Data from national and international surveys of student achievement in literacy pointed to a recurring problem in Australian schools. Although the overall outcome of these surveys was positive, with the majority of Australian students achieving high standards, a significant minority did not. While it is well documented that within the school, classroom teachers affect student learning outcomes most, no turnaround in the achievement trajectory of students has occurred without the dedicated action of school leaders (Leithwood, Day, Sammons, Harris, Hopkins, 2006). The current paper considers the ongoing Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) project and a series of case studies in nine primary schools in two Australian states. The results indicate that the PALL project has had a positive impact on the work of Principals in supporting reading initiatives and that this has helped to improve the quality of teaching reading in primary schools, which in turn has had an impact on student reading achievement.
|Title of host publication||Challenging disparities in education|
|Subtitle of host publication||59th Yearbook of Teacher Education, International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)|
|Place of Publication||Naruto Tokushima Japan|
|Publisher||Naruto University of Education|
|Pages||319 - 330|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching 2015 - Naruto University of Education, Naruto Tokushima, Japan|
Duration: 19 Jun 2015 → 22 Jun 2015
Conference number: 59th
|Conference||World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching 2015|
|Abbreviated title||ICET 2015|
|Period||19/06/15 → 22/06/15|
|Other||International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)|
Townsend, T., Dempster, N., Johnson, G., Bayetto, A., & Wilkinson, J. (2015). Principals as Literacy Leaders: Case Studies of Leadership with a Purpose. In Y. Ono (Ed.), Challenging disparities in education: 59th Yearbook of Teacher Education, International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) (pp. 319 - 330). Naruto University of Education.