Friday, November 29, 2013

Professional Development Course for Indonesian Headmasters (24-27 Nov 2013)

In a classroom 

One of the participant - Jenk Noenk

A shot with IAB Northern Branch Director, Mohd Zanal Dirin

In a computer lab. ICT in School Management delivered by Elhammi Ahmad and Zamri Abu Bakar
The 3-day intensive course was designed by Dr. Noer Doddy from Universiti Utara Malaysia and senior lecturers from IAB Northern Branch.
The participants are from Yogyakarta and Surabaya.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My New Book (co-authored with Suzana Abdul Latiff)

This book can be downloaded at this site :

Book cover.
We were honoured that Prof. Dr. Tony Bush from The Nottingham University, UK wrote the foreword of the book.


I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide a foreword for this important new book on 

leadership development.   The significance of specific preparation and development for school 

principals, and other leaders, is increasingly recognized and Malaysia makes a valuable 

contribution to this process through the work of the Institut Aminuddin Baki, the National 

Institute of Educational Leadership and Management, where both authors are employed.

Suzana Abd Latif and Sazali Yusoff have produced an engaging text which connects ideas on 

school leadership to notions of leadership development, drawing on a wide range of 

international research and literature.   The book is intended as a reference point for scholars, 

educational leaders and practitioners and is likely to be particularly helpful for the latter 

groups.  The authors make the important point that leadership is not a uni-dimensional 

phenomenon and they also stress that it is both a practical and a theoretical concept.     

The first part of the book, ‘Educational Leadership and Management’, sets the scene and 

introduces the three dimensions of capacity, capability and competency, which inform the rest 

of the text.   The authors also make a significant distinction between ‘self’, ‘other’, and 

organization, which is a useful device for reflective leaders and practitioners.   Self-knowledge is 

regarded as increasingly important and the international literature shows clearly that leaders’ 

impact on school and student outcomes is indirect, exerted through colleagues and other 

stakeholders.  The authors’ focus on the organization is also very welcome because it shifts the 

lens from individual leaders, the core of most texts on this subject, to leadership, which is a 

Part two focuses on developing leadership capacity and the authors identify four key elements 

of this construct; knowledge, skill, attitude and drive.  This is a helpful distinction because many 

leadership development programmes focus primarily on knowledge acquisition and under-

represent the other more practical dimensions.   The best international practice addresses 

understanding, what leaders know and need to know, and application, how leaders develop 

their skills and apply their learning to their school contexts.

The final part examines how leadership capability can be enhanced.    There is an important 

distinction to be made between capacity and capability and the authors do this in a helpful way.   

They stress the interdependence of self, other and organization, discussed earlier, and link 

them to the key notions of structure, culture and character.   They conclude by stressing the 

need for principals to shape and reshape their work as educational leaders.

This book is likely to be of great value for aspiring and current leaders and I hope that the 

authors will consider preparing a companion volume that will reflect on the leadership 

preparation and development opportunities available to Malaysian principals and their impact 

on school and student outcomes.

Professor Tony Bush

University of Nottingham (UK and Malaysia)

1.1       Points of Departure                                                                
1.2       A Dynamic Disequilibrium                                                     
1.3       Leadership Development : An Integrated Model                   
2.1       Knowledge, Skill, Attitude and Drive                                               
2.2       Skills                                                                                       
2.3       Attitude                                                                                  
2.4       Drive                                                                                       
3.1       Self, Other, Organization : An Interdependency                   
3.2       The Self : The Multiplicity of Roles and Function                 
3.3       The Others : “The Heart and soul of an organization”           
3.4       Organization : Its Structure, Culture and Character             

3rd RCELAM 2013 (19 - 21 November 2013) - Genting Highlands

Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh - Minister of Education Malaysia officiating the Opening Ceremony of 3rd RCELAM 2011

Keynote Speech 1 : Prof. Dr. Tony Bush - The Nottingham University, UK.

Education is increasingly regarded as the key to economic and social development.   Many governments, including Malaysia, are reforming their education systems to bring about school improvement.  This paper will explore the leadership implications of educational reform, in recognition that change succeeds, or may falter, at the school level.   The paper will examine the nature and scope of school leadership and consider how good leaders manage their schools.    The Malaysia Education Blueprint (Ministry of Education 2012) advocates instructional leadership and the paper will address what this means for school leaders.   The paper will consider the evidence on the impact of school leadership on learner outcomes and discuss the implications of reform for the development of leaders.   .......

Keynote Address 2 : Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak - President International Association of Universities, Paris. Topic : Exploring new possibilities in the era of sustainability

Education will be facing a period uncertainty as we approach the end of several of global agenda such as Education for All, and the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. The last decade has witnessed education being challenged by the need to construct new vision and pathway towards sustainability, be it with respect to learning and teaching processes, curriculum design and quality systems towards sustainable development. The post-2015 development agenda will most likely to further challenge education by requiring new leadership and management skills in reorienting education for sustainability in the 21st century.
Keynote Address 3 : Dr. David Zyngier - Monash University, Melbourne Australia.
Topic : Education for Democracy : Exploring New Possibilities globally and locally. What the research suggests.

This paper reports on the research of the international Global Doing Democracy Research Project, which currently has some 50 scholars in over 25 countries examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy in education in order to develop a more robust and critical democratic education among pre- and in-service teachers, teacher education academics, and educators, in general. The focus of the project is on how education supports, cultivates and engages in, and with, democracy

Keynote Address 4 : Prof. Alma Harris, Professor and Director, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya
Topic : Leading School and System Transformation

School and system improvement will not be secured without a shift in emphasis from knowledge exchange to knowledge creation. This will require greater innovation and creativity in our schools and school systems than ever before. However the challenges associated with this shift cannot be underestimated. This keynote focuses on the challenges, potential and possibilities of school and system transformation. It explores how creativity and innovation can be secured at scale through a combination of collaboration and consolidation. It considers the type of educational leadership required to support such change and argues for distributed leadership where it is expertise, rather than role, than defines the leader. It argues that distributed leadership 'matters' and that if we are serious about school and system transformation we need forms of leadership that will help lead us into the future and not those rooted in the past.

Presenter from Japan, Dr. Yusuke Suzumura

Presenter from Iran, Masoumeh

With delegates from Kazakstan (Maganat & Aisham), Uzbekistan (Makhprat & Anvar) & Australia (Jessica Gnata)
With delegates from Maldives, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
With Jessica Gnata from Australia

Miss Hala from Egypt presenting her paper on Blended Learning

Dr. Maganat from Kazakhstan talked on Leadership and Trust

Dr. Sumitha, presenter from India

Mr. Adeel from Egypt presenting his paper in Arabic.

Michelle from New Zealand talking on Leadership Coaching

Participants from Nigeria

One of the parallel sessions

In the auditorium for keynote address

Delegates from Saudi Arabia