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Scoping Paper Prepared for the ACER Standing Committee on Indigenous Education (SCIE).


This brief scoping paper was developed around the theme of ‘What’s happening in Indigenous leadership in education in Australian schools?’ A dual focus for this theme was noted: leadership for Indigenous education; and leadership by Indigenous principals and teachers.

The authors provide an overview of current issues in educational leadership that were derived, in the main, from papers presented at the 2007 ACER conference on educational leadership. Current offerings and opportunities in the area of Indigenous leadership and leadership for Indigenous education include those operating through the Australian Principals Associations Professional Development Council (APAPDC), principally through the Dare to Lead project, and a number of independent/autonomous programs and projects are described. Some programs are for Indigenous principals/school leaders and some are for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous principals/school leaders.