Brian Caldwell’s Keynote at ACEL Conference on September 29 – Professional Autonomy, School Innovation & Student Achievement in the 21st Century

This paper provides some of the detail for Brian Caldwell’s keynote address at the National Conference of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) in Melbourne on September 29, 2016.

 Professional Autonomy, School Innovation and Student Achievement in the 21st Century

This paper draws on themes in The Autonomy Premium (Caldwell 2016a) and the findings of a national survey of principals, as reported in What the Principals Say (Caldwell 2016b). In terms of the conference theme, my aim is to provide insight on the power of professional autonomy if there is to be innovation in learning in the 21st century.

I draw from my work in leading the Australian contribution to the International Study on School Autonomy and Learning (ISSAL). Commencing in 2014, researchers from seven countries are contributing: Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, Israel and Singapore. The focus is on public/state/government schools, but most of the findings are relevant to private/non-government schools.

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