ERIC Number: ED414655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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Leadership Laboratories: Professional Development for the 21st Century.
Erlandson, David A.; Zellner, Luana J.
In the summer of 1996, the Principals' Center at Texas A&M University established a School Leadership Initiative (SLI) that focused on the 21 principal-performance domains as identified by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. During the first year of a 3-year leadership initiative, Texas A&M University's SLI Program focused on 12 selected school sites that had been recruited to serve as leadership laboratories. This paper describes the SLI program's philosophy and first-year outcomes. The goal of the program was to collaboratively explore the full range of leadership resources in the school and community and to determine ways in which those resources could be effectively harnessed and coordinated to enhance the school as a community of learners. Participants attended retreats and monthly seminars and surveyed their leadership skills and campus improvement regularly throughout the year. They communicated by electronic mail, video-conferencing, onsite visits, and reflective journals. Summative information gathered from the first year of the program points to the importance of including training opportunities, such as effective mentoring, for personal professional growth and campus-leadership development. Appendices contain a list of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration performance domains and sample SLI self-evaluation instruments, a principal-performance matrix, an intern evaluation, and planning outlines. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Training, Management Development, Mentors, Performance, Principals, Professional Development, Professional Development Schools, Program Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Appendices contain filled print. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Orlando, FL, October 1997).