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Learning to Lead Together: Dr. Jim Brandon

Engaging New Ideas in Education Lecture Series

The subject of collaborative leadership was at the forefront of the discussion on October 26, 2011 at the first presentation of the 2011-2012 season of its popular series, Engaging New Ideas in Education.

Dr. Jim Brandon discussed the deeper understanding of focused leadership approaches that enhance student learning.  Insights from academic literature shed light on three big leadership ideas: expectations, efficacy, and engagement.  Stories of educational leadership from across Alberta were used to illustrate images of collaborative leadership practice and underscore their importance.

"The good news, "said Brandon, "is that school districts, Alberta Education, and the education partners are working together to provide a variety of supports to foster multiple leadership development pathways in this province. Perhaps even more importantly, the professional learning needs of aspiring and current leaders are increasingly based on research informed approaches, frameworks and standards."

Brandon, an Assistant Professor and the Director of Professional Programs, joined the faculty last fall and teaches in the graduate leadership program. His research, workshop and publication interests lie in the areas of instructional leadership, school and system improvement, educational assessment and quality teaching.

Engaging New Ideas, which began in 2009, has, in its first two seasons, hosted more than 800 guests from the community and campus, inviting students and professionals from a variety of fields to join leaders in Education in discussing topics on a range of interests.  This year's series, entitled "New Ideas for New Generations", featured four of the faculty's newest academic appointments. 

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Sharon Friesen

Introduction by Sharon Friesen

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Roger Schank

Dr. Jim Brandon's lecture discussing the deeper understanding of focused leadership approaches that enhance student learning.

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