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ERIC Number: ED401639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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The Role of the Principal in the Professional Development School.
Bowen, Gail; And Others
Although much has been written to describe the changing role of teachers in the professional-development school, little is known about the role of the principal in bringing about educational change. This paper describes the role of the principal and the issues involved in implementing change in Texas Professional-Development Schools (PDSs). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) established the Texas Centers for Professional Development and Technology (CPDTs), which are university-based, teacher-preparation programs that collaborate with K-12 schools and other organizations. The typical center includes at least one university, one school district, and one school. Data were derived from interviews, document review, and observations at seven elementary schools participating in the CPDT program. Findings indicate that the principals' roles may be described in terms of stages, which appeared to affect how they viewed the impact of PDS-participation on their own organization. The principals spent much of their time dealing with management and coordination tasks and had not yet begun to think about new forms of organization and new approaches to leadership. The principals reported that the PDS helped their students, improved teaching in their schools, and brought additional resources to their schools. Eleven tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas