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Purpose Motivated Leadership

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We have a student who is an orphan at my school. She struggles with so many emotions and doesn't always make the best decisions--even though she still makes me proud and is passing all her classes....
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Creating a Staff Performance Culture
For great learning school leaders need to be active in building a strong performance culture amongst staff
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What it Means to Be a True Leader

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Great leaders don’t tell people what to do, but instead take them to where they need to be. There is no agenda to create a group of followers or disciples.  True leaders know that their success is intimately tied to the work of the collective.
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Great leaders don’t tell people what to do, but instead take them to where they need to be. There is no agenda to create a group of followers or disciples. True leaders know that their success is intimately tied to the work of the collective.
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Four Ways to Create a Positive School Culture

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Student achievement, teacher effectiveness, teacher retention, community support and student enrollment are all affected by the explicit and implicit cultural
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Improving school culture is not a finite activity. Leaders do not complete a school culture activity, check the box and move on to something else. Every school has a culture – a way of doing, growing and believing – that is pervasive and perceptible. Ensuring that culture is a positive one involves an ongoing process of developing and utilizing talents, generating creative opportunities and establishing a clear focus on learning and growth for adults and students alike.
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Why we should always deliver the bad news first

Why we should always deliver the bad news first | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Many of us like to lead with the positive, but that goes against what psychologists are discovering, says business writer Daniel Pink.
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Endings can also be a positive force. They can help energize us to reach a goal. They can help us edit the nonessential from our lives. And they can help us elevate — not through the simple pursuit of happiness but through the more complex power of poignancy. Closings, conclusions and culminations reveal something essential about the human condition: In the end, we seek meaning.
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Vision: It's a verb!

Vision: It's a verb! | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
For decades, leaders have been advised to generate missions and visions as a way to focus and drive organizations into the future. Countless workshops and books outline the "how-tos" associated with arriving at those just-right words that will galvanize teams and deliver results.
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Organizations today need vision as much as they ever did — maybe more. But it’s an active, responsive, collaborative vision — something leaders and employees do rather than something they have. And when we view it as a verb, we’ll begin to see the vast value the vision can deliver.
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Empathy Is Academic: Lessons from Lotus Slippers

Empathy Is Academic: Lessons from Lotus Slippers | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
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One key instructional strategy, when introducing a paradox, is to do it in a way that draws out and directly addresses biases before students form arguments that affirm the supremacy of their own cultural lens.
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Teach your team how to disrupt

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Disruption is keeping executives awake at night: How to handle market curve balls that come out of nowhere? How to plan for the future when your product, service or supply chain is obsolete today? How to allocate resources, train, and develop people for jobs you can’t even imagine yet?
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If you want innovation and agility, enlist the individual contributors on the front lines of the battlefield. But focusing on training individual contributors requires a shift in priorities -- from a single focus on leadership training to a broadened approach that includes developing the folks on the other side of the equation.
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To empower students with effective writing skills, handwriting matters

To empower students with effective writing skills, handwriting matters | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Writing is a fundamental outcome indicator of learning across subjects and grades. The latest NAPLAN results tell us we need to do more to empower children with these skills.
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Research suggests this may be related to the difficulties students exhibit in writing in the primary school years.
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Responding to reservations about meta-analyses: Part 3

Final in a three part series, on responding to reservations about meta-analyses, John Bush addresses two final concerns.
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The meta-analyses work really is purely about identifying OVERALL what research points to as having a higher impact. Rather than having a mess of practices that are experiential it is about having some research backing for practices. 
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Great leaders focus on one important thing

From small shops to giant corporations, we know that great leaders everywhere are on top of any number of important facts and figures, deadlines and other business information. They have the knowledge, the expertise and the drive to succeed -- often in very different ways. The best leaders, however, all share a common trait: they prioritize relationships.
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Results come from great teams, and great teams start with a strong coalition. If you know relationships could be your key to getting ahead, but you’re struggling to get it right, read below to learn how coalition building can help you succeed in any workplace.
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Active Listening

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Some of the most successful people in the world use active listening to avoid problems and develop meaningful relationships. Read this to learn mor
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To be an active listener, we must try to go beyond the words and form a rich picture of the other person’s emotions and intentions.
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Dinham on effective professional learning

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Professor Dinham says that the best professional learning takes place when people work together to address a common goal or issue.
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Professor Dinham says that the best professional learning takes place when people work together to address a common goal or issue. Exactly how we work!
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Professor Dinham says that the best professional learning takes place when people work together to address a common goal or issue. Exactly how we work!
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Unleashing talent through shared responsibility

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‘We ... entrust and empower people to take on and drive improvement in teaching and learning.’ See how adopting a distributed leadership model can help drive innovation.

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Andrews, who joined the Anglican P-12 school two years ago, says the distributed leadership model can help develop organisational trust. 'It's a cascade effect, if you like. We [have] the headmaster entrusting myself and my colleague and then we in turn ... entrust and empower people to take on and drive improvement in teaching and learning.
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Leaders who listen create space for great ideas to emerge

For many years, I worked with a highly effective (and very respected) leader named Jack, who at the time was a senior executive at a large insurance company. After working together on a few corporate projects, Jack asked me to lead a three-day strategic planning session for his team. About two hours into the first day of our meeting, I noticed something unusual: Jack had contributed very little to the discussion. Aside from opening remarks and the occasional clarifying statement, Jack sat leaning back in his chair, quietly observing.
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The best way to learn something is to shut up and listen
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Succession planning – ‘contributive leadership’ - Teacher

Succession planning – ‘contributive leadership’ - Teacher | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Jayne Heath is in her first year as principal at the Australian Science and Mathematics School in South Australia. Here, she explains the benefits of having a strong leadership succession plan in place and the impact on the wider school community.
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All about developing teachers to be leaders at every level
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6 ways to find success through emotional intelligence

6 ways to find success through emotional intelligence | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Successful people who use emotional intelligence to anticipate their reactions, visualize the outcomes, and identify the actions that could change future feelings are in a better position to predict their success.
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Successful people who use emotional intelligence to anticipate their reactions, visualize the outcomes, and identify the actions that could change future feelings are in a better position to predict their success.
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5 Ways to Impact School Culture Regardless of Your Title - LeadUpNow

5 Ways to Impact School Culture Regardless of Your Title - LeadUpNow | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
  Leadership has much more to do with one’s influence than one’s title. Too often we wait for someone with a certain job description to “fix” a seemingly broken culture, and while it is certainly frustrating when the one tasked with leading doesn’t rise to that occasion, we have a Read More
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Most of the conflict I’ve observed in schools is a result of one person not fully understanding the other person’s intent. Rarely would we argue about policy or practice if we thought the person who was behind that policy or practice truly wanted what was best for students. We get in trouble, though, when we don’t bring that why to the table and surface it for all to see. The most important advice to remember when trying to impact change is to lead with your why. Always.
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Teachers who feel appreciated are less likely to leave the profession

Teachers who feel appreciated are less likely to leave the profession | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Gratitude for and celebrating of the accomplishments of teachers is essential to keeping them motivated and engaged in the profession.
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We propose when teachers feel valued and are made aware of the gratitude felt by students, staff and parents, they’re more likely to stay in the profession.
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How two teens took early grit to leadership of the video game world

How two teens took early grit to leadership of the video game world | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Karthik and Guha Bala have been pushing mega-hits in the gaming industry since their early 20s.
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The power of being self-reflective!
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Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them?

Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them? | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
The continuing decline in the numbers of male primary school teachers suggests more attention needs to be placed on retaining those already in the profession.
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Several themes emerged as participants described their strategies for dealing with these gender-related challenges. These included the influence of traditional constructions of how men should and shouldn’t act, schools perpetuating these societal constructions, and the importance of having strong support from colleagues and school leaders.
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Effective Communication is about Understanding Emotion

Effective Communication is about Understanding Emotion | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Emotions are at the core of all communication, positive or negative. Thoughts on how to conceptualize emotions.
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Emotions tell you what is important, what needs your attention and what action is required. Only when something is important enough does it capture your attention, this all thanks to the emotion that brings it to the forefront for you. And you only learn something when it is important enough to be able to react appropriately to such a given situation. In other words, emotion not only tells you what is important, it also is the motor for your learning. Emotions are primary. Emotions motivate.
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Eight Keys for Transformative School Design

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Our students need to be able to create new industries, find new cures, and solve tomorrow's global problems. We have identified eight keys to design tomorrow's schools so that today's learners are prepared for success far beyond earning a high school diploma. Each of these eight keys serves as a puzzle piece for redesigning the education system.
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Transforming Schools Starts with Asking Why?ASCD Inservice

Transforming Schools Starts with Asking Why?ASCD Inservice | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
There are lots of strategies to improve and transform schools, and of course a lot tried and true things to focus on.
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in order to transform a school, there needs to be a focus on the “Why?”
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Use routines to turn everyday work experiences into development opportunities

The challenge of learning by experience is like sand in the oyster; it’s irritating and uncomfortable at the time, but you can end up with a beautiful pearl. Research tells us that 70% of our development comes when we have certain experiences that present a challenge, like turning around a business, implementing a new process, handling a difficult customer or stepping into a larger role. 20% is support provided by your supervisor or others, and the last 10% is formal, structured learning.
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For someone to actually develop from an experience, they need to be aware of what needs to be developed, be able to extract insights from the experience, and translate those insights into new attitudes or behaviors as a result of the experience.
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Educators Need Grit Too!

Educators Need Grit Too! | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
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As we think about tackling change and making our schools better, it's essential to recognize that perseverance and passion are important qualities not just for students but also for educators. Principals and teachers need to work together to create a culture that nurtures grit as an integral part of the formula for student and teacher success. When we do, we send a powerful message of possibility to everyone in the school.
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As we think about tackling change and making our schools better, it's essential to recognize that perseverance and passion are important qualities not just for students but also for educators. Principals and teachers need to work together to create a culture that nurtures grit as an integral part of the formula for student and teacher success. When we do, we send a powerful message of possibility to everyone in the school.
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Venting Doesn't Extinguish Anger, It Feeds It

Venting Doesn't Extinguish Anger, It Feeds It | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
It was a blast to join Jon Harper recently as a guest on his terrific podcast, My Bad . Of course, the show is all about owning
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venting actually isn't helpful. In fact, it can cause more angry, aggressive behaviors.
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