Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Personal Best

Using research to inform decision-making

Questions are our greatest intellectual tool. (N.Postman) 


How do principals and leaders initiate and lead activities that focus on improving educational opportunities for all students?

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Leading Curriculum Change: To improve outcomes for all students involves changing teaching practice. This literature review from AITSL, authored by Professor Rob Gilbert October (2011) focuses on the key components of leading curriculum change.

What kind of curriculum will prepare our students for the future?

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The paper Educating for a Sustainable Future was produced by UNESCO in 1997. It draws on the views of experts in all branches of education and specialists from other relevant disciplines; and inputs from the whole range of UNESCO‚Äôs programmes in education, science, culture and communication. It's interesting to see how the ideas, informing many of the current government reforms,  were we already under way nearly two decades ago!


Why collaborate? What is collaborative practice and what are the key features of purposeful collaboration?

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Fullan says that collaboration is the outcome of working towards common goals. This series of papers provides some different approaches to fostering collaborative practice within and across schools: Disciplined Collaboration in Professional Learning uses data to diagnose a problem related to student outcomes.


How do we decide where to put our energy as leaders? Where should we focus our efforts?

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What works best: Evidence-based practices to help improve NSW student performance.

 'What Works Best: Evidence-based practices to help improve NSW student performance'.The report brings together seven themes from the growing bank of evidence CESE has for what works to improve student educational outcomes.The seven themes addressed are:

  1. High expectations
  2. Explicit teaching
  3. Effective feedback
  4. Use of data to inform practice
  5. Classroom management
  6. Wellbeing
  7. Collaboration

You can download the report here:


These 2 articles from John Hattie will get you talking and thinking:


Are we measuring what we value? How can we assess and report learning in key disciplinary areas as well as general capabilities, behaviours, skills and dispositions?


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 Assessment and Reporting

Current Perspectives on Assessment
This paper look at our current assessment practices need to reflect changes based on new understandings of learning theories, new curricula that are being developed, new knowledge and skills that are necessary for the 21st century.


How do we determine effective classroom practice? What does quality teaching look like and sound like in practice?



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