Volume 43 Issue 3
Leading Excellence through Equity

Welcome to the third edition of the Australian Educational Leader (AEL) for 2021. We are delighted to present ‘Leading Excellence through Equity'. Our lead articles have been written by Jim Watterston and Yong Zhao, Dr Kevin Runions, Dr Natasha Pearce and Professor Donna Cross. Other sections include a spotlight interview with Janet Clinton, book review and success stories.

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From the President
Stephen Gniel

From the CEO
Dr Barbara Watterston

Lead Articles

Leading Education Equity for All: Personalisation and differentiation
inclusion; remote learning; equality; equity; excellence; NAPLAN
Jim Watterston and Yong Zhao

Leading excellence through equity: Social emotional learning for a Fair Go
equity; excellence; disadvantage; foundations of schooling; social-emotional skills; social and emotional learning
Dr Kevin Runions, Dr Natasha Pearce & Professor Donna Cross

AEL Interview

Janet Clinton - Spotlight Interview
equity; assessments; effective teachers; initial teacher education; student voice; evaluation

AEL Articles

Leadership for anti-racism: The industry, thought, and educative leadership of the Council of International Schools
racism; Organisational leadership
Stephen Chatelier

Excellence through equity - but is it enough?
Social justice; social disadvantage; equity; equality; differentiation
Dr Ken Avenell

Collaborative professional learning for the common good
Professional learning; online learning
JJ Purton Jones, Vickie Vance, Christine Stratford, Karen Gardiner, Ben Woods, Mark Woolley & Lora Bance

Middle Leaders are not just Principals-in-waiting
Leading from the middle; What it means to be a middle level leader; Middle Leaders in practice, middle leaders
Professor Peter Grootenboer, Associate Professor Christine Edwards-Groves, Associate Professor Catherine Attard & Associate Professor Sharon Tindall-Ford

Strategies to support and boost the resilience of vulnerable students in a time of crisis
resilience; vulnerable students; flexible thinking; trauma
Dr Moya O’Brien, Dr Deirdre MacIntyre, Stephen Smith & Aleksandra Szproch

Success Stories

Living our moral purpose: Inclusive practices at Baringa State Primary School
Inclusion; professional learning; communities of practice
Dr. Keely Harper-Hill, Sheldon Boland, Kelly Gorham, Professor Suzanne Carrington & Noel Baggs

Understanding development in students' oral story-telling ability
early childhood; literacy development; oral story telling; language development; assessment in early childhood
Dr Sandy Heldsinger, Dr Stephen Humphry, Kerry Miller & Rosemary Simpson

Moving from good to great
School improvement; whole school approach; Hattie; Visible Learning
Angela Martlew

The use of NAPLAN data and support for it: Perceptions of practising teachers
NAPLAN; Teaching practices; Mixed methods
Debra Evans, Dr Vesife Hatisaru & Professor John Williamson,

Leadership Challenge

Middle Leadership Challenge: Leading to influence
middle leadership; trust; influencing
Liz Benson