Date of Submission


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Doctor of Education




curriculum leadership, capacity development, systems thinking, community of practice


The objective of this organizational improvement plan (OIP) is to assist one Canadian ministry of education close the gap between its curriculum leaders’ roles and capacities. Tasked with leading curriculum reform projects, they are asking the ministry for help. By further supporting their continued education in the areas of curriculum theory, critical education studies, and social foundations, the organization can help its curriculum leaders deepen their knowledge and strengthen their practice. From a systems thinking perspective, focusing the ministry’s collective domain on curriculum leadership capacity development will shift individual and system domains, thereby affecting the education system’s instructional capacity and performance. To those ends, the organization can take an amalgamated leadership approach to change and utilize a hybrid change process in the establishment of a curriculum leadership-focused community of practice. This OIP provides valuable information to scholars and practitioners interested in curriculum leadership capacity development by bringing the voices of curriculum leaders working for a ministry of education into a discussion which focuses primarily on the needs of teacher leaders and principals.