Leadership

 

Green Light Leadership

Green Light Means Go!

Ask almost any young learner what a “green light” means and they will say, “GO!”  Drivers will say a green light signals them to move forward, but implies so much more.  Katherine Knox examines “Green Light” actions that keep a school moving forward consistently and effectively.

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Sustainability in schools

 A guide to strategic planning

Paul Cabrelli has recently explored the idea of “sustainability in schools” as a speaker both at the COBIS conference for Bursars, HR Managers and HR staff at St. Julian’s School, and the CEESA Job – a- like conference for Business Managers, Chief Accountants and Facility Managers, arguing that this is a 21st Century issue that must not be ignored. 

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Those who can, do

Ronald Stones OBE: the “can do” man

British international education in South East Asia has been grown rapidly for some time . We meet Ron Stones, one of the most influential British school leaders over the last 30 years, look back on his career and ask about his next project.

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Branching out

Establishing a “branch school”overseas

Many UK independent – and a few state schools – have considered setting up overseas branches of their schools. Is there still a market for UK independent schools to expand overseas?  Undoubtedly.  Are there pitfalls and dangers along the way?  Definitely.  So what are the risks involved and how can they be mitigated? Paul Cabrelli suggests you should be guided by 10 fundamental principles.

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Child protection in international schools

New standards and support for international schools

Child abuse is a difficult issue for any educator to confront and International School leaders face particular difficulties. Jane Larsson, Executive Director of the Council of International Schools (CIS) recently spoke to ITM about a new source of support for schools as they develop more robust safeguarding policies.

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Teacher Leadership

Teachers as leaders

Teachers are the adults closest to the two most important functions of any school:  teaching and learning. Who else, Ciaran McMahan asks, is better placed to bring about changes that will lead to successful school improvement?

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Intelligent Disobedience in school!

The challenge of “Intelligent Disobedience” might ruffle feathers

Best-selling author and thinker, Ira Chaleff is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance at the Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference (AISC) in Hong Kong this December. What he’s got to say is important, even though it might ruffle a few feathers . . .

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The Man Who Planted Trees (L’Homme qui Plantait des Arbres)

hommeCross-curricular inspiration

This is the ultimate teaching and learning resource. Students of French, history, literature, media studies, science, biology, the environment . . . . and leadership will be totally absorbed. The winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, is based on the original book by Jean Giono, also reviewed in ITM.

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A Case for Establishing Leadership Training at an Earlier Stage

In some areas of the world there is a leadership crisis in schools; England reports an alarming lack of head teachers. Workload and stress levels have been cited as contributing to the paucity of teachers willing to take on leadership roles, but Ciaran McMahon suggests that directed leadership training will enthuse teachers and offers a positive route out of the leadership shortage predicament.

This article appears with the kind permission of the Irish Primary Principals’Network (IPPN) It originally appeared in Leadership+,  the IPPN’s members’magazine.

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UAE Map

UAE continues to lead the international K-12 schools market

New report

The UAE continues to be the leading country in the world for English-medium K-12 international schools.  In terms of the number of international schools, the UAE is currently competing in a very tight race with China, but in terms of student enrolment, the UAE leads the world decisively. The data has been published in the new Market Intelligence Report for International Schools in the United Arab Emirates by ISC Research. Anne Keeling reports.

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Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Round the world with Sarah Outen

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From the comfort of our cozy lives, it is difficult to imagine what it is like to cycle, row and kayak around our planet. Sarah Outen has done just that and her experiences provide one with a sobering sense of perspective and genuine awe. Tony Richards reflects on her epic trip and makes the case for opening up outdoor education to those who are yet to experience its benefits.

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Time for the Crisis Manager?

avatar.jpg.320x320pxFortunately few of us will experience events as tragic as the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, but such events do happen and, as we have witnessed, demand enormous human resourcefulness and resilience. Steve Priest, teaching in the The British School of Kathmandu at the time of the earthquake, explains the crucial role that forward thinking and planning played in enabling the school to react effectively to events and support the school and wider community.

Drawn from his experiences, Steve also provides valuable guidance on how schools can and should prepare for crises available as a downloadable PDF. (see below)

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Edward James Olmos

Escalante & The Learning Wedge

It’s not that they’re stupid; it’s just that they don’t know anything!

Stand & DeliverThis is just one of the memorable lines from the 1988 movie Stand & Deliver during an Oscar – nominated performance by Edward James Olmos, playing the role of LA Math teacher Jaime Escalante. In a remarkable career, Escalante took issue with one of the most popular misconceptions about learning, and in doing so developed an approach to teaching that Andy Homden has come to describe as “The Learning Wedge”

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