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Being a high school principal in the 21 st Century. What’s it like?. What literacies does a citizen of the 21 st Century need?. 21 st century learner. The new things in the mix. New assessment style. Purposeful – a means to an end and not an end in itself

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Being a high school principal in the 21st Century

What’s it like?


What literacies does a citizen of the 21st Century need?


21st century learner


The new things in the mix


New assessment style

  • Purposeful – a means to an end and not an end in itself

  • Actively develops critical thinking and information processing

  • Two highs

    -High expectations

    -Higher order skills

     New conception of formal learning


The lifelong learner

  • Implicit - learners encouraged to choose a specialisation or focus

  • Explicit - Life Orientation as a subject


New subject scope

  • All subjects have new subject “content”

  • Increased or different range and depth

    New subjects

    New envisaged learner


20th Century trained teachers+Parents and learners who are used to a 20th century system

The biggest challenge …


PRESSURES ON SCHOOL LEADERS


MANAGE THIS

NCS documents:

policy to be applied

Gazette out for public comment:

this is policy in the making.

MANAGE THIS

Proposed choices to WCED

LSM ordered and delivered

MANAGE THIS

Timetabling

LSM

Subject choices

Budget

Facilities

GIVE LEAD

Staff

Parents

Learners

Feelings…

Fears…

Look after yourself too!

MANAGING THESE PRESSURES


Leadership Now 1

  • Don’t wait for others to make things happen in your life – signal clearly that you will give the needed leadership.

  • Use the talents of your staff, parents, RCL, community

  • Identify everything which needs to be managed

  • Delegate/share/involve all layers in your school – large-scale advocacy, information-sharing and shared planning. Don’t keep anyone in the dark

  • Consult/get advice/link with other schools


Leadership Now 2

  • Negotiate subject offerings with neighbouring schools where relevant

  • Determine your class sizes and match staff (teaching load) to subjects (ie give shape and offer choices within planned framework – don’t leave things to chance)

  • Encourage learners to compete for places in classes eg offer only 35 places in subject X and then stick to your own rules. Set up waiting lists.


Leadership Now 3

  • Have a strategy to help staff, parents, learners with insecurities (likely to mean that you need to contain your own anxieties – find a critical friend to see you through your own difficult times)

  • Arrange to empower staff

  • Relieve staff of pressures where possible


Recommit to living with ambiguities


Today’s conference

  • ADVOCACY

  • Information-sharing plus news about timelines, WCED plans etc

  • Finding friends – getting networks in place

  • Take home pack


– and then what?

  • Help see your staff through the holiday training – encourage them to make most of it

  • Set up and maintain good timelines, checklists and procedures

  • SET UP THE CHALLENGE:

    “How can we be a lead school over the next 3 years?”


We’ve got quite a job to do


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