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Former principal relishes chance to help school leaders learn

Jarvis will head to Harvard Kennedy School in the US in November to learn advanced collaborative practices for advancing this vision. A scholarship from the NSW Public Education Foundation will make it possible.

Participants from around the world attend and learn together, picking up knowledge and skills that are transferable to any high-level leadership role. Jarvis says she is looking forward to expanding her capacity in a range of areas including communication, persuasion and negotiation strategies, ethics, and leveraging internet technologies.

“While I miss the direct contact with students and the wider community, it is utter joy to know that I have the opportunity to influence the learning of teachers and leaders across the NSW public education system – one of the largest in the world – so that they will have a positive impact on student outcomes,” she says.

Since beginning her career as a history teacher more than 30 years ago, Jarvis has seized on opportunities to step up as a leader. Just four years into a classroom teaching role she was seconded to what is now known as NESA, where she led the state-wide implementation of a new standards-based assessment system and worked closely with HSC assessment committees.

That experience led to other roles, including supervisor of HSC marking for modern history, people and events, a role she undertook in addition to her day-to-day position as head teacher at Lucas Heights Community School. Principal appointments followed.

Through co-editing the History Teachers’ Association journal, Jarvis connected more deeply with fellow teachers in the same field.

A quarter-century later, she and her fellow editors – a group that was known as the History Women Warriors – will attend summer school together this year at Cambridge University.

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