Education

Curriculum Leadership by Middle Leaders

Curriculum Leadership by Middle Leaders focusses on major issues relating to the continuing national and international discourse on curriculum leadership, and highlights the vital role of middle leaders in schools. School leadership has focused primarily on first-order change involving school leaders or principals. This book seeks to put the spotlight on second-order change that involves curriculum leadership and professional development support on the part of middle leaders for more sustainable and long-term change in teaching and learning that will influence what happens in classrooms. With timely and thought-provoking contribution from authors who pursue a range of scholarly interests in multiple educational settings, the book is guided by several underlying questions: How might we re-envision curriculum leadership so that it addresses both local and global concerns and aspirations? How might we better grasp how middle leaders understand and respond to the pressures of educational reform initiatives? How might middle leaders transform pressures into possibilities? This book will appeal to current teachers, those currently undertaking teacher training and students or academics carrying out research in the field of educational leadership.
Education

A Curriculum Guide for Middle Leaders

A Curriculum Guide for Middle Leaders is a comprehensive guide to the curriculum for middle leaders and subject leaders. Designed to support middle leaders in both primary and secondary schools, it explores every aspect of successful curriculum leadership beginning with intent and moving on to cover implementation and impact. It is closely aligned to the new inspection framework and demystifies key terminology including selection, sequencing, progression, and interleaving. Written in an accessible Q&A format, the book equips readers with the tools and the knowledge they need to construct an imaginative and effective subject curriculum, and prepares them to take part successfully in ‘deep dives’. There are also templates and practical tools drawn from good practice across the country that can be easily adapted for individual subjects and schools. Addressing the key concerns of both experienced leaders and those new to the role, this essential resource encourages readers to think deeply about the curriculum and how it is taught, enabling them to make a significant contribution to whole school improvement.
Education

Middle Leadership in Schools

Middle leading refers to those teachers that both teach and have leadership roles, and thus can bridge the gap between the practices of learning and the managemant of schooling. Focusing on the practices of middle leaders, this book addresses the current lack of support and professional development for middle leaders in educational settings. Middle Leadership in Schools positions middle leaders as professional leaders, and an integral part of educational and professional development in schools and other educational institutions. Drawing on empirical research spanning four countries, this book provides readers with a conceptual framework to understand middle leading and shows how middle leading practices unfold in real educational contexts. This is a valuable resource that goes beyond a theoretical conversation about middle leaders to provide readers with practical applications based on extensive research undertaken by the authors. The book is divided into seven chapters, each of which include reflective discussion questions and recommended readings to promote collaborative engagement with the text. Chapters cover topics such as how middle leading is shaped in practice, its role in professional development and its impact on schools. Illustrating to middle leaders how they can develop their leadership skills, the book will also be of interest to school principals and other senior leaders as a guide to supporting their middle leaders.
Education

The Practices of School Middle Leadership

This book uses practice theory to examine the role of ‘middle-leadership’. In particular, it investigates the practices of ‘leading in the middle’ in the cultural-discursive, material-economic, and social-political domains – i.e., the sayings, doings and relatings of middle leading. This perspective acknowledges the ecological arrangement of leading practices in schools, and the necessity of considering the unavoidable reality of the site. The analysis is used to promote the need to view leading in the middle as a form of praxis – a morally and ethically informed practice that requires thoughtful decision-making and action in situations where the outcomes are not always clear. This book focuses on the practice of leading for those in ‘middle management’ positions in primary and secondary schools, such as those responsible for curriculum leadership, including senior teachers, assistant principals, and curriculum leaders. In their positions that bridge ‘management’ and ‘the classroom’ they are significant leaders in promoting and sustaining effective pedagogy for good learning outcomes, and they have to continue to provide high-quality teaching in their own classrooms, while simultaneously being a mentor, coach, supporter and evaluator for their colleagues.

Growing Leaders

Curriculum middle leaders in secondary schools lead teams of teachers in their department and are therefore vital to addressing the variation of student academic performance that is reported as occurring both across and within secondary schools, as they have the authority to influence the pedagogical practices and content knowledge of teachers within their departments. These education professionals are important players in closing gaps in student performance because of their ability to influence the instructional practices of teachers that report to them. Their leadership development within the school context is therefore an important area of research. The literature that informed this research revealed that curriculum middle leaders are not receiving consistently targeted, cohesive professional development and instead often face an ‘ad hoc’ or ‘one size fits all’ approach. As awareness grows of the importance of strategically building the leadership capacity of curriculum middle leaders, there is a need for a focus on the extent to which senior school leaders are able to dedicate sufficient time to the practices needed to increase the curriculum middle leaders’ capacity to influence teaching and learning improvement in their schools. The challenge, therefore, is how senior leaders set about to deliberately develop the leadership capacity of the curriculum middle leaders for whom they are directly responsible. This research project set out to investigate the practices of five senior leaders in a secondary school context who are focussed on building the leadership capacity of curriculum middle leaders who report to them and for whom they are directly responsible for their development and performance. The research questions sought to reveal the strategies these senior leaders use to increase the leadership capacity of curriculum middle leaders with the purpose of improving student outcomes. Participants (included senior leaders and six selected curriculum middle leaders who reported to them) explained the use of these strategies and their impact in increasing the leadership capacity of curriculum middle leaders. The extent to which these strategies led to improved outcomes in leadership practice, which in turn influenced improved teacher practice and student outcomes, was also explored. This qualitative case study approach involved interviewing eleven participants in three Auckland secondary schools. Information was gathered through semi-structured interviews with senior leaders and curriculum middle leaders who reported to them at each participant school. Department level documentation outlining the goals and achievements of teachers and students in 2014 were analysed and compared with the data about instructional practices reported in the interviews. NVivo was used to manage the rich text-based information to enable deep levels of analysis. The thematic findings emphasised the need for senior leaders to identify the leadership learning needs of the curriculum middle leaders, explicitly address those needs and jointly select strategies with the curriculum middle leader for developing their practice. Whilst senior leaders seek to establish relational trust with their curriculum middle leaders, in some instances they appear to misunderstand how to do so, and avoid directly addressing areas of improvement they perceive to be required, instead seeking to maintain or enhance collegiality. This study also highlights the dilemma that senior leaders face in prioritising their time between ‘daily operations’ at a school level and their responsibilities as instructional leaders of the curriculum middle leaders. The study also highlights the need for further structured opportunities for educational senior leaders to develop their coaching and mentoring skills to enhance and sustain curriculum middle leadership in New Zealand secondary schools.
Education

Leading Curriculum Development

Develop a curriculum that can transform an ordinary school into a school of excellence! This resource introduces school leaders to dynamic curriculum leadership and a curriculum development process that leads to highly successful school programs. The author demonstrates how administrators can adapt curriculum to meet their school’s changing needs, incorporate emerging technologies, and reflect new and creative ways of thinking about education. The book walks educational leaders through the curriculum development process, showing them how to: Create a school curriculum team Establish a regular curriculum cycle of analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation Develop a path for curriculum improvement
Education

Middle Leadership Mastery

Never has there been a more crucial time to improve middle leadership. For many years school inspections have focused on data-driven outcomes and the role of senior leaders in driving school improvement; recently, however, the focus has shifted to curriculum and middle leadership. This has left middle leaders under increased pressure to be able to justify their actions and decisions. Instead of relying on generic leadership theories, Middle Leadership Mastery collates perspectives from psychology, sociology, cognitive science and Silicon Valley CEOs to share evidence-informed guidance on a wide range of topics - from designing a curriculum and quality assuring teaching to supporting staff and students in crisis and managing well-being. Adam Robbins draws on his 16 years' experience of teaching in a deprived area to illustrate his points with stories and anecdotes from the front line, demonstrating how middle leaders can better understand their context and deliver the best outcomes from a variety of starting points.
Education

Leading the Curriculum in the Primary School

'The book is a good introduction to anyone taking on middle leadership in the primary sector, and will be useful to heads and deputies who are considering how to organise their schools in the face continuing change and increasing accountability' - Times Educational Supplement In recent years, there has been an acknowledgement of the need for teachers to develop management and leadership skills in addition to specialized subject knowledge, to achieve a state where they possess transferable skills that can be employed in co-ordinating any area of the primary curriculum. This book will provide trainees, NQTs and experienced teachers with the management and leadership techniques that they will need in order to develop, with appropriate experience and opportunities, into subject leaders or effective members of a senior management team. The emphasis in this book is on the practical techniques and strategies of curriculum leadership. At all levels of experience, from establishing a direction through working with resources to leading and motivating colleagues, this book deals with the theoretical, practical and technological issues facing teachers as they create and manage curricula. This book is an invaluable resource for trainees and teachers at every level as they confront the rapidly shifting demands of their profession.
Education

Leading the Curriculum in the Primary School

'The book is a good introduction to anyone taking on middle leadership in the primary sector, and will be useful to heads and deputies who are considering how to organise their schools in the face continuing change and increasing accountability' - Times Educational Supplement In recent years, there has been an acknowledgement of the need for teachers to develop management and leadership skills in addition to specialized subject knowledge, to achieve a state where they possess transferable skills that can be employed in co-ordinating any area of the primary curriculum. This book will provide trainees, NQTs and experienced teachers with the management and leadership techniques that they will need in order to develop, with appropriate experience and opportunities, into subject leaders or effective members of a senior management team. The emphasis in this book is on the practical techniques and strategies of curriculum leadership. At all levels of experience, from establishing a direction through working with resources to leading and motivating colleagues, this book deals with the theoretical, practical and technological issues facing teachers as they create and manage curricula. This book is an invaluable resource for trainees and teachers at every level as they confront the rapidly shifting demands of their profession.
Education

Curriculum Leadership Development

Curriculum Leadership Development is an up-to-date, user-friendly textbook offering unique approaches to help readers understand the complexity of curriculum leadership. It is grounded in current and relevant theory, research, legislation, and application in the closely related areas of curriculum leadership, development, and scholarship. The text solidifies the concepts of curriculum and leadership in experiential learning contexts, and promotes democratic action and critical thinking. Author Carol A. Mullen uses a descriptive, qualitative approach that integrates case study, data analysis, personal reflection, and lessons learned. Among the most important elements of the book are: *the inclusion of the voice and curricular experiences of the professional student who is a seasoned teacher or beginning adminstrator; *detailed illustrations of practitioners' experiences as curriculum makers and action researchers; *an articulation of the links among curriculum development, constructivist curricula, and mentoring scaffolds; and *practical exercises to accompany case studies. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students in education will find this textbook of value in their coursework, as will curriculum professionals who teach practicing teachers.
Education

Leadership For Change: The Singapore Schools' Experience

The book shares stories of the role of school leadership in Singapore, with case studies from selected schools, that provides some insights on how Singapore delivers a high-quality education that had led to it achieving high rankings in TIMMS and PISA. This book will provide both the historical and present contexts of changes in the education system, school leadership and teacher leadership in Singapore that made it what it is today. It will distil some universal principles of educational change that school leaders and policy makers can apply in bringing about educational changes that will enhance the learning experiences of students and prepare them for future challenges.
Education

The Art of Being a Brilliant Middle Leader

The Art of Being a Brilliant Middle Leader is the latest book to join the successful Art of Being Brilliant series. Whether you re already leading or you have it on your radar, this book s for you. Don t expect a textbook full of highfalutin theories though, this book is rammed full of practical ideas that you can use instantly to help you in your current role or to get the position you want. How do you create a brilliant team? What is needed to establish an awesome ethos? How do you do those difficult personnel things? How do you make an impact? Answers to all of these questions and more are based on the combined 100 plus years of the authors leadership experience in a wide range of educational settings. You ll find a cornucopia of pick and mix tips, strategies and stuff that really works and will make your leadership brilliant!
Education

The Principal’s Guide to Curriculum Leadership

"This handbook synthesizes the best of educational research in an easily accessible format. Educators will find it an effective roadmap for leading their schools to organizational excellence, effective instruction, and optimum student achievement." —Brenda P. Dean, Assistant Superintendent Hamblen County Schools, Morristown, TN "The author clearly makes the case for the principal to be THE instructional and curricular leader of his or her school site. Principals who embrace this CAN and WILL make the difference for students!" —Marianne L. Lescher, Principal Kyrene Elementary School District, Tempe, AZ Practical guidance for spearheading curriculum development and change This comprehensive guide walks principals through the curriculum development and renewal process with encouragement, hitting the hard issues of doing more with less, integrating technology, overcoming resistance to change, and improving student outcomes. The authors incorporate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards for principals as they relate to curriculum leadership. Highlights include step-by-step guidance for: Developing a culture that is conducive to curriculum advancement Working collaboratively with personnel Integrating state and national standards into school curriculum Maximizing professional development opportunities Connecting curriculum to instruction The Principal′s Guide to Curriculum Leadership is ideal for practicing and aspiring public and private school administrators. Special features include discussion questions, case studies, activities, specialized curriculum models, resources, and references.
Education

School Leadership and Educational Change in Singapore

This book provides readers with insights into how Singapore school leaders are actively engaged in the transformation of the Singapore education system. It brings to attention crucial elucidations of the increasing demand and complexity placed on school leaders through the use of case studies. Each chapter in the book focuses on a particular issue which has become important or has gained renewed importance in the Singapore education system. The chapters first provide a background to the theme under examination and a theoretical basis for discussion. They then narrate the case that shows how school leaders interpret and implement policy initiatives in their respective schools or lead change in that area. The case studies span over a wide range of domains such as instructional leadership, assessment leadership, stakeholder engagement, professional learning communities, and school branding. The data collected from these case studies came primarily from interviews of educators in their respective school contexts, in addition to other sources of data such as artifacts. Each case study highlights descriptions, interpretations, and perspectives across school contexts, which is consistent with the proposition that school leadership is very much shaped by context. At the end of each chapter, there are guiding questions to help readers critically analyse and reflect on the main learning points of the case.
Education

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Middle Leadership

Designing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme can be daunting. Whether you are looking to better your own practice or coach your colleagues, it can be hard to know where to start. But don't worry, the Bloomsbury CPD Library is here to help! Divided into two unique sections, Teach Yourself and Train Others, these books are perfect for individual teachers, middle leaders, and those looking to introduce whole-school CPD training programmes. Striving to become a middle leader in your school? Already in a middle leadership role but looking to excel? Then this book is for you! Taking an easy-to-follow, chronological approach this book takes you through the five stages of your middle leadership career, from interview preparation to those first steps in role. With a focus on long-term development and progression of practice you are also provided with evaluation strategies and questionnaires, plus a full set of training plans to run your own CPD sessions and help train other aspiring middle leaders. The book is accompanied by PowerPoint slides available to download online for free and in total, it offers 11 hours, 30 minutes of CPD, equating to a cost of just £2.00 per hour of training!
Education

School Leadership

Schools become increasingly complex organisations and, as their role in socialising young people is recognised, the task of leading the school community is receiving greater attention than ever before.School Leadership summarises current thinking about leadership in schools and suggests ways forward. School leadership is set in its social context. Is leadership associated with function within a bureaucratically ordered hierarchy, is it widely shared across communities or is it both? The school is considered both as an institution of the state and as an agency of democratic values. Ideas as to who the leaders are and what leadership involves are recast. The authors recent experience with Headship preparation and development is discussed and analysed. Set in the Scottish experience this book provides examples of general issues facing many schools and school leaders across the world. School Leadership is required reading for head teachers, education administrators and for those aspiring to leadership roles in schools.This is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of a book that has been a key resource for School Leadership programmes since publication of the first edition in 2003.
Mathematics

Mathematics Instruction: Goals, Tasks And Activities - Yearbook 2018, Association Of Mathematics Educators

The book, the tenth volume in the series of yearbooks by the Association of Mathematics Educators in Singapore, comprises 14 chapters written by renowned researchers in mathematics education. The chapters offer mathematics teachers a cache of teaching ideas and resources for classroom instruction. Readers will find various task design principles, examples of mathematical tasks used in classrooms and teaching approaches to implement the tasks. Through these discussions, readers are invited to reflect and rethink their beliefs about mathematics teaching and learning in the 21st century, and reexamine the tasks and activities that they use in the classroom, in order to bring about positive impact on students' learning of mathematics. This book contributes towards literature in the field of mathematics education, specifically on mathematics instruction and the design of mathematical tasks and activities. Contents: Tasks and Activities in the Mathematics Classroom (Boon Liang CHUA and Pee Choon TOH) From Task to Activity: Noticing Affordances, Design, and Orchestration (CHOY Ban Heng) Affordances of Typical Problems (Jaguthsing DINDYAL) Mathematical Tasks Enacted by Two Competent Teachers to Facilitate the Learning of Vectors by Grade Ten Students (Berinderjeet KAUR, Lai Fong WONG and Chong Kiat CHEW) Use of Comics and Its Adaptation in the Mathematics Classroom (TOH Tin Lam, CHAN Chun Ming Eric, CHENG Lu Pien, LIM Kam Ming and LIM Lee Hean) Designing and Implementing Scientific Calculator Tasks and Activities (Barry KISSANE) Engaging the Hearts of Mathematics Learners (Joseph B W YEO) Developing Interaction Toward the Goal of the Lesson in a Primary Mathematics Classroom (Keiko HINO) Designing and Implementing Activities in the Flipped Classroom in the Singapore Primary Mathematics Classroom (CHENG Lu Pien, NG Swee Fong, TAN Bee Kian Jasmine Susie and NG Ee Noch) Designing Mathematical Modelling Activities for the Primary Mathematics Classroom (Chun Ming Eric CHAN, Rashidah VAPUMARICAN and Huanjia Tracy LIU) Extending d104book Exercises into Short Open-Ended Tasks for Primary Mathematics Classroom Instruction (YEO Kai Kow Joseph) Integrating Problem Posing into Mathematical Problem Solving: An Experimental Study (JIANG Chunlian and CHUA Boon Liang) A Vicennial Walk Through 'A' Level Mathematics in Singapore: Reflecting on the Curriculum Leadership Role of the JC Mathematics Teacher (Weng Kin HO and Christina RATNAM-LIM) Probability: Theory and Teaching (YAP Von Bing) Readership: Graduate students, researchers, practitioners and teachers in mathematics. Keywords: Mathematics;Instruction;Task Design;Singapore;Teachers;InstructionReview: Key Features: Firstly it has a focused theme: Mathematics instruction and task design, which is of prime concern to mathematics educators Secondly it is written by university scholars who work closely with classroom mathematics teachers thereby drawing on their research knowledge and classroom experiences Lastly, the book is rich resource, of tried and tested practical know-how of approaches that promote mathematics learning, for mathematics educators in Singapore schools and elsewhere