09:05 - 09:35
School improvement often fails to meet its targets. In this conversation Deidre and Vivian suggest how leaders can increase the chances that their improvement efforts succeed. Deidre introduces the concept of adaptive expertise as a way that leaders can work with the complexity involved in leading change for improvement. Viviane explains why the engage approach is likely to be more successful than the more common bypass approach, in which leaders bypass rather than inquire into the beliefs and practices that sustain the teaching practices and student outcomes that they are trying to improve.
Deidre is an Associate Professor and head of graduate programs in educational leadership at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research primarily focuses on practices that support leaders in solving complex leadership problems and on effective approaches to professional learning.
Viviane is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Auckland and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University College, London. She has published extensively on leadership, school improvement and interpersonal and organisational effectiveness.
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