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Principals use a range of data management methods and technologies to ensure that the school’s resources and staff are efficiently organised and managed to provide an effective and safe learning environment as well as value for money. This includes appropriate delegation of tasks to members of the staff and the monitoring of accountabilities. Principals ensure these accountabilities are met. They seek to build a successful school through effective collaboration with school boards, governing bodies, parents and others. They use a range of technologies effectively and efficiently to manage the school.

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Principals align management procedures and processes to the educational goals and the vision and values of the school.

  • Principals align management procedures and processes to the educational goals and the vision and values of the school. View tools

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

  • They allocate resources effectively to maintain the day-to-day operations of the school and evaluate impact on student outcomes and value for money. View tools

  • They clarify for staff the relationship between the school’s vision and values and the operational tasks that support them. View tools

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    • School leadership - vision and values

      This video was created as part of the Small Learning Community project by the 2011 Education Leadership cohort at Auburn University and is a compilation of research regarding school leadership in relation to the vision and values of a school organization.

      Source: Auburn University, US

      Video MP4 4 minutes 36 minutes

    • 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 principles of strategic leadership

      This article examines what might be required to give school leaders the confidence to take on more strategic leadership.

      Source: Terry Quong and Allan Walker

      Article eBook 14 pages

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Principals embed effective decision-making processes and build a cohesive leadership team.

  • Principals embed effective decision-making processes and build a cohesive leadership team. View tools

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    • Seven principles of strategic leadership

      This article examines what might be required to give school leaders the confidence to take on more strategic leadership.

      Source: Terry Quong and Allan Walker

      Article eBook 14 pages

    • Distributed Leadership

      In this video Alma Harris discusses the importance of distributed leadership.

      Source: Alma Harris

      Video MP4 9 minutes 27 seconds

    • Improving school leadership: the toolkit

      This toolkit is designed to help policy makers, practitioners and relevant stakeholders to analyse their current school leadership policies and practices.

      Source: OECD

      Toolkit PDF 52 pages

    • Top 10 qualities of great team leaders

      The article outlines the top 10 qualities that great team leaders, teachers and inspiring parents possess.

      Source: Naseem Mariam

      Website

    • Decision-making techniques: how to make better decisions

      A collection of decision making tools to assist staff within organisations develop more effective decision making strategies.

      Source: Mind Tools

      Website

    • How to build an effective team

      A compilation of videos on building, managing and developing teams, to help develop the team management and leadership skills.

      Source: National College for Teaching and Leadership

      Multimedia Website

    • Leading school improvement

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

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 26 mins

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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

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    • 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

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  • They model exemplary professional behaviour and promote ethical standards throughout the school community. View tools

Principals ensure management procedures are fully understood by staff who take collective responsibility for the smooth and efficient running of the school.

  • Principals ensure management procedures are fully understood by staff who take collective responsibility for the smooth and efficient running of the school. View tools

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    • How to talk about finances so non-financial folk will listen.

      This article explores ideas and advice from a variety of CFOs of nonprofit organizations and technical assistance providers regarding how to talk about finances so non-financial management and staff will listen.

      Source: The Bridgespan Group

      Article PDF 9 pages

    • ACSP Conference 2012 - Patrick Duigan

      This video shows Patrick Duignan speaking at the ACSP Conference 2012, on how we sustain shared, distributed or collective leadership, to ensure it survives staff change and dependence on individuals.

      Source: Patrick Duignan

      Video MP4 31 minutes 53 seconds

    • Ten communication secrets of great leaders

      Tips that good communicators use to address both the “what” and “how” aspects of messaging.

      Source: Mike Myatt

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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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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 use a consultative approach with students, staff and the wider school community to develop formal strategic plans. View tools

Principals identify trends and influences that will impact on the management of the school and plan for them.

  • Principals identify trends and influences that will impact on the management of the school and plan for them. View tools

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

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    • 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

    • 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 school improvement

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

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 26 mins

    • An exceptional schooling outcomes project

      Part of the Exceptional Schooling Outcomes Project, this research identifies and analyses processes in Years 7–10 schooling and exceptional outcomes to assist national renewal in junior secondary school education.

      Source: SiMERR National Centre

      Report PDF 3 pages

    • Dandenong North Primary School, VIC

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

      Source: AITSL

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  • They share best management practice and use of resources with other schools and education networks. View tools

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    • Creating a self-improving school system

      This report explores the conditions necessary to achieve a sustainable, self-improving school system, with a particular focus on the development of school clusters and the associated provision of cluster leaders.

      Source: David H Hargreaves

      Report PDF 26 pages

    • 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

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  • They embed a culture of review, responsibility and shared accountability to achieve high standards for all. View tools

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    • Aligning professional learning, performance management and effective teaching

      This paper examines how a school can improve its effectiveness significantly by strengthening the alignment between its professional learning, performance management and teaching practices and processes.

      Source: Peter Cole

      Policy paper PDF 30 pages

    • National tool for school improvement - ACEL

      This tool brings together findings from international research into the practices of highly effective schools and leaders. It assists schools to review their efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

      Source: Geoff Masters

      Tool PDF 25 pages

    • Work together: but only if you want to

      This article explores the real problem in many schools which are home to teachers who work in isolation, preferring to be left alone rather than engaging with their colleagues or principals.

      Source: R DuFour

      Article PDF 15 pages

    • 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

    • 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

    • ACSP Conference 2012 - Patrick Duigan

      This video shows Patrick Duignan speaking at the ACSP Conference 2012, on how we sustain shared, distributed or collective leadership, to ensure it survives staff change and dependence on individuals.

      Source: Patrick Duignan

      Video MP4 31 minutes 53 seconds

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