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Designing for Excellence and Equity

Date: August 17-19, 2016
Author(s): Dr. Sharon Friesen, Dr. Jim Brandon, Dr. Gabriela Alonso-Yanez & Dr. Candace Saar
Presented at: Partner Research School Conference, University of Calgary, MacEwan Conference Centre

From 2012-2016 an ongoing design-based study has been underway involving 47 schools within the Partner Research Schools initiative. This research and development initiative focused on two dimensions of Robinson’s (2010) leadership dimensions. Effective leadership that sets directions for improved student learning experiences and student well-being involves a skillful integration of factors and adaptive capabilities. These factors and adaptive capabilities can lead to better outcomes for students. Drawing on complexity thinking theory and applying design based research and social network analyses, we describe features of school systems that can improve leadership practices and pedagogical innovation that sponsored improved educational outcomes for students including engagement, and well-being.