Strategic leadership

Strategic leadership is based on long-term planning. It involves establishing and maintaining systems, allocating resources, and communicating vision. Principals need to maintain the focus clearly on the central vision for their school.

New Zealand articles and resources

Rethinking school-wide self-review: a New Zealand model and application

Cashmere Primary School in Christchurch was already well set up in terms of school development and review processes. Principal Jacqui Duncan used her sabbatical time to think about ways to advance their practices of critical school-wide self-review. This article examines the process that she used.

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Keeping the fleas motivated

by Cheryl Doig

Former principal Dr Cheryl Doig pulls together three components which, she argues, are each equally essential for the development of quality schooling: learnership, leadership, and management.

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Other resources

Moving from strategic planning to collective action

by Matt Levinson

In this blog post, the head of a Seattle school describes how research and design teams are implementing the school's strategic vision and keeping innovation moving.

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Systems thinkers in action: Moving beyond the standards plateau

by Michael Fullan

In this article, Michael Fullan argues that if a system is striving for “high equity and excellence”, then policy and practice have to focus on system improvement. Sustained improvement of schools is not possible unless the whole system is moving forward.

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The five new rules of leadership

by Pamela Macklin

This article summarises what makes an effective school leader and includes leadership examples from political and business sectors. It argues that the need for school leaders to be skilled as managers is at least as important as being leaders of teaching and learning.

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The flywheel effect: educators gain momentum from a model for continuous improvement

by Timothy Kanold

This article describes a successful high school in the USA, and poses questions about ways in which already successful schools can continue to improve their outcomes for students.

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