Leadership for 21st Century Learning

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This is the latest of the influential series of OECD reports on Innovative Learning Environments. “Learning leadership” is fundamental because it is about setting direction, taking responsibility for putting learning at the centre and keeping it there. This becomes increasingly complex in 21st century settings, calling for innovation and going beyond the heroics of individual leaders. Many need to be involved, bringing in diverse partners at different levels.

This is all explored in this volume. It clarifies the concepts and the dimensions of learning leadership, relating it to extensive international research and identifying promising strategies to promote it. Specific examples are drawn from Austria, Australia, Canada, Israel, Norway, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. There is an extensive overview that addresses the “why, what, how, who, where, and when” of learning leadership. Among the international experts contributing to this volume are James Spillane, John MacBeath, Louise Stoll, and Clive Dimmock.

This report will prove to be a valuable resource for all those interested in schooling. It will be of particular interest to teachers and teacher educators, advisors and researchers, the voluntary sector and teacher associations, and, first and foremost, education leaders themselves.



Learning leadership for innovative learning environments: The overview

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This overview by the OECD Secretariat grounds learning leadership in the wider perspectives of innovative learning environments. Learning leadership is understood to be about actively contributing to the design, implementation and sustainability of powerful innovative learning environments through distributed, connected activity and relationships. It extends beyond formal players to include different partners and may be exercised at different levels of the overall learning system. The chapter presents the “5Ws and 1H” framework for addressing and analysing the different dimensions of learning leadership – Why? What? How? Who? Where? and When? It presents a set of nine points of concluding orientations, accompanied by some questions for learning leaders to enhance the practical application of this overview for those in leadership positions.


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