Leading and managing change

Managing school change is one of the most complex school leadership tasks. School leaders need to understand the change process to lead and manage change and improvement efforts effectively.

New Zealand articles and resources

Principals as leaders in a post-disaster setting

In this study Gerard Direen investigates the perspectives of twenty Christchurch primary principals on school leadership in a post-disaster setting. He focuses on their experiences in late 2012 and from mid-2013 on.

Inviting innovation: leading meaningful change in schools

by Mark Osborne

As Mark Osborne points out in this highly readable 2014 article from set, leading change in schools is challenging. He constructs three New Zealand-based scenarios to exemplify aspects of the change process in three different school situations. This is a useful reading for leadership teams.

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School leadership in the changing demographic of Christchurch in 2013

by Christine Harris

In this article Thorrington School principal, Christine Harris, writes about changed social landscape of post-earthquake Christchurch and what this has meant for education. She explores the lasting impacts and the imperative to lead change and solve problems. 

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Sustaining school improvement: ten primary schools' journeys

by Linda Mitchell, Marie Cameron, and Cathy Wylie

This NZCER research report describes case studies in nine primary schools and one intermediate school that have made deliberate efforts to bring about positive improvements in teaching and learning.

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Other resources

Moral purpose and shared leadership

by Michael Bezzina

This study explores how shared moral purpose and shared leadership support teachers as they implement authentic learning.

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Three stories of education reform

by Michael Fullan

In this article, Michael Fullan looks at relationships between schools and their local communities, and discusses ways in which influences that are external to schools affect their internal development.

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Balanced leadership: what 30 years of research tells us about the effect of leadership on student achievement

by Tim Waters, Robert J. Marzano, and Brian McNulty

This paper identifies 21 key leadership responsibilities, and demonstrates the differences between first order and second order changes. 

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The roar of complexity: A principal’s day is built on fragments of tasks and decisions

by Kent Peters

This article gives an insight into the issues principals deal with on a daily basis, with useful pointers for new principals about understanding a school's character.

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What headteachers need to know about teaching and learning

by Peter Hill

This article considers what heads need to know about teaching and learning to be effective educational leaders. The discussion examines three key leadership roles: leading and managing change, motivating and managing people, and designing and aligning systems, processes, and resources.

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Personal cost of change

An experienced principal at a new school tries to bring about changes that will lead to a more supportive and inclusive professional culture for the improvement of teaching and learning. The staff are resistant to the changes and wish to continue with the status quo. The four-year change process was more complex, longer than expected, and resulted in much stress and heartache. It caused the principal to question her values, beliefs, and leadership style.

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