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The toxic power of labels

Jane Caro’s article (ER, February 2009) on the downside of gifted and talented or selective schooling, as evidenced by her daughter’s experiences, describes a scenario with which many parents of kids identified as G&T would be familiar. After the advantages ...

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Making this a year of change

When I was given the honour of being named Australian of the Year for 2009, I said I wanted to talk about the protection of the rights and human dignity of all Australians. I said that sometimes we don’t speak ...

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Power to the principal

Cathy Wever reports. Successful organisations have capable, confident, skilled leaders. Schools are no exception. To effectively run a school the person on the ground needs the ability to make a whole range of decisions. In other words, they need autonomy ...

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The power of your peers

Bringing principals from small rural schools together to collaborate and share resources is the aim of a three year research project taking place in Victoria. Professor Karen Starr and Dr Simone White, of Deakin University’s Centre for Educational Leadership and ...

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One world, one school

Leanne Cause may be the mother of five young children, but you won’t find her reading women’s magazines or their articles on cooking and homemaking. Instead, she prefers professional journals which can inform her practice as a primary school teacher ...

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Help is at hand

Concern over unacceptably high PhD and masters non-completion rates and long completion times has led Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRUA) to embark on a program to help remedy the situation. The Complete PhD program is open to every research higher ...

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Womens leadership liberation?

It may be time to burn the bras again. No matter what set of figures you look at, women are massively underrepresented among educational leaders. Take NSW. In 2005, women accounted for only 44 per cent of primary principals and ...

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When teacher becomes student

Teachers are, by virtue of their chosen profession, interested in and excited by learning. It comes as no surprise then that many teachers elect to undertake postgraduate study at some stage during their careers. According to the Department of Education, ...

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Redefining roles

Financial management. Human resources. Operations. Logistics. Stakeholder relations. Counselling. Planning. Communications. Marketing. Administration. Meetings. Reporting. Teaching. Mentoring. Leading. When it comes to being a school principal, the list of duties above represents the tip of the iceberg. The top job ...

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