School leaders must focus on teaching and learning

School leaders must focus on teaching and learning

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007

The more school leaders focus their influence, their learning and their relationships with teachers on the core business of teaching and learning, the grater their likely influence on student outcomes. This is among the findings from a review of published research to be presented to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Professor Viviane Robinson of the University of Auckland will deliver a keynote address on research that focused on identifying the relative impact of different types of leadership on student outcomes.

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Good education depends on shared values

Good education depends on shared values

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007

A shared moral purpose and a sense of community values are fundamental necessities for effective education, says Australian Catholic University academic Michael Bezzina. He will present the findings of his study into the connection between moral purpose and shared leadership at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne.

According to the study, an explicit, shared moral purpose is needed to bring about the kind of change and improvement that will deliver desirable student learning in schools. 

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The best principals are both demanding and responsive

The best principals are both demanding and responsive

Monday, 13 Aug 2007

Schools that focus only on being more responsive to students without also setting high expectations and demands are making a fundamental mistake according to a paper to be delivered today at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne.

Professor Stephen Dinham will tell delegates that educational leadership, like teaching and life generally, is heavily dependent on relationships.

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Leadership standards the key to preparing better principals

Leadership standards the key to preparing better principals

Monday, 13 Aug 2007

Australia must implement school leadership standards if it wants well-prepared principals, say experts from one of the world’s leading educational research centres.

Dr Lawrence Ingvarson and Michelle Anderson, Research Fellows at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), will present the findings of their international review of leadership standards to the ACER annual research conference on Monday.

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