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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Report of the Auditor-General for the Year Ended 30 June 2009 (SA)

S. O'Neill

The 2008–2009 report of the Auditor General, South Australia, includes a chapter on the Department of Education and Children's Services. It examines payroll, school maintenance, and services programs costs and accountability, and offers an analysis of school financial statements. A gradual shift of students from government to independent sectors is highlighted, as are revised funding policies and state–independent school initiatives. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
South Australia
Education policy
Education finance

Getting to the Heart of Leadership: Emotion and Educational Leadership

Megan Crawford
Sage,  2009

Aimed at school leaders, this text is designed to help facilitate an understanding of the close relationship between leadership and emotion, and how it can help create, modify and sustain the emotional coherence of a school. The author looks at the extent to which school climate depends on the personal emotional quality of leaders and their part in other social relationships in the school, covering areas such as difficult people and situations, shame and loss. Case studies from primary and secondary schools offer examples of school leaders' reflections and the influence of their life history, school context and emotional epiphanies. Adapted from publisher's description.

KLA

Subject Headings

Emotions
Leadership
School culture
School leadership

Global Education Digest 2009: Comparing Education Statistics Across the World

This report examines the global rise in demand for higher education, and looks at a range of related issues. One of its five sections examines enrolment and graduation indicators for secondary education. Most countries have expanded their provision of secondary education. Globally, upper secondary education enrolments have improved by 9% since 1999. These enrolments exceed 60% in East Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and are close to 90% in Asia, compared with 98% in North America and Europe. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Transitions in schooling
Tertiary education
Education research
UNESCO

Valuable Lessons: Improving Economy and Efficiency in Schools

Audit Commission, 23 July 2009

This report examines the growth in school spending in Britain and makes recommendations to improve economy and efficiency. High variation in spending on standard goods indicates that schools should subject goods and services providers to competition, and use professional buying organisations where possible. Schools should examine the deployment of their teaching and support stuff and ensure personnel are being used effectively and flexibly: collaboration between schools to share staff and purchases can improve costs. Schools should also avoid 'hoarding' money earmarked for education purposes, as this practice results in low returns. The report recommends greater monitoring and comparision of school costs and purchases, as well as the provision of more information to improve decision making. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Great Britain
Education policy
Education management
Education finance

A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades

Georgia Heard, Jennifer McDonough
Stenhouse Publishers, September 2009

Designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and exploration in the primary classroom, this resource offers a number of strategies to promote students' engagement with nonfiction through critical thinking, questioning, observation and the gathering of data. The text also includes a step-by-step guide to planning a nonfiction reading and writing unit of study, which involves the creation of a nonfiction book, including a table of contents, writing focused chapters, using relevant vocabulary words, and developing point of view. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Child development
Classroom activities
Writing
Primary education
Literacy

Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning

Elizabeth A. City, Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, Lee Teitel

Aimed at education leaders and practitioners, this book is intended to help develop a shared understanding of the elements of high-quality instruction, and how effective instruction can be supported by schools and their districts. Inspired by the medical rounds model used by physicians, the text draws on a new form of professional learning known as 'instructional rounds networks', through which educators develop a shared practice of observing, discussing and analysing learning and teaching. Topics include theories of action, problems of practice and observation, and translating instructional rounds into improvements in practice. Adapted from publisher's description.

KLA

Subject Headings

Educational planning
Thought and thinking
School leadership