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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Our School Our Future: Shaping the Future of Australian Schools

Brian Caldwell, David Loader

Our School Our Future is for school leaders motivated to ensure that their schools are successful both now and into the future. The kit includes a book and supporting Resource Book. The book investigates the forces shaping the future of schools, looks at the need for a clear vision and detailed planning, describes the role of values and innovation, and analyses the elements involved in gearing for change. It draws upon the views of teachers and school leaders in Australian schools, the experience of schools that are sustaining success, and expert thinking from around the world. The Resource Book uses the structure of the book to set out practical activities and exercises to challenge thinking, encourage and facilitate collective thought and action, and lead schools to feel empowered to create schools for the future. Adapted from publisher's description. The kit is available for purchase from Education Services Australia.

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Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Educational planning
Schools

Bridging the Gap in School Achievement through the Arts: Summary Report

The Song Room, March 2011

The Song Room (TSR) is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides learning opportunities to disadvantaged children through music and the creative arts. This report examines the impact of its programs in government schools in disadvantaged NSW communities. The findings support the contribution of arts education to students' emotional wellbeing, school attendance and academic achievement across the curriculum. Adapted from the report, which is available online. See also statement by the Australian Government Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett. See also archived Curriculum Leadership article on The Song Room, November 2009.

Key Learning Areas

The Arts

Subject Headings

New South Wales (NSW)
Arts in education

An Anatomy of Youth

Celia Hannon, Charlie Tims
DEMOS, 15 April 2010

As they emerge into adulthood, Britain's young people will need to work with government to solve an array of problems, from adapting to low-carbon lifestyles to caring for an ageing population. An Anatomy of Youth analyses the attitudes of 16–25-year-olds and some of the key trends they are living through, and urges politicians to do more to address their values and concerns. Adapted from publisher's description. The publication is available online.

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Subject Headings

Social life and customs
Young adults
Adolescents
Generations
Great Britain
Civics education
Citizenship

Creative School Change Research Project: Final Report

Christine Hall, Ken Jones, Pat Thomson
Creative Tallis, October 2009

A research project in England has investigated ways in which schools used funding from the Creative Partnerships program to explore creativity in their teaching practices, and in their schools' curriculum, pedagogy and assessment methods. This report describes and reflects on some of the participants' experiences. The report also sets school change in the context of international policies of school reform. Adapted from executive summary. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Educational evaluation

Children, Language and Literacy: Diverse Learners

Celia Genishi, Anne Haas Dyson
Teachers College Press, 2nd  Quarter  2009

This book addresses the current state of early childhood education in the USA and the extent to which the system meets the needs of diverse learners, such as those learning English as a second language. It examines children’s ways of communicating through varied modes, including the use of non-verbal expression, and multiple media, and children’s use of Spanish, English and the variant of English known as African American Language. Adapted from the publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Literacy
Language and languages
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Early childhood education

Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action

Amy Garmer

This policy paper proposes a detailed plan that positions digital and media literacy as an essential life skill and outlines steps that policymakers, educators and community advocates can take to help US citizens in the digital age. It provides four broad strategies and 10 specific recommendations on how to provide students and adults with the knowledge and critical thinking skills they need to sort through the overwhelming amount of digital information they receive every day. The paper is the second in a series from The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S and James L Knight Foundation. Adapted from the publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Technological literacy
United States of America (USA)