Leadership for Learning as an intentional, community-wide activity

The importance of developing a shared language in schools

Scott Marsh*, Manjula Waniganayake, John De Nobile

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A schoolwide language assists the mapping of subject content, supports teachers to discuss teaching and learning issues and enables a shared understanding of school leadership to emerge, so that student learning is improved. This article presents findings from a mixed methods study investigating Leadership for Learning (LfL) in independent schools in the state of New South Wales, Australia. By being intentional about the language used for learning and leadership, schools are more likely to establish LfL as a community-wide activity that is inclusive, collaborative and distributed. These findings also reinforce the critical role played by school principals in leading learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-411
Number of pages17
JournalSchool Leadership and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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