IB World - January 2011
It would be easy to postulate on an “IB way” of leading schools. But if our school leadership issue demonstrates anything, it’s the astonishing variety of challenges such leaders face.
We looked for heads of school who were achieving genuine excellence, and were noted among their peers for the quality of their personal leadership (page 14). Our search took us to Staten Island, where Aurelia Curtis has created a school which makes a mockery of the low expectations placed on students from tough, urban areas.
Meanwhile, in India, two determined educators refuse
to accept that those living below the poverty line can’t enjoy
an international standard of learning. And then there’s Anthony Seldon, celebrated head of one of the UK’s most prestigious schools, who has
his own strident views on leadership. If they have anything in common beyond their passion for the IB mission, it’s a determination to place student outcomes at the heart of decision-making, and a relentless focus on incorporating the
latest educational thinking in the classroom. The rest is best said in their own words…
Robert Jeffery, editor
January 2011 articles
The buck stops here
21st-century school leaders face tremendous responsibilities – for staff and student development and pedagogic excellence, alongside the everyday concerns of finance, discipline and test scores. Despite it all, IB World School heads are innovating, questioning and, in some cases, revolutionizing education. Robert Jeffery spoke to six inspiring leaders to find out how they make learning work
Leading by example
What does leadership mean in a school? And where should responsibility for leading lie? Presenting six different perspectives from across the world on creating
an effective, empowering learning environment
Speaking in Tongues
Wade Davis has inspired students across the world with his impassioned defence of indigenous cultures. But time is running out, he tells Emma Day
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