External Professional Development Organization Supports for K-12 School Initiatives: A Leadership Study
Wednesday, March 9 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: McGavock's B
Abstract: This paper presents initial findings of a qualitative study exploring K-12 leadership approaches that utilize external professional development (PD) support. The pilot study consisted of 19 questions asked in a semi-structured interview. Results of the study indicate that school administrators find a cooperative leadership approach, utilizing teacher PD, valuable for the implementation of non-mandated school wide initiatives. The study confirms that PD supports for school initiatives are an integral part of a school initiative implementations. Administrators identify external PD organization supports for an initiative as: provision of “big picture” information for administration, opportunity for staff to participate in PD opportunities and discussions, provide implementation resource materials, and where possible provision of ongoing, scaffolded training. The role administrators adopt with external PD organizations can be described as a project liaison. Further research on the effectiveness of PD organization support resulting in a change in teacher practice is needed.