ERIC Number: ED219854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
School-Based Administrator Networking and Professional Development Program for More Effective Schools.
Howard, Bessie C.; Arnez, Nancy L.
The Administrator Professional Development Program, sponsored by the Howard University Teacher Corps, began in the spring of 1978. Its participants include principals, assistant principals, and one special education director from a low socioeconomic area of Washington, D.C., and a university facilitator. The goals and development activities of the group are determined by its members. The group meets monthly at the schools of its members and has as its goal to provide development activities for its members and to foster a network to reduce isolation and strengthen communication. The program has included workshops and summer institutes on such topics as time management and leadership styles and now uses an organizational development approach in which members analyze the current situation in their schools and how to improve it. The group is currently involved in an Action Research Project to develop a change process to make schools more effective. At the end of the fourth year, members and the facilitator participated in an evaluation of the program. Data were gathered through interviews and written questionnaires. Findings indicated that participants derived satisfaction from the program and its developing network of peer professionals. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Assistant Principals, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Inservice Education, Networks, Organizational Development, Principals, Professional Development, Social Support Groups
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared by Teacher Corps Program '78.