Jake Madden

Jake Madden
Australian College of Researchers

Doctor of Education

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Introduction
I have served as a principal of seven schools and am currently the Principal at St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. Additionally I am the inaugural Dean for the Australian COllege of Researchers. My educational interests lie in building teacher capacity through the development of 21st century learning, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for the real world.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - March 2020
Al Yasat Private School
Position
  • Executive
January 2007 - March 2020
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Executive
Education
January 2003 - December 2017
Australian Cathoic University
Field of study
  • Educational Leadership

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Publications (42)
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To create the outstanding school you need to have outstanding teachers. Research tells us that to strengthen the teaching proficiency of staff, schools need to take a collective and collaborative approach to growing the professional capacity within their teaching force. This book is full of vignettes illustrating how professional learning can be in...
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From three of Australia’s leading teaching and teacher education researchers comes a book about creating the outstanding school. Lynch, Madden and Doe provide an easy to read text that is all about ensuring every student gets a quality education. Each chapter explains, in easy to read terms, a set of ideas and research-based strategies that schools...
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The rapidly evolving nature of technology and the ease of access to all students to internet driven programs has seen a major shift in the ways schools engage students in learning. This has seen a movement towards the creation of flexible learning spaces to accommodate new pedagogies (Oblinger, 2006). Consequently, the new learning environments tha...
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As governmental and educational authorities continue to focus on teacher practice as a vehicle to improve student performance, the consequence is on schools to address/review their mechanisms for supporting teacher improvement. This chapter highlights the need for teachers to become more responsible for their own learning in order to meet the growi...
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This paper explores the journey teachers from a systemic Catholic primary school in regional northern New South Wales, Australia, undertook in the implementation of a new school curriculum framework, underpinned by 21st-century teaching and learning theory, policy and practice. With the swift and sweeping implementation of the Australian federal go...
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Reflective practice in teaching is arguably one of the most important sources of personal professional development and improvement. Effective teachers are first to admit that no matter how good a lesson is, their practice can always be improved. Teacher reflection is important because it’s a process that helps teachers to collect, record, and anal...
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For teachers, there are limited opportunities to engage in critically reflective activities about their instructional practice. In an increasingly complex and challenging profession, the need for teachers, principals, and school systems to become involved in professional development activities is ever-present. This book offers insight in one school...
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Being appointed as principal of a school requires the kind of courage, perseverance, flexibility and often, a crystal ball that can only come from the desire to make a difference. It's often a lonely learning journey where you need to draw on your inner strength to reach the heady heights of transforming lives. As you build upon the lived experienc...
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In recent times, the focus on teachers-as-researchers has become more prevalent in schools as the spotlight on school improvement continues to shine brightly. Notwithstanding this phenomenon, research into how teachers learn to undertake class based research is not as widespread. This chapter reports on an action research project carried out in an...
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School leaders looking at re-organising their schools as a means to drive school improvement will read this book through the lens of their own school’s journey. This book highlights the impact leaders can have on leading school improvement and ultimately raise student outcomes. While it is not expected that schools will adopt the Al Yasat School Im...
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Abstract- This research paper reports on data from an International School in Abu Dhabi that has been engaged in the initial stages of school improvement. Using a constructivist grounded theory design, qualitative and quantitative data were employed to investigate the school’s climate and its capacity for change. Applying Schiemann’s ‘People Equity...
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Schools have been caught up in responding to the calls of external accountability. This has challenged school leaders to establish data gathering practices that ultimately lend themselves to creating school wide instructional systems to impact teaching and learning and offer a consistent instructional approach. This paper outlines how one school es...
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Education Systems across the globe are focusing their attentions on the quality of teaching and learning that is occurring in their schools. The challenge for schools, their leaders and the teachers, ---‘the engine room’ so to speak of quality education provision--- is how to pragmatically and sustainably improve. While the published literature pro...
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This paper reports on the initial developments of an International School in Abu Dhabi that has been engaged in the initial stages of a school improvement program. Investigating staff capacity for change has been the initial starting point for the newly appointed principal. Recent research from Lynch and Smith (2016) guided the school’s action plan...
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Improving the academic performance of schools is a global preoccupation for governments. A pre-occupation that has its roots in the emergence of a global knowledge based economy which places a premium on intellectual capacity. This premium has consequently focused governments to improving the academic performance of their schools. Given the key rol...
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This paper provides an insight into themes which emerged from the 2017 Abu Dhabi International Education Symposium. This symposium was sponsored by this Journal and focused on the theme ‘Teachers Teaching Teachers’ and a book published by the same name (see Madden, 2017). This paper condenses key messages from the symposium to generate an insight--...
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This article examines the premise of the Outstanding School. In dealing with such a premise, the paper examines what such schools have in common by detailing four key 'pillars'. Implicated in these pillars is the concept of leadership and the development of an appropriate school staffing culture. Building on the theme of leading change the article...
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Chapters in this book have provided an insight into themes which inform the improving teaching agenda. This chapter condense key messages therein to generate an insight--- an answer if you like--- into ‘how to’ engender, support and sustain ongoing teaching improvement. To that end this chapter explores four key and inert-related elements: embeddin...
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Education across the world is seeing greater scrutiny on the role of the teacher as the focus on international measures like PISA, TIMMS and PiRLS offer comparative data on student achievement. The upshot of this spotlight is the identification and the subsequent examination of what effective teachers do to raise student attainment levels. Traditio...
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For the 21st century educator the delivery of learning is not solely centred on the attainment of knowledge and skills. They define the needs of the learner and focus on the pedagogies needed to foster 21st century learning and readiness for college and careers. Once defined, the choice of curricula, learning experiences, types of assessments and t...
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The importance of preparing learners for the globalized world is being realized by school leaders, teachers, parents and national policymakers all around the world. The flow on impact has seen the introduction of international education programs in schools becoming increasingly popular as education agencies strive to increase their international as...
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This chapter is about a project designed to create the ‘outstanding school’. Lynch and Madden provide an insight into a strategy that brings to bear current knowledge about effective teaching and learning into a cohesive whole of school strategy for teaching improvement. This strategy is termed the Collaborative Teacher Learning Model or CTLM and w...
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Purpose This paper argues that in a well-organised school with strong leadership and vision coupled with a concerted effort to improve the teaching performance of each teacher, student achievement can be enhanced. The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate that while macro-effect sizes such as 'whole of school' metrics are useful for school leaders...
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Research abounds in what makes an effective school but there is limited research on how principals use such research to drive school improvement. This paper draws on the guidance of the school improvement literature and claims that the most pivotal element in raising student outcomes is the classroom teacher (Darling-Hammond & Rothman, 2011; Hattie...
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This article explores a whole of school strategy for improving the teaching performance of a school by focusing on the logistics of a pilot school improvement project. The central premise of this reporting and of this article more specifically is a focus on the work of the teacher through a coordinated mechanism of 'leadership' and 'data driven dec...
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This book is full of vignettes illustrating how professional learning can be integrated into the day-to-day work of schools and, in doing so, focus on continuous improvement, enhancing teaching quality and raising student achievement. In presenting best practice exemplars to illustrate how professional learning can positively impact teaching qualit...
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The purpose of this paper is to introduce one principal's transference of experience from one school to an international setting. Although in the early phase, the discussion begins with a brief discourse on multicultural education and the nature of the international school setting. It then introduces a concise overview of a staff professional devel...
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This paper investigates a new model for teacher professional learning that harnesses professional dialogue, the power of collaboration and a series of teacher learning contents, which occur in the teacher’s teaching context, for whole of school teaching practice effect. In more specific terms the paper examines the Collaborative Teacher Learning Mo...
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This paper investigates a new model for teacher professional learning that harnesses professional dialogue, the power of collaboration and a series of teacher learning contents, which occur in the teacher’s teaching context, for whole of school teaching practice effect. In more specific terms the paper examines the Collaborative Teacher Learning Mo...
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In today’s classrooms the role of the teacher is more important than ever before with research (Hargreaves & Fullan, 2012; Hattie, 2003; Schleicher, 2012) placing greater importance on the teacher as decision maker rather than simply a facilitator of the curriculum. Teachers need to be able to not only draw upon their curricula knowledge but also b...
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This article is about teaching and the pressures for changes that are encouraging schools to become more ‘student centred’. The motivation for the article lies in the implementation of a whole of school reform program known as the ‘Collaborative Learning Model’ (CLM) (Madden, 2014) which was developed and implemented in St. Augustine’s Primary Scho...
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In recent years educational authorities across Australia have been paying increasing attention to improving the learning outcomes of all students in schools, or as it is more pointedly stated, getting schools to focus more on their core business of teaching and learning. Saint Augustine’s Primary School and Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbou...
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This chapter provides a modest examination of the benchmarking premise from an education systems perspective. The article begins with a defining of benchmarking, beginning with its history, before reviewing the Australian perspective on such findings. The chapter concludes with a discussion of benchmarking as a national policy initiative and how su...
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Over the past 50 years global developments in education have transformed many societies (Lynch, 2012). These developments in education have occurred through the building of teacher professional capital (Hargreaves & Fullan, 2012, p. 64), the introduction of testing regimes and teacher accountability frameworks and the development of corresponding t...
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This book is based on selected papers presented at the 2012 International Teacher Education Dialogue Conference, the theme of which was “Innovation and New Ideas in Teaching and Teacher Education”. How children learn in today’s context and how tertiary institutions prepare future teachers were subjected to an intense international conversation by t...
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Schools today face a different kind of world to the one that most teachers participated in when they were young. For example, the structure and character of families has changed from the nuclear family of the ‘home’ and the nurturing family assumed in much of the curriculum development today (OECD, 2008). There are new patterns of employment and un...
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With professional learning communities being touted in Australia has a panacea to enhancing teacher quality elsewhere in the world, namely Canada and the UK, have moved towards deprivatising teaching. This notion builds on the view that teaching is not about a personal experience where teachers work and learn in isolation to their peers. Rather it...
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Discussions thus far have centred on explaining the term curriculum in the context of the work that is classroom teaching. The concept of Learning Management was introduced to explain the capabilities required of the teacher in a Knowledge Age. Learning Management Design was explained as a strategy for the teacher to identify the steps involved in...

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How do we define what makes a school ready for an improvement agenda that drives change in response to data and researched best practice?
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As leadership involves influence and which is in turn, influenced by the context, the focus is on customizing an embedded leadership development process that helps new leaders lead educational change. Given new leaders need to align their skills and capabilities to support the implementation of the school vision, the use of a feedback concentrated approach helps personalise a leadership development plan for each leader.