School leadership development strategies: The Austrian leadership academy A case study report for the OECD activity Improving school leadership

Jeremy Mashaw, Yale University
This report provides information and analysis on Austria‘s Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy (LEA) is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (now Education, Arts, and Culture) launched in 2004 to equip leaders in Austria‘s education system with the capacity to lead an emerging body of reform initiatives and help establish a new culture of proactive, entrepreneurial school leadership. OECD selected the Leadership Academy as an example of a model of school leadership development because of its system-wide approach to leadership development, its emphasis on leadership for improved schooling outcomes, its innovative programme contents and design, and its demonstrated potential to achieve effective outcomes. The report is based on a study visit to Alpbach and Vienna, Austria, in April 2007 organised by the Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture upon request by the OECD. This case study report on the Austrian Leadership Academy is part of a larger OECD activity, Improving School Leadership, designed to help member countries improve policy and practice related to school leadership.
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