“Sustainable educational leadership and improvement preserves and develops deep
learning for all that spreads and lasts, in ways that do no harm to and indeed create
positive benefit for others around us, now and in the future.” Hargreaves, A. (2007)
This definition from Andy Hargreaves and Dean Finch seems to me to be the most relevant approach for education today.
The new Australian Curriculum, to be implemented in 2014 seems to consider the principles of Quality Teaching and its purpose in creating deeper understandings for our students. It has a greater focus on Global Connections, the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability, and General Capabilities that emphasise Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding as well as Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
I am excited to see how our teaching and learning develop and can’t wait to implement these new areas in our Library. I think the challenge will be how to create innovation whilst still valuing what Hargreaves refers to as “..slow and in-depth learning..” and “prudence and resourcefulness rather than energetic and profligate investment..”p225
Ref: Hargreaves, A. (2007). Sustainable Leadership and Development in Education: creating the future, conserving the past.. European Journal of Education, 42(2), 223-233. Retrieved July 27, 2013, from http://www.internationalfuturesforum.com/iffblog_old/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/hargreaves-eje-past-present-and-future.pdf