The problem of presenting a ‘deficit model’ to teachers

One of the greatest challenges, I believe, facing school leaders today is the doom and gloom in education. There is so much material out there about what is wrong with schools and what we are not doing. We are often faced with so many problems, all of which are appear urgent, in a society where […]

Circumvention without a conversation – what it means for school leaders

Going around someone in order to ensure that something gets done is not uncommon in most workplaces, including schools. Yet it can create significant issues for school culture and challenges for school leaders wherever they may be in the hierarchy of operations. People circumvent when they feel the person in front of them is blocking […]

Breaking down the ‘Admin’ problem in our schools

How many times have you seen problems schools where teachers say something like, “the ‘Admin’ need to do something about that,” or, “that’s the fault of the ‘Admin’”? Too often and conveniently so, teachers are quick to use the term ‘Admin’, which is not particularly helpful in solving problems and can have a detrimental impact […]

3 things that most school leadership training does not prepare you for but should

Numerous school leadership courses and programs exist, designed to prepare aspiring leaders, or to further support existing leaders in their roles. Looking closely at these courses there are common themes such a leading innovation and change, establishing strategic direction and developing collaborative teams. It is noticeable, however, that many courses miss some of the key […]

The more schools improve the harder it becomes to maintain performance

A huge amount of effort goes into improving schools yet we often can overlook how much work is needed to maintain a high performance culture. As schools get better they often become more complex, as significant systems thinking goes into creating a high degree of synergy between the various components of a school that may […]

Is it more important for school leaders to manage change rather than lead it?

There are an overwhelming number of initiatives that schools can invest time in developing in order to improve and change for the better. Some schools may charge full-on into as many initiatives as possible whereas others may take a more cautious approach to change. Whatever course leaders help to plot for their respective schools, there […]

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