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The One Type of Leader Who Can Turn Around a Failing School

Based on a study of more than 400 British academies.
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This is an excellent article based on research that is both interesting and informative. The irony that those who complete the best work as school leaders are those least publicly recognised and rewarded, resonates with my anecdotal experiences in knowing many school leaders across my various roles and experiences over several decades.
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Teaching our students, schools and the Universities how to adapt with change

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The deep knowledge in a discipline developed through school and university education remains a significant component for career success. Nevertheless, it is increasingly being understood that there is so much more that is necessary to equip students with the skills for an ever changing future: complex problem-solving ability, critical thinking, communications skills, teamwork, people management and good decision-making are some of the key competencies of an adaptive skill set.
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Part 8: Contract – Terms of Employment: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 8: Contract – Terms of Employment: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the eight in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 6: The Application: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 6:  The Application: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the sixth in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 4: Qualifications and Experience: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 4: Qualifications and Experience: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the fourth in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 2: Personal Development: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 2: Personal Development: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the second in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company

The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.
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How to Be a Genius in Seven Questions

How to Be a Genius in Seven Questions | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"At the beginning, you offer answers. In the end it's about questions. The right answer is always preceded by the right question....If your organisation expects leaders to have answers, ....in truth it's institutional helplessness that makes others expect answers from you."

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It's been a difficult skill to stop and think about asking a good question rather than provide an answer. A good point in between is to offer options, joining in the quest for the best solution. In school education there can be several 'right' answers; it takes a little time, reflection and discussion to tease out the best in the current circumstances.

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Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

And how to fix it.
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This post emphasises two critical aspects of leadership training that remain in deficit. Developing a sense of 'being' rather than simply learning the skills to 'do' and the importance of 'context' to leadership. A leader in a new position should have as their initial mantra - look, listen and learn. Context might make that difficult but it remains an important attitude to adopt rather than simply acting.
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Part 9: Conclusion: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 9: Conclusion: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the last in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 7: The Interview(s): Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 7: The Interview(s): Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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Part 5 Executive Search Consultants: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 5  Executive Search Consultants: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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Part 3: Which School? Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 3: Which School? Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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Part 1: Shall I throw my hat into the ring? Weighing a decision to apply: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 1: Shall I throw my hat into the ring? Weighing a decision to apply: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Lodging an application for a position does not commit you to accept such a position, and in some instances the process of selection can help you to clarify thinking, especially regarding a particular
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5 Tips on Being an Inspiring Leader

5 Tips on Being an Inspiring Leader | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Regardless of your confidence and drive, without a handful of traits it's hard to get people to follow you.
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While this list of leadership traits comes initially from a world different to schools, the traits are nonetheless entirely appropriate for school leaders. Thanks to my good friend Phillip heath for passing this post to me.
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We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders

We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
We must lead the shift to a way that maximizes opportunities for investigation, problem solving, and collaboration while maintaining assurance that each child is gaining knowledge, and is able to apply it both alone and with others.

Via Pierre Levy
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It is wise not to allow allow large dichotomies, perhaps false dichotomies to dominate this debate. Critical thinking, collaborative work and knowledge of content are all important and attainable for good teachers, as they have been. It is a matter of emphasis. Check

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:33 AM

Excellent argument and validation for Instructional Leaders to be at the forefront of the cutting edge in instruction.  That involves conceptual learning, instructional technology that redefines the learning, and quality instructional implementation both in classrooms and in professional development.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:46 PM

But, we are almost 15% of the way into the century. Why has it not happened? And, it has not. Not even where I used to work.