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Societies 2015, 5(1), 136-150; doi:10.3390/soc5010136

A Model of Successful School Leadership from the International Successful School Principalship Project

Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Room 708, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
Academic Editors: Kenneth Leithwood and Jingping Sun
Received: 1 February 2015 / Accepted: 3 March 2015 / Published: 6 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How School Leadership Influences Student Learning)
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The International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP) has been actively conducting research about the work of successful principals since 2001. Findings from four project books and eight models derived from this project are synthesised into a model of successful school leadership. Building on Gurr, Drysdale and Mulford’s earlier model, the work of school leaders is described as engaging within the school context to influence student and school outcomes through interventions in teaching and learning, school capacity building, and the wider context. The qualities a leader brings to their role, a portfolio approach to using leadership ideas, constructing networks, collaborations and partnerships, and utilising accountability and evaluation for evidence-informed improvement, are important additional elements. The model is applicable to all in leadership roles in schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: successful school leadership; leadership; principal; middle level leadership successful school leadership; leadership; principal; middle level leadership

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