ERIC Number: ED415588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Professional Development for Educational Leaders. PREL Briefing Paper.
The need for the systemic development of principals, vice-principals, and administrators in central offices is discussed. This paper is intended to inform and inspire decision makers to plan, implement, and continuously revise systemic professional development activities for school administrators. Leadership is a skill that can be nurtured and developed; development of leadership can be fostered by coaching and mentoring, through networks, or within study groups. In the past, administrators have expressed disappointment in the degree of relevance and impact of inservice programs, usually because such programs were treated as afterthoughts. For effective professional development, the existing paradigms must change. New programs must be designed around outcome and performance indicators. The challenge is to adopt new approaches to professional development that draw on current research. In conclusion, the changing context of education creates a need for a different type of school leadership, where leaders can put into practice the educational theories of teaching and learning. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.