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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Please note that the next edition of Curriculum and Leadership Journal has been rescheduled to appear 18 October 2013.

Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework

Report 

Nationally and internationally, there is unequivocal evidence that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school factor affecting student outcomes. There is also strong evidence that better appraisal and feedback can improve teacher performance. In Australia, there are schools that have outstanding performance and development practices and that have seen tangible improvements in the quality of teaching as a result. However, in aggregate, Australian teachers report that they do not always get the feedback they need to improve. One major concern is that teachers currently perceive performance and development processes as bureaucratic exercises, largely done to fulfil administrative requirements. These are some of the issues addressed by the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework. The Framework is a nationally agreed initiative, endorsed by Education Ministers, which will provide a systematic approach to performance and development across all schools. The pace and method of implementation will be determined by jurisdictions and school sectors.

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Running on empty? Finding the time and capacity to lead learning

Philip Hallinger, Joseph F Murphy

Frameworks designed to support principals' instructional leadership are one of several key ways to help them lead learning in their schools – NASSP Bulletin.

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Easier said than done: leading technology integration

David Bleakley, Melinda Mangin

Graduate education students consider the challenge of how to persuade school communities to adopt new instructional technologies at their schools – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

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Everyday practices of teachers of English: a survey at the outset of national curriculum implementation

James Albright, Lisa Knezevic, Lesley Farrell

A survey of primary and secondary English teachers has investigated their views about curriculum implementation and their own professional learning needs in relation to the Australian Curriculum: English – Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.

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Teaching prospective teachers about fractions

Jungeun Park, Beste Güçler, Raven McCrory

The authors recommend ways to improve primary preservice teachers' ability to cover the teaching of fractions – Educational Studies in Mathematics.

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