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Yammer and the #womened network

I just wanted to advertise the activity of a growing community within the relatively new social media platform Yammer amongst women in education/educational leaders and those who support them. In particular this post advertises more widely their recent news about securing a column in the TES (please see below). The message is “join up to Yammer and #womened and consider contributing”. This is a vibrant group discussing and supporting one another to deal with contemporary issues for women in education and educational leadership. A series of 1st birthday party events are currently being organised, suggesting members invite those committed to the He4She campaign.

OMG! I am so excited.
The TES have agreed to a weekly #womened column.
Starting next weekend we will submit 1,000 words each week.
I was already doing a piece to coincide with our 1st birthday  – this will be published on 29/4 and will introduce the Founders and Steering group.
We then need volunteers for submissions from the 1/5.
For all of those you who are keen to write a piece please can you please send me a theme/ title ASAP  and I will pull together a schedule.
We will need to commit to meeting these deadlines to ensure that we grow our profile – the piece will be due each Saturday so we can QA before the Steering Group submit a weekly piece from the community to TES.
This is a fabulous opportunity!

Hannah Wilson

on the WomenEd Yammer network, April 14 at 7:12am


Questions to guide our critical conversation

Overarching agenda

a) Scope current contemporary educational leadership issues
b) Map the range of methods being used to address these (including novel methods to try)
c) Identify possible research agendas to follow

Post-morning questions

1. Which conceptual challenges arise from the presentations?
2. Which conceptual resources/traditions are/could we draw on to deal with these?
3. Does this see educational leadership research boundary crossing into new territories/fields?
4. Which methodological challenges arise from the presentations?
5. Can we, and is it helpful to, categorise these challenges?
6. In what ways do educational leadership research studies need to speak to one another to offer complementary research designs?

Panel questions

‘How can we know which research topics/questions are worthwhile within educational leadership?’ Led by Miriam David.

‘How can we ensure that we are approaching educational leadership research topics/questions appropriately?’ Led by Victoria Showunmi

‘How can we reveal and promote educational leadership research topics/questions within broader educational research?’ Led by Liz Todd

‘How can we consider impact of educational leadership research?’ Led by Sue Robson

‘How can we go about studying educational leadership research topics/questions ethically?’ Led by Alison Fox

Final draft programme: 26th April 2016, Newcastle University

9.30am                     Hot drinks

10.00am                   Welcome – Mr René Koglbauer, Acting Head of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University and Introduction – Organising committee

10.15am                     Testimonials (short presentations, videos/posters) about contemporary educational leadership issues – 6 accepted titles covering early leadership, recruitment in special schools, experiences of deputy headship, the pressures of accountability, the impact of the PREVENT strategy and reflections on system leadership.

11.00am                  Parallel workshops of studies:

Workshop 1: Quantitative and Mixed Methods approaches3 accepted titles covering the study of Universities in school-University partnerships, surveys and focus groups when studying pupil leadership and a critical realist approach to examining educational policy

Workshop 2: Qualitative approaches – 5 accepted titles covering interactive analysis, narrative interviewing, interpretative phenomenological analysis and studies of ego development and leadership identity & agency.

12.30pm                  Lunch and networking

1.30pm                     Keynote ‘Researching  Educational Leadership: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges’ – Professor Sue Robson, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University

This talk explores the new forms of educational leadership that are emerging in response to social, cultural, political, and economic changes internationally. It considers some of the challenges for research and for the professional development of current and aspiring educational leaders.


2.30pm                     Panel debate about the kinds of evidence being generated by educational leadership researchers to propose future directions for inquiry

Panel members – Professor Miriam David, UCL Institute of Education Dr Victoria Showunmi, UCL Institute of Education Professor Liz Todd, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University (Chair: Dr Alison Fox, School of Education, University of Leicester).

3.30pm                    Departure