ERIC Number: ED447565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Principals and Teachers: Continuous Learners.
Fleming, Grace L.
Issues...about Change, v7 n2 1999
This article discusses how three principals were able to transform their schools into communities of professional learners. It focuses on how the principals demonstrated their own learning and how they nurtured learning in their staffs. It offers a brief profile of each principal and how she incorporated continuous learning into her life. All the principals used similar strategies to achieve increased staff capacity. They developed collegial staff relationships, focused on student success and continuous learning, and viewed teachers as decision makers and implementers. They also nurtured new ways of operating their schools and demonstrated the meaning of a professional learning community by constantly sharing their own learning with their staffs and by orchestrating opportunities for their staffs to incorporate the same practices. Accordingly, staff members responded individually and as a whole to take on those practices and the principals were able to tap the teacher's new-found expertise. Some of the themes that were evident in each school were the following: look for ways to improve learning conditions for students, trust colleagues, ask other teachers for advice, take responsibility for the operation of the school, and value teamwork. (RJM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.