ECOLOGY OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

© Julie Boyd 2012 Traditional models and theories of leadership are not necessarily helpful in a contemporary world. One of the challenges for educational leaders is in the realisation that education can no longer be quarantined from our broader society and environment. A theory of leadership derived from principles of ecology calls for a radical […]

What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

Schools We Can Envy March 8, 2012 Diane Ravitch  http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/mar/08/schools-we-can-envy/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=February+14+2012&utm_content=February+14+2012+CID_df0a036fbf79555ea6739ad90deab4b9&utm_source=Email+marketing+software&utm_term=Schools+We+Can+Envy Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg, with a foreword by Andy Hargreaves Teachers College Press, 167 pp., $34.95 (paper) Tuomas UusheimoThe Kirkkojärvi School in Espoo, Finland, which accommodates about 770 students aged seven to sixteen and […]

AN ECOLOGY OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

AN ECOLOGY OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP © Julie Boyd 2012 Traditional models and theories of leadership are not necessarily helpful in a contemporary world. One of the challenges for educational leaders is in the realisation that education can no longer be quarantined from our broader society and environment. A theory of leadership derived from principles of […]

The Purpose of Education – Noam Chomsky

Futurist Forecasts

Forecasts From The Futurist magazine http://www.wfs.org/Forecasts_From_The_Futurist_Magazine 2011 Top Ten: 1. Physicists could become tomorrow’s leading economic forecasters 2011 Top Ten: 2. Environmentalists may embrace genetically modified crops as a carbon-reduction technology. OUTLOOK 2000 2011 Top Ten 3. Search engines will soon include spoken results, not just text. 2011 Top Ten: 4. Will there be garbage […]

Why Teachers are Leaving, or worse, suiciding.

This story shows how, and why, NOT to improve teacher performance through standardised test links to merit pay. A very salutory story. A teacher’s story: Why the DC Impact system Bloomberg wants NYC schools to emulate caused me to leave teaching First published on, and well worth a visit to read comments. http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2012/01/teachers-story-why-dc-impact-system.html There is […]

Finnish Education- Dan Rather reports

Respected American journalist, Dan Rather, reports on what the fuss is all about over Finnish Education. It’s interesting that this is exactly what was happening in Australian schools in the 1990s. It is the greatest failure of Australian political advisors that this was not pursued, but rather our cultural cringe had us looking to America […]

The responsibility for defining the Teaching profession is ours. Cultural change begins from within

A terrific article on the prestige, or lack of, perceived by and about the teaching profession. “Teachers and educators can’t subscribe to this outside perception of what we are,”  “The responsibility for defining the profession is ours.” http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/12/16teachers.h31.html?tkn=SPZFpdtY3lWmLeb2QDOUFlogiKKAR8SPCiQ6&cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1 Teacher Quality, Status Entwined Among Top-Performing Nations Teaching is the most popular career for high school graduates […]

Korean Education – creativity and self determination

… the current administration of President Lee Myung-bak has focused its policy efforts on creating the type of education in which creativity is emphasized over rote learning, diversity over uniformity, and self-determined education over other-determined education. Education in the Republic of Korea http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/12/16ahn.h31.html?intc=EW-QC12-EWH National treasure or national headache? By Byong-man Ahn During the more than […]

Implications for the teaching profession?

Implications for the teaching profession? Anne-Marie Slaughter http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/12/design_your_own_profession.html Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Design Your Own Profession […]