Sharing leadership

Leadership based on shared vision, goals, and commitment to quality teaching and learning is essential in the complex contexts of New Zealand schools.

New Zealand articles and resources

Different approaches to sharing school leadership

by Marian Court

This report examines international examples of co-principal partnerships and teacher leadership collectives. The findings indicate that shared school leadership can be highly effective in developing strong commitments to improving student learning.

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Towards the Eminent School: The importance of professional leadership

by Wayne Edwards

This paper explores the idea of what it means to be a professional leader and the need to look at creating partnerships with staff.

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Changing practice through distributing leadership

by Peter Witana

Over a number of years teachers at Kawakawa Primary School were involved in sustained professional learning that led them to make fundamental changes to their teaching practice.

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New Zealand school stories

Murrays Bay Intermediate

Colin Dale is leading change at Murrays Bay Intermediate, a decile 10 school located between Milford and Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Colin empowers staff and students to take leadership roles and encourages his staff to use teaching strategies that support how children learn.

Cashmere Primary School

Jacqui Duncan found that she lead Cashmere Primary School with renewed enthusiasm after attending an in-depth professional development course.

Other resources

Leadership: what's wrong?

by Bruce Wilson

This paper explores the notion of shared power, how delegation works, and the importance of leadership in the principal's management role. It is deliberately provocative.

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Seven strong claims about successful school leadership

by Kenneth Leithwood, Christopher Day, Pam Sammons, Alma Harris, and David Hopkins

This summarises a review of literature on what the authors call 'strong claims' about successful school leadership. They list seven claims, which include distributed leadership, that find support in strong empirical research evidence.

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Building leadership capacity: helping leaders learn

by John West-Burnham

This National College for School Leadership (NCSL) think piece from John West-Burnham presents an argument supporting the notion of distributed leadership in schools. 

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