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Principals leading with a systemic focus logically assess their own and the school’s effectiveness, and work to build networks, collaborate with educational groups, and make connections beyond their own school and system to influence and lead educational impact.

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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 encourage staff to contribute to education networks, supporting the learning of others and development of pedagogy View tools

  • They model collaborative leadership and engage with other schools and organisations to share and improve practice and encourage innovation in the education system. View tools

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    • School leadership for systemic improvement in Finland

      A case study report written by Hargreaves, Halász and Pont for the OECD activity: improving school leadership.

      Source: OECD

      Report PDF 44 pages

    • 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

    • Leading a self-improving school system

      This report examines the opportunities and hazards that lie ahead as teaching schools and their strategic alliances come on stream.

      Source: National College for School Leadership

      Report PDF 34 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

    • Leadership and professional learning: forty actions Leaders can take to improve professional learning

      This paper discusses ways to optimise the links between professional development, improved teacher effectiveness and improved student learning.

      Source: Peter Cole

      Abstract PDF 16 pages

    • Embracing the power of talking

      The author explores the importance of learning conversations, in particular the power of talking, driven by professional learning communities and by learning new and better ways to help them enhance learning opportunities.

      Source: Louise Stoll

      Journal article PDF 7 pages

    • Innovation in education

      These resources range in perspective from global ‘big picture’ pieces on education systems to specific examples of innovative teaching practice.

      Source: AITSL

      Various Various

    • Professional learning networks

      An Illustration of Practice describing a teacher exchange organised by a teacher with a New Zealand school to share resources, ideas and programs.

      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

    • Prototyping: Learning Through Doing

      This toolkit can be used to develop services and initiatives through prototyping. It explains how to plan and deliver prototypes, unlock creativity, manage risk and embed new ideas.

      Source: AITSL

      Toolkit PDF 20 pages

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

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Developing self and others

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

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

Leading improvement innovation and change

  • Principals lead educational networks by trialling and exploring new ideas for the system, acting as a guide, coach and mentor to staff and colleagues. View tools

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    • 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

    • Professional capital dialogue

      In this webcast discussion Michael Fullan and David Hamlett discuss the key role of the principal in driving cooperation and collaboration within a community.

      Source: Ontario Principals' Council

      Video MP4 54 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

    • 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

    • Leading a self-improving school system

      This report examines the opportunities and hazards that lie ahead as teaching schools and their strategic alliances come on stream.

      Source: National College for School Leadership

      Report PDF 34 pages

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  • They develop an innovative and outward-focused role as a leader influencing school excellence across the system. View tools

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    • Powerful allies

      From communicating with parents, to leadership training for teachers to collaborations with surrounding schools, Glenorchy Primary principal Wendy Potter believes in strength from unity.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Professional capital dialogue

      In this webcast discussion Michael Fullan and David Hamlett discuss the key role of the principal in driving cooperation and collaboration within a community.

      Source: Ontario Principals' Council

      Video MP4 54 mins

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Leading a self-improving school system

      This report examines the opportunities and hazards that lie ahead as teaching schools and their strategic alliances come on stream.

      Source: National College for School Leadership

      Report PDF 34 pages

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Leading the management of the school

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

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    • 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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Engaging and working with the community

  • Principals lead the school as an inclusive outward-facing organisation and they link with and provide support to other schools in effective community and family engagement. View tools

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    • 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

    • Dedicated support

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

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Closer and Stronger

      A high school and its principal, Sabina Smith, help a Northern Territory community rebound when the closing of a local refinery casts doubt upon the future.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Enhanced pair

      This article focuses on a twinning project helps build capacity in two neighbouring schools.

      Source:

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • The future of education

      In this interview, Peter Senge discusses the need for schools to innovate and respond to community and global needs.

      Source: Peter Senga

      Video MP3 6 minutes

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  • They draw on best practice nationally and internationally to embed a culture of inclusion and high expectations for all, and take steps to tackle the effects of disadvantage on learning. View tools

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    • Pathways to participation revisited

      A practical planning and evaluation aid to help adults to identify and enhance the level of children and young people’s participation.

      Source: New Zealand Association for Intermediate and Middle Schooling

      Article PDF 5 pages

    • Inverting the pyramid: Enhancing systems for protecting children

      This report describe the current service systems for protecting children across Australia and identifies strategies and processes that could prevent abuse and neglect.

      Source: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

      Report PDF 294 pages

    • Investigating the links to improved student learning

      Drawing on a six-year study in Canada, this report explores how school leadership impacts on student learning and highlights the importance of collaborative work within a school.

      Source: Wallace Foundation

      Report PDF 335 pages

    • How leadership influences student learning

      This report describes the basics of successful leadership and what leaders must do to meet the challenges of school reform.

      Source: Wallace Foundation

      Report PDF 87 pages

    • Starting school: a strengths-based approach

      This paper provides an overview of the role of ‘resilience’ in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths‐based early learning context.

      Source: ACER, FaHCSIA

      Report PDF 39 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

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  • They collaborate effectively with other schools and agencies to promote an excellent education system in which all young people can thrive. View tools