Leading staff

Effective principals actively lead staff by challenging and supporting staff.

New Zealand articles and resources

The three Rs for coaching learning relationships

by Jan Robertson

In this short article Dr Jan Robertson stresses the need for the “3 Rs” – reciprocity, relationships and reflection-on-reality – as the basis for professional relationships and coaching about leading.

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What ought I to do, all things considered? An approach to the exploration of ethical problems by teachers

by Alan Hall

This paper is an introduction to exploring ethical issues and problems within the educational context. It includes a brief theoretical framework regarding the importance of taking an ethical approach to solving difficult issues and two compelling case studies from New Zealand schools as examples.

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Other resources

Engaging in courageous conversations

by Various

This report focuses on the importance of leaders engaging in courageous conversations, even when these are difficult and can make us feel uncomfortable. 

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Building trusting relationships for school improvement

by Cori Brewster and Jennifer Railsback

This report reviews research on the importance of building trusting relationships between educators to develop effective schools and improve outcomes for students.

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Healthy relationships: the foundation of a positive school climate

by Megan Tschannen-Moran

This interview-cum-article discusses relationships of trust in school settings and how these relationships are related to important outcomes such as the collective-efficacy, teacher professionalism, and student achievement.

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What do teachers bring to leadership?

by Gordon A. Donaldson Jr.

This article looks at the ways in which effective teachers contribute to the development of a professional culture that influences the practice of others who work with them.

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Leading learning and teaching primary schools

by Geoff Southworth

This article draws on research and first-hand experience to describe four strands that seem to form the thread of leading "learning and teaching" schools: context, teacher culture, workplace learning, and knowledge networks.

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Democratic leadership for school improvement in challenging contexts

by Alma Harris and Chris Chapman

This article describes the successful leadership practices in a group of UK secondary schools facing challenging circumstances: managing tensions, putting people first, and promoting collaboration.

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