ERIC Number: ED343847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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Empowering Staff: Evaluation of First Year Program in Preparing Special Populations for Leadership Roles in Special Education.
The Special Education Leadership Program began at the Brooklyn Center of Long Island University in 1991. The project was designed to identify, train, and mentor 19 skilled teachers and clinicians in special education who aspired to supervisory and administrative careers. About 70 percent of the target population consisted of persons from traditionally underrepresented populations in educational administration. The project provides for academic study, mentoring, and seminars, and completion of a 36-credit curriculum leading to New York State certification as school district administrator and a professional diploma. Students gain competency in leadership, management, curriculum and instruction, staff personnel, student personnel, in-district relationships, outside professional organizations, and specialized administrative areas. Project staff includes a director who coordinates and evaluates all activities, two on-site faculty trainers, and two mentors. Because the mentors are female minority group members who filled high level administrative positions, they are appropriate role models. Evaluation of the project's first year indicates that it was successful. The mentoring component was a worthwhile adjunct to on-campus work, providing an arena for anticipatory socialization in the field setting. The Special Education Leadership Preparation Program Leadership Scholars' Questionnaire is appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Long Island University NY; Staff Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (16th, Houston, TX, November 21-26, 1991).