Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER) invites you to join us for a showcase of research undertaken within the GIER Leadership for Learning program. Four of our esteemed researchers will give presentations on their respective research topics followed by what is sure to be a lively debate, led by Provocateur, Professor Emeritus Neil Dempster.
Presenter: Associate Professor Bev Fluckiger
Resilient Principals Study: This study takes a strengths-based focus on what systems, schools and individuals are doing to promote the well-being and resilience of school leaders in order to gain empirical insights into the strategies employed to sustain health, well-being and resilience long-term.
Presenter: Professor Greer Johnson
Indigenous Family-School-Community: This study, funded by the Queensland Department of Education, engages principals, indigenous families and communities from three remote and regional primary schools in action research to support children's reading.
Presenter: Professor Tony Townsend
From Strategic Thinking to Implementation: Principals as Strategic Leaders (PaSL): This presentation will provide a brief overview of two projects involving staff from GIER, the Principals as Strategic Leaders (PaSL) project and the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) project. The first project considered the impact of using strategic leadership principles and practices on school improvement in Queensland's Independent Public Schools and the second is an ongoing professional learning and research project that seeks to improve school leaders' knowledge, skills and practices when supporting their school communities to improve student engagement and learning in literacy, with a special focus on reading. The PALL research is being conducted in Tasmania and currently five case study schools are being researched to establish how school leaders implement an intervention designed to improve reading in their schools.
Presenter: Peter Grootenboer
Driving Change from the Middle: Middle Leaders and School-based Educational Reform.
This project considers the critical practices of middle leaders (e.g., Senior teachers, Heads of Department) in driving and sustaining curriculum and professional development in school sites.