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ERIC Number: ED416199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-11
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Building School District-University Partnerships around Leadership Assessment and Development: The Time Has Come.
Bradshaw, Lynn; Bell, Edwin; McDowelle, Jim; Perreault, George
This paper describes a collaborative model for assessing and developing leadership skills, examining the need for new approaches, reviewing collaboration theory, and discussing preconditions of collaborative school district-university efforts to assess and develop leadership skills in future administrators. Representatives of East Carolina University's (ECU) School of Education and local school districts have begun joint efforts to identify future school leaders, assess leadership skills, and provide opportunities for continuous professional development. Strategies include developing assessment centers in participating districts. The centers will use the National Association of Secondary School Principals' (NASSP) Leadership Early Assessment Program (LEAP). ECU and cooperating school systems sponsor training for assessors and mentors. Mentors provide assistance and support with individual development plans, while ECU faculty assess leadership skills of Master's in School Administration (MSA) students. Assessment results, strengths, and potential derailers for each student are used in developing individual programs. Advantages of this effort include (1) increased networking among school district and university personnel, (2) strengthened skills of practicing administrators supervising MSA interns, (3) broadened interactions among participants, and (4) shared costs of training licenses and coordination among collaborating groups. Evaluation of early program efforts suggests the program is developing a shared understanding of leadership skills consistent with standards for school administrators. Four appendixes present the North Carolina Standards Board for Public Administration Performance Domains for Principals; NASSP's LEAP Description of Leadership Skills; Leaders for Eastern North Carolina Schools Collaborative Assessment and Development Efforts; and LEAP 1997 results. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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