Leadership and School Improvement

By E. Nola Aitken and Art Aitken.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The authors’ purpose is to assist superintendents, principals, teachers, teacher leaders, and district leaders to cope with and understand the school’s reality to sustain promising initiatives while simultaneously acknowledging the frustrations and the challenges in school improvement. Using recent research literature, the authors address important issues related to school improvement: fostering ongoing commitment into improvement efforts; developing capacity to implement improvement efforts; finding time for necessary planning, collaborating, and sharing; and, sustaining the improvement effort. Findings suggest that improving schools are the result of the enhancement of capacity, leadership as a shared enterprise, leadership as a nurturing activity, and professional development planning as a closely aligned activity with the improvement agenda. Finally. it is critical for all collaborative partners to understand that the work of school improvement is difficult but worth doing for long-term commitment to build a capacity for change.

Keywords: Educational Leadership, School Improvement, Collaborative Practice

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp.193-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 605.568KB).

Dr. E. Nola Aitken

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Nola Aitken has been teaching in the Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge since 1992 and is currently Associate Professor of Education. Previously Nola was a Test Development Specialist for the Alberta Department of Education for five years, and prior to that, a classroom teacher for 23 years. Her academic interests are assessment and leadership practice, mathematics education, and evaluation of student learning. Nola has been co-author of two books, Leading for Change: A Renewed Focus on Teaching and Learning, (2003) and Forever Better: Continuous Quality Improvement in Higher Education (2000).

Dr Art Aitken

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Art Aitken has been a teacher and principal in elementary and secondary schools, a K-12 school superintendent for 10 years, and currently teaches courses in Leadership and Student Evaluation at the Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge. His research interests are leadership and assessment of student learning.


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