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(dimension 6). Traditionally, all were ex-
pected to work at the school site, which
invariably limited employment to those
who lived locally. If the aim of a talent
force approach is to secure the services of
the best people, then it may be necessary
for appointees to work from another loca-
tion. This is assisted by advances in tech-
nology, especially those which allow free
and unlimited time through online audio
The two approaches reflect a different
strategy (dimension 7). The workforce
approach is relatively short-sighted,
filling positions from local sources, with
'soft' measures of performance that do
not address in an objective fashion the
strategic priorities of the school. On the
other hand, the talent force approach
involves a continuous search for the best
people to address strategic priorities,
something that may call for global sour-
cing, with a focus on performance that
connects tightly with priorities for trans-
formation ('hard' measures). It is a much
more strategic and compelling approach
to building intellectual capital.
A full description of intellectual, social, financial
and spiritual capital as they relate to schools is
found in Raising the Stakes: From Improvement
to Transformation in the Reform of Schools,
authored by Professor Caldwell and Jim Spinks,
published 2008 by Routledge. Educational
Transformations Pty Ltd is currently working
with a number of schools and school systems,
conducting audits of capacity for each kind
of capital and of governance and identifying
strategies for action to address key priorities.
AHISA is grateful to Professor Caldwell for
allowing the latest version of the set of indicators
for intellectual capital in schools to be published
1 Barber, M. and Mourshed, M. (2007).
How the World's Best-Performing School
Systems Come Out on Top. London:
McKinsey & Company.
2 OECD (2007). PISA 2006 Science
Competencies for Tomorrow's World.
3 Caldwell, B. J. and Spinks, J. M. (2008).
Raising the Stakes: From Improvement to
Transformation in the Reform of Schools.
4 The findings of the project are published
in Caldwell, B. J. and Harris, J. (2008)
(forthcoming). Why Not the Best Schools?
Camberwell: ACER Press.
5 Rueff, R. and Stringer, H. (2006). Talent
Force. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
CRITICAL ISSUES 2
An important strategic tool in dealing with the challenges of the Digital Education Revolution a major part of the
Commonwealth Government Education Revolution
IWBNet will host the Second National Leading a Digital School Conference at the Novotel Brighton in Sydney
on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September 2008. A complimentary Welcome Reception will be held on
Wednesday 3 September from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
This is a great opportunity for school leaders to acquire an in depth understanding of what it takes to lead schools
in the digital age and to address the challenges of the Commonwealth Government Digital Education Revolution.
Current and future school leaders will gain the skills and understanding to lead a digital school - contributing
sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning that will prepare students for further education,
training, jobs of the future and to live and work in a digital world.
Who should attend?
The following positions from both Primary and Secondary schools will beneﬁt from attending: Principals, Deputy
Principals, Bursars, Curriculum Coordinators, Teacher/Librarians, ICT Coordinators and Head Teachers.
The conference program will address all relevant facets of the digital school’s operations. The full program can be
found on the website at http://www.iwb.net.au/conferences/digital/program.htm
Keynote Speakers: Read more at http://www.iwb.net.au/conferences/digital/program.htm
Daniel Ingvarson: One of the pioneers of Digital Education in Australia
Kevin Richardson: Principal, Immanuel College, Novar Gardens, SA
Leading a Digital School - A Conference for School Leaders
The Leadership - The People - The Technology - The Reality
Bookings can be made online at http://www.iwb.net.au/conferences/digital or
for further information telephone 1800 760 108 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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