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Principals leading with an operational focus attend primarily to the communications, organisation and resource management that is required within the school to maintain the smooth and effective running of day-to-day operations.

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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.

Leading teaching and learning

  • 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 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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Developing self and others

  • Principals consistently apply effective performance and development processes so that success is celebrated, underperformance addressed and complacency challenged. 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 modify their leadership behaviour based on learning from experience and feedback from colleagues. View tools

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    • Exploring the role of gratitude in helping school leaders strengthen relationships

      This article presents a theoretical framework for considering gratitude in the context of pre-service teachers’ professional experience.

      Source: Dr Kerry Howells

      Article Website 3 pages

    • 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

    • 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

    • The impact of leadership on student outcomes

      This reading list brings together some publicly available resources from key researchers in this field.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • 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

    • Reflective leadership practice

      This reading list highlights principal self-development and reflection and are all closely aligned to the attribute of ‘self management’.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • 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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Leading improvement innovation and change

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

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    • 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 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 distribute leadership and encourage staff to build consensus across the school community and to take individual responsibility for implementing change. 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 evaluate the personal and organisational effects of change through regular feedback from stakeholders and evidence of impact on student outcomes. View tools

Leading the management of the school

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

    • 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

      Video MP4 4 minutes 55 seconds

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Engaging and working with the community

  • Principals promote parental and carer engagement as a key aspect of raising the achievement of all students. View tools

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    • Why family engagement is important

      This animated video describes how our world has changed and the need to work together is crucial in improving student learning outcomes.

      Source: Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau

      Video MP4 4 minutes 25 seconds

    • Schools and communities working together: best practice and international trends

      This paper attempts to establish a strong argument for seeing schools as community organizations, not as government or private providers of educational services.

      Source: Dr George Otero

      Paper PDF 11 pages

    • Parental engagement in learning and schooling: lessons from research

      This report provides a synopsis of the published literature pertaining to parental engagement in both the home and school environments.

      Source: The Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau

      Report PDF 60 pages

    • Parent engagement taskforce

      This MP4 outlines Partnership Brokers in the Canterbury-Bankstown area of Sydney which brought together a range of community members to form the Parental Engagement Strategy Partnership.

      Source: Partnership Brokers

      Video MP4 12 mins

    • Supporting reading at home

      In this Illustration of Practice, parents are provided with approaches to assist their child to read at home.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • The engaging school: a handbook for school leaders

      This handbook is designed for secondary school leaders who want their students to be much more deeply engaged in learning.

      Source: Innovation Unit

      e-book PDF 82 pages

    • Engaging parents in student learning

      An Illustration of Practice highlighting parental engagement through end-of-unit student presentations and feedback.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Engaging parents and carers

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher recognises the importance of building parent trust.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Flipping parent communication?

      A blog discussing the application of flipped classroom principles to parent communication.

      Source: Peter DeWitt

      Article Website

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  • They draw on expertise from other organisations to enhance and enrich the learning experience for students and their families. View tools

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

  • They work with other agencies to support the health, wellbeing and safety of students and their families. View tools

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    • Cyberbullying and the bystander

      A report summarising research findings and effective interventions that encourage cyber-bullying bystanders to take positive, effective and safe action.

      Source: Australian Human Rights Commission

      Report PDF 200 pages

    • Education Partnership Resource

      This resource is designed to help schools form effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of external organisations.

      Source: DEECD

      Website

    • eSafety policies

      This website provides links to policies in all states and territories and also provides resources for supporting students and developing strategies to maintain safety when using online technologies.

      Source: Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

      Website

    • Partnerships for learning: community support for youth success

      In this paper, the authors draw on the experiences of national organisations and a set of community schools in the USA that have built these learning partnerships.

      Source: Harvard Family Research Project

      Report PDF 14 pages

    • Partnering for school improvement: case studies of school community partnerships in Australia

      The case studies in this booklet illustrate the creative ways in which Australian schools are responding to local needs by establishing and building partnerships with community organisations and businesses.

      Source: ACER

      Report PDF 99 pages

    • What Works

      What Works. The Work Program is a set of materials for those working in schools. It is designed to assist them to plan and take action to improve educational outcomes for Australian Indigenous students.

      Source: DEEWR

      Website

    • Let's fight it together - cyber-bullying

      This short film depicts the story of a teenager who becomes the target of bullying via the internet and his mobile phone, highlighting how it can affect different people in the school community.

      Source: Childnet International

      Video MP4 7 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

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