Volume 45 Issue 2
Rethinking the workforce

Welcome to the second edition of the Australian Educational Leader (AEL) for 2023. We are delighted to present 'Rethinking the workforce'. Our lead articles have been written by Dr Jane A. G. Kise and; Dr Fiona Longmuir, Associate Professor Mike Phillips, Dr Beatriz Gallo Cordoba and Associate Professor Kelly-Ann Allen. Other sections include spotlight interview with Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton and book reviews.

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From the President
Dr Briony Scott

From the CEO
Dr Barbara Watterston

Lead Articles

Polarity Thinking: Tools for moving forward together
Polarity thinking, tools, academic success, teacher professionalism, standardisation, customisation
Dr Jane A. G. Kise

What leaders need to know about teachers’ perceptions of their work
teachers’ work, surveys, leaders, workload intensity, belonging to the profession, safety, motivation
Dr Fiona Longmuir, Associate Professor Mike Phillips, Dr Beatriz Gallo Cordoba, Associate Professor Kelly-Ann Allen

AEL Interview

Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton
Queensland College of Teachers, careers, change, universities, challenges, workforce, work

AEL Articles

Thinking like a gardener: Principles and pathways for navigating “what works”
Gardening, evidence, context, diversity, systems, rethinking education
Associate Professor Glenn C. Savage

Rethinking teacher turnover
Teacher turnover, leaders, types, decisions, destinations, teacher careers
Dr Hugh Gundlach

Rethinking the regional, rural and remote education workforce
Regional and remote education, rural education, teacher education, recruitment of staff, community capacity building
Dr John Halsey

Reconceptualising professional capital through leading with an infinite mindset
Professional learning teams, finite approach, infinite approach, professional learning communities, professional inquiry.
Michael Reardon

Success Stories

Going lawless with physics in early childhood education
STEM, early childhood education, FROEBEL, time.
Jessica Branca, Laura Kerr

Digital quality teaching rounds: Strengths, challenges and opportunities
Professional learning communities, quality teaching rounds, quality teaching framework, professional learning, challenges, New South Wales
Casey Norden, Allison Lloyd

FutureSchool: Australian case studies
Future Schools, case studies, Emmanuel College, Katherine High School, Warakirri College, design principles
Sue Buckley

Leadership Challenge

Why school leaders need to consider de-implementation as a strategy to rethink work
De-implementation, burnout, partial reduction, replacement action, leaders
Dr Peter DeWitt, Dr Ray Boyd