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What bridges the gap between the teacher standards and the principal standard?
Mark this is an interesting discussion starter.
On the surface it appears the answer is nothing.
Perhaps another question to consider is why did AITSL change the remit from the Federal Government to create a LEADERSHIP Standard and instead created a Principal Standard.
Perhaps if the original remit was completed then AITSL may not have created a gap between the teacher standards and the principal standard.
Now there are individuals who are not Principals nor are they Teachers who do not have a standard. These individuals have "fallen into the gap" between standard(s).
In Queensland this would include Deputy Principals, Heads of Special Education Services, Heads of Curriculum, Heads of Department, Guidance Officers and also Advisory Visiting Teachers. These are categories of people who are mid level school leaders OR no longer have any teaching component within their role description BUT may be guiding and leading teachers.
I am unsure of names / categories in other states but would assume that there are groups of mid level school leaders who do not have a standard/s in other states and territories.
Had the privilege of spending a day with Pat Collarbone as she walked a group of us thru the Standard. Highly impressed with the simple complexity and flexibility of the Standard. As a framework for discussion around building capacity (not a performance review tool) I was really impressed.
I love the quote she used (below) that seems to me so applicable in so many leadership dimensions, not the least of which palnet !
“Leadership exists where people are no longer victims of circumstances but participate in creating new circumstances...
it’s not about position or power; it’s not about accomplishments; it’s ultimately not even about what we do.
Leadership is about creating a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and become more capable of participating in the unfolding of the world.
Leadership is about creating new realities.” (Senge, 1990, 2006)
How do we get contributions from across state, territory, sector as level of schools to find out exactly what is happening in relation to engagement with the Principal Standard and the Teacher Standards...I'm sure the are some system efficiencies we explore once we map the needs?
What about the work that Michael Fullan has been doing about right / wrong drivers - see paper available at the the Centre for Strategic Education web site.
Michael Fullan has just completed his annual OZ tour. Michael Fullan spent a fair amount of time in ACT, part of the cycle assisting Jim Watterson and crew as well as time in Queensland as critical friend for Qld's pursuit of excellence.
There are two stories in Education Views featuring Michael Fullan. Here is the link to one = http://education.qld.gov.au/projects/educationviews/news-views/2011/nov/talking-point-fullan-101117.html
Within that article is the link to the Learning Place, sorry only accessible by State Education Queenslanders. It includes a 45 minute video of Michael with MS PowerPoint slides in Blackboard / Illuminate format. There are also two documents you may download for FREE if you have a Learning Place account or you can follow the other link within that story to the Centre for Strategic Education website to download from there.
Here is the link to the other article featuring Michael Fullan speaking about the progress in Queensland's improvement agenda over the last year = http://education.qld.gov.au/projects/educationviews/news-views/2011/nov/united-fullan-101117.html
Fullans "Choosing the wrong drivers" was one of the readings for the Autonomous Schools Symposium held by AITSL in Qld on Monday (see my postings in Steffan's Autonomy and Leadership Group). Fullan's work also highlighted in the ITL 2011 research I have highlighted in Heather Tiivas's Data and Accountability Group.
I mentioned to ESA we need to be able to post in multiple groups at one go !
Try this link = http://www.cse.edu.au/Publication.aspx?p=398 to the Centre for Strategic Education about $38.00.
I know that there is a "deal" for Queenslanders in state schools about access - see my previous post with links - BUT I think that there may be some copyright implications involved hence I have not attached the paper nor MS PowerPoint slides.