Pedagogical leadership

Effective principals create conditions that ensure the school is focused first and foremost on effective teaching and learning.

New Zealand articles and resources

Teaching, learning and leading

A thought-provoking interview with Professor John Hattie in which he sets out his eight mind frames for leaders and teachers from his research and book on ‘visible learning’.

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Evidence-based leadership

by John Hattie

In this 12-minute video Professor John Hattie reports on the evidence about what makes a difference for students’ learning. He takes a provocative approach, questioning a number of the widely-held beliefs about what teachers can do to improve student learning.

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The cultural myths and realities of teaching and learning

by Graham Nuthall

This article describes Professor Graham Nuthall’s personal journey as a classroom researcher and the ground-breaking research he conducted with Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee. This research challenged the assumption of many educators, that teaching necessarily equals learning.

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National standards: leadership links

This page brings together links to information and tools to support school leaders to implement National Standards in Years 1 to 8. 

New Zealand school stories

Mangere East students can’t get enough of “Bobbie” maths

In this story Massey University researcher Dr Bobbie Hunter and the leadership team at Mangere East Primary School talk about the community of mathematical inquiry there that has Pasifika students and their fanau fizzing.

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iPads in the east

The Pegasus cluster of schools in Christchurch was badly hit in the earthquakes. A bright spot has been the leadership shown around getting ICT infrastructure back up and running in the schools.

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Other resources

Leading the instructional core: Richard Elmore

In this interview Professor Richard Elmore discusses the need for schools to establish their own internal systems and professional cultures to improve student outcomes. When these are in place, he says, the schools can meet external requirements. 

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The principal’s priority 1

by Jean Johnson

This article takes a realistic look at the issue of principals as leaders of learning within their schools. Johnson reports on the opportunities and obstacles principals face in taking on the role of educational leadership. 

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Leading curriculum innovation in practice

by Karen Carter and Tricia Sharpe (Eds.)

This report looks at ways in which 50 schools in the United Kingdom embraced a range of activities to develop their curriculum for the 21st century. It will be very useful for New Zealand schools as they implement a school-based curriculum that aligns with the revised New Zealand curriculum.

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The learning-centered principal

by Richard DuFour

In this article, Richard DuFour argues that the notion of the “instructional leader” is a flawed one. Using his own past experiences, he shows that the initial approaches he used in this role focused on the wrong kinds of questions.

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Leading learning: Creating high-achieving learning environments

by Robyn Collins

This article identifies factors that lead to greater success in terms of students' learning in all schools, which includes the development of school-wide learning communities.

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