Author: George Walker

Former Director General of the IB, George Walker, is author of An A to Z of School Leadership and editor of The Changing Face of International Education: Challenges for the IB, both published by IB Publishing.

 

Read on to find out more…

 

Click on one of the questions below to scroll directly to that answer:

1. What roles have you had or do you have within the IB?

2. What was your motivation behind being a part of these publications?

3. Who do you see as the main audience for this publication?

4. What benefit does this book have to the user, and how would you recommend that a teacher or student use this resource?

5. Getting personal, what is your current favourite music, book and movie?

6. What is one piece of advice you’ve been given that you actually use in practice?

7. If you were going to a desert island and allowed to take only one item with you, what would you take?

 

 

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1. What roles have you had/do you have within the IB?

Director General, 1999 to 2006

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2. What was your motivation behind being a part of this publication?

  • I wanted to share my experience of more than 25 years of school leadership. The book was not closely linked to the IB.
  • I wanted to encourage the IB, and those associated with it, to become more aware of the changes brought about by globalization.
  • Anyone (IB or not) in, or aspiring to, the senior management of schools.
  • Anyone working for the IB or in an IB World School.
  • It’s a very practical account of school leadership, encouraging rather than daunting. It could easily be used on senior management courses.
  • It presents the latest thinking on a number of key issues and, again, could be used widely in IB-related professional development.

 

 

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3. Who do you see as the main audience for the publication?

  • Anyone (IB or not) in, or aspiring to, the senior management of schools.
  • Anyone working for the IB or in an IB World School.

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4. What benefit does this book have to the user, and how would you recommend that a teacher or student use this resource?

  • It’s a very practical account of school leadership, encouraging rather than daunting. It could easily be used on senior management courses.
  • It presents the latest thinking on a number of key issues and, again, could be used widely in IB-related professional development.

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5. Getting personal, what is your current favourite music, book and movie?

Current book: Phineas Finn (Anthony Trollope)—wonderful political novel of the Reform Act period.

As a serious musician, I don’t have favourite music!

I rarely go to see films—did enjoy The King’s Speech, however.

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6. What is one piece of advice you’ve been given that you actually use in practice?

Not to take myself too seriously.

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7. If you were going to a desert island and allowed to take only one item with you, what would you take?

 

My iPad and solar recharger.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Dr. Cathrene Connery
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    To whom it may concern:
    I am writing to inquire how I might contact George Walker. I am currently writing a biography of a former student at Ecolint from the mid 1940′s and wish to ask him a few questions regarding his expertise on the school and the wonderful Mme. Maurette. Thank you for letting me know how I might be able to reach him or passing on this e-mail.
    Gratefully yours,
    Dr. Cathrene Connery

  2. katet
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    No problem at all, I am happy to pass your email on to George Walker.

    Regards
    Kate

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