IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools) is a whole school revitalisation project developed by the members of the Leadership Research International (LRI) located at the University of Southern Queensland. Based on extensive research in school improvement, this project has developed over more than 20 years in conjunction with teachers, school administrators and school systems. The project aims to enhance school success through enabling school communities to work together to clarify direction, develop a shared pedagogy and attain school alignment.
This unique professional partnership is captured in our vision:
To inspire IDEAS schools to engage in a journey of self-discovery which will ensure that they achieve sustainable excellence in teaching and learning.
IDEAS has been implemented in schools throughout Australia and three schools in Singapore and a school in Sicily.
The key features that distinguish IDEAS from most other school development approaches are:
- the Research-Based Framework for Enhancing School Outcomes
- the ideas process
- parallel leadership
- three-dimensional pedagogy