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New Zealand articles and resources

The three Rs for coaching learning relationships

by Jan Robertson

In this short article Dr Jan Robertson stresses the need for the “3 Rs” – reciprocity, relationships and reflection-on-reality – as the basis for professional relationships and coaching about leading.

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What ought I to do, all things considered? An approach to the exploration of ethical problems by teachers

by Alan Hall

This paper is an introduction to exploring ethical issues and problems within the educational context. It includes a brief theoretical framework regarding the importance of taking an ethical approach to solving difficult issues and two compelling case studies from New Zealand schools as examples.

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Other resources

Engaging in courageous conversations

by Various

This report focuses on the importance of leaders engaging in courageous conversations, even when these are difficult and can make us feel uncomfortable. 

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Four coaching conversations for school leaders

by Denise Barrows

Describes four types of coaching conversations and the development needs or professional challenges they each support.

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Building trusting relationships for school improvement

by Cori Brewster and Jennifer Railsback

This report reviews research on the importance of building trusting relationships between educators to develop effective schools and improve outcomes for students.

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Healthy relationships: the foundation of a positive school climate

by Megan Tschannen-Moran

This interview-cum-article discusses relationships of trust in school settings and how these relationships are related to important outcomes such as the collective-efficacy, teacher professionalism, and student achievement.

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