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Collaborative Leadership through Action Research

Reflections and activities demonstrating collaborative leadership from a network of maths leaders who worked in partnership to lead an action research project across three schools. Aim is to illustrate how schools forge partnerships to learn from each other and have a positive impact on students’ growth and learning.

 

Background

St Francis de Sales, St Carlo Borromeo and St Vincent de Paul Primary Schools, located in proximity to each other, established a School Mathematics Leaders Network to explore together, from an Action Research Project, ways to sustain, embed and develop the key principles to explore new and improved approaches to learning and teaching.

Richard Jacques, Joanna Pringle and Amy Hauser describe the collaboration and action research which took place at and between the schools, and its benefits for staff and students. They reflect on how leading the project built their own capacity, that of their colleagues, and how building relationships and forging partnerships has lead to practices which support rich learning for mathematics at all three schools.

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Reflection

Watch the clip ‘Building Partnerships’ and reflect on the following:

  • In what ways could your school establish networks to create and share new knowledge?’
  • What professional partnerships could you establish in order to have a positive impact on student’s growth and learning?

Watch the clip ‘Leading Action Research’ and reflect on the following:

  • In what ways could teacher collaboration be more actively facilitated at your school?
  • Consider 'Professional Learning is much more than something teachers ‘attend’. Some of the best professional learning occurs at the school, as teachers’ plan together, discuss students’ work and share classroom experiences’. (Leadership Standards Framework)

Watch the clip ‘Leaders as Learners’ and reflect on the following:

  • What professional learning networks and/or communities have you accessed to support your professional learning interests?
  • What are the benefits of being involved with a professional network for yourself, your colleagues and your school?
  • Consider 'School leaders are learners who encourage, acknowledge and support professional learning and work of their colleagues and celebrate achievements’. (Leadership Standards Framework)

 As a leader, how do you:

  1. Organise opportunities for teachers to share approaches and strategies to enhance student learning?
  2. Organise professional development that meets the needs of staff and the needs of the school?
  3. Acknowledge and celebrate the work and learning achievements of colleagues? (Leadership Standards Framework)

Resources

Professional learning resources for developing creative professional learning communities.

Louise Stoll (UK resources) Institute of Education, University of London Professional Learning Communities: Developed by Louise Stoll, Ray Bolam, Agnes McMahon, Sally Thomas, Mike Wallace, Angela Greenwood and Kate Hawkey.

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Louise Stoll (Australia resources) Professor Louise Stoll (University of London) explores and shares strategies in a series of videos from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership 

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Classroom Observation Template Template based on the 12 principles of rich learning in mathematics

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Network of Leaders Blog Three schools sharing mathematics resources in an online community.

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Source: Archdiocese of Melbourne

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