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Educational Leadership for a Catholic Principal in the 21st Century

Posted by Bernadette Murfitt, Principal, Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Thorndon, Wellington on 18 December 2019

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an essay presented for an M Ed Lead paper

“Educational leaders must guide their schools through the challenges posed by an increasingly complex environment. Curriculum standards, achievement benchmarks, programmatic requirements, and other policy directives from many sources generate complicated and unpredictable requirements for schools. Principals must respond to increasing diversity in student characteristics, including cultural background, and immigration status, income disparities, physical and mental disabilities, and variation in learning capacities. They must manage new collaborations with other social agencies that serve children. Rapid developments in technologies for teaching and communications require adjustments in the internal workings of schools. These are just a few of the conditions that make schooling more challenging and leadership more essential” (Leithwood & Riehl, 2003, p. 1).