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The Principal as Professional Development Leader


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Mentoring | Principalship

February 2004 | 176 pages | Corwin
`At last we have a book that realistically, empathically, and interestingly describes leadership and the professional development work that needs to accompany it—for principals. It is all here: readings, web sites, theory, practice, helpful forms to use, vignettes of principals. Lindstrom and Speck are both 'insiders' and 'outsiders' teaching us in the best of ways how to both think about and act on our new knowledge!' - Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Research shows conclusively that teacher variability is the most important factor in determining student achievement. And headteachers are the educators who are in the best position to provide teachers with the professional development tools they need to improve their skills and raise student achievement.

The book is organized around the four roles that a headteacher must fulfill in order to cultivate quality: builder, designer, implementer, and reflective leader. Aligned with the National Staff Development Council's Standards for Staff Development, this book is full of user-friendly, practical tools, including rubrics, worksheets, professional development planners, sample forms for classroom visits and observations, calendars of professional development activities, surveys, evaluation plans, recommended readings and websites, and reflective questions. Vignettes, examples, and other illustrative material grounds the work in the high-stakes accountability world that principals find themselves in.

This book will take headteachers through a step-by-step process to develop, implement, and evaluate individual and school professional development plans. The authors show headteachers how to analyze student achievement data and how to develop and evaluate professional development plans based on the data.

Dennis Sparks
Foreword
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
1. What It Means to Be a Professional Development Leader
 
2. The Principal as Builder: Building the Capacity of the Professional Learning Community
 
3. The Principal as Designer: Developing Focus, Plans, and Resources
 
4. The Principal as Implementer: Taking Action
 
5. The Principal as Reflective Leader: Evaluating Results
 
6. The Principal as Change Agent: The Challenge for the Future
 
Resource A: Recommended Readings
 
Resource B: Recommended Websites
 
References
 
Index

"This is the book to read! I will recommend it to my colleagues the minute it is off the press. The authors should be very proud of their work and contribution to a pivotal need in the field. Bottom line: It will help us improve what we do for children—our ultimate purpose."

Becky J. Cooke, Principal
Evergreen Elementary School, Spokane, WA

"At last we have a book that realistically, empathically, and interestingly describes leadership and the professional development work that needs to accompany it—for principals. It is all here: readings, web sites, theory, practice, helpful forms to use, vignettes of principals. Lindstrom and Speck are both ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ teaching us in the best of ways how to both think about and act on our new knowledge!"

Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Overview of the Professional Development Process and clear framework for research and investigation

Dr Gerri Spinella
Educational Admin , National Louis University
November 19, 2009

Phyllis H. Lindstrom

Phyllis H. Lindstrom is a leader in school improvement issues and has a strong interest in developing collaborative leadership in schools. She is an associate professor of Educational Leadership at San José State University. In addition, her long career in K–12 educa­tion includes teacher, principal, director, and assistant superinten­dent. She serves on the board of directors of Futures in Education, an alternative education secondary school district in California. Through her research with secondary schools that sustain success, she under­stands the importance of collaboration and shared leadership. The focus of her recent... More About Author

Marsha Speck

Marsha Speck is a leader in school reform, educational leadership and professional development issues. Her professional interests include building leadership capacity among teachers, administrators, and the community to improve schooling and achievement for all students and developing school/university partnerships that model these practices. She is currently Professor of Educational Leadership at San José State University. Marsha is the Director of the Urban High School Leadership Program, which is an innovative leadership development program linked as a partnership with regional school districts for teacher leaders and administrators to... More About Author

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