Managing a School Effectively

4925 Words Jan 4th, 2011 20 Pages
MANAGING A SCHOOL EFFECTIVELY

Changing role of the school principal

The techno century’s Leadership - From Principals to CEO (Chief Education Officer)

Abstract

The techno century’s principalship - From Principals to CEO (Chief Education Officer)

The role of the principal is multi-faceted. The techno century’s principalship in its epitomized role is about ensuring the relevance of aims, content, practices, and outcomes of formal education to digital generation. In accepting this coveted role, individual and organisational capability will be imperative, as will the development of individuals and communities to create and ‘walk’ the new paradigms. Modern school leadership also includes networking. School leaders will have to work
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These shall be leaders having a strong moral purpose and commitment to working to help all schools improve performance. This view that, in the techno century the days of the self contained, stand-alone school will be superseded, is also argued by the eminent Australian educationalist Hedley Beare: ‘The best schools are part of a living ecology of learning localities and sites, and can access learning modules from almost anywhere. The school, therefore, acts not as a sole and exclusive provider of programs for students enrolled, and does not assume its own curriculum offerings are confined to its own campus. Rather, it acts as a learning broker to find, contract in, and then manage what is available on its web of contacts.’ The opportunities for leadership within this model are immense. The walls of the school are removed and educators of all levels can contribute to the development of individuals, groups, schools, and networks - both national and international. The challenge for each nation is to develop the culture and the capacity for the new style of leadership.
Now as effective leadership is recognised as a key feature of successful schools, however, is the style of leadership needed in the techno century the same as what was required in the 20th century? We can use examples from industry and business to help us understand leadership for the techno century. Jim Collins has a five-level hierarchy of leadership: • Level V: Executive. Builds enduring