Entries in Dr David Stewart (6)


Leadership Development with Jan Robertson

Dr Jan Robertson, Leadership Consultant, Waiheke Island and Former Director of The London Centre for Leadership in Learning, talks with David Stewart about her recent work.

Addressed in the conversation are the similarities and differences in the way various authorities manage leadership development in their areas and the nature of the problems that they signal that they wish to address with this work. Jan talks about how the UK National College for School Leadership has widened its scope and why it has changed its name to The National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. Talk ranges around the possible implications of these kinds of developments for the current New Zealand Ministry of Education initiative of closely linking student assessment with leadership programmes.

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Wendy Kofoed

Dr Wendy Kofoed, principal of Newmarket School, talks with David Stewart about her recent Doctor of Education thesis: Written Reporting: Strengthening learning partnerships through purposeful reporting.

The conversation covers an outline of the main purposes of the study, the questions that were addressed and the methodology for so doing. An explanation of the kind and range of data is given. There is a discussion about what this means for schools and how some of the contemporary issues might be addressed. National Standards bring new demands for schools and Dr Kofoed explains the relationship between her research and the current pressures to implement these notions in schools' written reporting schedules.

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Slide Reference:
Kofoed, W.J. Written Reporting: Strengthening learning partnerships through purposeful reporting. Auckland University, Unpublished Doctor of Education Thesis. 2009.

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An interview with Lester Flockton

In this interview Lester Flockton talks with David Stewart and Kay Tester on a range of issues currently confronting New Zealand school principals.

Lester Flockton is a graduate of Dunedin Teachers College and the University of Otago. He has extensive experience in New Zealand’s school system as a teacher, principal (5 schools small rural to large urban), inspector of schools, Ministry of Education official, researcher, university teacher, educational thinker and leader.

Throughout his career in education he has worked on many national curriculum and assessment committees and projects, including the revised New Zealand Curriculum (2007). He has led numerous professional development and learning programmes, made dozens of conference presentations, and held office in various professional organizations.

Kay Tester is principal of St Brigid’s School in Wellington, and a regional director of the Ariki project responsible for data management within the project. She also facilitates the ArikiRural group; a small school subset of the wider programme who operate at a distance.

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A Board of Trustee's Perspective

Martin Glaeser has been a member of the Board of Trustees at St Brigid's for 4-5 years and has been the chair for the last two years. His two children have attended the school and Martin enjoys the community interaction that the role brings. He has found the work with principal and staff satisfying. He talks with David Stewart about the Ariki Project and the chart that is referred to is available on the Project News page.

The conversation explores themes of school and principal accountability; the connection of principal intentions with classroom practice; how the project had impacted on the Board's thinking regarding principal appraisal; the board's response to professional conversations beginning predominately with examples of evidence of practice; and the extent to which this Ariki Project had influenced both the culture of the school and importantly the raising of student attainment.

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When metaphor becomes reality

Dr David Stewart has wide experience in the educational sector. Some time principal, academic, centre director, author and researcher, he is currently director of the Ariki Project.

These three short pieces explore how good ideas expressed as metaphor can inhibit progress if applied literally. The examples chosen are open door policies, 3600 feedback and flat organisation structures.

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