Schools for 21st-Century Learners

Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approaches

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Successful education systems are those that promote leadership at all levels, thereby encouraging teachers and principals, regardless of the formal positions they occupy, to lead innovation in the classroom, the school and the system as a whole. This report summarises evidence from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey and the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment that underpins the three themes of the 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession: school leadership, teachers’ self-efficacy and innovation in education. It also offers examples from around the world of how some schools are introducing innovative ways of teaching and learning to better equip students with the skills they need to participate fully in 21st-century global economies.

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Promoting effective school leadership

This chapter discusses the roles and responsibilities of school leaders. Based on data from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), it presents a profile of today’s school principals: their background and education, and the professional tasks they find the most rewarding. The chapter also examines the importance of sharing leadership responsibilities (distributed leadership) and providing guidance to teachers (instructional leadership).

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