Friday, 25 October 2013

Internationally-renowned education expert helps maximise leadership for change


Department of Education Media Release

25 October 2013

Colin Pettit
Secretary, Department of Education

On World Teachers Day, the Secretary of the Department of Education, Colin Pettit, acknowledged the leadership being shown by principals, teachers and other staff to make the department a learning organisation that is service-oriented towards students and the Tasmanian community.

Speaking at the Department of Education’s Leadership Symposium Mr Pettit thanked keynote speaker internationally-renowned educator Professor Michael Fullan for his contribution to the work being undertaken to maximise education leadership in the state.

Photo of Professor Michael Fullan with Tasmanian principals. From left to right: Shelley Thorne from Howrah Primary, Cathy Young from Montagu Bay Primary, Professor Michael Fullan and Duncan Groves from Richmond Primary.
“Our leaders are dedicated to ensuring that all Tasmanian learners are successful learners with the right to participate in challenging and engaging learning opportunities.

“We are committed to excellence and equitable access to learning, and achieving this by working collaboratively with learners and their communities.

“The department has been working with Professor Fullan on leadership strategies and key drivers around raising the bar and closing the gap, engaging all schools and jurisdictions, and providing clear strategies that become jointly owned by schools and communities.

“There is much we can learn from Michael’s experience in taking Ontario’s schools from a troubled state to being one of the best school systems in the English-speaking world and the many awarding winning books he has written about education change and leadership,” Mr Pettit said.

Professor Michael Fullan said he had been working with the department to build the capacity of schools and establish the framework for empowering schools.

“During the past two days, I’ve been able to update the department on the latest ideas from the work I’ve been doing in partnership with schools and school systems around the world and hear first-hand how reforms are going on the ground in schools here,” Professor Fullan said.

“Tasmania is now at the point where the direction and basis for reform has been established with the Learners First Strategy 2014-17, the Respectful Schools Program and the department’s Professional Learning Institute.

“My key message to school leaders is you now have all tools you need, it’s time to go for it and make things happen.”

Michael Fullan, OC (Order of Canada) is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. From 2004-2013, Michael Fullan served as Special Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario.

Recognised as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Michael advises policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning.  He is a prolific, award-winning author on education change and leadership.

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