Leading from the middle

preparing the leaders of the future

Pamela Matters

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


    Middle Years of Schooling (Yrs5-9) pedagogies, programs, students and teachers are attracting increasing attention (Andrews and Anfara 2003; Pendergast and Bahr 2005; Weiss and Kipnes 2006). Issues of adolescent development, innovative programs, student health, wellbeing and behaviour management, student assessment, school effectiveness and reporting of student achievement to parents are regular items on any Middle School agenda. However there has been scant research concerning leadership development within the Middle Years of Schooling. In particular, investigations of the specific preparation and work of Middle School principals and their leadership teams has been discounted and subsumed within the larger areas of teacher leader preparation. Research conducted in Qld (including FNQ and Torres Strait Is) and NSW Middle Schools (ACEL Qld funded project, 2004-6) indicates that integral elements of principal, teacher and student leadership development programs need to be addressed in order to prepare our youth and their educators for fast paced and fulfilling futures. During this presentation, findings will be shared concerning specific Middle School Principal, Deputy and Assistant Principal preparation pathways, the building of capacity in MY teacher leaders including Heads of Department and curriculum coordinators and the desirability of establishing and sustaining innovative adolescent student leadership programs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBlooming leadership
    Subtitle of host publicationselected papers from the 2006 National Conference of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders
    EditorsLarry Smith, Dan Riley
    Place of PublicationWinmalee, NSW
    PublisherAustralian Council for Education Leaders
    ISBN (Print)9780977548125
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAustralian Council for Educational Leaders National Conference and Conference of the Australian Secondary Principals Association - Canberra, ACT
    Duration: 3 Oct 20066 Oct 2006


    ConferenceAustralian Council for Educational Leaders National Conference and Conference of the Australian Secondary Principals Association
    CityCanberra, ACT


    • middle schools
    • school principal preparation programs
    • teacher professional development

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