Leadership and Context

Scholars of educational leadership have reached a consensus that principal’s leadership has an indirect effect on student achievement and school improvement. Various factors have been studied but research findings are inconsistent which resulted in a limited understanding of the role of leadership in school outcomes. One factor that deserves special attention is the school contextContinue reading “Leadership and Context”

Cultivating Leadership among Students

Leaders are likely to have leadership development experiences well before their careers take off (Murphy, 2011). Early life history experiences are predictive of later leader success, therefore it is important that the education system, a child goes through should provide opportunities for the child’s leadership development. The usual way to identify and build student leadershipContinue reading “Cultivating Leadership among Students”

Leadership from within

The definition of leadership is much contested.  Leadership has been studied from various perspectives, from a one-person leader (as in solo leadership) to distributed leadership (as in shared leadership) and we are still nowhere near to understanding it.  Putting aside what leadership is, as a practitioner of leadership, I believe it is more important toContinue reading “Leadership from within”

School and The Community

 “It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb and it has become more meaningful now than ever when families are caught up with the ‘busyness’ of living.  The school exists to serve the children of the community and it is natural that the community be involved in the learning and schoolingContinue reading “School and The Community”

Data-driven Practices for School Improvement

When the notion of accountability proliferates in schools, principals are made responsible for student academic achievement. This has made it necessary for principals to implement and manage data systems that accurately report on the instructional practices that can inform on the ways to improve student achievement.  To address this, teachers need to create formative dataContinue reading “Data-driven Practices for School Improvement”

What Makes A Good School?

What makes a good school?  A question that I am often asked.  The world developed an obsession with school leadership during the era of the Effective School Movement in the 1980s because of the belief, supported by research, that the quality of leadership determined school quality and influenced student outcomes (Bush, 2007).   While leadership hasContinue reading “What Makes A Good School?”