Our Perspectives - Dr Linda Bendikson

The UACEL Perspectives are opinion pieces that highlight current and topical educational leadership matters. Linda Bendikson writes candidly about her views and offers a fresh perspective on today’s educational leadership challenges.  Occasionally, other faculty / team members contribute to this Newsletter is published four times a year.

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Change is a constant and, at this time of year, everyone should be starting to think about what changes they need to make next year to get lifts in pe...

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As always there is more change on the education agenda.  Whilst Viviane Robinson’s new book is entitled, “Reduce Change to Increase I...

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Like all educational institutions, UACEL is constantly evolving to ensure relevance and competence in a rapidly changing education environment. This p...

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A continuing downward trend in New Zealand PISA results was highlighted in The New Zealand Herald recently. John Hattie suggested streaming was a key ...

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Here we go again – it is back to the madness of a million things going on.  It is hard to be a focused leader when there is so much to cope...

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A key strategy for every school should be maximising students’  ‘opportunities to learn’.  Increasing high-quality academi...

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The current push to organise New Zealand schools into communities of learners reflects a policy trend that has close counterparts in England, Canada a...

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The craziness has started and it won’t stop until Xmas.  That busy-ness is one thing that will never change.  Instead, we have to chan...

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Resourcing strategically is one of the most undervalued leadership behaviours, probably because it is not classed as ‘instructional leadership...

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It is term two. Your school improvement (annual) plans are completed and have been handed into the Ministry.  But do your ‘plans’ rea...

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I have just been asked to talk about ‘the next new thing’ in education to a group of educators.  My reply was that I’d be happy...

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Having had a considerable amount of my career as a principal, it is with that role that I usually identify.  However, since being in this job as ...

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Posted in: Middle Management

I have a confession to make – while I absolutely believe that, to be effective, leaders need to inquire into the link between the teaching and t...

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Would you appoint a teacher to run a paper mill?  Or, an engineer to be your defence lawyer?  I think most would agree that those decisions ...

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We can make a prediction based on our research, our work in schools over the last three years, and the research of many others; schools that improve a...

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John Key has just announced some sweeping changes in educational leadership positions in our schools.  Four new positions are to be created. ...

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This is the term that is busiest for schools. Instead of winding down, we wind up as we cope with end-of-year reporting and planning for the next year...

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