Keynote 1: Building Leadership Capacity
Building Leadership Capacity to Enhance Children’s Learning
In this opening talk, Professor Merseth will discuss the qualities and characteristics of effective school leaders and directors in a time of change. The role of the school leader is critical to the successful learning of children and is especially important when institutional structures, governance arrangements, and the very purpose of schooling are being questioned and potentially altered by governmental policy, community members, and parents. How does one lead with confidence when the future represents unchartered territory? What leadership qualities are essential regardless of level, structure or location of schools? What can sustain leaders in these challenging times?