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Principals leading with a strategic focus are deliberate about optimising relational, organisational and management thinking to effect and monitor change, in order to realise short and long term school goals.

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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

Developing self and others

  • Principals develop and implement a personal and organisational vision which links all learning and development activities to better outcomes for students. 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

    • 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

    • Essential guide to professional learning series

      This website unpacks the research behind key themes of the Professional Learning Charter. School leaders and teachers can reflect on and inform professional learning in their school.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Literature Review and Environmental Scan: student-centred schools make the difference

      Drawing from an environmental scan, and Viviane Robinson’s work on the dimensions of student-centred school leadership, the authors consider how student-centred schools make the difference.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 28 pages

    • Designing Professional Learning

      This report provides a snapshot of the key elements involved in creating effective and engaging professional learning in a globally dispersed market.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 30 pages

    • 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

    • 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

    • Learning leaders matter

      This reading list considers the school principal's role in leading a learning culture and the impact that leaders have when they position themselves as learners.

      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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  • They model personal and professional learning that is clearly linked to school goals and seek support from others as appropriate. View tools

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    • Learning leaders matter

      This reading list considers the school principal's role in leading a learning culture and the impact that leaders have when they position themselves as learners.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Essential guide to professional learning series

      This website unpacks the research behind key themes of the Professional Learning Charter. School leaders and teachers can reflect on and inform professional learning in their school.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • 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

    • 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

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  • They seek leadership potential in others and provide opportunities for their development. View tools

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    • 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

    • 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

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  • 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 build capacity by creating a culture of empowerment, responsibility and self-directed research that leads to the development of a professional learning community. View tools

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    • Learning leaders matter

      This reading list considers the school principal's role in leading a learning culture and the impact that leaders have when they position themselves as learners.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • 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

    • 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

    • Literature Review and Environmental Scan: a culture of trust enhances performance

      In this Environmental Scan of research and policy literature, the authors consider definitions of trust as they seek to address and inform the hypothesis that a culture of trust enhances performance in schools.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 22 pages

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 create challenging roles, responsibilities and opportunities for senior leaders that leverage and grow their talents. View tools

Leading improvement innovation and change

  • Principals identify the need for innovation and improvement that is consistent with the school’s vision and values and is informed by student learning outcomes. View tools

  • They engage and inspire staff to commit to evidence-based improvement, change and innovation that has a positive impact on student learning. View tools

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    • 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

    • The Character Factor: Measures and Impact of Drive and Prudence

      This paper assesses the quality of measures available in US survey data for two specific non-cognitive skills that relate to outcomes important for economic mobility, such as educational attainment.

      Source: Richard V. Reeves, Joanna Venator, and Kimberly Howard

      Report PDF 36 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

      Video MP4 4 minutes 55 seconds

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Leading school improvement

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

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 26 mins

    • 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

    • Demonstrating impact

      The series encourages teachers to continually reflect on their practice by guiding teachers’ self-reflection, self-inquiry and discussion with colleagues.

      Source: AITSL

      Workbook Website

    • 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

    • My Standards

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

      Source: AITSL

      App

    • Recognising exemplary teachers

      This workbook is part of a series designed to encourage teachers to continually reflect on their practice by developing a deliberate inquiry mindset.

      Source: AITSL

      Workbook PDF 18 pages

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  • They develop a process and common language for change, which supports the implementation of the vision and strategic plan. View tools

  • They maintain their values whilst adapting flexibly and strategically to changes in the environment, in order to secure the ongoing improvement of the school. View tools

Leading the management of the school

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

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

  • 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 model exemplary professional behaviour and promote ethical standards throughout the school community. 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 identify trends and influences that will impact on the management of the school and plan for them. View tools

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    • School autonomy

      These resources have been brought together to provoke thought and discussion on the topic of school autonomy.

      Source: AITSL

      Various 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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