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#17 School improvement, the principal and becoming skilled observers.

‘If we could get every teacher to move every student in their class up at least one competency level, the overall impact on the system, on the country, would be enormous. Just one level of competency….’  Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin talks about the importance of moving to a competency-based curriculum and the need for principals … Read more

#16 School improvement, regions and the principal somewhere in between. Part 2.

‘Get this region out of the Herald Sun.’ These were Minister Lynne Kosky’s pleas to newly-appointed Northern Metropolitan Regional Director, Wayne Craig.  What happened during the next eight years involved developing and implementing a courageous narrative of school regeneration and school improvement. Transcript Loretta  00:03 You’re listening to Loretta Piazza experienced school principal, mentor, and … Read more

#15 School improvement, regions and the principal somewhere in between. Part 1.

‘Listen girlie…’  A former Regional Director recalls the challenges associated with lifting standards.  In six years, Katherine Henderson took the Western Metropolitan Region from basket case to the highest performing in the state of Victoria.  Here’s how she did it…. Transcript Loretta  00:03 You’re listening to Loretta Piazza, experienced school principal, mentor and coach. And … Read more

#14 The principal, authenticity and the glass brimming over.

My ‘partner in crime’ opens up about his somewhat problematic relationship with the Department of Education. But he will always be authentic and honest because that is the person he is. This philosophy has stood him in good stead because after many, many years as a school principal, he goes to school every day and … Read more

#13 Resilience: the principal’s best friend. Part 2.

Are we on the verge of the next paradigm shift with the building of wellbeing in people? Active resilience is the ‘looking forward’ movement that incorporates taking care of ourselves and focusing our own health. Maria Ruberto talks about neuroscience, resilience, the healthy brain, and much more…. Transcript Loretta  00:03 You’re listening to Loretta Piazza, … Read more

#12 Resilience: the principal’s best friend. Part 1.

What are the behaviours we need to engage in to keep ourselves well? Why are these behaviours so important? Psychologist, Maria Ruberto, talks about her work with the Department of Education, and the impact of teachers that can remain for a lifetime. Transcript Loretta  00:03 You’re listening to Loretta Piazza, experienced school principal, mentor, and … Read more

#11 The principal who paid the ultimate price.

He was a giant in education, a respected school principal and dear friend, and a great family man. I keep a photo of him on my desk, to remind me that there is nothing in this job as school principal that I can’t walk away from….. Transcript You’re listening to Loretta Piazza experienced school principal, … Read more

#10 I love being a principal, but I think it might be killing me. Part 2.

Professor Philip Riley shares his thoughts about our education system, the unmanageability of the principal’s role, how it affects our health and the need to have conversations nationally where there are high levels of collaboration and trust. We finish the interview with Phil providing us with three key points and a strong message as to … Read more

#9 I love being a principal, but I think it might be killing me. Part 1.

‘Under-resourced, mistreated and overburdened with red tape, principals report that, compared to the general population, their job demands are 1.5 times higher, and they experience 1.7 times more stress, 2.2 times more difficulty sleeping and 1.3 times more depressive symptoms.’ The findings of The Australian Principal Occupational, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey.   Transcript You’re listening to Loretta Piazza … Read more

#8 We stand with all principals.

All school principals need support, and even more so when dealing with a serious issue.  The Australian Principals’ Federation (APF) is bi-partisan, totally independent and has no affiliation with anyone or anything that could prevent them from doing what is in the best interests of members.  Tina King, president of the APF, gives great advice … Read more