Search results for: Leadership
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The Role of 'Accomplished Teachers' in Professional Learning Communities: Uncovering Practice and Enabling Leadership
This article describes the signature role played by accomplished, experienced teachers in professional learning communities, and the importance that these practitioners make their teaching public and shared. In so doing, the authors describe how accomplished practices can be shared between classrooms and between practitioners with varying levels of experience. The authors examine five different examples, three from programs developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and two studies done on and with the National Writing Project. The authors conclude that robust, lasting professional development must begin with what teachers know and do, effecting educational reform from within the classroom.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2009
The purpose of this article is studying how leaders learn to cultivate mathematically rich professional development environments. The authors adapted two frameworks from classroom-based research to support leaders’ understanding of facilitation of mathematics professional development: sociomathematical norms and practices for orchestrating productive discussion. They describe the use of these frameworks in their work and argue for a third framework—the mathematical knowledge for teaching. 24 NW leaders and 12 SW leaders participated in the seminars developed by the authors.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
This study addresses recent changes in professional development policy, practice, and theory, in which professional development has increasingly become continual, collaborative, and school based. The authors conducted this study to understand more fully the delivery of school-based professional development within a high-stakes accountability context.The authors argue that school leadership, culture, and resources, as well as the structure and content of professional development, filter policy initiatives before they ultimately shape teacher learning experiences.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2009
This article is based on a Norwegian study. The focus is two-fold, including the views of both new teachers and leaders on the issue of leadership and professionalism. First, the focus is on the way newly qualified teachers describe how they function in the school and kindergarten organizations. Secondly, the focus shifts from the perspective of the new teachers to that of the organization leaders, who emphasize that professional competence is complex.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2009
The Implementation of A Collaborative Action Research Programme for Developing Inclusive Practices: Social Learning in Small Internal Networks
In this study, the authors implement a programme of collaborative action research with the purpose of investigating the degree to which it could contribute to the development of inclusive practices. The findings shed further light on the nature of differentiation in the preparation and teaching of teachers in relation to inclusive education as well as on the role of teachers as leaders in this process. Inclusive practices in Cyprus schools, then, should not be approached as simplistic recipes or trite formulas but as social learning that will be developed in small networks and communities of practice.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2008
This article reports a self-study conducted during the author's four-year tenure as head of the elementary school department within a college of education. During that period, she explored her developing understanding of the role of relationships in the processes of her professional and personal growth. The author describes the three cycles of action that comprise the process of change she instigated in the department. She also describes the three phases she identified retrospectively.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2008
Putting the “Development” in Professional Development: Understanding and Overturning Educational Leaders’ Immunities to Change
In this article, the authors argue that today’s educational leaders face a host of complex demands as they strive to implement lasting, meaningful change in their school environments.As these demands often require a level of personal development many adults may not yet have, there is a need for professional development programs that are genuinely developmental. The article describes one such program that provides the opportunity for participants to make qualitative shifts in the ways that they understand themselves and their work. Using case study methodology, the authors explore the psychological development of one participant as she increases her capacity to determine, and be guided by, her own theories, values, and expectations of her personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2008
A study of education deans describes their approaches to solving leadership problems. The 14 participating deans had been education deans for 6 to 7 years, and responded to interviews. Answers were analyzed using a conceptual model developed over a 7 year period. Although the framework consisted of four dimensions (intellectual, emotional, social and moral), all 14 deans used all four dimensions, but relied on the intellectual dimension as a basis for employing the other three dimensions.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008