The Leading Learning That Matters project is a four-year collaboration with the Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), Australia to document cases of what leadership learning, or leading learning, looks like in a variety of cultural, urban, and rural K-12 contexts in the state of Victoria. Beginning in 2013, a group of experienced Independent school Principals began working with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to identify leadership practices needed to explore, plan and implement school innovations for 21st century learning. The Principals are bringing benefits to their schools and communities in a practical way by:
- Reinforcing the crucial role of leadership to allow a school to move forward proactively effectively in the pursuit of tomorrow’s learning and curriculum requirements
- Exploring what leadership is needed to support and move 21st century learning forward in Victorian Independent schools
- Surveying the innovative practices and curricula required for 21st century learning
- Discussing the application of these techniques and topics
- Examining how to select, empower, and mentor teachers to help lead a school toward learning of the future
- Leading practical action projects in their schools that immediately contribute to the educational process and generate innovation momentum
This work is supported through residential workshops with local and international experts, an international study tour including a customized seminar at Harvard University, site visits and meetings with international business leaders, and the ongoing support from both the Harvard team and Independent Schools Victoria.