The University of Auckland
Centre for Educational Leadership
Growing Leadership - Enhancing Learning
Who are we?
Welcome to The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL) website. UACEL provides a range of leadership services for educational leaders and organisations both in New Zealand and overseas. All our work is informed by rigorous educational leadership research and the practical experience of our team of researchers, past principals and senior leaders. We are committed to improving student outcomes through building leadership expertise.
Why we do it
What makes the Centre for Educational Leadership different to other providers of educational leadership professional development is our adherence to being research informed and yet practically oriented.
The Centre bases its work on a model of student-centred leadership developed by Viviane Robinson and colleagues as a result of their work on the “Best evidence Synthesis- School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why” (Robinson, Hohepa, & Lloyd, 2009) which examines the links between leadership and student outcomes. The model to the left represents five dimensions of effective leadership, identified from this research, and shows how they are underpinned by three leadership capabilities. These three are seen as crucial to effective leadership and describe the “knowledge skills and dispositions needed to make the dimension work in a particular school context” (Robinson, V. M. J. 2011. Student-Centered Leadership pg. 16).
Click here to read more about our theories and research.
How we do it
UACEL deliver high quality, student-centred leadership workshops to an ever expanding range of principals and senior school leaders. These workshops include programmes such as:-
- Growing Great Leaders™ (GGL™)
- Open-to-learning™ Leadership (OTL™)
- Leaders Influencing Teachers' High Expectation (LITHE)
We also offer bespoke design options for both schools and Communities of Learning (CoL) or Kāhui Ako as they are commonly called.
UACEL also coordinates the university’s Expert Partners contract, a government funded project designed to support leaders of Kāhui Ako as they strive for improved educational outcomes for all students.
The UACEL Perspectives are opinion pieces that highlight current and topical educational leadership matters. We write candidly about our views and offer a fresh perspective on today’s educational leadership challenges.