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Principals work with and through others to build a professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. Through managing performance, effective continuing professional learning and regular feedback, they support all staff to achieve high standards and develop their leadership capacity. Principals support others, build capacity and treat people fairly and with respect. They model effective leadership and they are committed to their own ongoing professional development and personal health and wellbeing in order to manage the complexity of the role and the range of learning capabilities and actions required of the role.

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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 promote the benefits of professional learning to all staff and ensure that their willingness and efforts to learn and improve are recognised.

  • Principals promote the benefits of professional learning to all staff and ensure that their willingness and efforts to learn and improve are recognised. View tools

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      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

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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

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    • Making time for great teaching

      This report explores how this may be achieved by reporting on the extensive work the Grattan Institute undertook with six diverse schools across the country that are striving to give teachers more time.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 41 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

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    • 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: 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

    • 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

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    • Innovation Grants: flexibility

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      Source: AITSL

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  • They 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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    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 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.

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      Video MP4 5 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

Principals seek leadership potential in others and provide opportunities for their development.

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

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    • Making decisions through the distributed leadership model

      In this video, Geoff Southworth details how using the distributed leadership model, decision-making can be improved by tapping into the talents of staff.

      Source: National College for School Leadership

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    • 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

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    • Leading from the Front of the Classroom - A Roadmap to Teacher Leadership that Works

      This report sets out clear, practical steps that school leaders can take when strategically developing leaders in their school.

      Source: The Aspen Institute

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    • Making Space for New Leaders

      This article examines ways in which principals can help assistant principals become stronger school leaders.

      Source: Wallace Foundation

      Article PDF 4 pages

    • Building Principal Pipelines: A Strategy to Strengthen Educational Leadership

      This Wallace Foundation update describes two related initiatives seeking answers to that question: What can a school district do to produce a large and steady supply of top-notch school principals?

      Source: Sarosh Syed

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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.

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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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      Source: William Louden for Department of Education WA

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    • 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

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    • Observation and feedback

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      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

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      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Guided professional learning

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      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

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      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

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      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 provide staff with regular and effective feedback on their performance, determining together how they can improve and remove any obstacles to learning. View tools

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    • Classroom Observation Strategies: choose your journey

      Combining instructional guides and accompanying videos, the resources explain all you need to know to choose and implement an appropriate classroom observation strategy for your school.

      Source: AITSL

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    • Emotion and the art of negotiation

      Detailed account of strategic negotiation skills.

      Source: Alison Wood Brooks

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    • Building trust in schools through open-to-learning conversations

      Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson highlights the importance of building effective relationships and trust to overcome day-to-day challenges in an educational context.

      Source: Bastow Institute

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    • Supporting new teachers

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

      Source: OECD

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    • Building a culture and cycle

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      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Observation and feedback

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      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Performance and Development Framework animation

      The animation introduces the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and outlines the characteristics and components of an effective culture and cycle.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Leading through trust

      Education expert John West-Burnham provides a list of literature that explores the concept of leading through trust.

      Source: John West-Burnham

      Website

    • Innovation Grants: collaborative

      This MP4 looks at collaborative professional learning and development as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 7 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

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

Principals create challenging roles, responsibilities and opportunities for senior leaders that leverage and grow the talents of others.

  • Principals create challenging roles, responsibilities and opportunities for senior leaders that leverage and grow their talents. 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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      Report PDF 20 pages

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      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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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      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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      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 seek opportunities for professional growth through engaging in state, national and global educational developments. View tools