EDEM638-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)

Teachers as Leaders

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course is designed to encourage new and aspiring teacher leaders (within named roles or without) to explore and develop strategies for leading curriculum change. The course will involve critical reflection on teacher leadership models that create and sustain effective curriculum practices. The course will be presented in two sections: Leadership by teachers; and theories and approaches to leadership of change. The research component requires an analysis of a professional learning conversation to establish the current coaching and mentoring skillset.

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Testimonials From Past Students

“This course not only stimulated my interest, but challenged me professionally. All learning was relevant to my context and much of it is being applied” (2018 student)

“Thanks for a well organised, stimulating and highly relevant course. I appreciated the prompt and very helpful responses to emails or phone calls” (2016 student)

“Adobe online sessions to discuss assignments and ask questions were valuable” (2016 student)

"I appreciated the valuable feedback given on the assignments and the assignment rubrics" (2015 student)

"Timely feedback and personal one on one conversations about the research plan were helpful." (2014 student)

"The lecturer always appears to be motivated by the course content and willing to engage in dialogue around it. I appreciated being about to read her work in relation to the course content. The flexibility of the assessment topics also meant that I was able to pursue and explore areas of interest to me." (2013 student)

"Superb LEARN site, clear with excellent information." (2013 student)

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Learning Outcomes

Participants who have successfully completed this course will be able to:
1. Define the scope of leadership work by teachers.
2. Use knowledge of change theories and approaches in the literature as a framework for reviewing own leadership of change initiatives.
3. Identify strategies for working with colleagues of differing ages and stages of confidence and experience.
4. Formulate mentoring strategies for working with staff members to improve their curriculum knowledge and practices.
5. Undertake a small investigation of one’s own coaching and mentoring actions by taping an authentic professional learning conversation with a colleague and analysing the questioning and listening skill-set to note strengths and areas for future development.


Subject to approval of the Head of School



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Susan Lovett


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 24 Aug 2020 40%
Assignment 2 26 Oct 2020 50%
Assessed Forum Participation 10% There are two assessed forums. The intention is to respond to a specified reading noting key points and challenges for practice.

Assignment 1: 40%
The first assignment is a literature review addressing the question of how leadership by teachers improves student learning. The leadership context used for answering this question needs to relate to the course member’s own leadership experience. That leadership experience can be within a formal leadership role (e.g. curriculum leader, team leader, Head of Learning Area) or by seeing leadership by teachers as a more fluid activity, not necessarily tied to a formal leadership role because leadership is understood to occur in the flow of practice as influence occurs naturally around recognition that colleagues can influence each other’s practice. The review should conclude with a set of success criteria for showing how teacher leadership can be mobilised.

Assignment 2: 50%
The second assignment has two parts. The first is a review of theories and approaches to the leadership of change initiatives. The purpose is to recognize the complexities of working with colleagues to explore practice in ways which promote collegial relationships (learner to learner) and an explicit focus on learning. Change leadership theories then provide a lens to critically reflect on a recent example of change leadership in terms of the processes used and the extent to which they have enabled or hindered the success of the change initiative. Part two of the assignment provides an opportunity to have a focused learning conversation with a colleague for the purpose of analyzing one’s own language of coaching/mentoring so as to identify the current questioning and listening skill-set and how it could be further extended.

Assessed forum participation: 10%
There are two assessed forums. The intention is to respond to a specified reading noting key points and challenges for practice. Dialogue with other course members is structured in the forum’s second component where course members choose another course member’s response and then submit a response to them which includes a question to consider.

Textbooks / Resources

Course Readings are provided online.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

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