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.

How to make change work

Randy Pennington, business strategist and author, talks about how to make change work, and strategies for leading change, not just managing it.

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New Zealand articles and resources

Learning during change

The idea of learning during times of change may seem challenging, but it is crucial. We need to learn fast as we are taking action.

Trusting relationships

This short article uses the metaphor of the leader as a host as a way of thinking about building and sustaining trust.

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Inviting innovation: leading meaningful change in schools

by Mark Osborne

This article uses three New Zealand-based scenarios to exemplify aspects of the change process in three different school situations. 

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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.

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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New Zealand school stories

Creating a more inclusive school culture

The staff of Kaikohe Intermediate knew they needed to change their ways of teaching and learning and create a more inclusive school culture. 

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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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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Eight forces for leaders of change

by Michael Fullan, Claudia Cuttress, and Ann Kilcher

This article considers the process of leading change in schools. The eight forces provide ways to think about the process, and suggest topics for discussion and evaluating the process.

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