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This scenario involves leading improvement when new principals or leaders are undertaking this process for themselves for the first time and/or are new to the school or setting. Using this scenario will develop a shared vision, inspire and create a commitment and embrace risk and innovation. You will revisit and develop school vision and values, knowledge and understanding as well as personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills.

The focus is on understanding your context and that of your students, your staff and parents as well as your leadership capacity to implement the Australian Curriculum.

A starting point for curriculum implementation is to gather data about your classrooms, noticing what is happening. Talk with your students about how teaching and learning is working for them. Talk with staff and parents and use the information and data gathered to identify learning needs to help plan and make decisions.

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Developing self and others

Developing self and others within this scenario begins with clarity about your vision for learning and the vision for your school.

The resources provided here will help you review and reflect on your own practices and strengths in leading curriculum improvement as well as your own vision, values and beliefs about learners and learning.

Building trusted relationships is essential when developing others; therefore building trust activities are also included.

Activities

Leading improvement, innovation and change

To lead improvement, innovation and change principals need to have an understanding of what purposeful and innovative learning and learning environments look like.

Resources are provided to enable you to look at existing practices for curriculum innovation both yours and others' and to see how they align with the Australian Curriculum. A process for identifying possibilities for action is also provided.

Activities

Leading teaching and learning

The leading teaching and learning resources within this section will enable you to look at the challenges and concerns you and others have to determine how to contextually implement the curriculum in your school and community, whilst also meeting the Australian Curriculum requirements.

You will be able to choose from resources that help you to review and map the current curriculum against a variety of checks and balances and consider how it matches the bigger vision of 21st century learning. There is information and tools to help you monitor and review the effectiveness of learning through learning walks and observations and build a culture of effective teaching through shared language and pedagogical platforms

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Leading the management of the school

Curriculum improvement begins with systematic collection and analysis of learning and assessment data and the use of that information to identify students' needs, make decisions and to set priorities.

Within this section you will find resources that will enable you to review strengths and learning needs of the whole school community. You will find tools that help you review the alignment of practices, processes, structures and resources with vision, values and moral purpose, and explore possibilities so that structures and processes work effectively with requirements to implement the Australian Curriculum.

Engaging and working with the community

Communities can engage in processes to align the Australian Curriculum with the strengths, interests and needs of their particular community.

Resources provided here will enable you to collect information about the community including community needs and interests and expectations around curriculum; tools and ideas to review structures and processes for effective consultation and engagement, as well as help prepare a presentation to communicate the 'why' of curriculum improvement (the political, social and legal story).

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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