ERIC Number: ED240229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Unique Learning Experience: Practical Workshops in Educational Leadership.
Since 1976, the Atlantic Institute of Education in Nova Scotia has conducted a series of workshops to help school administrators and school board members to develop their practical leadership skills. The services provided by the workshop program include needs assessment, inservice workshops, information services, dissemination of materials, and identification of resources. Unique features of the program include the following: (1) the program is practical and targets leadership skills through a variety of subjects, such as declining enrollments and human relations; (2) it is the only program aimed at the combination of school administrators and school board members; (3) the program relies on local educators for volunteer support and leadership; (4) the workshops are conducted in residential settings (hotels) with amenities to make the stay pleasant; (5) the workshops are advertised almost solely by word-of-mouth through satisfied participants and free advertising in their informational bulletins; and (6) the coordinator of the program is an adult educator, rather than a person degreed in educational administration. A random survey of more than 450 school administrators and school board members who have attended the workshops showed that the participants were enthusiastic about their experiences. Their responses showed that the workshops promote learning by establishing a productive environment, by giving participants opportunities to shape the direction and content of the program, by designing workshop content so that it relates to the real-life experience of the participants, by enabling participants to be actively involved in working with the ideas presented during the workshop, and by integrating evaluation procedures into the entire program. The results of the survey will be used in planning future workshops. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Boards of Education, Inservice Education, Leadership Training, Learning Experience, Management Development, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Content, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Workshops
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Atlantic Institute of Education NS
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (San Antonio, TX, November 1982).