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  1. November 2014 Reading List - being a self-aware leader

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    • Date of Publication: NOV/2014
    • Licence: Freely available

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    The focus of the Reading List for November 2014 is on the importance of school leader self-awareness, in particular on the significance of reflective practice. Resources include journal articles, reports and videos, brought together to provoke thought and discussion. Click on 'View Item' to access the list.

  2. Reading List May 2015 - coaching staff, giving feedback and difficult conversations

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    • Corporate Author/s: AITSL
    • Date of Publication: MAY/2015
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    The central theme for the May 2015 reading list is coaching staff, giving feedback and difficult conversations. It includes a wide range of valuable resources  brought together to provoke thought and discussion and assist school leaders in this often difficult area. Click on 'View Item' to access the list which includes three articles, several papers, three reports, four videos and two books. You may check on Trove at the National Library of Australia to determine if the books are available at a library near you. 

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  3. Reading List July 2015 - Talent identification, development and succession planning

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    • Date of Publication: JUN/2015
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    The focus of the July 2015 Reading List is on the subject of talent identification, talent development and succession planning in schools. Included are articles, videos and reports among other resources, brought together to provoke thought and discussion. Click on ‘View Item’ to access the list and learn more about this important area. You may check on Trove at the National Library of Australia to determine if the books are available at a library near you.

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  4. Reading List October 2015 - Challenging under-performance and bringing out the best in people

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    • Corporate Author/s: AITSL
    • Date of Publication: OCT/2015
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    Challenging underperformance and bringing out the best in people  is the key focus of the October 2015 Reading List. For your interest are articles, videos, reports and a book, brought together to provoke thought and discussion. Click on ‘View Item’ to access the list and learn more about this vital area for leaders and other professionals. You may check on Trove at the National Library of Australia to determine if the book is available at a library near you.

     

  5. Reading List January 2016 - Leading positive change

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    • Date of Publication: JAN/2016
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    The central theme for the January 2016 reading list recognises that the beginning of a new school year is an important time to communicate the need for change in the school community and lead this change in an inspirational and logical way. This reading list is intended to deepen your understanding of successful change management strategies and help you focus on building and developing evidence-based practices, allowing your school to do more of what works best for student learning.

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  6. Reading List August 2015: Education strategy: the politics of distraction and collaborative expertise

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    • Author/s: Hattie, J
    • Date of Publication: JUN/2015
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    How can we ensure that every student achieves at least one year’s progress for one year of schooling? Governments and schools have spent billions of dollars trying to fix education. But evidence shows that many popular solutions have little impact on student learning. This reading list features two new reports by renowned education researcher John Hattie which consider this issue. In the first, "What doesn't work in education: the politics of distraction", he explores common policy “fixes” that distract from other, potentially better, solutions; and in the second, "What works best in education: the politics of collaborative expertise", he provides solutions including agreeing on what a year’s progress should look like.  

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  7. Reading list March 2016 - the reflective leader

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    • Corporate Author/s: AITSL
    • Date of Publication: MAR/2016
    • Licence: Freely available

    This month we explore the topic of self-reflection. For principals, time for reflection is often foregone among the competing demands of daily school activity. This collection of resources includes a taxonomy for guiding principal reflection, a literature review on leaders as learners and strategies for leading a reflective learning community. 

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  8. Reading list May 2016 - Putting growth mindset theory into action

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    • Date of Publication: MAY/2016
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    People with a growth mindset believe they can continually develop their abilities. Research shows the connection between a growth mindset and motivation and achievement in students, but having a growth mindset doesn’t tell us how those abilities will develop, nor do we have evidence that telling students they can achieve more will, in and of itself, lead to better results.

    In this reading list, we present viewpoints on growth mindset theory and how it can be put into practice to the best effect for students and teachers.  

  9. Reading List June 2016 - Leading a turnaround school

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    • Corporate Author/s: AITSL
    • Date of Publication: JUN/2016
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    There are many examples of schools implementing a changed approach, and experiencing dramatic improvements in student achievement as a result. Kambrya College, a Victorian high school that has demonstrated very high progress in student learning, is currently the focus of a documentary on the subject: Revolution School. Findings from ‘turnaround schools’ indicate that leadership is a key element to achieving this kind of dramatic progress. 

    This reading list explores approaches that have been implemented successfully to turn schools around, both in Australia and internationally, and may assist school leaders to determine what will work best in their context. 



  10. Reading List July 2016: Communicating high expectations

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    • Corporate Author/s: AITSL
    • Date of Publication: JUL/2016
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    Maintaining and communicating high expectations of leaders, teachers and students is part of driving excellence and achieving equity in educational outcomes. But how do we get there? What are the barriers to high expectations and how can you overcome them as a school leader to build a culture of high expectations? In this reading list we explore what it really means to set the bar high, and hear diverse ideas relevant to students and staff alike.