnightly professional development sessions and a lesson study focus.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Guided professional learning

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher describes the contributive leadership model that is used in her school.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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  • They motivate staff to keep their teaching practice current through use of research and new technologies. View tools

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    • The Science of Learning

      This article serves as a resource to teacher-educators who are interested in our best scientific understanding of how learning takes place.

      Source: Deans for Impact

      Article PDF 10 pages

    • Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning

      This report presents the 'Top 20' principles from psychology which would be of greatest use in the context of preK–12 classroom teaching and learning, as well as the implications of each as applied to classroom practice.

      Source: American Psychological Association

      Report PDF 38 pages

    • Strong as their teachers

      The article focuses on principals aiming to boost student achievement by helping their instructors be the best they can be.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Essential teaching practices - do they exist

      Examines research identifying classroom practices that are highly correlated with improved student outcomes.

      Source: ACER

      Article Website

    • The what, why and how of classroom action research

      This paper answers those questions, and discusses why CAR is an excellent expression of the scholarship of teaching and learning, accessible to teachers in all discipline

      Source: G Mettetal

      Paper PDF 9 pages

    • Creating a research‑engaged school: a guide for senior leaders

      This guide is about the uses and perceived impact of engaging with research on teaching and learning.

      Source: National Foundation for Educational Research

      Report PDF 4 pages

    • Improving teacher practice

      A teacher describes how ICT enables professional learning, through teachers sharing resources, which can be viewed on interactive whiteboards in classrooms.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Creative online learning

      This Illustration of Practice follows a practical teacher workshop on how to promote a focused and productive learning environment through the use of wikis and blogs.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Engaging in professional dialogue

      An Illustration of Practice that outlines how to use the ideas within the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling to support professional learning in school.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 3 mins

    • Sharing professional knowledge

      An assistant principal describes the leadership role she has adopted within the local and wider community.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 3 mins

    • Innovation grants: future-focused professional learning

      This MP4 explores a school's future-focused professional learning and development practices as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Cultivating diverse, creative and entrepreneurial talents

      Dr Yong Zhao, College of Education, University of Oregon, presents at AITSL’s Local Leadership Conference, 2012.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 43 mins

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  • They identify and implement strategies to meet the diverse needs of students and their families, challenge low expectations, and close gaps in achievement for specific groups. View tools

  • They identify and implement professional learning opportunities with staff that are aligned with staff learning plans and school priorities. View tools

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    • High Value Add Schools: Key Drivers of School Improvement

      This study aims to examine the key drivers of improvement in NSW government schools that have shown high growth in student outcomes over time.

      Source: Department of Education and Communities NSW

      Report PDF 20 pages

    • High-Performing Primary Schools: what do they have in common

      This report focuses on exploring similarities and differences among high-performing Western Australian Government primary schools.

      Source: William Louden for Department of Education WA

      Report PDF 34 pages

    • Great professional development which leads to great pedagogy: nine claims from research

      This literature review has largely identified research or syntheses of research to provide evidence of the impact of professional learning and development on pupil and teacher learning, and which in turn directly support school improvement.

      Source: Louise Stoll, Alma Harris, Graham Handscomb

      Literature review PDF 13 pages

    • Observation and feedback

      Dandenong North Primary School use observation and feedback as a central component of their performance and development work.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Supervising preservice teachers

      Supervising preservice teachers is a nationally-delivered, online professional learning program and aims to enhance teachers' knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively supervise preservice teacher.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Using the Standards

      An Illustration of Practice where graduate and proficient teachers use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to identify their professional learning needs.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 3 mins

    • Innovation Grants: relevant

      This MP4 explores professional learning and development that is relevant as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Innovation Grants: coherance

      This MP4 examines the coherence of professional learning and development activities as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Appraisal and professional learning

      The performance and development process at St Paul's School involves teachers self-reflecting, informal and formal classroom observations, feedback from peers and students, and goal-setting.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Guided professional learning

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher describes the contributive leadership model that is used in her school.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Improving teacher practice

      A teacher describes how ICT enables professional learning, through teachers sharing resources, which can be viewed on interactive whiteboards in classrooms.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: flexibility

      This MP4 looks at the importance of flexibility in professional learning and development as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Performance and development plans, teams, evidence and feedback

      Performance and development within Ringwood Secondary College occurs in the context of a comprehensive strategy for building a professional culture.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Teacher effectiveness

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen, discuss effective teaching and the need for teacher development and professional learning to directly inform what happens in the classroom.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

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  • They consistently apply effective performance and development processes so that success is celebrated, underperformance addressed and complacency challenged. View tools

  • They evaluate outcomes and refine actions as change is implemented, paying attention to social, political and local circumstances. View tools

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    • Dedicated support

      Adelaide principal Meredith Edwards helps give students and communities what they need to succeed.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Leading change, changing leadership

      This paper discusses the challenge to change the culture within the public sector at both a local and system level.

      Source: Pat Collarbone

      Paper PDF 16 pages

    • Learning Futures, Part 1: The global case for change

      Valerie argues that our education system must design new learning systems in response to the fundamental global changes impacting students in the future.

      Source: AITSL

      Multimedia Website 8 mins

    • The six secrets of change

      This summary document outlines six important measures for ensuring successful change within a school.

      Source: M Fullan

      Paper PDF 18 pages

    • Leading Change: an interview with Michael Fullan

      Interview with Michael Fullan focusing on leading change in education.

      Source: Ontario Ministry of Education

      Article PDF 8 pages

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  • They analyse what data is important and plan how it should be used in the support of student learning outcomes. View tools

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    • Using data to improve learning outcomes

      An Illustration of Practice demonstrating teachers analysing internal and external data to identify specific learning needs students.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Using data for school improvement

      This collection of resources has been brought together to provoke thought and discussion to assist understanding how to better use data.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

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  • They make best use of technology to record, analyse and share information, to monitor progress against goals, and support new ways of working. View tools

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    • My Standards

      The free My Standards app makes the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers accessible anywhere, anytime.

      Source: AITSL

      App

    • 10 major technology trends in education

      Data trends on mobile device usage, internet connectivity, social media and gaming in the educational context.

      Source: C Riedel

      Article Website

    • Using data for school improvement

      This collection of resources has been brought together to provoke thought and discussion to assist understanding how to better use data.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

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Principals ensure that reflective practices, structured feedback, peer review and use of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers lead to personal improvement of both students and staff.

  • Principals ensure that reflective practices, structured feedback, peer review and use of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers lead to personal improvement of both students and staff. View tools

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    • Unpacking and implementing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

      Support materials for those working across the education sector to become familiar with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Classroom Practice Continuum

      A webpage containing the Classroom Practice Continuum and support materials.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Learning from practice workbook series

      The series is designed to encourage teachers to continually reflect on their practice. This series can be used individually, or as stimulus for discussion with colleagues.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Improving teaching practice

      A teacher describes her school’s professional learning program that emphasises teacher 'reflection' and using the Standards to develop specific strategies to improve teaching practice.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • My Standards

      The free My Standards app makes the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers accessible anywhere, anytime.

      Source: AITSL

      App

    • Teacher Toolkit

      The Teacher Toolkit is the only place to find AITSL's online tools and resources to support quality teaching.

      Source: AITSL

      Website Various

    • Building a culture and cycle

      Since becoming an independent state school, Australind Senior High School, WA, has significantly evolved their performance and development practices.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Innovation Grants: coherance

      This MP4 examines the coherence of professional learning and development activities as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Observation and feedback

      Dandenong North Primary School use observation and feedback as a central component of their performance and development work.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Leading professional learning

      This Illustration of Practice explains the alignment of a school’s existing peer and classroom observational tool to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: effective teaching

      This MP4 explores how a shared understanding of effective teaching impacts professional learning and development as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Appraisal and professional learning

      The performance and development process at St Paul's School involves teachers self-reflecting, informal and formal classroom observations, feedback from peers and students, and goal-setting.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Using the Standards

      An Illustration of Practice where graduate and proficient teachers use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to identify their professional learning needs.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 3 mins

    • Disciplined Collaboration in Professional Learning

      The Disciplined Collaboration in Professional Learning (DCPL) project supported teachers to identify and trial new ways of solving issues related to student learning, engagement and wellbeing.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Performance and development plans, teams, evidence and feedback

      Performance and development within Ringwood Secondary College occurs in the context of a comprehensive strategy for building a professional culture.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Student-centred schools make the difference

      Exploring the concept of 'student-centred schools' and how to develop and sustain a student-centred philosophy at all levels within a school.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Illustrations of Practice

      Illustrations of Practice capture teaching practice aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in a range of contexts and across career stages, year levels and learning areas.

      Source: AITSL

      Multimedia Website

    • Improving teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education: professional development and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

      This research examines the current and future provision of teacher professional development in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

      Source: Monash University

      Report PDF 77 pages

    • Multiple sources of feedback

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen discuss teacher appraisal and sources of feedback that can inform teacher development.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Teacher Feature

      Teacher Feature is an online space for Australian educators to contribute to, and draw on, the collective knowledge and experience of the profession.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

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  • They systematically monitor and report on student progress and have interventions in place to reduce gaps in attainment. View tools

  • They model the importance of health and wellbeing, watch for signs of stress in self and others and take action to address it. View tools

  • They lead and implement the appropriate use of new technologies in all aspects of the school’s development. View tools

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    • Creative online learning

      This Illustration of Practice follows a practical teacher workshop on how to promote a focused and productive learning environment through the use of wikis and blogs.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Sharing professional knowledge

      An assistant principal describes the leadership role she has adopted within the local and wider community.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 3 mins

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  • They introduce best practice in human resource management to ensure the school can attract, retain and motivate all staff. View tools

  • They review and improve plans regularly with the school’s governing body so that the school’s vision can be realised. View tools

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    • An Executive Director’s Guide to Financial Leadership

      This article is a guide to the way of thinking for an executive—a summary of what we see as the eight key business principles that should guide financial leadership practice.

      Source: Kate Barr and Jeanne Bell

      Webpage

    • The Matrix Map: A Powerful Tool for Mission-Focused Nonprofits

      This article is a guide to the way of thinking for an executive—a summary of what we see as the eight key business principles that should guide financial leadership practice.

      Source: Steve Zimmerman and Jeanne Bell

      Webpage

    • A Nonprofit Dashboard and Signal Light for Boards

      In this article, a car dashboard is used as an analogy to financial planning for not for profits.

      Source: Jeanne Bell & Jan Jasaoka

      Webpage

    • School governance

      The focus of this reading list is on school governance, in particular, the critical role school councils and boards play in this important process.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Rethinking school governance

      This paper explores the role of school governance, its effectiveness in a number of jurisdictions and discusses the movement from participative to expert models.

      Source: Peter Cole

      Report PDF 32 pages

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  • They create specific strategies for hard-to-reach parents and carers. View tools

  • They explore the use of technology to deepen the engagement of parents and carers in student learning. View tools

Principals establish systematic methods for collecting and interpreting evidence to identify excellent teaching and learning, and share successful strategies with the school community.

  • Principals establish systematic methods for collecting and interpreting evidence to identify excellent teaching and learning, and share successful strategies with the school community. View tools

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    • Innovation Grants: student outcomes

      This MP4 looks at professional learning and development that has a clear focus on student outcomes as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • My Standards

      The free My Standards app makes the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers accessible anywhere, anytime.

      Source: AITSL

      App

    • Using data for school improvement

      This collection of resources has been brought together to provoke thought and discussion to assist understanding how to better use data.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Leading professional learning

      This Illustration of Practice explains the alignment of a school’s existing peer and classroom observational tool to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Multiple sources of feedback

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen discuss teacher appraisal and sources of feedback that can inform teacher development.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • See more
  • They encourage staff to contribute to education networks, supporting the learning of others and development of pedagogy. View tools

  • They build and sustain a coaching and mentoring culture at all levels in the school and have a system of peer review and feedback in place. View tools

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    • High Value Add Schools: Key Drivers of School Improvement

      This study aims to examine the key drivers of improvement in NSW government schools that have shown high growth in student outcomes over time.

      Source: Department of Education and Communities NSW

      Report PDF 20 pages

    • High-Performing Primary Schools: what do they have in common

      This report focuses on exploring similarities and differences among high-performing Western Australian Government primary schools.

      Source: William Louden for Department of Education WA

      Report PDF 34 pages

    • Mentors and master teachers - lessons from Shanghai

      This article elaborates on a practice in Shanghai where mentoring occurs through every year for every teacher in a cascading system where beginner teachers are assigned two mentors.

      Source: ACER

      Website

    • The benefits and impacts of a coaching and mentoring programme for teaching staff in secondary school

      This study attempts to produce evidence to establish whether teaching staff in schools in the UK, will enjoy benefits and impacts upon their professional and personal lives.

      Source: Paul Allen

      Paper PDF 10 pages

    • Coaching

      This set of resources introduces coaching, the common themes of successful coaching programs and the available resources in the collection.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • 360 Reflection Tool

      The 360 Reflection Tool describes fifteen attributes that are evident in the behaviours and actions of high-performing principals and school leaders.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Observation and feedback

      Dandenong North Primary School use observation and feedback as a central component of their performance and development work.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: effective teaching

      This MP4 explores how a shared understanding of effective teaching impacts professional learning and development as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Stage teams and lesson study

      Lakemba Public School supports the professional development of teachers through a range of activities including fortnightly professional development sessions and a lesson study focus.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: leadership

      This MP4 highlights the importance of leadership in professional learning and development as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • OECD Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education

      MP4 excerpts produced by the OECD and the Pearson Foundation, highlighting initiatives being taken by education authorities globally to improve student outcomes.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 8 mins

    • Performance and development plans, teams, evidence and feedback

      Performance and development within Ringwood Secondary College occurs in the context of a comprehensive strategy for building a professional culture.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Building a culture and cycle

      Since becoming an independent state school, Australind Senior High School, WA, has significantly evolved their performance and development practices.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Appraisal and professional learning

      The performance and development process at St Paul's School involves teachers self-reflecting, informal and formal classroom observations, feedback from peers and students, and goal-setting.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • A culture of trust enhances performance in schools

      This reading list explores the importance of trust and the ways in which trust is linked to performance in schools and organisations more broadly.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Professional capital

      This reading list explores professional capital across the profession and between schools that are either formally or informally networked.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Mentoring

      Adam Smith, Education Consultant, talks to Frederick Brown, Learning Forward, on what is effective mentoring for both teachers and school leaders.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 11 mins

    • Mentoring for leadership

      In this Illustration of Practice an aspiring leader reflects with her mentor on how she has implemented strategies to develop her style of leadership.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

    • Multiple sources of feedback

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen discuss teacher appraisal and sources of feedback that can inform teacher development.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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  • They mentor other principals to support their growth and development and help them to address issues. View tools

  • They evaluate the personal and organisational effects of change through regular feedback from stakeholders and evidence of impact on student outcomes. View tools

  • They review the effectiveness of processes and use of data to improve school performance. View tools

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