Presentation on theme: "Leading educational change by changing school cultures Professor Christine Halse Director, Centre for Educational Research University of Western Sydney."— Presentation transcript:
Leading educational change by changing school cultures Professor Christine Halse Director, Centre for Educational Research University of Western Sydney
1. Address significant social issues that impact on schools and student learning; 2. Make research-led practice and practice-led research the modus operandi of educational leaders; 3. Change the culture of schooling; and 4. Build a new generation of innovative educational leaders AIMS of the CER EdD
1. Common theme: Building and leading ethical and respectful school and systemic cultures in disadvantaged communities; 2. Collaborative Learning: progress as a cohort; 3. Formal classes (270 hrs) throughout candidature; 4. Peer support: monthly networking meetings; website/discussion board; social events; 5. Learning community of academics: team teaching, mentoring of early career researchers etc; and 6. Learning through breadth and depth: common program content plus in-depth study and problem- solving of three professional practice initiatives in the workplace. The Cohort Model
Overview of the CER EdD EdD Portfolio Three research-led practice initiatives Three practice-led research scholarly papers Narrative of Personal & Professional Development, Contribution & Impact Overview of the CER EdD
What Might a Research Program Look Like? Music & Using socio-cultural diversity as an asset YearProfessional Practice initiative Scholarly PaperIndicators of personal & professional growth & impact 1Analysis and report on socio-cultural diversity in a school community Examination of different concepts of socio-cultural diversity and how music can develop intercultural understanding Presentation on report at meeting of principles Conference presentation on music for intercultural understanding 2Establish an intercultural music program across the school community The leadership challenges of establishing the program and how these were managed ethically. Presentation to school leaders on leading a new initiative Performance of intercultural music groups 3Establish intercultural music initiative across the region Evaluation of the music program on cultural attitudes of staff and students in the region. Television coverage of the program Professional development of 100 music teachers 4Evidence-based narrative of personal and professional growth and impact.
Co-ed comprehensive high school;1500 students, low SES, ethnically mixed; Early school leaving: 30% boys leave the school at 15 yrs; 95% of girls stay at school. So what is the problem? How can this be addressed? Labour market conditions and training assumptions, new opportunities through collaboration with other schools and businesses. Case Study 1: Hopeville High
The school: 650 boys, all first or second generation migrants or refugees, predominantly Lebanese, Arabic, Pacific Islander with a growing number of Sudanese refugees; inter-racial violence; highest rate of suspensions in the State; high level of disengagement from learning - student achievement in national testing drops progressively through high school. So what is the problem? How can this be addressed? Cultural music and dance program; a positive self-regulating culture; improved attendance, significant reduction in suspension rates; demand from other cultural groups to join the music and dance group. Case Study 2: Willy Wok High