Principals as Literacy Leaders: Case Studies of Leadership with a Purpose

Tony Townsend, Neil Dempster, Greer Johnson, Anne Bayetto, Jane Wilkinson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging disparities in education
Subtitle of host publication59th Yearbook of Teacher Education, International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)
EditorsYumiko Ono
Place of PublicationNaruto Tokushima Japan
PublisherNaruto University of Education
Pages319 - 330
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780982711361
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventWorld Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching 2015 - Naruto University of Education, Naruto Tokushima, Japan
Duration: 19 Jun 201522 Jun 2015
Conference number: 59th


ConferenceWorld Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching 2015
Abbreviated titleICET 2015
CityNaruto Tokushima
OtherInternational Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)
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