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ERIC Number: ED481988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Renorming the Professional Development of Urban Middle School Principals.
Williamson, Ronald
Many urban school districts face persistent problems of low student achievement, high staff turnover, and demands for greater accountability. Confronted by such problems, Jefferson County (Kentucky) Public Schools and the Corpus Christi (Texas) Independent School District participated in a multi-year project to strengthen instructional leadership skills in the districts' middle-school principals. This paper reports on the project. The project engaged middle-school principals in a series of activities to strengthen their skills and build leadership capacity to improve student achievement. The projects was build on three principles: (1) the importance of principal leadership in sustaining school reform; (2) the value of embracing participants in more interactive and engaging professional development; and (3) the importance of incorporating constructivist approaches to learning. In addition to describing the project, this paper describes a study that evaluated the success of the professional development activities of the project participants. The study examined participants' reactions, learning, and use of new knowledge and skills. (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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