It was great to see our colleagues in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development commended in a recent OECD Report.
The Report, ‘Building Leadership Capacity in Victoria, Australia’, is part of a larger project designed to provide educational leaders, worldwide, with data that will help in developing school leadership policies and improving learning and teaching.
It concludes that ‘Victoria provides a working model of system-wide leadership development from which other systems can learn’. Of particular note is the system’s alignment of evidence-based theory and school-based opportunities, and its emphasis on school leaders being aware of themselves as learners who belong to learning communities, observing, mentoring and networking with each other.
An interesting exercise for us would be to cross-reference the underlying principles and strategies of the Victorian system with our strategic intent and learning framework. I’m sure there would be similar validation.
This is a good reminder that we are a learning organisation whose professional perspective is certainly local and national but becoming increasingly global.