Enacting Distributed Leadership through a program of Instructional Coaching.

Despite the range of caveats surrounding the proposed benefits offered through the practice of distributed leadership, it remains a significant factor in the improvement of student outcomes across many schools.

In a purist sense, suggest Silcox, Boyd and Macneill (2015), a distributed leadership scenario is characterised by “a leadership culture where collaboration exists within the school … underpinned by both respect and trust between the individuals involved”; far from simple delegation they (Silcox, et al.) caution and certainly more than just an agreeable way to get teachers to do more work or accept directives from top down leadership structures.

Harris (2013) demonstrates that involvement in broad-based leadership enhances teachers’ self-efficacy, motivation and moral and generates a much higher commitment Continue reading “Enacting Distributed Leadership through a program of Instructional Coaching.”

Integrated Learning for the 21st Century School.

One of the really great initiatives I have seen coming out of high schools in the United States is the idea of Integrated Courses. These involve teachers from different departments working together to develop units of work that integrate content from each subject into the one course. The benefit to students is the opportunity for them to contextualise their learning across each subject within the framework of the integrated course topic. In doing so, they develop critical and creative thinking skills, enjoy a more authentic learning experience and have much more control over their learning.

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