Managing key resources

Articles that look at ways leaders use key resources to better meet the needs of all students.

Strategic planning: The lean, mean and smart way

by Susan O’Donnell

This article will help people to overview the process of change before they begin. The author reminds leaders of change that the process is as important as the product. She believes active engagement of the community in the process is an ethical issue, and will improve the quality of the outcomes.

School governance and succession planning: Planning for the leader you need

by Association of Independent Schools of Queensland

This short paper provides sensible strategies for schools to consider to prepare for succession planning. It also raises points about what may stop teachers from applying for leadership positions, including issues of equity, such as gender.

Leadership for radical transformation in school education

by Brian Caldwell

This article describes the five most successful resources that school leaders need to utilise and promote if they are to make a difference for students in their schools. The findings are closely linked to New Zealand research findings, particularly those in the Best Evidence Synthesis project. 

Key features of appraisal effectiveness

by Eileen Piggot-Irvine

This article gives an overview of performance management and appraisal in New Zealand schools. It outlines a model of principal appraisal that integrates both development and accountability.

Ruia tools: appraisal and partnerships

The Ruia tools provide in-depth resources in appraisal for learning and school-whānau partnerships to support better educational success for Māori students. 

Leading Under Pressure: Leadership for Social Inclusion

by Daniel Muijs, Mel Ainscow, Alan Dyson, Carlo Raffo, Sue Goldrick, Kristin Kerr, Clare Lennie, and Susie Miles

This article looks at ways to improve educational attainment for all students through the removal of barriers to engagement and achievement. It examines the types of school leadership that might assist in improving social inclusion for young people and their families. There is a useful discussion about what is meant by social inclusion.

Got a Minute? Can Instructional Leadership Exist Despite the Reactive Nature of the Principalship?

by Sheryl Boris-Schacter

This article is an account of the author’s decision to take leave from her academic position to fill an interim position as a primary school principal for a whole school year. Her focus was on the extent to which principals can find a way to balance the administrative side of managing a school, and also provide pedagogical leadership in order to improve teaching and learning.

Principalship in 40 hours a week?

by Denise Torrey

Denise Torrey describes how adopting Malachi Pancoast’s seven-point plan has led her to having “office days” for management and administration tasks and “coaching days” for in-class observations.

What can New Zealand learn from Edmonton?

by Cathy Wylie

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This article gives an account of the Edmonton Public School system (EPS). In it Cathy Wylie compares it with New Zealand’s adoption of self-managing schools. She draws parallels and contrasts with New Zealand pointing out a number of aspects that we could learn from Edmonton.

Turnaround Schools, Turnaround Systems

by Michael Fullan

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This video shows Michael Fullan delivering his keynote address to the 2007 Scottish Learning Festival. Fullan discusses the turnaround strategies used in a tri-level partnership between school community / local districts and the state.

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