Developing leaders

The principal has a key role in guiding and supporting others to step up as leaders. This is achieved by recognising and developing the leadership potential of teachers. Building leadership capacity in a school increases the opportunities for improving learning outcomes for all students.

New Zealand articles and resources

Leadership matters: listening to first-time principals

by Marg Lees

This article records the author's follow-up with seven first-time primary principals who undertook the UC Plus Aspiring Principals programme.

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Coaching leaders: the path to improvement

by Jan Robertson

This paper discusses the process of coaching with a peer partner as a key professional learning strategy to improve leadership practice.

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New Zealand school stories

Mangere Central School: leading learning

This school story looks at how leadership capacity at Mangere Central School in South Auckland has developed and grown through a determined focus on the practices of the school’s middle leaders. 

Strongly evident in the story is the collective moral purpose (manaakitanga) that underpins the teachers’ desire to address inequities and underachievement.

The story was developed by Dr Jan Robertson and the school’s former AP, Rebecca Kaukau, in consultation and collaboration with leaders and teachers at the school.

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Other resources

Developing leadership capacity in others

by Kristin Huggins et al

Investigates the personal capacities of six experienced high school principals in the US who are well known for developing formal and informal leaders in their schools.

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Teacher leaders and reflective practitioners

by Despina Pavlou

In this article, secondary school principal Despina Pavlou concludes that harnessing the qualities of potential leaders had a significant effect on developing the capacity of her school for improvement.

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Overcoming obstacles to leadership

by Susan Moore Johnstone and Morgaen L. Donaldson

This article speaks directly to the experience of many lead teachers. It deals with the complex issues facing aspiring leaders and the importance of creating positive supportive teaching environments.

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