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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The next edition of Curriculum Leadership is scheduled to appear 12 October 2012, following term breaks in some jurisdictions.

The importance of leadership in high-performing schools


There is a growing body of evidence that school leadership has an impact on student outcomes second only to the influence of teachers in the classroom. Since teacher quality is the most important in-school factor in relation to student achievement, the extent to which school leaders are successful in driving teacher effectiveness is another major measure of their success as leaders. Developing human capital for their schools involves leaders in hiring quality teachers, evaluation and professional development, retention, leadership development, providing instructional leadership and, ultimately, dismissing staff members who are not performing. High-performing leaders need, however, to do more than understand theories of leadership or what makes effective teaching; they also need to be able to take effective action to achieve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness.

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U-Can Write: working with struggling writers

Kaye Lowe, Faye Bormann

A literacy intervention for struggling readers in years 3–10 also helps cultivate their writing skills – Literacy Learning: the Middle Years.

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Teaching vocabulary in storybooks

Elizabeth J Spencer, Howard Goldstein, Ruth Kaminski

While language impairment in young children may lead to reading difficulties, educators can reduce this risk by providing strong vocabulary instruction – Young Exceptional Children.

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Promoting student interest in science

Jianzhong Xu, Linda T Coats, Mary L Davidson

Exemplary primary teachers in the USA offer strategies to stimulate interest in science learning among disadvantaged African American students – AERJ.

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The state of wiki usage in US K–12 schools

Justin Reich, Richard J Murnane, John Willett

Researchers examine a representative sample of wikis used in US K–12 classrooms – Educational Researcher.

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