It is easy to underestimate the impact that school organisation has on the behaviour, effectiveness, engagement and creativity of the teachers, staff and students who work within it. It also has a marked effect on the well-being of staff members, and how families and the community relate to the school. Attempts to improve school organisation are often short term "initiatives" that only cover only one or two aspects of what it takes to organise a school effectively.
Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership, in contrast, provides those involved in the design and delivery of educational services with a coherent and easy-to-follow framework to help run an effective organisation. Based on theory, real data on education improvements at school and regional level, and case studies, this book demonstrates how Systems Leadership can be used to improve school organisation. It integrates models of leadership, teamwork, capability, structure and systems to help make them more effective in improving the learning outcomes of students and also sustain this improvement over time.
This book explains how Systems Leadership can and has been applied in schools to bring clarity to the purpose, structure and systems within a school and have a major impact on its success. As such, it is an essential text for school leaders and managers looking for practical tools to help improve the working lives of the people within their organisation, and hence their effectiveness.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
In the highly technical field of education, the missing ingredient is often a strong, positive culture. Systems Leadership is essential for a school leader to build highly effective social processes to position their school to improve student outcomes. Applying the models, tools and concepts of Systems Leadership has enabled me to turn intention into reality and create the conditions in my school where people can work productively to their potential. Systems Leadership has been instrumental in my development as a principal.
Bruce Houghton, Principal, Bentley Park College, Queensland, Australia
The SLT principles outlined in this book have changed the way I think, plan and act as a leader. Using them has distinctly helped me in successfully creating and leading positive cultural change across a range of schools and colleges.
Noel Rawlins, Principal Western Cape College, Queensland, Australia
Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership has the potential to become a pivotal compendium within the global literature on Systems Leadership. Concepts and foundations are introduced and applied to schooling and the work of the principal, concluding with the pertinent question, what does this mean for schools? This book is a must read for educators of our future generation of leaders.
Paul Lynch, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia