PROFESSOR DAVID GURR
Dr David Gurr D.Ed.) David has a background in secondary teaching, educational psychology, school supervision, and research in educational leadership. His career in education spans nearly 30 years. He is a senior lecturer in educational leadership within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
He is a leading member of the International Successful School Principalship Project, which is a team of international researchers investigating successful school principalship in more than 20
countries, and the International School Leadership Development Network, recently formed to explore across more than 20 countries the preparation and development of school leaders.
David is involved in consultancy work in the Victorian school system including conducting government school reviews and independent school inspections, and involvement in a range of professional learning programs for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.
He is actively involved with the Australian Council for Educational Leaders having served on both the Victorian and national committees, including several years as the national vice president (publications and research), and through publication work as the past editor of Hot Topics, Monograph and Leading and Managing. Read more...
David will be visiting all NZEALS branches throughout 2016. His workshop topics include:
SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
The International Successful School Principalship Project has for 15 years been exploring leadership that leads to school success. The project encompassing more than 20 countries, including New Zealand research led by Ross Notman, has much to offer to but is difficult to access as it now has over 150 complex cases studies and findings reports across four books, seven journal issues, and more than a 100 papers. In this session we explore the big ideas that come from this project and what this means for those leading schools.
MIDDLE LEVEL LEADERSHIP
The importance of the leadership of principals is well described. This session considers the research on others in leadership roles in schools. In particular it will explore the importance of middle level leaders, those who have teaching and leadership responsibilities. The session will also provide some commentary and cautionary notes on the ideas of teacher and student leadership.
SOME BIG IDEAS ABOUT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
In this session we connect with some of the big ideas about school effectiveness and improvement. It begins with a short history of our concern to improve schools, explores several knowledge bases about what works in schools, and then considers what is needed to use our knowledge about schools to improve schools. I will also relate this to how as a school reviewer I use this knowledge in the school review process used in Victorian government schools.