Jake MaddenExecutive Principal at Al Yasat Private School
After graduating with a primary teaching degree majoring in physical education Jake has enjoyed a successful teaching and leadership career across three states and four educational systems throughout Australia and now is leading a major international school in the UAE. He has been a principal in five schools over the last twenty years building and leading learning communities. He is passionate about leadership and the positive difference that it can make to teacher and student learning outcomes. Over many years, Jake has led and facilitated the professional learning of principals and staff at school, national and international level in the area of leadership, school improvement and curriculum development.
Jake sees teachers as leaders in his schools with his doctoral research been focused on the relationship between teachers as leaders and school principals. Flowing from his research and experience in schools, Jake has provided blueprints for schools wishing to engage in school improvement initiatives. His recent publications include titles such as, ‘School Improvement: Innovation for the Future’, and ‘Journeying Together: Understanding the Process of Teacher Change and the Impacts on Student Learning’. Incorporating his doctoral work on building teacher capacity Jake’s expertise has assisted schools in undertaking pedagogical change.
Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and through his leadership in schools engages teachers to collaborate in revising curriculum, improving their work environment, professionalizing teaching, and developing effective school policy. In his role as International Schools Consultant Jake is called upon nationally and internationally to offer insights into building teacher capacity in de-privatizing teaching and learning.
He is widely published in this area of teachers as researchers, authoring two books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change. He is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change.
In his role as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Southern Cross University Jake has led education delegations to Norway and China, jointly co-ordinated the 2012 International Teachers’ Dialogue conference, presented papers at international conferences and supervised masters and PhD students. Sitting on various advisory committees Jake offers guidance to emerging teacher education and curriculum design programmes. His latest project is the design of the Master of Instructional Science, an undergraduate teaching degree.
He was awarded a Fellowship with the Australian Council of Educational Leaders is recognition of his contribution in this area and to fostering teacher professional learning.
Guiding his leadership practices is the key focus on improving student learning. This highlights his educational interests in building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. This is highlighted in his online presence. Additionally Jake is recognised for his passion for supporting the training and development of beginning teachers.
In other roles Jake has been the secretary of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders, NSW Branch, a delegate for the Coffs Harbour Education Skills Forum and treasurer of the Diocesan Principals’ Association.
Jake is married with four young adult children.